Do Koi Carp Need Running Water? 0 57

All properly designed koi ponds are built with plenty of filtration, pumps and water jets to allow water to circulate freely throughout the entire pond, and avoid any dead spots of still, stagnant water developing. This will often encompass decorative waterfalls or other water features, which serve the dual purpose of both adding to the appearance of the pond and keeping the water moving.

Because fixtures and fittings of these types can make the design and building of a koi pond more complicated and potentially more expensive, many potential koi carp owners wonder if this is really necessary, or if the presence of running water is simply a cosmetic feature of the pond that serves no real purpose.

Added to this, another common question is whether or not filtration equipment, pumps and fountains should be or can be turned off at night, in order to minimize noise and save on electricity.

Not sure what you should do? Read on to learn more…

What constitutes running water?

Running water in this context does not mean a tap or other watercourse constantly adding fresh water to the pond, but rather the various different pond fittings and equipment that turn the water over and keep it fresh and oxygenated.

Do koi carp need running water?Various different fixtures and fittings within the koi pond contribute to this process, including filtration, air pumps, water pumps, sump pools, and fountains or other moving water.

Why is running water important for koi carp?

There are several reasons behind why koi carp need running water within their pond. No responsible fish keeper should try to construct a koi pond without allowing for it!

Moving water is important for filtration, as koi carp generate a lot of waste. Moving water through a filter helps to keep the water in good condition, which in turn helps to keep the koi healthy.

Oxygenation is also vital for koi. Oxygenation of pond water is something that happens through the movement of the water, with oxygen added to the water as it is pushed through the pumps and filters within the pond.

Koi do not do well in still water, both because the water quality will suffer, and because the pond will not be sufficiently aerated, particularly in the deeper areas.

Can I keep koi without running water? Or can I turn off the water for part of the day?

Koi carp need running water, and it is one of the main elements you should plan for within your koi pond. There is no way to get around this!

The answer to the question of whether or not all of your equipment needs to run 24 hours a day largely depends on the size of your pond, and how many different pieces of equipment you have to help move the water.

Fountains and other aesthetic features can be turned off at night if you wish, providing that you have sufficient means of providing other water movement, such as pumps and filters that are not connected to the fountain.

The only time that you should turn off all of your water-moving equipment at the same time is during maintenance.

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 167

Tortoises are adorable animals and they are great pets to keep in your home. Here we explore the top five reasons why you should consider getting a tortoise as a pet.

1. Low maintenance

With some space to enjoy and some lettuce to chomp on, a tortoise will be pretty happy. This low maintenance pet won’t need walking twice a day and will keep themselves entertained.

2. Tortoises are very affordable

Tortoises are very affordable to keep in your home. Once they are set up with a comfortable space to enjoy, there will be very little cost to upkeep them. Their food is cheap and their space remains clean for long periods without needing to be changed.

3. Tortoises live long lives

Tortoises will also be around for a long time. They can live from 14 to 30 years or more depending on the species, which means you will have a friend for years to come. Unlike most other pets, you will be able to enjoy your tortoise for vast periods of your life.

4. They’re harmless

Tortoises are far more harmless than cats and dogs. While they may bite your finger if you put it in their mouth, little damage will be done. A tortoise is a very safe pet to have in the home and is great when you have children too.

5. Tortoises are loyal

Tortoises are unlike most pets in that they are happy in the space you give them. With room to wander around, food to eat and occasional trips into the garden to play and eat grass, the tortoise will be happy. Tortoises will not try to run away from you like dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs.

Tortoises are adorable creatures to keep as pets and they are a very practical and affordable animal to have in your home. Unlike many pets, it is easy to keep a tortoise and to keep them happy for a long time. With a tortoise, you will have a friend for years and years to come.

Photo: Tortoise by snowmentality licensed under Creative commons 2

Keeping exotic fish as pets 0 296

Exotic fish

There’s something mesmerising about watching a tank full of brightly coloured fish swim around. Do they make good pets though? Is it hard to keep exotic fish? With the right pet care and pet advice, exotic fish make great, if unusual pets.

Tank size

Go for the biggest sized tank you can afford and have room for. The bigger your tank, the easier you’ll find keeping the balance of the water right. Your fish need plenty of room to swim too. Aim for at least a 20-gallon tank.

Tank set-up

You’re going to need a heater to warm the water. You’ll also need a filter to ensure clean, healthy water, which is crucial for fish to thrive. It’s advisable to add an air pump to boost the oxygen levels.

You’ll also need a light for the tank, and a timer for the light, so it’s not on all the time. Bear in mind a fish tank should be placed out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and heating sources.

On top of the things that make your tank work you’re going to need everything that goes into your tank; gravel for the bottom, plants, and decorative caves and tunnels so your fish can hide if they want to.

You can usually buy aquarium starter kits at pet food stores if you want help in pulling everything together.

Getting the water right

The filter will cycle your water to make it suitable for fish to live in, never add tap water directly to the tank. You need to de-chlorinate it first. You can also add a water treatment to help keep the water healthy between changes.

You should change about 10-15% of the water each week to keep it clean and healthy for the fish. Never do a full tank change once your fish are in the tank.

Choosing your fish

When you choose your fish, make sure you start introducing them slowly – this will help you identify if you’ve got the water balance right, and at this point, your tanks eco-system is still developing, so adding lots of fish can damage it.

There’s a wide range of tropical fish to choose from – Cichlids, Betta and Swordtails are good starter fish, and are nice to look at. Never mix goldfish and tropical fish together.