Month: December 2018

Pond-Maintenance Basics For Recreational Fish Ponds

The number one priority of every fish keeper, whether it be a pond or a tank is water quality. You need to spend some time and some money every month, looking after the properties of the water in your fish tank or pond. In fact, it is a lot cheaper in terms of time, money and stress to maintain a good quality of water than it is to correct water once you have let it go wrong.

Your filtration system is your number one tool in the fight to maintain good quality water. A good filtration device consists of two facets: mechanical and biological. The mechanical feature removes the physical waste and debris that builds up in any body of water, especially one that has fish in it.

The mechanical filtration system has to be of a size that it can deal with the volume of water that you have. A pump will draw up the water and pass it through a filter and the clean water, ie minus leaves, algae and faeces, returns to the pond via a waterfall, which also aids aeration.

The biological filtration system will deal with waste that has already dissolved into the water in the form of nitrogen. if you do not clear this nitrogen, by initiating a nitrogen cycle, it will build up and change itself into ammonia, which will kill your fish in a matter of days. This nitrogen cycle is essential.

Just think about it, your fish are living, breathing, eating and sleeping in their toilet bowl, so unless you keep their environment sanitary, they will poison themselves. A river, their natural environment, is continuously being flushed into the sea and renewed with rain. You have to recreate that environment if you want to keep healthy fish.

A good rule of thumb is, if you can see the bottom of your pond, then you are probably doing all right, but do not rest on your laurels. First time pond owners often make the mistake of over-feeding. That excess food becomes waste and has to be removed or it will feed the growth of algae.

Do not forget that, if your fish live outside, they will be eating flies, grubs and larvae so they can quite happily go without a feed for a few weeks. That does not mean that you do not need to feed them, it just means take care. Feed more in the summer than in the winter, because your fish will become semi-dormant in the winter.

Quarantine your new fish to make sure that you do not pass on illnesses. For instance, the koi herpes virus develops at exactly 74F, so if you heat a tank to that temperature with your new fish in it, you will know whether they are safe to put in the pond or not. During this quarantine stage, you must not share implements with your pond and your tank or you run the risk of cross-contaminating your pond.

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Large Outdoor Mats For Recreational Vehicles

The open road offers you so much in the way of scenery, freedom, no stress, no deadlines it’s just you and where the road takes you. It’s a great way to spend your free time exploring the country. With the beautiful recreational vehicles and trailers on the market these days it’s really luxurious accommodations while you travel as well. To keep this home like atmosphere the ideal situation would be to have an enjoyable space to relax outside as well as having the extreme comfort inside. How do you do this when your life is portable? Simple, you just take along a large outdoor mat that can work to simply create a clean, comfortable outdoor living room.

The synthetic material offers a soft feel and the mats come in an assortment of sizes, patterns and colors to suit pretty much any style and need. From racing flags, horses and floral patterns to a simple solid with contrasting border. Whether you prefer sporty or more subdued, all are very attractive and all in a UV protective fiber that will ensure that the colors stay bright all season.

The clean surface will pick up some dirt and grass before it gets tracked into your recreational vehicle. If you use it for your picnic area, make sure there are no sharp feet on a table or chair poking into it. If there is a spill, clean up is extremely easy. A little soap and water will fix up the mess and since it dries easily, no bacterial builds up in the mats.

These attractive large outdoor mats are also manufactured so that they won’t kill the grass underneath. No dead brown patch of sod when you pack up to move on to your next destination is an added bonus. Just brush them off, fold them up and you’re off to your next stop with your patio in a bag. The world is yours to travel in style, with your posh recreational vehicle and large outdoor patio mat to accommodate some fine outdoor living. After a day of driving, kick up your feet while the steaks are grilling and enjoy some sunshine. These are a beautiful and simple way to give you some additional pleasure when you take to the road. … Read More

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