Substrates, Ornaments Accessories In Yo

Foreword

My interests in fish keeping started since the age of…; uhrr…; very young。 To be honest, I was more fascinated with those colourful ceramic ornaments, shaped to the likes of jade bridges, windmills (with rotary blades attached to air-pipe), ancient sunken ships, coloured stones/marbles etc…; more than my fish (my bad)。 My little mind in me then kept wondering how nice and happy it would be for my guppies and barbs to swim around them。 But I realised that after just a few days upon putting these ornaments into my tank, my fish started dying by the days even though my water then was ok; I think so…; hey,Aquatic my Dad was my guru in water management back then, ok!

To many people, buying an ornament display or accessory is an easy task。 But many a time, they tend to neglect the fact that these might bring about the most fearsome potential problem to their fish tank…; Water Contamination!!


Basic Guides To Buying Substrates, Ornaments Accessories

The temptation in each and every one of us is and will always be there。 We want to see that our creation (tank setup) is of the most beautiful and relaxing setup when we come back from an enduring day at work。 But very little is know about what material (types of ingredients, artwork paints, etc…;) they are made of, or whether or not are they aquarium safe?

Anyway, the fundamental question when you first brings back your accessories, be it substrates, rocks, woods or ornamental displays, is…;!”; Do you know what you will be introducing to your tank? ”;


1) Toxic Contaminations

There is a significant risk that some of these items which you bought may be toxic to your fish and water plants。 Do not use rocks or soils from your surrounding HDB / Condominium or even your backyard gardens as you never know what kind of toxic materials, pesticides or other acidic chemicals they may have already been exposed to。

To detoxify the newly purchased ornaments, I would suggest that you do some preventive measures to ‘;cleanse’; them up a bit。 Do away with any chemical products。 I don’;t feel comfortable using these man-made products。 I would rather use, salt, the old school method taught to us during our early days by our parents and schools (or is it only my school taught that only? Haha…;)。 It is an economical way to get rid of parasites。 Soak it with hot water use a clean soft brush (I use toothbrush from my overseas Hotels’; stay; my bad again) to gently brush it。 Adjust the water temperature accordingly for soft plastic parts。 Rinse it thoroughly before introducing it to your tank。

Never take attractive pebbles from a stream or beach and add them to your fish tank, as they could carry infectious agents harmful to your fish。



2) Abilities To Alter Water Chemistry

Adding substrates like gravels, river sand, rocks and stones may have its adverse effects on your water chemistry。 These mineral compounds in them will over times, disintegrate and breakdown to smaller dissolvable particles which leaches chemicals into the water causing the water pH to alter。 Water general hardness will also be affected; too soft a water will result in fluctuating pH level (unstable)。 This will cause pH shock to your fish and will result in total wipe-out to your beloved fish possession。

But then again, these effects mentioned above may just be what you want to achieve if you are well versed and wish to alter your water hardness level using the appropriate substrates or bio-medias。 For example, if you wish to buffer your water, you may add coral chips or pea gravel to bring up the alkalinity of you water。 Use peats to achieve acidity effects (lower pH)。

It is wise to always get your substrate from a reputable LFS or Farms and check with them whether they will have any pH altering effects to the water。 There are some pebbles and river sand which are pH neutral。

To further confirm the pH changing properties of the substrates or gravel, I would suggest you buy a small packet to test it up at home。 follows these simple steps!-

1。 Pour a glass of water from your regular water changing source。
2。 Use a pH Pen or Meter to measure the water pH and record it down。
3。 Add enough substrate or gravel from your new purchase into the glass of water。
4。 Use the same pH Pen or Meter to check on the pH level after 2 hours。 Record the reading。
5。 Perform the pH level check daily for the next 2 to 3 days。 Record all the reading for each day。
6。 Compile and analyse the readings。 pH reading should not fluctuate with a given tolerance of ±0。5 for all the readings if you’;re looking for a neutral norm。

If you are able to achieve a pH reading consistently in a safe range which you desire, then you may proceed to purchase the remaining quantity from the shop。 Troublesome it may seem, but it actually put your heart at ease knowing that your water parameters are still in a safe range; taking into consideration your fish health。



3) Personal Hygiene

You have to practise self hygiene when putting your hands into your tank。 Wash them thoroughly with mild soap and make sure you rinse them off in running tap water。 You wouldn’;t want any soap, hand-lotions, floor detergents, car wax, and all other chemicals after your household chores or works to get into your tank’;s water which may result in catastrophic failure to your water filtration system, wiping out the beneficial bacteria and live stocks in it。

Oh yeah…; before I forget, do wash your hands before and after meals, ok?



4) Knowing Your Fish Needs

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You will have to be selective in your purchases and arrangement to suit to the original biotope of your fish。 You must understand the needs of the fish you keep。 Some small fishes like dwarf cichlids or shellies thrive well in an conducive environment filled with lots of emptied shells, small rocks or fine river gravels for them to hide from their predators or for their breeding purposes。 Others like big caves liked rocks, drift woods or blog woods would be good for fishes that are territorial in nature。 These would help reduce the number of aggression shown by your alpha fish in the clan。

When introducing new fish to your existing community, you may wish to consider rearranging the old setup (if you really don’;t find it troublesome) to breakup all the old territories with its occupants so as to allow all fish species, old and new, to re-establish their own ‘;home ground’; again。 In short, your fish will appreciate an aquarium that is decorated suited for their needs instead of barren。 Do more research and adopt the best combination for you to admire and for your fish to appreciate。


CONCLUSION

Fishes enjoy having an environment similar to their original habitats and it is with these in mind that we often go around places hunting for these items so as to create a sense of satisfaction for themselves and relieves for our fish。 It is also very important that you use aquarium ornaments, substrates and accessories that are safe to use in both fresh and salt water aquariums。

To avoid all these potential problems mentioned in my article, please only patronise reputable LFS or farms and buy items specifically labelled as being safe to use with aquatic fishes and plants。

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  1. AROWANA
    Substrates, Ornaments Accessories In Yo
    2019-11-17 03:58:31 Contents
    Thank you for raising some days to see not pleasing to the eye and then send people really can be mixed, but with this mix with the dragon seems to be grade low a lot of color is too match, tiger sharks eat very fierce with arowana have a fight, tiger head... :

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