Food worth as little as Ksh. 300 is enough to feed 10 fish for at least a month
You may use one of few options; holiday feeders, which are soluble calcium blocks or gel that contains food. In both cases, the block dissolves slowly releasing food particles for the fish. Alternatively, you may have a friend come over and feed your fish. Lastly, your fish are capable of going for two days to a week without food depending on age. So if you plan to be a way only for the weekend, you need not worry about scription
Most fish do well on a meal a day. Some enthusiasts fast their pets for a day or two weekly to maintain cleanliness in the aquarium and allow fish to clear their digestive system.
All gadgets are power savers thus power consumption is insignificant i.e. Between 8 to 20 watts for the filter pump & 6watts for the lighting. Keep in mind, the light is mostly for aesthetic purposes, so you don’t have to keep them on at all times.
Fish flakes or Pellets. With a budget of Ksh 300 you can get enough to feed your aquarium fish for a month. We discourage use of live foods as it’s expensive, carry the risk of contamination and have a short shelf life compared to pellets and flakes.
This depends on the size of your aquarium. For very small aquariums we encourage 10-20% change of water weekly. For the larger aquariums, a 50% water change monthly followed by a full cleanup after one & half months should suffice.
No. Your regular tap water (borehole or freshwater) is enough
Yes. The salt levels in borehole water are safe for fish sustenance.
Cloudy water is normal occurrence more so in a new aquarium owing to formation of useful bacteria. A few other causes include algae, dirty gravel or buildup of nitrates.
Yes. Besides, high ammonia and nitrate levels, overcrowding causes stress. Fish grow faster where they’re allowed more space, otherwise their growth is greatly impeded. Read more on how to reduce nitrate levels here
We strongly discourage a complete water overhaul of your fish tank unless there’s a justified reason for such a move. Water changes exceeding 30% of the water leads to a change in chemistry which causes immense distress to the fish.
Yes. The power requirements of a fish tank are low since all gadgets are power savers.
Consumption of pet fish isn’t a foreign concept, however, we don’t advocate for the consumption of pet fish for a couple of reasons. First, owing to the not so safe human-consumption conditions where the fish are raised. More so when your fish die on their own. Secondly, some species of ornamental fish come loaded with lots of bacteria that survive the cooking process.
A good number of freshwater fish reproduce in captivity. Platies, swordtails, mollies and guppies are among examples of freshwater fish that reproduce in an aquarium.
Yes, the growth is gradual and fish should reach maturity within a year or two. The age-old myth that the size of a tank affects the size of fish is misleading.
Yes, in cases where incompatible species are put in one aquarium. When buying fish always confirm compatibility with your aquarist
Yes. Fish may die from overeating. Foods such as flakes aren’t easily digestible and eating too much leads to constipation and bloating.
Cloudy water, dirty gravel, floating pellets or flakes, food nestling at the bottom of the tank, low pH among others.
Not necessarily. There exists freshwater sharks.
No. We keep fresh water and friendly sharks that co-exist with other fish.
Their limited space causes stress to fish leading to immature death.
You may opt for one of two options; you may store water and allow for a 24-hour period or use an anti-chlorine conditioner.
Your goldfish may turn white owing to a couple of reasons. First, extended periods in direct light or darkness. Also, it could be that your fish are growing. In their first year, it’s common for goldfish to turn white only to regain their original colour later on. Minor changes in their environment may result in colour change. Adding new fish, changing the type of filter, new decoration, slight changes in pH or water temperature may also see your fish change colour.
We don’t advise feeding breadcrumbs to your pet fish. Bread contains sugar and salt in concentrations that compromise the living conditions in a fish tank. Also, uneaten breadcrumbs lead to a rise in ammonia levels, thereby compromise the water quality.