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Fun Tips to Enhance a Home

While living in a home can be quite exciting, a room or rooms may feel dull and disappointing. However, there is hope. There are fun tips that are able to enhance the look of a home.

Light Up
When looking at a way to change the look of a home, consider lighting. Lamps and overhead lights provide brightness throughout the course of the day. At the same time, a specific lamp may be dated. Lampshades may be filled with dust and look old. Therefore, consider improving the lighting situation. It may be time to purchase new lampshades that look modern and pleasant. In other situations, an entire lamp may need to be replaced. A trendy standing lamp may be a better way of displaying light within a room. People who are looking for a quirky lamp may find that waiting until college dorm merchandise is on sale is the best way of purchasing something unique. Some people have discovered that they have not been using the right type of light bulb and have not received the type of light that a room deserves. More light in one area of a home can transform how it looks.

Wall to Wall
Walls are what people often see when they enter a home. It may be time to change the way walls look. A bookshelf can be a great way to maximize space while decorating a wall at the same time. Home décor can be put on shelves, and there are numerous types of bookshelves that can complement a room. Another idea is to find new works of art that can adorn a room. Although favorite pictures have a place that many other works of art do not, it may be time to find something new for a particular space. Some people like to switch out paintings depending on the season. While that does take effort, some homeowners feel that different art on the walls keeps a room feeling fresh.

One of the benefits of room enhancement is that there are numerous options that people can choose that will truly transform a room. Whether it is time to get new lighting, wall décor or something else, such as a freshwater planted aquarium, homeowners have the freedom go to bold. Transforming a room can be a wonderful way to make a home feel like it is truly home.

Stocking Aquariums: How Many Fish?

Georgia Aquarium FishImage by Mike Johnston via Flickr

1 inch: 3 Gallons
This is a hugely critical query that will affect the contentment and wellbeing of your fish. You must first of all determine either the size of your fish tank aquarium or the size of the tropical freshwater fish you would enjoy. A good way of measuring is to apply the ratio of three gallons of water to one inch of fish. Also, when doing your calculation, base it on the adult size of the fish as fish grow quickly!

More Room Means Healthier Fish
Many will propose the rule of thumb as being one inch per gallon of water but keep in mind that fish tank aquariums will hold less than the stated number of gallons because the equipment, gravel, ornaments and plants will reduce the water volume. Tropical freshwater aquarium fish only grow as large as the space given to them, so the more space you allot them the longer they will live and the more satisfaction you will derive from them!

Dangers of Overpopulation
It is always better to decide on fewer fish than too many. Overpopulated tank aquariums trigger various problems which will blight their success. Fish become stressed and can turn aggressive towards each other. There is an escalation in waste which strains efficient aquarium filtration leading to a polluted environment, which causes disease and death.

Space Out Your Fish
A good plan is to select fish that occupy different levels in fish tank aquariums so they don’t need to contend for space. This adds a good amount of activity and variety, enhancing the appeal of your fish tank aquarium. When researching the fish you would like to add to your tropical freshwater aquariums, look out for a range of top-dwelling (Danios, Betta, Hatchetfish), middle-dwelling (Tetras, Platies, Guppies. Gouramis, Rainbow Fish, Swordtails, Mollies, Angels, Cichlids), and bottom-dwelling fish (Cory Cats, Loaches).
It is vital to research the adult sizes, temperaments and optimum water conditions for these tropical freshwater fish to discover which species can be suitably matched in your tank aquariums.

Give Them Space!
As human beings, we like our own space and so do tropical freshwater fish! It is not fun, to say the least, to be cramped and feeling stressed, and these feelings of anxiety are also experienced by the inhabitants of fish tank aquariums. Bear in mind that these fish are out of their spacious native surroundings and in a congested environment. It is essential that you do not overcrowd and thereby also over pollute the environment within freshwater aquariums. Following the guidelines above will make your aquarium a stunning success and a spectacular swirl of colourful creatures.

Copyright © 2009 Jill Kaestner @ Kaestner Marketing LLC

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A Better Technique On Stocking Tropical Freshwater Aquariums: Adding And Acclimatizing Fish

A small amateur aquarium – tank for 100 liters.Image via Wikipedia

Now that you have set up your tropical freshwater aquarium, I’m sure you can’t wait to see your tropical fish in action! Here are a number of tips to make sure this exciting and important part of your aquarium setup is a great success.

The Fishless Cycle
It is vital that you regulate the water in the fish tank to get it under the right conditions for the tropical freshwater fish you plan to introduce (temperature, pH, ammonia and nitrate levels etc). All freshwater aquariums need to be run for 2-8 weeks, depending on the size of your fish tank, to ensure the tank has completed its nitrogen cycle and the beneficial bacteria have been established. Your aquarium will have completed its cycle when nitrite and ammonia levels are undetected and nitrate reading levels are around 10.

Selecting Your Fish
You need to resist the urge of fully stocking freshwater aquariums and start off small. Select two or three fish to begin with. I suggest starting with a hardy species such as White Clouds or Zebra Danios. Make sure you visit different pet shops to determine which ones have healthy, happy fish which will soon be content in your aquarium. It is important to observe the fish before buying to check for any signs of sickness or injury. There are a few indicators about their appearance and behaviour that will let you know their state of health. Eyes should be bright and active, rather than seeming small or filmed over. Make sure the fish can feed itself and there are no fungal or bacterial infections in the soft tissues around the mouth. Check to see if the abdomen is ‘fat’ which means the fish is feeding well; a fish with a sunken abdomen is not likely to live too long. Scales should be smooth and even while missing scales and discoloured patches are signs of infection. Also note that the fish’s gills are moving regularly and not spasmodically. There should not be any raggedness or tears on the fins, the existence of which would indicate fighting with other fish or improper aquarium filtration.

Acclimatizing Your Fish
Transporting your fish from the pet shop to its new home is just as stressful for fish as adults moving house! There are, however, ways to ease this stress and to slowly introduce the fish to its new environment. Wrap the plastic bag the pet shop places your fish in, in a paper bag, and hold as still as possible for the journey home. If the journey is long, open the bag every thirty minutes to let fresh air in. When you arrive home, empty the contents of the plastic bag into a clean bucket. Ensure the environment in your fish tank is at its optimum for the benefit of your fish. Add a cup of water from your tank every 5 minutes. Repeat this until the water volume in the bucket has doubled. Empty half the volume and then repeat until the water volume is doubled again. This procedure should take around thirty minutes. Your fish should now be suitably acclimatized to your tank water. This ensures that fish are not shocked when introduced into different fish tank aquariums.

Adding Your Fish
Now it is time to introduce them to your aquarium. Switch off the aquarium lights and leave them off for 3-4 hours after the fish are added to reduce stress as the fish adjust to the new environment. Use a net that is much larger than the fish to catch it in the bucket. Slowly set the net in the tank water and let the fish swim out. Repeat for each of your fish. Do not put any water from the bucket into your aquarium as part of it has come from the fish store and may contain disease or other unhealthy chemical levels, which you do not want to introduce into other fish tank aquariums. Instead fill your aquarium up with new water. If there are already other fish in your freshwater aquarium place the new fish in a separate aquarium for several days and observe for disease. Don’t add more than four fish at a time as this can cause a chemical imbalance in your tank. This is a much more effective method than the old way of floating pet shop’s plastic bags in fish tank aquariums as this does nothing to acclimatize fish to the various water parameters of different freshwater aquariums.

A Little at a Time
You will then need to wait around another month before adding more fish. The basis for this is that it takes the fish a while to get used to their new environment and the more fish there are, the higher their stress levels. Plus there is an incubation time with diseases and you need to ensure the fish are healthy before contaminating others. Another reason is that the fish tank aquarium’s ecosystem also needs to adjust to its new inhabitants and the increased waste they discharge. Continue to watch the temperature, pH, ammonia and nitrate levels throughout this period.

Moving Tank is Stressful!
For the success of your fish tank aquariums please ensure you follow this extremely important process of acclimatization. Without it, fish that you introduce will become severely stressed, thereby weakening their immune system and making them susceptible to illness and even death. It is largely fish that make tropical freshwater fish tank aquariums beautiful and exciting so they deserve to be looked after. This ensures your lasting enjoyment!

Copyright © 2009 Jill Kaestner @ Kaestner Marketing LLC

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