Redlands, CA
Ron The Fish Guy Top Ten TIps
  • 1) Enjoy Yourself

    This is an amazing hobby. These water features can be one of the most life enhancing decisions ever made. I meet people all the time that are stressed out, bummed out and at a loss. If done correctly, you will be opened up to an amazing world filled with interesting creatures that will amaze and inspire you. If you are having problems with an existing water feature, remember why you purchased it in the first place. Trust me, there’s nothing we cant fix!

    2) Consistency:

    Having a regular maintenance routine is the key to successfully keeping your aquarium or pond in top shape. How often you should clean is dependent upon the type of filter system installed and how much live stock you have. Once a month is usually not enough. Once a year is horrific! Are your fish thriving or just surviving? Just a little regular attention given to your system will go a very long way.

    3) Chemistry:

    Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle is the most critical component to successfully keeping your animals healthy and their environment clean. Usually the first word out of a person’s mouth is, “What about the PH?” PH can be a factor, for instance when keeping corals. However, Ammonia, Nitrite & Nitrate are the most critical components of your water chemistry. You should purchase a test kit.

    4) Knowledge:

    There is more than one way to successfully keep your water feature thriving. The so-called experts have so many opinions it will make your head spin. One shop will say, “Do this.” Then another shop will say, “Why did you do that?” Do your homework, get on-line, purchase books; get informed about water chemistry, what type of animals will cohabitate, what causes algae, what causes disease, proper feeding habits, sun light or lighting, etc. If at least three experts mention it, then you should probably apply it.

    5) Simplify:

    I have a saying, “less technology and more biology.” I come across people everyday who are totally dependent upon certain additives or pieces of equipment. For instance a U.V. sterilizer, algaecide or additives. Make sure that you have given yourself more basic filtration than you think you need. Try to keep it as simple as possible.

    6) Feeding:

    Stop over feeding your fish! You’re killing them. Do not follow the recommendations on the fish food container. Most manufactures say to feed as much as three times a day! They just want to sell you more fish food. Your fish live in their toilet and they are not emotional eaters. If you are having algae problems, disease or poor water quality- a common factor is overfeeding. We highly recommend feeding every other day. If you can’t stomach that regiment, change to once a day “restricted” feedings and see what happens.

    7) Experts:

    So many of the “experts” are stuck in the 80’s and 90’s. I even know of some who are stuck in the 70’s! Get rid of that under gravel filter or pea gravel already! This is an ever changing industry- the advancements that have been made over the years are amazing. We understand more about the animals and there environment than ever. Modern filters and systems tend to be user friendly and convenient to clean. We have enough options available today, to solve just about any problem.

    8) Aesthetics Matter:

    Don’t Frankenstein your tank or pond! Nothing distracts from the beauty of your water feature or its inhabitants than a poor installation. Plan it out. Try not to cut corners. Add rocks or decorations. Hide those chords and hoses. Bury those pipes and cover that liner. Most importantly- Keep it Clean!

    9) Lighting:

    Don’t have your lights on for more than eight hours a day. Try to only have them on when you are most available to view the aquarium. Do not purchase regular house hold light bulbs for your tank- this will make your aquarium appear dull and colorless. Most aquatic light bulbs are designed to enhance the appearance of your aquarium and fish.

    10) Algae:

    Green Algae is a plant, it needs a food source and light to grow. If you are having a problem tremendously reduce your light cycle and cut back on feedings. Brown and Red Slime Algae are not naturally occurring in your aqaurium. They are introduced into your system via over feeding, flake foods, tap water, phosphates, etc. Before you become dependent upon additives- give us a call and let’s see if we can figure out the root of your problem.