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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

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 water...

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 ...

Microscopic creatures inside a single drop of pond water

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 green ...

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 replace the...

Aquarium cleaning FAQs and handy tips

Aquarium cleaning and maintenance is essential and is often a case of "a stitch in time saves nine", here we present a few simple frequently asked questions and some handy tips. How often should I change bulbs? If you're growing plants or keeping corals you need to change bulbs each year. Although your bulbs may seem to be giving off the same light, they may not have the same spectrum that is ne...

Live plants for your first pond

You have dug your hole, chosen your pond liner and you have your pond pump and filter up and running, but something is missing. Your pond, to put it bluntly still looks like a big hole full of water.What your pond needs is plants and lilies to really give it that water garden look.The first thing you need is a suitable plant basket depending on the size of your plants and pond's shelves. A p...

UV Clarifier maintenance: Basic care and repairs

"Most people who keep a pond, take an interest in their equipment, know what's in there and know how to take care of it, and rightly so," says Swell warehouse manager Phil Cross."Unfortunately," he adds, "some people like the idea of a decorative pond, like looking at it, but don't like the idea of looking after it. They don't realise that by not maintaining the equipment they are damaging the...

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