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Outdoor Fish Ponds benefit more than just fish.


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Water gardens and backyard ponds are for butterflies, frogs, birds, fish, you, and the whole family.

These ponds may be small, may even be no larger than 3 to 4 feet in diameter. These may be built in patio containers and barrels.

Drawing wildlife in your backyard may be done by adding water gardens and
ponds. These will not only provide enjoyment and interest but also a natural and relaxing environment as well.

A fish pond in your backyard may become the focal point of your backyard conversation. So spice it up with this tips and techniques.

Where to Put Up a Backyard Pond

Place your fish pond in a place where you can best view it from, whether from a deck or the patio. Make it coincide with the natural surroundings.

Do not place the pond where the sun can overheat it. Nestle it in a shaded place but not under the trees.

Landscaping

It is best to slightly elevate the soil surrounding the pond so that excess water will not enter into it. Plan the drainage system of the pond, making sure that it draws the water away from your house.

Landscaping the surroundings around your pond will
provide a natural dwelling place for birds and frogs
that need water and land. Make sure that electricity
is available if you plan to use lights, filters, or a water
re-circulating device.

Do not place the pond under the trees to avoid fallen
leaves into the pond. This technique will also provide
less maintenance to the pond. Expose the pond to
sufficient sunlight only since some aquatic plants grow
well in full sun and others do not.

Using Pond Liners

Pond liners are used to keep water from leaking into
the soil. It is almost always necessary for ponds even
if it they are situated in clay soils. Pond liners
come in different shapes and sizes. They even include
built in waterfalls or any design based on your
preferences. They are durable and convenient.

Consider a polyvinyl chloride liner (PVC liner) in
building larger ponds. In determining the size of the
PVC, you have to know the maximum length, width, and
depth of the pond. After which, multiply the maximum
depth by 3. Add the answer to the width and the
length. Now you have enough PVC to securely hold down
the pond edges.

Pond liners come in different thickness as well. The
thicker the pond liner, the more resistant it is to
punctures. Cement may be considered an optional pool
liner. However, it requires more expertise to install
and it may cost more than the regular plastic pond
liner.

However, considering that many ponds are quite small,
other plastics may be used. It may be cheaper but many
may break down easily once prolonged exposure to
ultraviolet light happens. Some plastics also may
prove to be toxic to fish.

Pond Installation – Step by step guide here

Time your pond building when the ground is not overly
wet or frozen. Dig the hole according to the right
depth and place (and secure) the pond liner. Then
landscape the pond surroundings. Remove any rocks from
the surrounding area. Add water, plants, and a pump.
Let the pond sit for a few days before adding plants
and fish. Let the plants settle for at least one week
before placing the fish.

Then sit back and enjoy your backyard fish pond!


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Before you become a big fish tycoon you have to start with these essentials.

If you have not already done so I suggest you start with a good book, especially if you are starting out with a salt water aquarium.

You will need an aquarium or tank.

Before you rush and buy an aquarium you need to consider a few things.

  • Where are you going to locate the tank: this will determine the size and shape of the tank you buy.
  • What kind of fish are you planning to keep: big fish need bigger tanks.
  • Are you planning on a fresh-water or a salt-water aquarium: if this is your first fresh water is recommended.
  • Tall narrow tanks are not as healthy as tanks with a greater surface area exposed to the air

It is recommended that you buy the largest tank that your space and money will afford as it is easier to keep the environment healthier and it will allow you more options. There is nothing worse than ending up disappointed with your finished product after putting in all that time and money – think ahead to your big fish tycoon dreams.

Filtration – is the heart of your aquarium and should be given the highest priority in terms of initial investment and future maintenance.

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Your filter should be capable of a flow that is equal to 5 times the tank volume on a small tank, and at least 2 times the tank volume on a larger tank.

Air is another essential element in your tank. You will need a pump, an air line, air rocks or other distribution methods.

A source of fresh water – or a dechlorinator to treat your tap water.

To ensure you have the correct temperature in your tank you will need a thermometer and a heater.

Gravel, plants (and plant food) and other features that you want in the tank. You might also want a backdrop for you tank.

Other necessary items include Test Kits for checking the PH, Hardness and Toxin levels of the water in your aquarium. You will need an algae scraper to remove the algae build up. It is enviable that your fish will experience some diseases so it always good to have a selection of medication at hand.

Light bulbs, filter replacements, and of course fish food are also supplies that you will want to have on hand.

Once your tank is set up making sure it is level, out of direct sunlight, close to a suitable power supply, and where you are sure you want – it is much easier to shift while empty! Then you are ready to fill the tank. Make sure the stand will hold the weight.

After you have filled the tank and got your environment in place you are then ready to wait. Unfortunately, it can take up to 8 weeks depending on the size of the tank, and the type of aquarium you are establishing, before it is ready to support fish. Even if you are only setting up a basic fresh water aquarium it is a good idea to leave the newly established tank operating for at least 24 hours before introducing your fish.

Congratulations! You are now on the way to becoming the biggest fish tycoon.

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Who do you call?
Who do you call when you want go out for evening, or when you want to go on holiday and can’t take your pets with you?
The Pet Sitter.

Trusting your pet with a stranger is not something you should take lightly.

Before turning to a stranger you might:

  1. Ask your friends and neighbours who they use for sitting their pets. They may have a trustworthy sitter who’s name they can pass on to you (of course they may not want to if you vacation together!)
  2. You might ask your vet or other animal professional that you deal with if they of know anyone.

If you cannot source a pet sitter from among your immediate contacts then there are some simple precautions that you need to take, these include:

  1. Look for an agency or person who advertises through traditional sources, this way you are not likely to get a “fly by nighter” who is not concerned about their reputation.
  2. Interview your potential sitters before hiring them. Have them come to your place or take your pets to met them so you can see how they interact. It is important that they are a good match and first reactions can often indicate any problems that might occur in your absence.
  3. Do not be afraid to ask for references and DO follow up on the references they give you.
  4. There are a number of questions that you can ask about their background and experience:
    • How long have you been pet sitting?
    • Do you have animals of your own?
    • What kind of animals have you had experience with?
    • How many animals are you currently sitting?
    • Do you have other pets you are currently sitting?
    • What services/schedule do you provide for the animals you are sitting?
    • Are you able to administer any special diet, medication, or other requirement of my pet?

After the meeting (and any time your pet has been in care) assess your pets reactions. Look for signs of fear, anger, or other out-of-the-ordinary behavior that might suggest improper treatment. Consider your own feelings; did the sitter leave you feeling comfortable and thinking this is a person you could work with?

One final suggestion is that you do not base your decisions on pet sitters solely on price. Do not try and beat your sitter down on price. A pet sitter is worth paying a professional wage, and should deliver a professional service. You should expect no less for your pets.

Consider this:

If you have a love of animals and some spare time – you might like to offer your services as a pet sitter.

This highly respected job offers great opportunities to make some extra income doing what you enjoy.

You would also be helping other pet owners take a well earned break.

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