Sitting by the Koi Pond - my fish and fishkeeping blog
In April 2012 I started a fish blog that covers topics from fishkeeping to fish conservation. Bettas (being one of my favorite fish) will be a large focus of my blog, but I will also post many articles about fishkeeping in general. I plan to publish approximately one article per week with some weeks having minor droughts and others having downpours (so to speak ). I am a very visual person and like to include pictures of the fish that I talk about.
My most recently published article detailing good and bad beginner fish.
Originally Posted by Izzy @ Sitting by the Koi Pond
I see a lot of people ask “what fish should I start with?” I also see a lot of people starting with fish that they were lead to thinking were easy. Most people want a tank full of beautifully colored fish. I understand this, but often the most beautiful fish are also much more delicate. However, there are some very pretty and hardy fish with which you can start your hobby. They may not look like much in the store tanks, but once you get them home and into a good setup, they will show their true colors for you.
Through personal experience and discussion with other aquarists, I have gathered a list of fish that are good for the budding fishkeeper. These fish were chosen for their hardiness (ability to survive a cycle and live in less than ideal conditions), adaptability (can live in a wide range of parameters), small size (ideal for the first aquarium), and peacefulness. I have also compiled a list of fish that beginners should avoid for various reasons such as size, aggressiveness, and sensitivity.
Finally. I'm back to writing in my blog on a weekly basis. Since today is Betta Fish Awareness Day, I thought I would make a post about promoting proper betta care!
Originally Posted by Izzy @ Sitting by the koi pond
Let's face it. There is a problem with the way most store sell bettas (and goldfish). While regulations against small tanks might do a bit, a betta in a dirty, unheated 2.5 gallon bowl isn't better off than a betta in a clean, heated 1 gallon bowl. The only way to save these beautiful fish from that horrible fate is to educate the public and pet store workers. And that is what today is all about.
The heat wave that has been hitting the eastern US has got me thinking about pools and how neat it would be to swim with my fish. Thanks to Tikibirds, I discovered natural swimming pools. How I would love to have one of these things in my backyard. Read the full article for some general information and more gorgeous pictures. Natural Swimming Pools
A young girl in England has started a petition to put an end to fairground goldfish. If you hate this practice as much as I do, please help her. Maybe the US will follow suit and put an end to any animal being given away as a prize.