Category Archives: Hobby

Reviving His Interest in Aquariums and Aquascapes

Despite DS being busy with school work he finds time to revive his interest in aquariums. This is how his new aquarium looks. It’s bare for now but will add more plants and whatnot in the coming days.

It contains only pieces of woods and pebbles for now.

DS has accumulated at least eight aquariums and left with four over the years.

Just to show you how his interest in maintaining aquariums looked in the past, here’s my previous posts about it. 

This was K’s first set of aquarium which I posted in June 2013.

7-month old goldfish
Betta fish

The bigger aquarium, the better.

This is a 29-gallon aquarium which DS considered a dream come true because he truly wanted a big aquarium. It was complete with plastic plants, hardscape, and other accessories.

Aquascaping ideas

DS first time to do *aquascaping. He set this up by removing the plastic plants with live plants and adding some stones and pebbles.
Another aquascaping design by DS. Pterygoplichthys or Janitor fish is a genus of South American armored catfishes.
We were happy to have these baby fishes. Unfortunately they didn’t live long as they were eaten by other fishes in the aquarium.

DS temporarily stop aquascaping when he got busy with high school and settle with a simple aquarium setup until now.

Will share more pictures as his aquarium project progresses. 

* According to wikipedia, aquascaping is the craft of arranging aquatic plants, as well as rocks, stones, cavework, or driftwood, in an aesthetically pleasing manner within an aquarium—in effect, gardening under water.

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Do You Have The Appropriate Licenses?

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Do You Have References I Can Call?

If possible, try and get references to call. These should be from long-time customers who have plenty of experience dealing with the pond management company in question. Ask about their experience working with the company and if they have always been pleased with the job they do.

What Will The Timeline Be Like?

It is not possible for a pond management company to create you a full plan before they draw up a thorough report. Once they do an inspection of your pond, they should be able to give you a timeframe to get your pond looking its best. Their plan should also come with plans on how they will continue monitoring and managing the pond, including how frequently they will update you on the progress and status of the management solutions.

A professional and reputable pond management company will work hard to keep you informed of anything happening in the industry. This may include breakthroughs in technology, new laws for stormwater management and other pertinent news that affects how your pond is maintained. Using these questions can help you find a company that is going to deliver the best pond management solutions for your community pond’s health.