How to Breed Betta Fish (The Easy Way)

How to Breed Betta Fish Step by Step Guide

Betta fish are one of the most popular aquarium fish in the world, and they are a favorite among novice and experienced aquarists alike. Breeding betta fish can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience, as they are easy to breed, and the results can be quite stunning. Use our guide to learn how to breed betta fish successfully.

Betta breeding involves selecting the right pair of betta fish, providing the right environment, and providing the fish with proper nutrition.

To ensure a successful breeding experience, it is important to understand the basics of betta breeding and to have the right knowledge and tools at hand.

How to Breed Betta Fish Guide

Choosing the Right Betta Fish

When it comes to breeding betta fish, choosing the right fish is an essential part of the process. Here are some tips to selecting a breeding pair:

Guide to betta fish breeding

  • Select fish of the same species; this will ensure that the offspring will be purebred.
  • Select fish that have the desired characteristics. This can include color, fin type, and body type.
  • Look for healthy fish that have good finnage and solid coloration. The fish must have good body form and no deformities. The fish must be free from any diseases.
  • Select fish that are of the same size and age.
  • Select fish that have compatible personalities and temperaments. Having a fish that is too aggressive may result in an unsuccessful breeding result.
  • Choose fish that have compatible spawning habits. This means that the fish should be willing to spawn when placed in the same tank.
  • Having good genetics ensures that the best desirable traits will be passed on to the fry. Poor genetics could result in sickly or undesirable fry.
  • Select younger fish who are at the optimal age for breeding- ideally 4-12 months. Older fish will result in disappointment. They may not survive the aggressiveness of breeding. Also, older fish tend to have long fins that may inhibit breeding.

Preparing Your Betta Fish Tank

Once the right pair of bettas has been selected, the next step is to provide the fish with a proper environment. A breeding tank should be set up with a controlled temperature, adequate filtration, and plenty of hiding places for the fish.

The tank should be regularly cleaned and checked for any illnesses or parasites. Ensure the water quality is ideal. Bettas prefer still water with a pH between 6.8 and 7.5. keep the temperature between 76° and 85° F.

Setting Up a Betta Fish Breeding Tank

Here is a list of procedures to follow in setting up the breeding tank:

 

  • A ten-gallon tank is ideal size for breeding Betta Fish. Keep the water depth at about 5 inches.
  • Do not include a gravel substrate as fry will become lost in the gravel.
  • Some breeders place plenty of plants in the tank to provide a refuge for the female betta fish (when she is introduced), and plants help with water quality. Other breeders prefer to keep the tank empty.
  • The water needs to be a still as possible. Use a sponge filter with slow waterflow. This type of filter will not suck fry into it.Betta Breeding Tank set-up
  • Place the male betta into the breeding tank and keep the female separated by using either a divider or contain her within a clear cylindrical tube inside the breeding tank.
  • Place an Indian Almond leaf in the tank. The male betta will likely build a bubble nest using the leaf if it is floating (alternatively, floating plants can be used, although not necessary). Almond leaves help condition the water and helps with healing damaged fins.
  • Do not have any sharp edges in the breeding tank such as sharp stiff leaved plants, jagged rocks, hard plastic artificial plants. These may damage betta finnage.

Conditioning Betta Fish for Breeding

You should condition the betta fish pair for about 2 weeks before placing them in the breeding tank. To condition the bettas, provide rich, meaty foods, such as tubifex worms, bloodworms, or daphnia.

Introducing Betta Fish to the Breeding Tank

Place both fish into the breeding tank separated by a divider. Allow the male the main area with plants.

The Male

The male will build a bubble nest, then sit patiently just below it, waiting for the female to come along. Nest building takes about 3 days.

The Female

During this time the female will be developing her eggs within her body. It will be apparent that she has developed eggs as her abdomen will swell and her ovipositor spot (egg tube) protrudes slightly down. Also, if the fish has apparent white vertical stripes, this generally means that she is fertile and can produce eggs.

Offer the fish some privacy during this time.

Introducing the Fish to One Another

Introducing a pair of betta fish for breeding can be a rewarding experience. When the nest is built and the female is ripe with eggs, you can remove the divider.

Once both fish are in the tank together, it is important to observe their behavior to ensure that they are comfortable and not overly aggressive towards one another. The female will be taking a great interest in the male, making approaches. He may chase her off or try to nip her.

This is normal behavior. Having plenty of hiding places in the tank will allow her to retreat safely when she needs to.

Recognizing Betta Fish Spawning Behavior

Courting Behavior

Recognizing betta fish spawning behavior is essential for successful breeding. Betta fish are territorial, and the male will protect his nest.

The male will begin to court the female by flaring his fins, swimming close to her, and nudging her body with his head.

Spawning

How to Breed Betta Fish

When the opportunity presents itself, the male will wrap his fins around the female, appearing to squeeze her. She will go stiff, release eggs and for a short time float motionless.

Simultaneously, the male will release sperm, fertilizing the falling eggs.

The eggs will slowly drift to the bottom of the tank. The male will then release the female and quickly catch the eggs in his mouth, placing them safely into the floating bubble nest.

Once the female snaps out of her ‘trance’ she will take a breather and then the process will be repeated until she has released all her eggs.

After Spawning

The male will chase her off. This is when you can remove the female and place her in a recovery tank. Sometimes the female gets badly beaten by the male. She will need care and privacy while she recovers. Place her in a recovery tank on her own. Medicate with methylene blue to prevent infection of damaged fins. Her fins will grow back.

Collecting and Storing Betta Fish Eggs

Collecting and storing Betta fish eggs is a relatively straightforward process. It is important to watch the male tending to the eggs.

Responsible male bettas will be vigilant, always inspecting their nest and watching for eggs that fall from the nest. He will catch these and return them to the nest. He will also remove unfertilized eggs.

If the male is not going about his fatherly duties, or if he is eating the eggs, then you may need to consider collecting the eggs and placing them in a separate container with clean, filtered water.

Betta Fry Are Emerging

The eggs should be checked regularly, and any dead/unfertilized eggs should be removed immediately. If left they may foul the water.

The eggs should also be kept away from any direct sunlight.

Once the eggs have hatched (2-3 days), the male can be left with them for a few more days until they are all free swimming, then he should be removed.

Care of Betta Fish Fry

The Tank

The most important thing to remember when caring for Betta fry is to provide them with a clean and stable environment to minimize stress and maximize health.

Prepare a suitable tank for the fry. The tank should be at least 10 gallons, with a heater and sponge filter to keep the water clean and balanced. It is also important to provide plenty of hiding places for the fry, such as live plants and decorations. Keep the water temperature between 75-82° F using a suitable heater.

Once the tank is set up and the fry are in their new home, it’s time to start feeding.

Feeding Betta Fry

Betta fry are very small and need a special type of food to meet their nutritional needs. They have very small mouths, therefore require very small live foods.

Infusoria, microworms, baby brine shrimp, daphnia, fairy shrimp are all great fry food.

Commercial fry food made specifically for Betta fry is another option. These foods are designed to be highly nutritious and easily digestible. Feed the fry small amounts several times a day.

Hatching your own brine shrimp will ensure you have plenty of live food for fry.

Water Quality

In addition to proper nutrition, it’s important to maintain the water quality in the tank. Be sure to perform regular water changes to keep the water fresh and clean.

Also, be sure to check the pH and ammonia levels in the tank and adjust them as needed. Use a test kit.

Monitor for Illness

It’s important to monitor the fry for signs of illness. If they appear to be stressed or unwell, remove them from the tank to prevent spread of illness to healthy fry.

As Fry Grow

As the fry grow, they can be weaned onto other foods such as flakes, pellets, and live foods.

It is important to note that Betta fry are very delicate, and they can be easily stressed or killed if the water conditions are not monitored closely.

The growth rate of Betta fry is dependent on their environment and diet. However, in general, they grow quickly if properly cared for, reaching maturity in around 6 months.

When the fry are old enough, they should be separated from each other. This is especially important for males, which can become aggressive and fight. It is also an idea to keep the fry in different tanks to reduce the spread of disease.

With the right environment, diet, and care, the fry can grow into healthy and happy adult Bettas.

Selling or Rehoming Betta Fish Fry

Culling and rehoming betta fish fry is an important part of responsible fish keeping.

By selecting the strongest and healthiest betta fish fry from a population helps to ensure that only the healthiest and most genetically desirable fish are bred and passed down to future generations.

Culling is done by selecting the betta fish fry with desirable physical traits, such as color, fin shape, and size. This helps to ensure that the healthiest and most genetically desirable fish are passed down to future generations.

Culling should be done carefully and with consideration for the fish’s health and well-being.

Betta breeders are thorough with culling, so only the best offspring are kept to adulthood.

From one breeding you may end up with a hundred young bettas. Because of betta fish’s aggressive nature, it is difficult to accommodate all those fish. The males will need separating.

Rehoming betta fish fry can be a challenging task as these fish can be difficult to care for. Many pet stores or breeders will be able to help with rehoming betta fish fry if needed.

If you are seeking to breed bettas for profit, then having a quality pair of bettas to start with, and being thorough with culling undesirable fry, will result in offspring that are of value.

How to Breed Betta Fish: Final Thoughts

Knowing how to breed betta fish properly by providing the right environment, selecting the right pair of fish, and providing them with proper nutrition, betta breeders can create a successful breeding setup.

Breeding betta fish is a rewarding experience that can provide stunning results, and it is a great opportunity for aquarists to explore the fascinating world of fish breeding.

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How Many Glofish in a 10 Gallon Tank? (Essential Advice)

Glofish genetically engineered fluorescent fish

Unlike anything else in the world of fish in aquariums is the Glofish! They are magnificently colored, spectacular fish which have had a natural fluorescence gene added to their genome, resulting in fish that are permanently fluorescent. In this article we delve into the question: How Many Glofish in a 10 Gallon Tank?

We also look at how glofish were developed and the care requirements for the different glofish species.

 

Introducing the Glofish

How Many Glofish in a 10 Gallon Tank

Due to bright neon colors, these fish have become extremely popular amongst beginner fish-keepers.

Genetically modified glofish are born with brilliant color, maintain it throughout their lives, then pass the color to their offspring.

Glofish have the same general care requirement, including temperature and food preferences as their non-fluorescent counterparts.

They are great in a community aquarium! The best way to experience glofish is by using blue lighting. This is included in all branded Glofish aquarium kits to help everyone ‘take home the glow!’

Glofish have been developed from several species of aquarium fish. Later in the article we consider each of these species and their individual care needs.

Glofish History- How Did They Come About?

Back in 1999 a group of scientists in Singapore were working with a gene extracted from a jellyfish that produced a bright green, fluorescent coloration. They then inserted this gene into a Zebra Danio embryo, allowing it to integrate into the fish’s genome.

These fish would then be fluorescent green under white light or ultraviolet lights. They then filed a patient on their work.

Next, they created a red florescent Zebra Damio using genes from a sea coral. The scientists then met with businessmen from Yorktown Technologies and created a deal to have world wide rites to market the new Zebra Danios branded as Glofish.

Are Glofish as Hardy as the Fish They Were Developed From?

So essentially Glofish are genetically modified, or GMO fish. Since then, there have been several new forms of glofish using other tropical fish species.

The glofish available on the market now include the Zebra Danio, Tiger Barb, Rainbow Shark, White Skirt Tetra, and Betta Fish.

The fish that glofish were developed from were all considered to be hardier- more ‘forgiving’ fish when mistakes are made with water parameters. Unfortunately, these new varieties don’t seem to be quite as hardy as their new counterparts.

So, is it that they are less hardy, or is it because they have been kept in inappropriate environments?

 

How Many Glofish in a 10 Gallon Tank? Things to Consider.

Types of Glofish and their colors

There is a lot of good to be said about glofish because of the bright colors. These fish are very attractive to a younger audience. They can add a great bit of color to a community aquarium.

The worst thing about glofish, is not the fish themselves, but more the tanks that are marketed for the fish.

For example; the largest aquarium kit marketed for glowfish is 10 gallons, whilst most of the species that glofish have been developed from require a minimum of a 20 to 30 gallon tank for optimal fish health.

So, you can see how this might be confusing to a lot of fishkeepers!

Another issue with these fish is that they were genetically modified to have bright lighting bring out their florescent colors. The species used to develop the glofish become stressed if kept in brightly lit tanks. As with White Tipped Tetras and Betta fish being examples of this.

The glofish are really not the problem, the problem is how they are marketed and how the products for them are marketed.

Co-inhabitants and Fish Behaviors that Determine Tank Size

Glofish cannot just be added to any community aquarium expecting that all aquatic life in the tank will be happy. Some glofish species like Tiger Barbs and Bettas tend not to get along well with others without careful planning and sufficient space in the tank.

Tiger Barb glowfish cannot be mixed with Betta fish glofish. Tiger Barbs are well known fin nippers. They will also outcompete the bettas for food.

Tiger Barb glofish are better kept in larger groups of ten fish. This reduces their nipping tendencies.

The rule of thumb of 1 gallon of water per Tiger Barb, definitely doesn’t work when considering a 10-gallon tank!

A 10-gallon tank is way too small for 10 Tiger Barbs. At the very least you would need a 20-gallon tank. Really, 30 gallons or more is better.

 

Wrong Advice from the Glofish Website

The glofish website does not have really good information on how to care for their florescent fish properly.

For example: the official glofish website recommends a tank of 10 gallons for a group of 6 Betta female fish. A 10-gallon tank will not be adequate for six female bettas. You would want at least a 20-gallon tank. Bigger always means better!

The truth is, while some people may object to glofish being sold on the market, as long as they keep selling, they will keep coming out with new species of glofish.

The best thing we can do is to research the specific species they were developed from and try to educate ourselves on how to best take care of them.

Focus a little less on what will best show off the bright colors of the fish, but more on the fish’s needs for it to thrive in your tank.

 

How Many Glofish in a 10 gallon tank? Shape Does Matter

If you do decide to house your glofish in a 10-gallon tank, then considering the shape of the tank will help your fish with finding the space to move as it would do naturally.

Tall thin tanks are less suitable. Tetras, tiger barbs and danios are schooling fish and need space to move left to right. Housing them in a longer tank is better.

The same goes for betta fish. These fish originated from shallow waters where they swim from side to side.

 

Glofish Species and Their Specific Needs

Zebra Danio Glow Fish

Long Finned Zebra Danio Glofish

Being the original glofish, they have developed several color strains. Today they are available in five colors: Electric Blue, Star Fire Red, Sun Burst Orange, Cosmic Blue, and Galactic Purple.

Danios require at least a 10 gallon tank. They are fast ‘busy’ fish suited for busy aquariums. They like to swim in the upper portions of the tank.

Danios are schooling fish, so they need to be kept in groups of at least five. If the numbers are too low they become stressed, which can lead to illness and social problems in the aquarium.

These colorful fish need plenty of space to swim around. They cohabitate with Tiger Barb glofish and White Skirt Tetra glofish, so long as they have room in the tank.

Your aquarium would need a lid, as danios like to jump. A filter or aquarium water pump that creates a current will excite danios. They like to dance around in the current.

Water Parameters:
  • Temperature: 65° – 75°F
  • pH: 6.5 – 7.2
  • Water hardness: 3 – 8 dkH (soft to medium)

 

Tiger Barb Glofish

Electric Green Glofish Tiger Barb

The glofish version of the tiger barb comes as a florescent green called the Electric Green Tiger Barb.

Tiger Barbs require a minimum tank size of 20 gallons (30+ gallons is better). Being avid swimmers, they need space to race around the tank pursuing each other.

Tiger Barbs grow to three inches if provided with the right conditions. So, having 6 to 10 barbs in a ten gallon tank would make it way to crowded. A larger tank will lessen any aggressive behaviors.

Water Parameters:
  • Temperature- 68° – 82°F (74° F best)
  • pH range- 6.0 – 8.0 (slightly acidic is best)
  • Water hardness- 4 – 10 dkH

 

White Skirt Tetra Glofish

Electric Blue White Skirt Tetra Glofish

There have been three glofish color versions developed from the White Skirt Tetra. These are: Electric Green, Sunburst Orange, and Moon Rise Pink.

This species is a schooling fish, with fish growing to two inches long. Schooling fish, because they need to be in numbers, require a large tank of at least 20 gallons (114L).

It is best to keep them in groups of five or more in a community tank, otherwise they are susceptible to getting their fins nipped.

Water Parameters:
  • Temperature: 75° – 80°F
  • pH range: 6.0 – 7.5
  • Water hardness: 5 – 20dkH

 

Rainbow Shark Glofish

Sometimes known as the Red Finned or Ruby Shark, are a semi-aggressive fish towards other species with long fins such as guppies, bettas and goldfish.

An adult rainbow shark thrives in a tank with a minimum of 55 gallons of water and an aquarium length of 48 inches. This species grows to six inches (15 cm) long and require room to move. A 10 gallon tank would not suffice.

Rainbow Sharks are bottom to mid-level tank occupants who will get along with Tiger Barb glofish.

The Glofish brand has developed a purple/pink florescent Rainbow Shark which is names Galactic Purple.

Water Parameters:
  • Temperature: 75 – 81 °F (24 – 27 °C)
  • pH range: 6 – 8
  • Water hardness: 5 – 11dkH

 

Betta Fish Glofish

Male Betta Fish Glofish

The betta glofish cause quite the controversy in the fish-keeping community. The glofish brand developed the Electric Green Betta with a florescent green color. The basis of the controversy is that the betta fish is already a stunningly colorful fish which is super popular with fish enthusiasts. The glofish betta doesn’t match up to the range of patterns and colors of bettas that have been selectively bred for many years.

The other problem with the glofish betta is that it doesn’t have the desired fins.

As pointed out earlier, the glofish website recommends six female glofish bettas for their 10-gallon tank. Our view is that one betta fish requires a minimum of 5 gallons or larger for it to have space to move and for water parameters to keep stable.

Betta fish are not social fish and need room between individuals. Females will tolerate one another, but will become stressed if crowded together. When this happens social problems occur and fins may be nipped.

Water Parameters:
  • Temperature: 75 – 81°F (23.8 – 27.2°C)
  • pH range: 6.5 – 7.5
  • Water hardness: 3 – 5 dkH
  • GH: 3 – 4 dGH

 

Final Thoughts

Whether you have an aversion to GMO developed organisms or not, the glofish are now well established with the aquarium hobby and we all agree that the colors that have been developed are unique and eye catching, especially in an aquarium with ultraviolet lighting!

Our responsibility with keeping pets is to ensure they are kept in appropriate tanks where their needs can be met that replicate their natural habitats. ‘How Many Glofish in a 10 Gallon Tank’ is not the question that should be asked, but rather; What size tank would be suited best for the species of fish intended to be kept? This goes for aquarium equipment as well- lighting systems, filters and heaters.

Whatever you decide, we wish you every success with keeping glofish.

You may be interested in our article “How Many Glofish in a 5-gallon Tank?” It is quite a different article to this one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[2023] How Fast do Koi Grow? Growth Rate, Tank Conditions, And More

How Fast do Koi Grow

Although more water can always make a better and easier-to-keep aquarium, hobbyists often choose the smaller aquarium for the minimalist nature that comes with it and the challenge involved. Although maintaining such aquariums can be difficult, they are possible.

How fast do Koi fish grow?

The word Ornamental Fish refers to Koi fish. It’s a top pet fish worldwide. Koi is a decorative and commercial item. Depending on several factors, including genetics, environment, nutritional status, and ages, Kois can reach 36 inches in length with weights ranging from 12 to 20 pounds.

Koi fish growth rates

Koi fish are commonly ornamental freshwater fish and are generally kept in ornamental lakes. The fish are taken up in early 19th-century Japan from rice farmers and are mostly colors based on typical carps though they don’t usually happen. Koi means “Love” or “Affection” in Japanese. Is Koi fish one of the most expensive fish in the world. This guide covers what sizes to expect and additional information that can affect how a Koi fish grows.

How fast do Koi fish grow in a Pond?

Ponds have a big size god for help how fast do Koi grow. If you breed Koi fish or compete at a competition, you should not ignore the time that it takes to the Koi fish grows. Let’s examine how fast koi growth happens, what factors impact the Koi fishgrowth rate, and how you can increase it quicker.

How big do Koi get & How to Make Koi fish Grow Bigger?

Koi fish have attractive fish with vibrant colors. Koi fish is one of the biggest fish in the fishkeeping hobby. Adults Koi fish are typically 20 to 24 inches tall and weigh 9 to 11 kg. However, some Koi are larger and heavier. This article will help you learn how to get more koi size by focusing on certain factors.

Why is my Koi fish not growing?

Usually, your adult Koi fish doesn’t develop as fast as you would like. It’ll be because of stress or sickness. Poor water conditions, disease infections, overcrowding, and competition for food may be the leading causes of stunted growth. It’s best to inspect the water for ammonia and nitrites and any substances, including decayed plant matter. Then do an every-week water change – removing 10% to 15% of small ponds below 5,000 gallons; taking away 5% of larger ponds above 5,000 gallons.

How can I make my Koi fish grow faster?

Average Koi fish need an excellent habitat to grow larger faster. Koi can grow in size that their natural disposition permits even in the best of conditions. Generally, genetics limit their growth and size regardless of habitat conditions. The best way to increase the growth rate is to keep Koi fish in big aquariums or heated lakes. Although a 30-gallon tank is helpful in the case of one young Koi, they will need larger tanks as they get older. A minimum of fifty gallons of water must be required to keep these fish. Feeding young Koi fish an appropriate diet can increase their growth rate.

How Fast do Koi Grow

How big is Butterfly Koi?

Butterfly Koi, Long Fin Koi, or Dragon Carp grow up to 30 inches tall. However, it is more common 24 inches. The adult butterflies weigh 12 to 16 lbs. Some can reach 20 pounds. This fin grows until the blood vessels do not allow blood to enter the fin. The wings grow slowly. The bigger the fish, the longer they will last. The longer your koi grows, the more food it needs. Good quality water should also ensure it has sufficient water temperature for growth.

How long does it take for Koi fish to grow to full size?

Domestic Koi fish are huge and can grow very rapidly compared to other freshwater animals. Koi generally take three to five years to reach full adult size. Typically most Koi fish have predisposing genetic factors to grow in large numbers in the right conditions. The larger the Koi pond environment, the larger Koi grow. When kept in outdoor lakes with a minimum of 50 gallons of water per fish, domestic Koi fish can grow from 5 inches up to 14 inches, according to the overall health of the fish.

Does the size of the pond hinder a Koi’s growth?

Yes, pond sizes have considerable impacts in terms of koi growth. The young domestic Koi live happily at 50 gallons of water. But it won’t grow into a 10-gallon tank. The Koi fish needs water for its freedom. For average Koi fish, the pond should have at least three ft depth. To grow the larger Koi fish, you must have larger ponds. When you’ve ever seen Koi fish farms in Japan, there are huge pools where Koi fish are grown in large numbers. After some growth, the farmers reduce the Koi fish population; this gives Koi fish the highest growth potential.

How can I make my Koi fish grow faster?

If you comply with this list of conditions, your Koi fish should be able to grow much more significantly, much faster! It must have a warm climate with proper pH, nitrites, and nitrates and be well managed. As the Koi growth, especially as it is stored in the Koi pond, the Koi fish has to be moved to a larger room, whether it’s an even bigger pond or not. Educate them about the best diets available. Remember that Koi growth gets to maximum size when it has good genetics.

Do Koi grow to the size of their tank?

Contrary to widespread opinion, Koi fish do not do grows concerning available space in their environment. In other words, Koi fish with an innate tendency to reach 15 inches in length will increase much more significantly on an outdoor Koi pond compared to an indoor tank. Kois can grow faster under the best physical conditions – without sacrificing nutritional content or living in degraded water quality, which often happens in tanks too small for Koi fish.

How fast do Koi fish grow?

Koi fish grow at unpredictable frequency. The average Koi may grow to approximately between 24 and 36 inches in length, although some ‘jumbo’ varieties of Koi are capable of reaching up to 52 inches. The majority of a koi’s growth occurs during the first three to four years.

Temperature of water

Pond temperature can also affect growth rate. Your Koi is growing faster in warmer temperatures. In warm water, metabolism increases, resulting in more activity and appetite and a higher growth rate. Having boiling water can be very harmful to fish growth and stress! When it’s cold, the fish will be quieter to save energy. This may be associated with reduced appetite. Raising the pond water’s temperature through heating will increase its growth in cold climates and keep the fish in good health.

Nutrition

Although Koi fish can be fed almost any type of food, the proper diet can cause rapid growth. Insufficient nutrition can lead to stunted growth, illness, and even death for your Koi fish. You must be careful in choosing the product to feed your fish. High-quality specific foods have many benefits, including a good quality dietary supplement that provides essential nutrients.

How Fast do Koi Grow

Pond size

While the size of the pond doesn’t directly affect how big your Koi will grow, it can cause stunting and other ailments. It’s just a stressful experience for the fish. Having a small pond for your fish can cause stress and can cause a reduction in calorie intake increased weight gain. There will always be a volume recommendation for carp to clean water and avoid overcrowding. The rule is one mature female koi per 50 gallons of water.

Water quality

The pond waters where Koi live need regular monitoring of pH, KH, temperature, and dissolution oxygen levels to ensure the proper function. Koi can get stressed if the above factors aren’t healthy. These stress conditions may result in hormone imbalances and lowered growth. Make sure to periodically test pond water to keep your fish at optimum health.

Genetics

Genetics is crucial to determining how quickly your Koi grows. Even the most optimal water environment is not conducive to growing your Koi.

How big should a Koi Tank be?

The Koi aquarium requires at least 50 gallons to produce optimal growth in one Koi individual, but more significant is better. Since the Koi overgrows and becomes relatively larger, an indoor tank will suit just a youngster in his first year. Once their height has reached an eight-inch, they must be moved outside into large ponds for their enjoyment.

What are the best water conditions for Koi Fish Growth?

Habitats are crucial factors for the health and growth of Koi fish. Water that includes many mineral components is strongly advised (not distilled or reverse osmosis). Tap waters should also be treated first by dechlorinating agents.

How to avoid Stunting Your Koi Fish?

The Koi can have many problems with their development. In addition, healthy fish tend to live longer, and the fish keeper can decide whether to inhibit or keep Koi growth for a long time permanently. Stunting is generally caused partly by stress and illness and can occur under the conditions below.

Diet

Kois can be successful in the presence of dietary fiber and healthy eating habits. You have to store the food correctly, and you have the option to finish all the packages within three months from the opening date. Pellets with a high percentage of protein and high amounts of vitamins and minerals can be used. How many meals you feed your Koi will undoubtedly help it grow more rapidly.

Tanks

Generally, all adult Koi need 250 gallons of water to live within the limit. But bigger means better. Keeping the Koi away from tanks smaller than 250 gallons would be advisable. A 3-foot depth pond with more than 1000 gallons is ideal.

Overcrowding

An overcrowded tank could very well hinder Koi’s growth. The average garden pond is good to keep 3 to 4 large Koi in total. The fewer gallons in the pond, the worse the water quality.

Temperature

Temperatures should be around 65-75 degrees. Koi’s healthy quality may decline beyond its desired temperature.

How long does it take for a Koi fish to grow to full size?

Koi usually takes three years for them to mature. However, some Koi fish have a growth cycle of up to 10 years. The size of Koi can vary between 6 inches in length in the first year. Eventually, it slows. In ten years, their growth stops. Often these fish are grown even before they reach adulthood.

How big are outdoor Koi fish?

You can have Koi growing very rapidly in ponds and on tanks. Generally speaking, small pounds can still cause stunted growth, mainly in lousy water quality. The water must be heated (especially during the bad weather), but you also have to provide a healthy diet.

How fast do Koi grow in a year?

If kept correctly in an extensive aquatic habitat with appropriate water conditions, healthy Koi fish can grow 1 inch each month. According to genetics, at three years old, the adult reaches full maturity ranging from 12 inches to 36 inches.

Do koi fish stay small?

Yes, the Koi fish is not tiny. Good young Koi has growth rates that reach some inches per year. The Koi may not grow large despite the stress at its initial growth stage. One group of Koi species remains smaller than jumbo Koi, like domestic Koi.

Conclusion

It’s nice to figure out the size of our Koi fish, as this helps us determine how we can build their habitat. Besides their water conditions and diets, Koi fish species significantly influence how big your Koi fish are. Our articles will hopefully help with your questions about your Koi fish growth. Please take advantage of this beautiful fish!

[2022] Can goldfish live in tap water? (Tap, Distilled, Or Well Water?)

Can goldfish live in tap water

The Water! Like the air that fills your lungs, water helps Goldfish obtain oxygen in their fish tank. If you don’t get good water quality, it can cause goldfish problems. If water has toxic chemicals, it is tough for fish to survive. Can we live if our breaths burn our lungs? It can be a problem if you put goldfish in tap water but don’t treat it before goldfish is deposited in the Goldfish tank water. let’s started for Can goldfish live in tap water..

Untreated vs treated tap water

Can a person get a goldfish, fill the aquarium with untreated tap water, then take the pet to the Goldfish tank. That’s not a good decision; unless you have conditioned the water with a regular aquarium water conditioner before introducing the fish. Even where tap water is thought safe for drinking, it is unsuitable for aquatic species, such as goldfish and other fish. Can goldfish thrive in tap water? Goldfish cannot survive in untreated tap water. Untreated tap water is usually high in chlorine, killing a fish or destroying the bacteria in your filtering system.

The best water for your aquarium

A house aquarium provides hours of pleasure and relaxation — and health advantages. Studies show that spending 10 minutes with fish on the fish tank leads to reduced heart rate and blood pressure. To create a healthy environment in the fish habitat, you must keep the water in the best quality. This guide will help you determine what water a Goldfish tank needs.

What is best water for goldfish tanks/bowls (Tap, Distilled or Well Water)?

It is important to ensure that your goldfish is in the optimum water possible – preferably a shady place! The fish of the tank or pond need just the same fresh clean water that those living in rivers. How damaging is distilled water for goldfish? Please follow this guide for finding the most perfect water conditions for Goldfish.

What kind of water do goldfish need?

Maintaining goldfish is very easy. Should I add salt to the water? Is the available water distilled, from the tap or well water? Goldfish need clean water and standard parameters.

Have you forgotten the water conditioner? Make untreated tap water safe for goldfish

Even if your goldfish has acted strangely in the water, you can permanently save it in time. Get ready, immediately treat the aquarium using water conditioners based on the directions on the back of the package. If chlorine is present within your water supply, your aquarium may have already destroyed; many beneficial bacterial that have been filtrating your water. Bring a goldfish to a cycled aquarium and make sure the existing tank completes the nitrogen cycle again. Initially, this may cause gill damage. Add air stone to improve airflow.

Questions

How do fish survive in tap water? Goldfish shouldn’t get untreated tap water. When the fish has been exposed to chlorinated water, they begin to develop skin irritations. Even the most minuscule amounts can cause severe damage to the fish. It shows visible signs of distress when coming into contact with bad water. These fish should probably not be allowed to live beyond the next day on tap water. It won’t breathe right and may perish within time.

Can I use bottled water for my goldfish?

If you are using water from natural sources, there’s nothing wrong if you are using bottled water. Generally, bottled water is cared for maximum removal of pollutants and contaminants. Water mustn’t contain chlorine or any chemicals. Springwater is rich in the minerals needed for goldfish survival. Similarly, if you use huge tanks, buying this kind of water can become quite expensive. Measure pH levels in the bottles before use to ensure that they’re in an acceptable range.

How can you make tap water safe for fish?

Depending of the method, there are various ways of preventing contamination from entering through the tapwater of your property. Adding a water conditioner can be done quickly and easily and is most used by aquarium keepers. There are conditioners of different types and brands for all tastes and pockets.

Can goldfish live in distilled water?

Sometimes people ask about using distilled water in tanks to keep goldfish. Distilled water alone can be detrimental because it removes all minerals from it. The addition of minerals to your tank water should help your goldfish become able to survive. If you plan to use distilled water, it can work if you add the right minerals for your fish.

Can goldfish live in tap water

What’s the best water for goldfish?

As long as you condition your tap water before adding it to the tank, everything is going to work. I would strongly recommend looking for an excellent water conditioner; It’s easier and cheaper to obtain and is very efficient. The aquarium must be big enough when you keep goldfish in your tanks. They should have a capacity of 50 gallons or more. Please read more articles on this site!

Reverse Osmosis

Some people choose to utilize the reverse osmosis filter for removing water minerals. These work by pumping water through a permeable membrane, removing small particles and debris such as chlorine and heavier metals from the tap water. It is fascinating, but it removes everything from the water, like all the essential minerals that feed the animals and plants. However, it is possible that you can overcome it with remineralizing buffers.

Can goldfish live in well water?

In some regions, well water can make the best use of your tank. Sometimes, it is not recommended to use this kind of water because it is unknown how many bacteria or metals are contained. The risks exist. Even when you’ve heard of successful water use, knowing that a well is completely different from another is essential. Test your well water before using it.

Leave water out

Another option that some people select is to keep water in an open container. It takes an average of 24 hours for some compounds (such as chlorine) to volatilize from the water. However, chloramine and chlorate cannot be removed in this way. So basically, you’ll have to add some conditioner to your tap water.

Can goldfish live in tap water without filter?

Goldfish could easily be found in any water tank with no filter. In this case, you will need to do water changes very regularly to remove any dirt or debris and maintain the proper water quality. If you don’t install filters, it will likely cause a lot of health damage; always have a filter sponge in your tank. Never keep a tank without aquarium filter.

Can you use Bottled Water for your Goldfish?

Bottle water is available for the Goldfish tanks, but you should treat that water the same way tap water is treated. You can treat this water with a water conditioner before using it because it can contain some toxic chemicals to Goldfish.

What’s the best water conditioner for goldfish?

Most commercial water conditioning products will work perfectly for your tank.

Keep tap water safe for goldfish: The Healthy Water Treatment Program

Goldfish can feel the presence of unwanted compounds in your tap water immediately when you add it to the tank. Sometimes they may even try jumping straight out of water. If you use water with harmful chemicals and heavy metal content (and leave it untreated), your Goldfish may never survive. Never risk it. If you don’t know if the tap water is safe to fish, you must eliminate chlorine disinfectants or heavy metals in the water.

Can I use well water for goldfish?

Occasionally a person with good water in their home area might use mineral water to fill a fish tank with Goldfish. Well water also could contain heavy metals and other toxins that kill fish in minimal quantities. Well water also may have several fertilizers. When we use healthy water, it must be clean and fresh, without chemicals or chlorine.

How do you make tap water safe for Goldfish?

A serious problem when using tap water for fish tanks is that the water in most places will contain chloramine. Chlorine is the least difficult of the two compounds because it will soon evaporate into the air. Often, however, chloramines are used for drinking water purification. Chloramine is not volatile. It may be a good idea to purchase chlorine removal products.

How to condition water for your aquarium?

What water you use in an aquarium will require conditions so your fish can flourish there. When you maintain good aquarium water quality, it must contain the proper balance for the fish and the good bacteria to live happy and healthy. To prepare the water for the tank, you must test the water you use. If you want an improved pH level for water conditioning, you can use Baking Soda to increase the bicarbonate content.

Aquarium water sources

When you provide water to an aquarium, you have many options. In freshwater tanks, water can be accessed from different water sources. The saltwater tank needs a salt mixture. However, it’s essential that whatever you use your drinking water with requires a bit of treatment for your fish. Always test your water before putting fish in your tanks.

Municipal tap water

How can I quickly get the fish into the water by turning on a faucet? When drinking water from the municipal network, the water underwent physical and chemical treatments to clean and remove most bacteria. The water quality is still variable based on the area. Occasionally water is filled with minerals like iron, fluor, and magnesium. Some tap water contains ammonium and organic matter, irritating delicate aquatic animals. One of the problems with using public water for fish tanks is the high content of chlorine which is frequently used in public drinking water systems.

Rainwater

Using rainwater in aquariums is an easy way to conserve money. Rainwater has a relatively low minerals content, which makes its pH fluctuate. Also, you must test and treat rain waters to ensure that they do not cause damage to your fish. Rains are also susceptible to contaminators in the air. Raindrops can absorb pollutants as they drop. Water that falls on a rooftop before collection may also collect toxic things from the shingles.

[2022] Baby Snapping Turtle: Complete Care Guide and Breed Info

Baby Snapping Turtle

Putting a dinosaur in the tank is a tempting decision, but it is not practical. Would anyone like the opportunity to be the owner of a prehistoric turtle? Baby Snapping Turtle is Here! Snapping turtle is certainly exotic pets, which is just proof that they are beautiful pets. They may seem strange animals to keep, but they are fascinating animals to notice, especially in tanks. This snapping turtle is maintained in aquariums. Continue reading for information on baby turtles.

Chelydra serpentina

It can also be known as the Common Snapping Turtle and the most common snapping turtle species. They have become common throughout the US. They are among the heaviest native freshwater turtles on their northern territory.

How to Care for Baby Snapping Turtles

Those baby turtles can appear like a cute small snaping turtle, don’t make this impression! Snapping turtle come in colossal size, and sometimes they can be a threatening pet. These snapping turtle live in the water but do not fit into a regular long-term aquarium. Baby Snapping Turtle it’s an undertaking species and makes a lovely pet for experienced keepers. Continue reading for details on the baby snapping turtle care.

What does a baby turtle look like?

Baby snapping turtls resembles miniature versions of adult versions. It may initially prove difficult to distinguish alligator snapping turtles from common snapping turtles. It has a long, pointed tail and fleshy feet with sharp claws. The shell of Alligators Snapping Turtle consists of three distinct bones, which are raised and form three raised rows spiky on the shell. Baby Alligator Snapping Turtle is bright and fleshy and wriggle the tail to attract prey. The baby snapping turtle has fewer prehistoric characteristics.

Tank Mates

These turtles has a significant habitat and lives with different fish species within your environment. However, fish is an essential source of food for turtles. It is challenging to locate an animal that can prosper alongside powerful enemies like these turtles. Slow fish or with swimming difficulties will indeed be eaten. But this also applies to other fish that often pass through the turtles and end up predating. Choose small and fast fish to add. However, it would be nice to leave the tortoises only with themselves. Almost all fish in a communitarian tank with Snapping Turtles will be eaten.

Keep baby turtles together

Snapping turtles can cause serious health risks and damage to the environment and even to humans and other mammals. They are often aggressive, and we suggest keeping one tank per tank.

Appearance

Snapping turtles can grow to an immense height, weighing as much as 65 pounds. A typical Snapping Turtle is approximately 13 inches tall and weighs around 35 pounds. For the untrained eye, distinguishing between different clades of Chelydridae is difficult, but these turtles have a unique character. These turtles can easily be confused by a turtle that snaps (Macrochelys temminckii). The Alligator Snapping Turtle can reach 125 kg and reach 33 inches in diameter though it may resemble. Its shell resembles those found on snapping turtles but has three rows of crests easily distinguished.

Baby Snapping Turtle

How to take care of a baby snapping turtle?

A 10-gallon container can fit a baby snapping turtle but requires additional storage space in a short time due to its growth rate at the beginning of life. Due to the volume of waste created, these turtles pollute the tank quickly, degrading the water from the aquarium. Keep an eye on the snatching! Even when accustomed to handling at a young age, he would not have much physical contact with his Chelydra serpentine. When you want to keep more than two individuals, keep them separate because they will bite each other when they grow up.

Habitat and tank conditions

Snappers are widespread in throughout eastern North America including all of South Carolina and Georgia. They inhabit almost any body of freshwater throughout their range. Some have even been found in brackish water. They are typically found in the mud in the swampy area and in rivers where silted water has been found. It’s a crucial substrate, because during winter, the turtles can burrow into it for hibernation. The turtle thrives in fresh water or in brackish waters that provide plenty of habitat.

Baby Snapping Turtle Tank Setup

In tanks the reproduction of the natural environments is easy. Filtration on the other hand is crucial to the wellbeing of Baby Snapping Turtles. It is essential to maintain strong filtration and aeration systems. When a turtle matures and is fully grown, it is not an important concern. Moreover the system will need biochemical filtration and mechanical filtration capability.

Tell me the size of the Aquaterrarium?

When babies are purchased, they usually have a small size and can be kept in a tank of around 10 gallons. Eventually, however, tanks will no longer take care of your tortoise baby. The adult Turtle Snapping needs at least 150 gals of tanks or an outdoor lake.

Baby Snapping Turtle Care

Caregiving a baby snapping turtle is quite simple since they are robust and healthy and don’t have particular ailments. Nevertheless, there remain several critical factors. Do not underestimate the power of sound filtration systems. If dealing with a small quantity of water or large animal such as this can cause your tank to get dirty fast. This may lead to illness and deteriorating growth for your pets. Even with an adequate filter, you have to clean your tank frequently. It’s similar to cleaning other aquariums. You have to keep the surface area of the tank clean too.

Where can I buy baby turtles?

The best sources for baby Snapping Turtles are reputable and knowledgeable breeders. Fortunately, reptile breeders have been easy to find online, thanks mainly to Internet access. Find out if your breeder reviews are favorable or adverse. Learn about the differences between alligator snapping turtles and common snapping turtles to keep you away from scams. Wild-caught snappers are usually sick with parasites and are stressed out.

What are Snapping Turtles?

Snapping turtles live in any aquatic environment like pools and rivers. The natural habitat is densely vegetated with muddy soils. Snappings are omnivores, but their food intake contains a lot of meat and animal proteins. Snapping turtles have been known for hunting with an ambush by sitting and waiting until a living animal passes near the mouth. The neck is long to get to a distant target. Besides small fish, a wild snapper also eats smaller turtles and other reptiles and even birds and mammals. Snapping turtles often eat dead animals. Snapping turtles are not good hunters.

Baby Snapping Turtle Overview

This term refers to giant freshwater turtles that use your method to bite. The Turtle snapping is large and aggressive, especially when juveniles are more tolerant of handling and less aggressive.

Temperature of water

The ideal water temperature for babies is 77-84F. While the common snapping turtle withstands colder temperatures in the winter, a warmer temperature is ideally suited to babies. The temperature of the basking platform should not exceed 90 °F. The temperature obtained is achieved by heating the aquarium using an aquarium heater. The temperature can easily be measured through thermometers and digital thermostats to ensure that the temperature is not out of range.

Substrate

Even though Snapping Turtles may survive without substrate, their body tends to be less stressed and relaxes when tank conditions mimic their natural environment. So, plants and driftwood combine to provide a suitable substrate. The Baby Snapping Turtle can eat these live plants. Therefore, an alternative substrate is rock or ceramic containers for this purpose. It gives Snapping Turtle babies ample safe places to sleep. Stones must have enough weight not to crash accidentally.

Best and Worst Plants for Baby Snapping Turtle Tanks

The Snapping Turtle needs lots of room when they’re swimming. They will most likely eat the plants in the tanks. Typically for these reasons, plants are skipped if one plans on caring for a baby turtle. However, some plants provide hiding locations for turtles when they are held captive. It is, therefore, best if desired to reduce plant numbers as much as possible. A variety of plant species, such as the Anacharis, hornwort, or the Java Fern, may be employed.

Optimum Tank Size for Baby Snapping Turtles

The recommended size for a baby turtle’s tank is between 10 and 20 gallons. However, Baby Snapping Turtles will soon outgrow it, and a young Snapping Turtle requires at least a 50-gallon tank. The water should be a little deeper to allow swimmers to swim while shallow sufficient for the neck to be stretched to breathe. An approximate method is to get it more profound than the size of the turtle.

Decorations for Baby Snapping Turtle Tanks

As aquatic life offers several risks for babies snapping turtles, it is best to use decorative plants for them. The decor should be selected according to your ability to provide enough shelter for babies snapping turtles and avoid the movement prevented from animals. In this regard, materials are possible, including clay vessels, storage boxes, and other things that form caves and hiding places when submerged.

Tank type for baby snapping turtles

Ponds, plastic containers, or tubs can be adapted as housing for baby Snapping Turtles. The glass terrarium can also provide a pool for baby turtles. A pre-made pond is also possible, considering its growth potential. A durable wire-top cover will keep babies from escaping. The tank may also have a deep, which allows the turtles to relax, partially buried by water.

Baby Snapping Turtle Tank Landscape

The baby Snapping Turtle grows big enough to need a large-sized tank quickly. Their habitats are best suited to a pond. This should give baby Snapping Turtles sufficient space for hiding. Since babies are happy basking in the sun, an onsite sand area is required. Snapping turtles aren’t afraid of leaving the water, so a sloping dock is ideal for their partially amphibian existence.

Baby Snapping Turtle Size

A typical baby Snapping Turtle can grow up to 20 inches in length—A baby Snapping Turtle measures around 6 inches long at age five. The tiny baby Snapping Turtle is sized up to 4 inches long at a baby’s age. Nonetheless, their growth continues to slow down throughout their lives. Adult snapper turtles usually reach a length ranging from 10 inches to 14 inches.

Filter types

Filtration has a crucial effect on infants’ survival in their tanks. Because the Snapping Turtle eats very much food, tank water quickly gets very degraded and stale with leftover foods and detritus. Thus, if snappings become more significant and older, they will need an excellent filtration system. Water change every couple of days is necessary.

Life span of baby Snapping Turtles

In captivity, babies Snapping Turtles generally have an average lifespan of around 30 years. The lifespan of Snapping Turtles varies depending on their quality of care.

PH

A suitable water pH is between 6 – 7 for a baby snapping turtle. So water never becomes too acidic. Adding a small amount of aquarium salt may help make water more brackish.

Tell me the best way to feed baby turtles?

Baby Snapping Turtles eat everything they find in nature. The baby turtles also enjoy diversifying their diets with plant foods. Your Snapping Turtles will be able to eat any food from a tank. Their diet varies with their height or weight. Baby Turtles are likely to consume much more food than adult turtles. They are likely to eat blood worms and other meats. Fruit is a snack but is best consumed with little care. They can eat various commercial foods, including a variety of granules and flakes.

Frequency

The turtles must eat one or two times daily. These are a daily amount – they can be divided into two meals or offered in a single meal. During meals, place leaf green vegetables on top of the water. Almost all young snapper turtles don’t like vegetables but eat whatever is available. Give Koi pellets containing wheat germ once weekly. Wheat germs are beneficial for turtles’ shell health and their sharp shedding. Keep the cuttlefish bones in the aquarium. Your Snapping Turtle will eat them to gain calcium. Remove any inedible mounts and sharp edges.

Techniques

Tongue feedings are an effective means of feeding your baby turtle. It will be a while before you are comfortable with your pet. Then put the tongs in a shallow bowl near your snapping mouth. Tong-feeding allows for an easy and thorough inspection of the turtle. It offers excellent opportunities to bond and has positive interactions. Commercially produced food particles and vegetables can float while protein can sink. Live foods can float and swim and encourage natural hunter behavior.

Supplements

Feeder insects, bones with Calcium, supplements for reptiles. If your baby turtle is exposed to UVB lighting, use calcium powder without vitamin C. You can also sprinkle the foods of the snapping with supplements a few times a week.

How to handle a Snapping Turtle?

Some people believe snappers are very snappy and grow aggressive, but the turtle may just be a bit tame despite being tended regularly at a young age. Those who handle snapping turtle in their younger generation will be recognized as their best friend. But snapping turtles will snap. And the head is extending far more forward. If you have great friends like your turtle, you must keep it safe.

Typical behavior

It may seem that Snapping Turtle can fool your senses into believing they are simply innocent. Unfortunately, that’s not true. A Common baby Snapping Turtle tends to become a predator. In nature, they usually live in isolation. If two turtles fight, only one comes back alive. In tanks, the behaviors are quite similar. You’ll be able to see these guys swimming around and relaxing in their tanks.

Conclusion

The baby Snapping Turtle is an ancient species that can be kept at home. This baby turtle is pretty simple to maintain. They’re not picky eaters, and they need little attention unless they have the proper filters. Adults are therefore much more dependent upon the size. If there is not enough room to put turtle tanks, this becomes very dangerous.

[2022] Ammonia Poisoning Betta: Preventions And Disease Healing

Ammonia Poisoning Betta

Ammonia poison is dangerous for all fish. Many fish have fallen victim to ammonia poisoning when they enter their new home. This guide gives you the basics of preventing ammonia burn, making it safer for the animals you are feeding. Let’s start guide about Ammonia Poisoning Betta..

How do you treat Ammonia poisoning in fish?

It is possible that the goldfish is intoxicated by ammonia. Some symptoms may develop, it all depends on the fish’s immunity and how quickly ammonia accumulates in the water. How does it work for treating poisons? Simple changes of large amounts of water in the tank can quickly solve the problem.

Can chemicals cause goldfish to turn black?

Attractive and easy-care goldfish tolerate different tank situations and thus have become popular as pets. Finding black spots on your colored goldfish likely indicates ammonia burn, which is often found on the fins, which could also indicate an infection. Excess ammonia in goldfish tanks is unfortunately common, so the keeper must carry out tests to constantly check the ammonia level.

Other causes

A parasite also can causes black spots on fish. Some parasites use fish as hosts to complete a stage of their life before releasing their eggs into the environment. They attach themselves to the skin, creating small cysts in the form of dark spots. Infection can be rare inside aquariums and, if it occurs, produces black flakes on the fish’s skin.

Causes

The burning from ammonia may occur in “new tanks”. During the initial cycling period of the tank, we still do not have enough beneficial bacteria to control the toxic concentration of ammonia found in the water. Therefore, when we set up an aquarium, the first step is to wait for the nitrogen cycling period. A thorough cleaning will be necessary when ammonia levels are high in the aquarium. If the keeper cannot take preventative measures, harmful levels of ammonia are found inside the tanks. It also applies to water in a transport bag for packing and transporting fish.

What is ammonia poisoning in betta fish?

In open wild environments, it is pretty rarely seen significant amounts of fish wastes, leftovers, and other debris. The accumulation of water and debris in the tank can cause excessive ammonia concentrations and contaminate the aquatic life, poisoning the fish. Ammonia in the waters causes the gills to burn, driving breathing difficulty and eventually killing the fish. Ammonia is usually found in newly built aquarium installations that do not cycle properly before adding fish.

Ammonia

Goldfish with brown or dark spots and stains are likely victims of ammonia burn. Goldfish produce a lot of fish waste for a pet fish, leading to an ammonia problem in a new tank. Fish that eat a lot produce ammonia. Fish waste, plant waste, and leftover food are broken down and produced ammonia, decreasing pH and burning goldfish gills and skin. When ammonia levels drop, fish recover and heal; discolored patches signify skin healing. However, in a tank with consistently higher ammonia concentrations, stains can never appear. The fish’s skin has little chance of recovery and will turn brown.

Is Ammonia poisoning fatal?

Ammonia poison can kill your fish. This depends mainly upon how much ammonium has accumulated in the water. This will be regulated to keep the tank clean and the water always in good condition. A few drops of ammonia can cause some discomfort to your fish. Ammonia poisoning is dangerous and can cause the death of all animals in the tank. If we test our water regularly, we can treat the problem fast. The treatment affects the fish very much in most cases, so quarantine them while treating the tank and changing the water.

Ammonia Poisoning Betta

Prevention

Ammonia is the first nitrogenous waste produced by fish which causes severe toxicities in the water. Using the right dimensioned biological filter breaks down the ammonium produced from fish and keeps the tank safe. Regular water changes can also help maintain a healthy enviroment. The tank should be cleaned at least every week.

Warning

Other reasons for the ammonia burning symptoms are water containing chloramine; that enters the tank when changing the water without using a water condition. Use dechlorinators or water conditioners for every water change or water reposition.

Ammonia poisoning

In fish, excessive ammonia causes many problems, including skin blackening. Fish suffering from ammonia poisoning sometimes behave strangely. Hemorrhage results in pink or red gills with red stripes in the fin. Goldfish may also stop eating and look like they have trouble swimming in the water. If your Goldfish suffers from poisoning, contact your veterinarian immediately. Ammonia has no colors; therefore, water clarity does not determine Ammonia level.

Summary

Ammonia poisons have serious consequences. You must be sure all tanks are correctly cycled. The bacteria converts ammonia through the nitrification process. Checking tank water regularly can help prevent ammonia levels in your tanks go up without warning. The ammonia buildup will likely indicate a problem in the nitrogen cycle or filtering system.

What causes ammonia poisoning?

Ammonia gets in the tank in many ways. Ammonia can be formed in chloramines which are disinfectants in tap water. Chloramide helps make drinking tap water safe but is lethal to fish and invertebrates. Fish wastes, dead plants, or other uneaten food and debris can cause ammonia levels in tanks. When you do not clean and adequately maintain your tank regularly, you can cause contaminating ammonia and organic matter to buildup, which causes toxicity.

Definition

Ammonia is released directly from fish excreta. During the presence of toxic ammonia in aquariums, it reaches the skin and gills of the fish, which are chemically burned. Low concentrations of ammonium can cause an increase in mucus on the skin, causing the skin to develop spots or a coating over the gills. These factors can affect fish breathing, as ammonia directly harms the gills. Ammonium burning can cause secondary problems of bacterial origin, internal or external. High levels of ammonia can be fatal.

What is ammonia poisoning?

Ammonia is fish waste’s main component. Your fish releases ammonia through waste in their waters. A dissolved organic material released into a water tank can release ammonia. For instance, ammonia can be released through rotten food. The toxic effects of ammonium poisoning can cause serious harm to the fish. These toxins burn the skin and gills of fish, resulting in an unable to breathe. Ammonia poisoning should never take place in a well-maintained tank.

Signs of ammonia poisoning in Bettas

It is essential to learn how to treat Betta fish poisoning correctly. Ammonia poisoning is often a chronic condition. You can start changing the Betta tank water; if the fish doesn’t eat its too much food and lays on a surface with fins attached to the body. Your fish’s gills can change color and appear as it is bleeding. As the poisoning continues to occur, your betta may get red spots in his side or blood spots when the tissue starts to deteriorate.

How to treat a betta with ammonia burns?

Ammonia has devastating effects on your betta fish. When water is saturated with ammonia, the kind of acid will be harmful to the fish that live in this water. It is toxic to fish’s eyes, gills, and skin. Even lower ammonium levels will result in fish producing skin mucus, which causes a pale appearance. The mucus can also cover the fish gill – preventing his breathing. Ammonia burns skin-on fish, and internal organs are a source of internal and external infections. Now we can understand what ammonia poison is and its symptoms. Along with such symptoms, you might notice the water becoming cloudy, which could indicate the ammonia causing dirt accumulation on the tank.

Reducing Ammonia

Reduced ammonia is a process of finding the cause and addressing the consequences. Fish can eat and excrete more food than they need; therefore, it is easier to overfeed them. Install the right tank filter and set your system for proper operation to filter water. A regular water change is needed and tank cleaning as substrate vacuum. Replace 30-40% water each week and use a water conditioner.

Ammonia poisoning in goldfish

Ammonia kills silently. It’s an amalgam of hydrogen and nitrogen without colors. This means you can’t view it and you can probably only see it once the issue has been installed. How do I know my Ammonia concentration has been elevated? You can test ammonia levels with a test kit.

Clamped Fins and Lethargy

In affected fish, it is common for their fins to close to the heart; it is one of the first signs that something in the aquarium is incorrect. This can signal an unhealthy fish, and stress can lower the immune system and promote disease. Lethargy can also be seen with many fish ailments and shows weakness. A lethargic fish is quiet or lying on the substrate or somewhere in the aquarium. All these symptoms are seen in ammonia burn.

Treatment

At the first stage, it’s possible to lower ammoniate in aquarium water using water changes. Use the ammonia test to determine if ammonia has been controlled. The signs of improvement are seen in fish within 5 – 7 day intervals. Treatment can continue until the ammonia levels are stable again in the water tank.

Thickened slime coat

Every fish is coated with slimy mucus, protecting it from bacterial and viral infection. That’s how fish become slippery when trying to hold them. Interestingly, it becomes thicker with the presence of low amounts of ammonia. The disease causes the fish’s color to fade, and the scales appear dull.

How to cure ammonia poisoning in goldfish?

As with most goldfish diseases, it is best to avoid ammonia poisoning and avoid it altogether. It’s much easier to properly cycle your tank and avoid overfeeding than to reduce ammonia levels and treat goldfish when ammonia becomes a severe issue. But ammonia poisons can also be easily treated with regular maintenance and water changes, avoiding the accumulation of fish waste and uneaten food. Also, a goldfish tank with a well-established nitrogen cycle is essential to prevent problems in fish keeping, as properly cycled tanks are ready to withstand organic loads and fish waste.

[2022] What Do Snapping Turtles Eat (The Complete Guide)

What Do Snapping Turtles Eat

Snapping turtles often eat large amounts of food and therefore have a large appetite. You have the opportunity to feed a snapping turtle anywhere and anytime. If you are looking for plant foods, you should provide your snapping turtle with romaine lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens. This giant turtle inhabits many lakes and rivers in some parts of Florida and is very common in that region. So a correct way to feed the snapping turtle is with a meat-based diet, thus helping to prevent any illness or injury. let’s started for guide about What Do Snapping Turtles Eat…

Snapping Turtles

The snapping turtle is a very popular freshwater tropical turtle that is very interesting to keep as a pet by its keepers. They have a large body and a distinctive head, so broad that they are easily recognizable. Turtle snapping populations prefer shallow water sources and slow-flowing rivers. The snapping turtle is found in swamps, rivers, and lakes.

What does a baby snapping turtle eat?

To keep adult snapping turtles solid and healthy, you should provide the animals with a high-quality, varied diet. Baby snapping turtles feed on both animal and plant protein. Animals such as small birds, earthworms, and small rodents are part of their diet. In addition, turtles can consume commercially produced food suitable for ubiquitous freshwater turtles. Please read our article and make sure you have plenty of healthy turtles.

What animals eat Snapping Turtles?

The combination of sized, durable shells and powerful jaws make snapping turtle an unattractive meal to many predators. The snapping turtle often becomes food for predators such as alligators. Spotted gulls and otters can sometimes eat snapping turtle juveniles. In many cases, humans are a great danger to babies. Typically, alligator snapping turtles are taken from the ecosystem where their natural habitat is located for sale to the pet trade. Many of these snapping turtle may disappear, primarily due to indiscriminate collection for later sale in the pet market; this causes a decline in the population of these turtles.

How long do snapping turtles live?

Once an emerging snapping turtle survives the hatching stage and becomes an adult, it lives indefinitely. The snapping turtle in captivity will typically live until its 50th birthday. Snapping turtles healthy populations have long-lived and are now in danger of extinction.

Tell me the best way to feed baby turtles?

Eventually, baby snapping turtles can turn into monsters – but they’re not always so much fun! Properly feeding baby turtles is one way to make them grow healthy and beautiful. Baby snapping turtles are always willing to eat a wide variety of foods. Keeping them adequately fed is always a helpful tactic and will undoubtedly help solve future baby snapping turtle growth and health problems.

What Do Snapping Turtles Eat

What did a baby snapping turtle eat?

Snapping turtle pets was initially thought to be very unusual. It may help if you try to mimic their eating behavior at home. These baby snapping turtles eat a variety of different foods. A healthy diet also helps your pet’s immune system be strong and resistant to disease and injury. Buy live food from reputable pet stores and do not offer pathogenic food, and are not approved for the baby snapping turtles to eat, which is usually the cause of many discomforts in pet turtles. You can provide fruits and vegetables, but usually in small amounts and low frequency, maintain a diet based on a protein of animal origin and commercial feeds suitable for baby snapping turtle. Give one or two meals every day to baby snapping turtles. The baby snapping turtles eat more than the adult snapping turtle due to their increased growth. Juvenile turtles feed quickly, gluttonous, and repetitively, making them highly competitive eaters. The scheme should be to feed adult turtles only 2-3 times a week since adults only need to maintain themselves, in addition to being slow-metabolizing animals.

A baby snapping turtle is a lifelong commitment.

You have to care for a baby snapping turtle for a very long time, but that time is limited, so a pet turtle needs to be adequately nurtured so that it can survive well on its own. When supervised appropriately, it would seem that most people may be afraid of their lifespan.

How to build a suitable turtle habitat?

Turtles have been kept as a pet for years by humans, so we have a lot of knowledge and tips on adapting a habitat to keep your turtles appropriately. There are many ways to build places for turtles to hide if the environment seems unsafe.

Typical snapping turtle tank size

Snapping turtles are medium to giant turtles. For this reason, they are large animals; you should have a maximum capacity of approximately 120 gallons. Younger snapping turtles that were not reaching that point may be placed within 60 – 90 gallons tank. If you don’t have enough indoor space available, you need to throw snapping turtles into outdoor ponds nearby. Always recommend getting a vast tank, thus giving snapping turtles the ability to swim in different directions.

Best filter for snapping turtles

Although snapping turtles can live within a deficient water quality environment, it’s strongly recommended, purchasing a Snapping Turtle filter is an essential tool. Snapping turtles produce many wastes, and a filter helps keep the water clean. The best filter for turtles would be high-power to filter water from large tanks. Sumps and canisters work great and are relatively easy to clean and maintain.

How to handle a Snapping Turtle?

Some feel that turtles are growing too fast and will soon become aggressive. With help from an early age, turtles can be remarkably tame. When you catch the turtle when young, your instincts will show them as docile animals like you.

What do snapping turtles eat in the wild?

They are ambush predators, waiting for food to pass in front of them to get food. Most depend mainly on hunting instinct and the abundance of its resources in its natural environment. The feeding of juvenile snapping turtles is different from that of adults. The turtle can also actively seek food. This species has no teeth but has strong jaws to consume. Snapping turtles eat many different mammals and vegetation. It can eat birds, fish, and insects as its food sources.

How do snapping turtles eat?

Turtles like to feed on time for early morning and late at night. A sudden attack grabs the food. The juvenile snapper turtle prefers to forage for its food actively, and the older turtles prefer to wait at the lake’s bottom before suddenly attacking an unsuspecting prey. Turtles can attack each other, biting each other, especially their heads, to maintain their territory.

How do Snapping Turtles hunt for food?

A traditional approach to destroying larger prey includes decapitation. Despite their low body mass, these turtles can be very aggressive, as they are strong. Snapping turtles usually bury themselves in sandy ponds before grabbing prey from the surface. A turtle’s tongue resembles a worm, but its only presence below the surface can be effective by direct-feeding the animal. As much as 200+ tons of strength is applied during decapitation.

How often do baby snapping turtles eat?

If a newborn turtle is offered food, it will feed its meal. But it would be best if you kept your distance; feeding a young wild turtle can bring you potentially serious illnesses. Plus, overfeeding turtles can make them obese. Please provide your turtles by feeding them one to three times a week for easy feeding. When young, these animals need frequent feeding.

How much should you feed a snapping turtle?

The amount of food for snapping turtles depends upon their age. For the first five months, the juvenile will have a daily diet or, at least, every other day. Once snapper turtles reach peak maturation, you may feed them two or three times each week.

Final thoughts

When you’re tiny babies, snapping turtles can look irresistibly cute. However, older adults age, as do their appearance and attitude changes. As adults, animals are very aggressive in their behavior and food; consequently, this is a cause of the disaster. You’ll need time to think before proceeding with your choice of a cuddly turtle baby.

Smallest Koi Fish: Ultimate Guide to Koi In Small Ponds

Smallest Koi Fish

Are you considering keeping koi fish? With limited space you will be seeking advice on the smallest koi varieties that can be kept in small ponds or aquariums. In this article we identify the smallest koi fish varieties and we offer a guide to small koi pond design and care.

Koi fish are a long term commitment. They are hardy fish that are easy to take care of, although if allowed, they can reach a vast size requiring large spaces.

Smallest koi fish

Are you looking for small Koi for your aquarium or outdoor pond?

Small Koi generally refers to fish that are 15 inches or smaller in size, making them suitable for larger household aquariums.

Keeping small koi in an aquarium or pond will restrict its growth. Large ponds allow fish to grow to their full potential.

Small koi varieties

Butterfly koi fish

All koi will grow large if raised in outdoor lakes or dams where, not only they have plenty of space to move, hide and grow; but water conditions will likely be ideal.

Not everyone has a lake or dam that they can keep their koi in, so what are the smallest koi fish varieties available for people with smaller ponds?

Butterfly Koi are generally smaller than other varieties of koi fish. They are slender in body and have longer fins and barbels than regular koi. Butterfly koi are the result of a cross between a standard fin koi and an Indonesian carp.

Butterfly Koi make a great addition to aquatic habitats with their graceful long fins. With the right care and environment, these fish can easily live 10 to 15 years!

An alternative to koi

An alternative to koi is the popular Shubunkin (a variety of calico colored goldfish). They are popular because they can grow to 9 to 18 inches in length, and they tend to be much hardier than fancy goldfish and koi. This fish is also known for being very active, making them a great addition to any pond.

Shubunkins are sometimes referred to as the “Poor Man’s Koi”.

Of course there are the many varieties of goldfish. Select the long bodied hardier varieties such as comets, sarasa, and shubunkin varieties. Avoid varieties that will succumb easily to predators, competition from other fish in the pond and fish that are delicate such as bubble eyes.

Mini koi ponds

When it comes to creating a small pond, it’s important to choose the best design and design it correctly, so you don’t have to make future changes.

Designing and constructing your own small pond is great because it allows you to do exactly what you want. It should ideally match the nature of your space; you can fit this layout with your porch or garden style.

Can you put koi in a small pond?

It is possible to put Koi in a small pond, but it is not recommended.

Koi can grow up to 36 inches in size, making a minimum size of 300 gallons of water necessary for even two Koi. If the pond is outdoors, it must be at least 3 feet deep.

While a smaller tank may be suitable for two koi in the short-term, in the long-term, the lack of space and water quality may result in the koi becoming unhealthy. Installing a quality koi pond filter will ensure water quality is optimal.

Minimum requirements for keeping koi in ponds

  • Having a minimum depth of three feet (so long as the pond doesn’t freeze over in winter- in this case it would need to be deeper).
  • Provide a healthy environment for the Koi, by including a variety of plant species near the water’s edge, so they have plenty of vegetation to feed. This also helps the fish feel safe from predators.
  • Water filtration rids the water of fish wastes and excess nutrients that lead to algae growth. Less fish means less fish wastes, therefore filtration is not as necessary.
  • Adequate well balanced koi food.

Water Quality

smallest koi fish pond

Koi are cold-water fish species but thrive in water with a temperature between 59-77 degrees Fahrenheit.

Maintaining the water quality in a Koi pond is essential for keeping its inhabitants healthy and happy. To achieve this, it is important to ensure that the water has the right chemical makeup.

Pump filters are a great way to ensure a good flow of oxygen and support the ecosystem in the pond.

Additionally, installing fountains in the center and around the edges of the pond can help to provide better oxygenation and make a great visual impact.

Koi can tolerate a wide range of PH, anywhere from 6.5 to 9.0; however, they are happiest between 7.4 to 8.4 (most tap water fits between this range). Having a PH test kit will help with monitoring the water.

How many Koi fish can a 1,500 gallon Koi pond hold?

When it comes to a small pond, you probably won’t be able to keep many koi fish. If you have a 1500 gallon pond, you can comfortably accommodate around seven koi fish without any major issues. However, if you are mixing goldfish with koi fish, you should follow the same guidelines due to the size of the goldfish and the amount of waste they produce.

How many koi for a 300 gallon pond?

When it comes to determining how many Koi can fit into a 300-gallon pond, the general rule of thumb suggests one koi per 300 gallons.

However, a 300-gallon pond is usually not large enough to accommodate Koi during the breeding season. Therefore, it is recommended that no more than two individuals of some smaller-sized variety be kept in this volume.

To ensure optimal water quality, it is important to regularly monitor the parameters of the pond and take any necessary steps to maintain those levels.

Get creative with your containment choice!

Building a small pond doesn’t have to be impossible. When there is no yard available for your small pond, a holding tank can work as an alternative.

You can use large metal tubs or pools as tanks; add rocks and gravel and then add water and a filter to cycle it. Select some floating water vegetation for a more aesthetically pleasing look.

The result is an adorable small pond!

Make a koi-friendly fountain

Creating a beautiful and functional water feature in your garden is easier than you think! By installing a filter system to a pre-existing fountain, you can easily turn it into a pond that is perfect for your family’s koi.

If you don’t have an existing fountain, you can purchase a small one and install it at home. However, installing a fountain for a larger pond can sometimes be a challenge, so it is wise to seek professional help to ensure that your fountain is of the appropriate size and quality to accommodate your koi.

With the right filter and support, you can have a stunning and koi-friendly water feature in your garden!

Adding multiple smaller koi fish ponds

Adding multiple smaller koi ponds to a garden space can be a great way to add beauty and interest to your garden. Not only will they allow you to keep a larger variety of koi, but they will also help to create a more dynamic and interesting landscape.

By creating multiple smaller ponds, you can also avoid having to make drastic changes to your existing gardening and planting space with the excavation of a large pond.

When constructing multiple ponds, it is important to make sure that they look compatible with your existing landscaping. This could mean using similar materials, colors, and textures in order to create a unified look.

Additionally, you may want to consider adding some low-maintenance plants and other features such as rocks and waterfalls to create a more dynamic and interesting space.

Finally, it is important to consider the size and depth of each of the ponds. For example, if you are planning to keep larger koi, you will need to ensure that the ponds are deep enough to accommodate them, and that the ponds are large enough to provide adequate swimming space.

On the other hand, if you are keeping smaller koi, you may want to opt for shallower ponds that are easier to maintain. By adding multiple smaller ponds to your garden space, you can create a beautiful garden landscape.

A small pond at the bottom of a trickling waterfall

A cascading water feature can create a stunningly picturesque scene.

With a little bit of maintenance and the right setup, this can be an easy and cost-effective way to add a serene and calming atmosphere to any outdoor area.

By installing a cascading device, the need for aerators and other pumps in Koi Ponds can be eliminated.

This design is great for smaller ponds and can be installed with relative ease. However, it is important to remember that waterfalls need proper maintenance and care just like ponds do.

With the right maintenance and setup, a small pond at the bottom of a trickling waterfall can be a beautiful addition to any outdoor space.

The ideal pond size for smaller koi fish

The ideal outdoor pond would be 5,000 gallons or more, however, ponds with a volume of at least 1,000 gallons can suffice.

While smaller ponds, such as 300-gallon ponds, can provide a suitable home for a few small Koi, they may not offer enough space for larger koi, or for successful breeding.

A general rule of thumb for pond fish, is to provide 10 gallons of water for every inch of fish.

The larger the pond and the more well-maintained it is, the less risk of damage from factors like disease, stressors, bird predation, and parameter fluctuation. The more space available, means the more Koi that can be safely kept.

Depth of a koi pond

When considering the depth of a small Koi Pond, it largely depends on the temperature of the water.

For outdoor ponds where the temperature drops to 0°C, it is recommended that the depth be 3.5 feet or more. This allows the surface of the water to freeze over while the deeper parts of the pond remains unfrozen and at a temperature that is suitable for the Koi to survive.

Meanwhile, for indoor or temperature-controlled tanks, the depth should be such that the Koi can swim and rest comfortably.

Can koi stay small in a small pond?

Koi can survive in a small pond, but it is important to ensure that their living conditions are ideal for their health and longevity.

Keeping koi in a pond that is too small can cause stress and lead to serious illnesses, which can ultimately result in premature death.

To ensure that koi remain healthy and happy, they must be kept in an environment that meets all their needs. This includes providing ample space, good water quality, and proper nutrition.

With the right conditions, koi can live for many years and remain small in a small pond.

Benefits of building a miniature koi pond

Building a miniature koi pond can provide numerous advantages. It is a great solution for those who can’t have a large pond. Small ponds create a pleasant ambience and provide habitat for native insects, frogs and birds.

Stacking containers like plastic tubs is an inexpensive way to create a smaller pond. Also bath tubs, toddler pools, larger ceramic pots and plastic drums all make excellent small ponds.

The equipment to maintain a miniature pond is also small, easy to handle, and more affordable. However, the maintenance cost of a smaller pond is not necessarily lower than a larger one. Small ponds will require greater maintenance to keep water parameters adequate.

With a miniature koi pond, you can still take advantage of the impressive beauty of koi without the complexity of a larger pond.

Making the transition to larger ponds easier

Smallest Koi Fish

Keeping koi in a larger pond can make things easier for you. All ponds require regular water treatment; however, the smaller the size, the more frequent maintenance is required.

Choosing domestic koi varieties that stay small and can be easier to keep in smaller spaces is better for smaller ponds. Consider Butterfly Koi or goldfish.

Small lakes or dams are the perfect as large koi ponds. These offer the ideal environment for koi to grow and thrive.

Koi are environmental pests in some areas when they escape into local waterways. Be environmentally cautious if you intend using your lake/dam as a koi pond.

How large can koi get?

Tokyo Koi are renowned for their impressive size and are considered to be jumbo Koi fish. These remarkable creatures can grow to an impressive size of over three feet in length!

However, it is important to note that each variety of Koi has its own unique growth pattern. As such, it is not uncommon to see Tokyo Koi reaching a length of up to 30 inches in an aquarium setting.

Final Thoughts

Keeping Koi fish in ponds is an excellent option for beginners through to experienced aquarists. It’s easy to find someone to help build and maintain your pond and take care of the fish in your absence.

During maintenance, you should perform a series of tests to check the quality of the water and the pond. To make the pond more aesthetically pleasing, you can add shrubs, walls, umbrellas, and pergolas on the walls to create shade.

A small koi pond is a viable option to consider for small spaces. Selecting smaller varieties of koi, or consider stocking your pond with goldfish will suit small ponds. Koi and goldfish are hardy adaptable fish.

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[Updated 2022] Molly Fish Fry Care Guide – (Main Things to Do)

Molly Fish Fry

Molly fish are tropical fish that grow extremely fast and reproduce frequently. Adult Molly fish do not have parental care, often abandon the fry and even try to eat their fry. I will show you the molly fish fry tank maintenance techniques that help protect the molly fish fry.

How do I care for Molly Fry?

Molly adult fish abandon their baby fish shortly after birth and may even eat them. In addition to taking care of the Molly fish, you also have the responsibility to maintain the aquarium, thus ensuring that your fish are protected from diseases and illnesses of any kind. Other factors that should provide good maintenance and clean tank interiors and filters include stable parameters such as temperature accuracy, lighting, and other essential functions.

Molly Fish Fry Care Guide

Basic guidelines for molly fish fry care are provided: The care and treatment of baby fish are quick and easy. Adult fish can eat fish fry from the pond, even if the mother doesn’t. Two steps make hatching a success; separate the parents from the litter (or provide enough hiding places for everyone) and take care to keep your baby animal healthy until it becomes a full-grown fish. Taking care of molly fry tanks can be as easy as cleaning them.

How to Care & Grow Molly Fish Fry

Molly fish does not demonstrate parental care; parents can even eat the fry. Female molly gives birth to babies, called “Molly fry.” They are similar to adults but a tiny, tiny version of adults. When a baby is born, he needs nutritious food.

Is a separate nursery tank for Molly Fry necessary?

The Molly fries will be separated from the female Molly fish shortly after the female give birth in a nursery tank, far from adult fish; they cannot be separated together with the female pregnant Molly fish. A separate tank for breeding (nursery tank) prevents the small fry from being eaten by other fish, increasing the brood’s survival. This information is necessary for the safe storage of Molly fry fish in aquariums.

Filtration

A filtration system is essential in all tanks, including Molly’s. Check that the filter you choose is suitable for the size of the Molly fries; obviously, the devices must be secure for small fry. The best way to check the efficiency of the filtration system is through water testing. When proper aquarium filters filter the water inside the tanks, quality and sanitary standards are balanced.

Adding plants

You can choose between artificial plants or live plants to fill your tank. Also, plants must be added before placing Molly Fry in the tank. A good tip about choosing an aquarium plant is selecting plants with broad leaves, like Java fern or some mosses, which are widely common in specialty stores. This place with plants will be used as a hiding place by the fry. In addition, you can create floating plants, helping babies when there is more natural vegetation close to the surface so they can hide immediately after birth. Plants will also help with feeding small fry and other fish species if is a community tank.

Large tanks

Molly fry should have a good volume in the tank to keep the tank’s balance constant. Female mollies can produce hundreds of fry instantly – their births can reach over 100 fries. The baby Mollies needs tanks to grow, ranging from 10 to 20 gallons.

Temperature of water

Like tropical fish, Mollies should have the warmest temperature in their water tank. Keep the water temperature around 77°F. The water temperature dictates the level of Molly’s metabolism and allows for healthy feeding and growth. Use the ideal aquarium heater to maintain stable water temperatures. A thermometer can also help analyze the proper temperatures in our aquarium.

Lighting

Lighting is a significant component in keeping fry ponds healthy. Appropriate bulbs protect its growth. Tanks require at least 12 hours of rest and 12 hours of light per day.

Prevention from diseases

Keep your fish constantly well fed with quality food, and the aquarium’s water quality is always ideal. Sometimes parasites and pathogenic fungi can be present in water. Babies have no immunity to diseases that can harm them. Various chemicals can help the habitat stay healthy, and there are medications of their own to treat illnesses.

Introduce Molly Fry In The Nursery Tank

Relocating your Mollies fry into a nursery tank is a great strategy to increase the number of fries that reach adulthood. Let your Molly fry in a container floating in the water of the new aquarium for about 15 minutes until the temperatures stabilize. Little by little, mix the water from the aquarium with the water containing the fry; observe to determine if they all have adapted and are swimming well. Use a net, remove the fry, and place them in the nursery tank.

Molly Fish Fry

Fry Mollies Food

Molly fry does not require specific dietary supplements, only quality foods. They can eat the food that adult fish eat. Animal-derived foods, such as brine shrimp, worms, blackworm, and bloodworm, can help fry fish to grow faster if they become healthier.

Saving Molly Fry is essential. Tell me the reason?

Keeping Molly’s fish fingerlings in a community tank can be harmful. Molly’s chicks are tiny and quickly become food for larger fish; as they mature, most animals in the tank will chase and attack them. In short, Molly Fry makes an exciting snack for other fish, including her parents. It is necessary to keep the molly fish habitat in ideal conditions at all times; this includes protecting them from all other species in your aquarium.

Does Molly eat her babies?

Yes, Molly, eat your babies. As adult parents, they may end up eating their children. This behavior does not seem unusual for ornamental fish. Mollies usually eat whatever fits in their mouths.

Hidden spots

In this way, Molly’s chicks can be protected by having enough hiding places inside the aquarium. Keeping your baby mollies safe with an artificial hiding place and other aquarium decor items is possible. However, these tactics don’t always work effectively. Be aware that hiding areas are a good idea, but it might not work very well, so take them to a separate tank.

How do I protect Molly Fry in the main tank?

As stated earlier, the only effective method of protecting fry is to keep them in a separate aquarium from their parents and other adult fish.

How long can you keep Molly Fry in a breeding tank?

A breeding tank is a simple method of keeping your fry healthy and safe. Larger female Molly generally release up to 100 fry at one time. Keep your fingerlings separated for 2 to 3 months, or until they are big enough not to be eaten by other fish in the main aquarium.

How are Mollies born?

It takes some time after birth until Molly fry reach the feeding stage. These fish reach sexual maturity from three to six months of age. As long as the adult mollies are kept in good condition, reproduction will occur without problems.

Tell me the best way to put Molly Fry in the main tank?

If Molly is kept in a mature and clean aquarium with excellent water quality, they will become quickly and easily healthier. When the Molly fry is large enough not to be devoured by your tank mates, you can transfer them to the main tank. When fish reach a medium size, other fish no longer confuse them with food. During this time, the molly fry should grow big enough to remain on the main tank without causing harm.

Regular water change

Partial water changes exist to improve water quality for Molly fry. Perform weekly water changes in Molly’s fry pond. Water changes keep contaminants dispersed in the medium at low levels, as it renews the water and prevents contamination; this increases the ability of the fry to grow better and healthier. Please do not keep fish with deficient oxygen levels and keep the water temperature stable, use a aquarium thermometer.

Fry Molly Grown Up to Adult Mollies

About four months after birth, Molly fry grows into adults. Molly fry do not have a specific color, appearing in different colors and formats about their strain. After a more extended period, they acquire their fixed primary colors and forms. These fish will get beautiful colors with a nutritious diet and a suitable habitat.

Molly fry care guide

Generally speaking, you should know these three key components when making molly fry care recommendations.

Add plants to your tank

You have the option of using artificial materials and even living vegetation. Put your plants in the aquarium before introducing the fry. These plants provide hiding places for the fry in their early ages and behave similarly to those in their breeding boxes. You can always use broad-leafed plants similar to Java ferns or moss. This effect can also be created by using floating plants, especially with long roots; spawning mops also help. Always help newborns to hide around them immediately after their first birth, this will help you to save molly fry.

Isolate the female Molly Fish

By separating the pregnant molly from the main tank, you keep her out of worry that other fish will eat her fry and prevent pregnancy from stressful for female Mollies. Keeping a female about to calve in a community aquarium is not the best method of maintaining baby Molly babies healthy, especially when you have a lot of adult fish in your aquarium. In theory, the more plants and places forming hiding places, the more fry will survive. This may seem like a simple question, but it is not always for beginners. This option of removing the female makes the molly fries easier to keep when separated.

How should we feed them?

It is recommended that fry feeds with small amounts several times a day. Remember that Molly fish fry is small animals and can only swallow food that fits their tiny boa. Feed the fry regularly, without leaving food leftovers in the aquarium. Quality food will bring quality animals. Keep a strict diet so you don’t leave your fish obese or leftover food that will degrade the water quality in the fry tank. It’s safe and convenient to store your fry in an adult-like tank. You can also offer the same food that adult fish eat; crushing before submitting crush makes the pieces small enough to fit in the fry’s mouth.

Tank and filter system setup

Breeding tanks will require between 10-20 gallons of water to raise the fry. The tank needs an efficient filtration system. Ensure your filters are free of dirt and not sucking up the fry. The filter can also be covered with foam that protects it from sucking fish and traps food residue.

Conclusion

Is breeding mollies a good hobby for any fish keeper. Molly fry is not very difficult to raise. Still, it is necessary to take measures for their preservation and well-being and maintain the excellent condition of the aquarium and excellent water quality. Unlike adult Molly fish, which are more robust, fry is less tolerant of an unstable and toxic environment. Before attempting to grow Mollys, you should be familiar with keeping these fish. Always try to feed them nutritious and correct food, keeping the aquarium in perfect condition for your fish.

Hygrophila Corymbosa: Planting, Care, Propagation & Height

Hygrophila Corymbosa

Hygrophila corymbosa, also know as Temple Plant, is a aquatic plant easy and agile to maintain in a freshwater aquarium. The Hygrophila corymbosa is a ideal plant to keep inside a giant aquarium looks fantastic in large aquariums. It usually develops underwater, but it can grow and emerge above water, sprouting purple flowers. It can be kept in great shape, but sometimes the leaves can fall out. This plant propagates quickly inside your freshwater tank, creating spectacular, green, and massive growth right before your eyes. All varieties of the species share the same main characteristics, such as requiring a good amount of lighting and generally flourishing in larger structures.

Summary

The aquatic plant Hygrophila corymbosa are suitable options for beginner hobbyists into planted tanks. It is flexible and adaptable and flourishes in virtually all water conditions. If you need to keep your aquariums looking flawless with lots of water, it can be an excellent solution to this problem.

What is Hygrophila?

Hygrophila is also known as Temple Plant, Giant Hygro or Marsh Plant. The genus Hygrophila contains about 100 species, some of which are aquatic. Some species and hybrids are invasive animals, while many varieties and species are widespread in aquariums.

Habitat

The Giant Hygro (Hygrophila corymbosa), as it is sometimes called, it is suitable to start your hobby of maintaining aquariums with plants. It is not a demanding aquatic plant and is adaptable to different water parameters in aquariums or other selected locations.

Tank Mates and compatibility

It is ideal as tank mates to many species of aquariums, although your plant needs careful handling to be kept in a tank with herbivorous fish. Most of the time, herbivorous freshwater fish can nibble on plant leaves.

Placement in a Tank

Most Hygrophila corymbosa cultivars generally do well in aquariums, and the plant with its tall, temple-like top is perfect for placing in the tank’s background region.

Hygrophila corymbosa: Planting, Care, Propagation & Height

Another feature that a well-designed aquarium offers its inhabitants is the presence of plants. Hygrophila corymbosa will also serve as a source of shelter for protection and a secondary source of food for the tank’s fish, allowing them to live in a suitable location that resembles their natural environment. Of course, it’s always good to start with beginner-friendly plants like Hygrophila corymbosa, or popularly known as Giant Hygro.

Hygrophila corymbosa

Hygrophila corymbosa (Temple Plant) is an easy-to-care aquatic plant that hails from the Asian regions. Its flowers are purple and can grow above water level, so domestic aquariums are not standard. In your aquarium, it spreads quickly, forming forms with its light green leaves, deep and thick, and growing towards the surface. Some species and cultivars also have pink or magenta leaves and flowers, particularly interesting in aquariums. The new stems that sprout from the plants spread through the bushes, creating a thick, compact appearance; the plant will be an excellent application for forming aquatic landscapes.

Growing conditions

Hygrophila corymbosa lives well at a pH around 6.0 to 7.5 and hardness around 2 to 15 dGh. It is crucial to use intense light to encourage optimal growth, as its habitat does not develop softer lighting. The water will have temperatures between 64 and 86 degrees F. There should also be enough nutrients in the aquarium for these aquarium plantings so they can grow to their fullest and maintain their beautiful, eye-catching appearance. Hygrophila corymbosa also benefit from the use of CO2 for plants. It is ideal for the best light conditions, but it can be kept in moderate light conditions.

Hygrophila corymbosa Care

Most other subspecies and cultivars of Hygrophila corymbosa share common characteristics. Hygrophila corymbosa can grow to over 15 inches tall in the natural habitat, although in most aquariums, the plant should grow to about ten inches tall. The naturally occurring Hygrophila corymbosa is found in all South Asian countries, including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and India. When submerged in water with optimal conditions, it produces pink or purple flowers. Plants can turn grayish-green, pink, and purple depending on their underwater position and the incidence of light and nutrients.

Propagation and reproduction

Another essential aspect of caring for the Giant Hygro plant involves propagation – most notably the increase in large side shoots that will need to be pruned for the plant to maintain its erect architecture, but this depends on the tank’s design. These pruned shoots can be buried in the substrate; this is the main form of artificial propagation of this plant. Due to its rapid expansion and growth, it may be necessary to carry out pruning even weekly. When cutting new seedlings, remove a few leaves from each branch—roots from around the nodes, which helps the plants remain stable. You can start finding new roots in a few days. The plants spread new shoots and start to look like little shrubs.

Why Hygrophila corymbosa plant?

This simple stem plant offers fantastic underwater views when combined with other aquatic plants and animals. Giant Hygro is a stem plants that produce different color patterns, ranging from dark green to pink and magenta. However, these displayed colors are subject to other factors such as lighting, supplementation, and strict care measures. This stem plant often produces beautiful purple flowers while remaining in full force. These plants emit a bright green color for an abundance of pure simplicity that dominates aquascaping.

Ideal Tank Requirements and Conditions

The researchers explain that aquatic plants differ somewhat from terrestrial plants. It takes longer to keep a certain number of plants stable in a pond that needs regular cleaning and specialized treatments. Some plants require more care; others are less.

Propagation instructions

A large formation in a forest is possible underwater in your aquariums. Most aquarium hobbyists prefer broadleaf plant. Trim off excess plants and shoots for harmonious support. You can pair your Giant Hygro with Cryptocoryne and some types of school fish like cyprinids, including Rasboras. This harmony in our tanks is pleasant and comforting! If the pruning cut is done correctly, the side shoots will no longer grow, so the edges of the bushes will be visible.

Care and maintenance

The Hygrophila exhibit new growth very quickly and requires almost no extra maintenance. Water changes and the addition of liquid fertilizer will stimulate healthy new growth in the plants. Then you can prune your plant as soon as possible. Pruning helps the plant grow stronger, generating new healthy parts and shooting new shoots. During the day, Hygrophila plant grows happily even in poor lighting. To increase plant density, growth, or change color, you should use specific lighting and a CO² injection system.

Compatibility

Hygrophila plant grows in a pond with lots of snails, shrimp, and fish, as long as they are not predatory animals. You should avoid keeping these plants with heavily herbivorous animals (such as goldfish). Goldfish will also eat virtually all of its various aquatic plants, branches, and leaves. Some fish also easily remove the plant from the substrate. These plants, when constantly attacked, will eventually perish.

Tank size

These plants are highly recommended for those with limited knowledge who maintain these plant. The species has almost all the characteristics suitable for a beginning or intermediate grower. Hygrophila tends to spread very quickly as it adapts to the tank.

Hygrophila corymbosa 101

Hygrophila corymbosa is a plant with a long, slender stem with long, lanceolate leaves and a slightly rounded base. For growing in ponds, plants usually measure between 4-10 inches in height. Its leaves have bright green leaves, which darken during intense exposure to the sun. Temple plants multiply quickly if the environment is provided to meet the ideal needs to become dense and showy for long periods. When viewed from nature, when partially submerged, this plant produces pink flowers.

Appearance of some cultivar

Plants of the Compact variety (or Kompakt) are darker brown in tone in the early stages. The temple’s narrow-leaved varieties can quickly grow in size, giving it bright green colors and bronze hues. Offer the plant a tank that looks like its own miniature aquatic natural environment inside the aquarium. This is not a aquarium plant with different cultivars that is very difficult to observe in nature. Other varieties have been dubbed the fast-growing “giant” plant.

Hygrophila Corymbosa

Benefits it can bring to your aquarium

There are several benefits to adding plant species to aquariums. Tropical aquariums plant can help absorb and reduce nitrogen, ammonia, and other nutrients, helping to keep this amount at optimal levels, so they are not toxic to the fish in your tank. In other words, by consuming the nutrients dispersed in water, they can also reduce unwanted algae growth. Hygrophila can be part of a vast underwater garden for your aquarium with minimal costs, allowing easy tank maintenance.

How to care for Hygrophila in your aquarium?

Having this simple plant in your aquarium means receiving a beautiful aesthetic in exchange for easy care! Aquarium plants provide a stunning aesthetic beauty to any aquarium, as well as hiding places, food sources, and breeding sites for fish. This guide focuses on some tropical aquarium plants belonging to Hygrophila corymbosa. Plants can quickly be grown and cared for individually and can be readily purchased at an excellent local specialty store, giving them an efficient selection as a beginning aquarist. They can take up most of a tank, especially if it’s small in volume.

Growth rate

Both ‘Kompakt’ and ‘Temple Narrow Leaf’ cultivars have light green foliage that provides outstanding aesthetic beauty and is well suited to maintain an environment efficiently designed for them. Kompakt plants grow much slower than classic Temple plants, and the stems are shorter. You will observe both cultivars growing several centimeters per month, and it is stated that the temple variation can reach several meters in height.

Conclusion

Temple Plants kept in aquariums in perfect condition become colorful and showy. Until the requirements of the aquarium, the substrate, and the environment can be balanced, there is a small probability that the plant will stop its growth and never develop. Maintaining planted tanks and plants in aquariums is a beautiful hobby but challenging one. Every effort is worth seeing what comes out of your work in a very well-planned but extremely conceptual aquarium. There are few plants with a beauty comparable to the green of Hygrophila corymbosa, allowing for peaceful and relaxing views.