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Setting up a pond step by step

Setting up a pond - stage one Setting up a pond step by step can be about personal taste as much as anything but there are a few things to avoid so as not to end up going off at the deep end.Obviously flat land is preferable for a pond but if you have a complicated shape in mind you must consider how you are going to circulate the water. You also want your pond to get the right amount of sunl...

Hozelock Aquaforce – is it the right pump for me?

The Hozelock Aquaforce is a solids handling pump designed to pump water to a filter.A solids handling pump is designed to handle solid particles of dirt so they can be processed by the filter. For that reason it differs from a fountain pump - you wouldn't want water full of dirt going to your water feature.So what the Hozelock Aquaforce Pond Pump does best is supply water to filter and may...

Pond winter care – how to care for fish

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Pond winter care: What happens to my pond in winter? Your pond changes a lot in winter, from noticeable changes like the ice freezing over and less noticeable changes like your fish’s habits. As the temperature lowers the fish will enter a state of hibernation, in which their metabolism and activity reduces. Do I need a pond heater? Despite their name, pond heaters are not used to heat the wa...

How do I choose the right fish tank?

With names like Aludekor, Trigon, Rekord and Brillux, choosing a fish tank for the first time looks like a rather daunting task but really once you peer through the murky waters everything becomes crystal clear! To make the selection easier we've decided to pick out a few fish tanks based on popular style and budget needs. Best fish tank for a beginner on a budget: If you're on a budget, you'll ...

Killifish is fastest grower in the world

An African killifish is believed to be the fastest growing vertebrate animal in the world.It's a real case of "grow fast die young" for the Nothobranchius kadleci killifish which can be reproducing just 17 days after hatching.Some eggs reach hatching stage in 15 days meaning they also have the shortest minimum generation time in vertebrates.Dr Martin Reichard and colleagues from the ...

Algae made clear

Algae is the enemy of any pond keeper. But what is pond algae and what kind of treatments are available?Algae treatments can be liquid, powder or straw based products that are added to ponds to help control nuisance single celled algae that turns water green. This in turn prevents you from viewing your fish. It can also be filamentous algae that smothers plants and your equipment.Algae is ...

Microscopic creatures inside a single drop of pond water

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A video shows the stunning creatures that can live inside a single droplet of pond water.Ohio photographer Peter Matulavich used the photography technique of high-definition microscopy to capture the images which seem to show almost alien lifeforms.The creatures include the single-celled paramecium organism to a 10mm creature called hydra and a cluster of Euglena Protozoa that cause gr...

Seahorse move over, the sea unicorn is here!

The elusive sea unicorn has been spotted off the coast of Tasmania and unlike the seahorse it's an extremely rare sight.The Pyrostremma spinosum is a rare creature with a hollow cylindrical body made up of thousands of tiny creatures called zooids that feed on plankton.The 'unicorn of the sea' can grow up to 30 metres long. The 'horn' is made up of the zooids which are just a few millimetr...

Set up a reef tank like ours

In the Swell office we keep a reef aquarium which is flourishing with both corals and fish. Here's how we did it.Our tank is a Red Sea Max 550, an upgrade from our previous Red Sea Max 250. After assembling it we filled it with RO water.With a reef aquarium sometimes you can end up with debris underneath your live rocks which your water changes and gravel cleaning cannot solve, so we c...

Algae killing pond fish in heatwave

Pond fish around the country are dying because the heatwave is causing algae to grow at an alarming rate.Redditch Borough Council were alerted to dead fish floating on top of the water on July 18 and 20 fish had to be cleared out.The heat triggered algae within the pond to grow faster than usual which starved the pond of oxygen.A council spokeswoman said there would be no need to repla...

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