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FAQs

HOW MANY FISH CAN I KEEP IN MY AQUARIUM ?

  • This is a difficult question to answer as every fish keepers taste is different and each type of fish will need differing conditions, so please ask one of our staff and they will advise you on the conditions for your specific fish and aquarium set up.

2 HOW CAN I GET RID OF SNAILS ?

  • We believe in the Clown loach (which can be an efficient muncher of snails), but they can grow too big for some small tanks so some thought has to be given when purchasing. Another way is to place some algae wafers under an upturned saucer or lid at night and then in the morning the gathered snails can be scooped up and disposed of. There are chemicals available, but we have not found them to be effective.

HOW DIFFICULT IS A MARINE AQUARIUM TO KEEP ?

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    This is the most common question asked by people thinking about keeping a marine aquarium for the first time.
     
    A lot of the fear about starting to keep marine aquaria stems from the early days when less was known about the organisms and their needs.
    These days we have progressed in our knowledge and the use of natural methods of filtration has made the hobby for most fish keepers much simpler.
     
    With our guidance we are confident that most people can keep a simple reef-type aquarium with little difficulty.

     

HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO DO WATER CHANGES IN MY MARINE AQUARIUM ?

  • Water changes in a marine aquarium can vary depending on the system.

    Anywhere from... 20% every 2 weeks to once every few months, the general rule remains:

    The more frequently... you do your water changes, the better your result.

3 IS LIVE ROCK ALIVE ?

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    The answer is yes and no. The rock itself is not alive, but it did grow. Live rock grows over time, as the reef building corals grow and die. Today, in the hobby, the term "live" in live rock really refers to all the live organisms and bacteria that inhabit the rock.
    The Fiji rock we supply is a great example of this. All kinds of plants, copepods, and bacteria come loaded on this rock, which in turn seeds your new setup with many of the microbes and tiny bacteria needed for a healthy aquarium.
    NOTE: Live rock is in our opinion the most important factor for success. you should aim for between ½ - 1kg of live rock per 5lts - 10lts of salt water.

     

4 MY TROPICAL FISH JUST ISN’T RIGHT!

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    This is usually down to poor water quality which is the cause of most aquatic diseases and problems, you should test the water with your test kit or ask our staff who will be happy to help you.
    If you are unable to test the water straight away you should carry out a 30-40% water change and hold off feeding the fish until the water has been tested.
     
    Be sure to check your water PH regularly as this is a common cause of unhappy fish. You should also check for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate
    “They are swimming erratically”
    If the fish are swimming erratically or seem to be scratching themselves against objects this may again be caused by poor water quality or they may be carrying parasites. Check the fish for small white spots on the fins, tail and body. If you can see any of these let our staff know and we will provide the treatment required.
     
    NOTE:Remove all Carbon from filters when using treatments.

     

6 WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE THE WATER IN THE AQUARIUM ?

  • At Kaleidoscope we would recommend that you change a minimum of 20-30% of your aquarium water every two weeks, but remember always to use a recommended water conditioner.

7 WHEN SHOULD I FEED MY AQUARIUM FISH ?

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    With a new set up we recommend that you feed your fish sparingly once a day, but be sure to only feed them what they can consume in a few minutes.
    Once your Aquarium has been established you should feed up to 3 times a day with small amounts.
    There are many different types of food to choose from so remember to give your fishy friends as varied a diet as possible.

     

1 MY POND IS COVERED IN GREEN HAIR LIKE ALGAE !

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    Blanket Weed is a very common problem.
    Again we can help with a wildlife friendly product based on Barley Straw extract which is very effective but does need successive treatments.
     
    NOTE: Over stocking can exasperate the problem of blanket weed due to the amount phosphate in the fish’s waste.

     

2 MY POND IS GREEN !

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    Probably the most common problem we hear regarding ponds.
     
    This can be a big problem with new ponds that haven’t had the time for their plants to become established.
     
    In the more mature pond this can be caused by increased sun light in summer.
     
    Over feeding can also promote the growth of algae.
     
    We have a range of solutions ranging from Ultra violet sterilisers to chemicals.
    We also have wildlife friendly treatments based on Barley straw extracts which are very effective.
    And of course there is the old favourite surface covering plants such as water lilies that provide shade and feed on the same nutrients as the algae.
     
    NOTE:UV bulbs should be changed at the start of the season.

     

3 MY POND WATER IS BROWN !

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    This is caused by silt suspended in the water, this silt has built up on the bottom of the pond and is then stirred up by the fish or perhaps a waterfall.
     
    We can provide a wild life friendly additive, which works by sticking the particles of the silt together making them heavy and causing them to sink to the bottom. They can then be hoovered or siphoned out of your pond during your routine maintenance.
     
    Silt can also be stirred up by the pond pump being on the bottom of the pond. It is a good tip to place your pump on a plinth to raise it off the bottom.

     

1 HOW CAN I GET RID OF ALGAE IN MY AQUARIUM ?

  • Algae can some times be caused by excessive light, so reducing the time that your lights are on for can help.

    There are also some chemical remedies that can be affective, as is the introduction of real plants into the aquarium. There are also algae eating fish to help keep the green menace down.

4 SHOULD I STOP FEEDING MY POND FISH IN WINTER ?

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    During the warmer months you should feed your pond fish once a day with a high protein food, but only as much as they can consume in 5 minutes.
     
    Once the temperature starts to drop below 150c you should move on to feeding a wheat germ food, and when the temperature drops to below 100c you should look to stop feeding.

     

5 WHEN DO MY FILTERS NEED CLEANING ?

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    Kaleidoscope recommend that you clean your sponge filters in your Internal Power filters and hood based Trickle Filters monthly.
     
    Your External Power Filters will need less frequent cleaning but we would recommend 6 to 8 weeks to correspond with the replacement of your Carbon Filter media.
    If you use Ceramic Filter media this too should be rinsed at this time.
    If Under Gravel filters are being used then the Gravel should be cleaned using a Gravel Cleaner once a month.
     
    NOTE: Always clean Filter Sponges in aquarium water and NEVER! under the tap.
    It is also a good idea to use a Bacteria culture like Stress Zime.

     

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