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December 2015

Get Ready For The Cold

Koi and Africa Lake Fish are among the hardiest of all freshwater fish. Along with Plecostomus catfish, these fish will survive, thrive and often produce in most garden ponds.

As in any garden, support in the way of preventative and enhancement treatments are necessary.

Just as gardens produce mold and parasites, ponds can contain parasites and fungus. In either case, these potential troublemakers are kept in check by the use of safe and effective pond water and pond fish treatments.

Preventative treatments should be used twice a year, we suggest during the change of seasons at Spring and Fall.

Now is a good time to knock back ever-present parasites with a fish-safe additive, while always supplying a copious amount of aireation. An aireation pump supplying surface air to the bottom of the pond is the most effective way to raise dissolved oxygen in your pond. Waterfalls and spillways have a minimal effect in south Florida and should not be relied upon solely for your pond and fish oxygen needs. Dissolved oxygen is a measurable science and a basic need to sustain and enhance fish life.

Pond water should be supported monthly by using fish health enhancement products. Live bacteria helps stabilize water quality from nitrite and ammonia spikes while stabilizing Ph. Water testing for PH, ammonia and nitrites should be done on a monthly basis.

Newsletter - November 2014

New Chihuly Exhibition Opens December 6 at Fairchild Botanic Garden



In December 2012 Angels Hatchery supplied a colorful group of African Lake Cichlids (reef fish) to Fairchild Botanic Garden. The centerpiece of the pond is a magnificently-colored Chihuly End of Day Tower glass sculpture. At the time, we took special care to provide some of our highly colored fish to mimic the colors of the Chihuly glass. This outstanding exhibition has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of visitors. It is located in the Tropical Plant Conservatory and Rare Plant House area near the butterfly exhibit. This is a “must-see” in Fairchild’s collection of natural arts.

We’re happy to announce that on December 6 renowned American artist Dale Chihuly will return to Fairchild Garden to unveil his most comprehensive garden exhibition to date. Don’t miss seeing this new exhibition, which runs from December 6 through May 31, 2015.

New Arrivals!
Beautiful baby Japanese Koi. Many varieties including BLUE SHUSUI. These Koi will be out of quarantine on November 22, 2014.



Cold Weather Concerns For Your Pond
Cold weather necessitates the need for diligence in maintaining your water temperatures. Although Koi are temperate water fish and can handle colder weather, their “pondmates” may not. These fish that require warmer water are the algae-eaters, Duboisi and Plecostomus and the cichlids used to control frogs and mosquito larvae. When well water is available, some ponds may only need to add additional water to keep the temperature of the water above 65 degrees. Other ponds that rely on city water should have a heat source – namely, a drop-in heater for the coldest nights, or an in-line spa or pool heater. With a bit of precaution, you can avoid disease and mortalities due to the cold with winter.


Prevention And Enhancements
Disease prevention in your pond is as necessary as disease protection for your garden. We encourage you to provide treatment twice a year to combat (ever present) single-celled parasites. These little devils can be kept in check with a bi-yearly treatment of parasiticides and fish enhancements.

It is also highly recommended to use a fish health enhancement, as well as a pond water enhancement, on a monthly basis.

These measures, along with a high quality food, will eliminate the greater majority of pond water and fish-related threats.

The entire crew at Angels Hatchery wishes a very Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season to all!

 

 

  Newsletter - August 2013

HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS
Protect your investment in your fish and your pond by preparing early for tropical storms and hurricanes. Basic planning can save you time and energy, and will help to minimize loss and damage. Remember, your fish may survive for weeks without filtration, but they may not live 24 hours without aeration. Visit our website for steps to take before and after bad weather hits.
Download the hurricane Pond & Fish Preparation Checklist (PDF).

New Japanese Koi
Just out of quarantine!!
60 Extra fancy Japanese Butterfly Koi from Japan’s top breeder of long-finned Koi.
Also, 100 Straight-finned Koi, including 50 Red and White Kohaku bred from a winner of the All Japan Show.
All are exceptional and priced to sell. In addition to the newest arrivals, we also have hundreds of other Koi available for sale.


Have Fish Pond Questions

We continue our tradition of helping our valued customers with fish and pond questions. This advice has always been free of charge and, with over 41 years of experience, we have certainly dealt with almost every problem that might arise. Our goal is to treat our customers the way we would like to be treated, so we gladly look forward to answering any questions that will help you maintain healthy fish and a safe pond environment.

Q. What is wrong if fish are scratching, sucking for air, or sitting motionless on the bottom of the pond?
A. These are all symptoms of a single-cell parasite. These pests can be easily eliminated if you act quickly. But, if left untreated, your fish will eventually die.

Q. How much city water can I add to my pond without adding dechlorinator?
A. ZERO. All municipal water contains chloramines that are deadly to fish. It is wise to use a detoxifier with even the smallest amount of city water.

Q. Why are my fish sucking air under our waterfall first thing in the morning?
A. They are sucking in oxygen from the running water, which is a sign that they are in distress. In south Florida, using a pond aerator is a necessity in order to maintain pet fish in your pond.

Q. Are all frog and toad eggs toxic to my fish?
A. No, only the eggs and tadpoles of the Bufo Marinus toad are toxic. You can tell the difference between these and the tree frog’s non-harmful eggs. The Bufo toad lays long strings
of eggs, whereas the tree frog lays small clusters of eggs. Also, Bufo Marinus tadpoles and the Bufo’s small offspring are jet black in color. Tree frog and tadpole eggs are dark grey.

Q. Why have my fish stop eating?
A. This can be a sign of several different problems. If your fish change their eating habits, it is usually due to disease or a problem with the water quality.

Q. Why have one or more of my Koi developed curvature of the spine?
A. There are two known reasons for this ailment:  (1) Lightning hit in or close to the pond/electricity in or near the pond or (2) poor quality food. Koi with this problem need a stabilized ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in their food.

Q. Why are my Koi losing their color intensity or why are their colors fading?
A. This is due to poor quality fish pellets (foods which lack amino acids).

Q. How much food do I feed my Koi?
A. Koi are diurinal animals. They feed at dawn and dusk. Feed your Koi as much as they will consume in 5 minutes between 7-9 a.m. Feed half of the amount of the morning feeding for 5 minutes between 6-8 p.m. You need to watch your fish eat for five minutes in the morning to determine how much to feed for your size fish and the number of fish.

Aeration
We have 10 different size aerators in stock that can supply air for a 100 gallon pond up to a 15,000 gallon pond. Call for 305-248-7777details.
See full list of products.

Algea Eating Duboisi
See these algea eaters in action.
Don’t let algae take hold in your pond this year. The “piranhas” of algae are the Duboisi. These African Cichlids will attack algae that is already established or may be forming. You will be amazed at how well they work to overcome algae in your pond, and they also live well with Koi.



Newsletter - May 2013

Discouraging Critters
Your pond may be visited by uninvited guests from time to time. The most common unwelcome visitors are frogs, toads, raccoons, birds and cats.

Tree frogs: cute little creatures which in themselves are basically no threat to fish. However, because they are so prolific, they can become a nuisance for the pond keeper. Fortunately, the number can be effectively controlled by a few tadpole-eating fish like Venustus, Anajennies, or Red Empress.

Angels Hatchery Bufo Cane ToadToads: gruff-looking, brown land type frogs. All stages of the Bufo Marinus toad are toxic to all other animals. The eggs have a neurotoxin which will kill most fish that eat them. In addition, all hatching stages from tadpoles to tiny black toads are all very toxic to fish. The adult toads have a milky-type neurotoxin which is emitted by the glands on the head of the toad where its cheeks are. This animal is toxic to any animals which try to consume it. Fortunately, the eggs and tadpoles can be maintained by the same types of fish which consume tree frog eggs and offspring, ie, Red Empress, Venustus and Anajennies. These three varieties of fish are especially helpful due to their short intestinal track and predatory nature when it comes to frog eggs and tadpoles.



SANKE - Know Your Koi
Pronounced "san-kay," this mostly white koi will have black and red markings on top of the white. Pictured is a red and white Kohaku Sanke, with small black markings creating a stepping stone pattern.
Angels Hatchery Sanke
Photo courtesy of Marcos Avila Miami, FL.


VenustusANAJENY is a very rare fish from Lake Malawi. It is so rare that explorers of the lake do no know which part of the lake they inhabit! The only few which are collected are caught in a group of different fish which randomly come to feed on the sandy flats. Their whereabouts are otherwise unknown. The Anajenys are voracious tadpole and frog egg consumers with a short intestinal track making it a toxin-resistant type. 9" beautiful pairs


AnajenyRED EMPRESS is well known for its ability to clear up frog eggs. A beautiful fish native to Lake Malawi. 8" adult fish
Call 305-248-777

 


Red EmpressVENUSTUS are great for consuming frog eggs and a great maintenance fish with a bright appearance, native to Lake Malawi.
Call 305-248-777

 


Raccoons: Raccoons can be especially menacing to fish, ponds, plants, equipment, food stored outside and the pond keepers themselves. If your pond is relatively shallow, raccoons will wade in, take your fish, eat just the heads and leave the bodies scattered about for the pond keeper to clean up. Raccoons have also been known to damage equipment which at times has led to draining the pond, leaving its inhabitants with little or no water. As interesting as a raccoon looks, they have no redeeming value to the pond keeper. In addition, they can be especially vicious when in a “have-a-heart” humane trap. We recommend that these critters be trapped by a very experienced person or company and removed from the premises.

Birds: Green herons, Great blue herons, White herons, White egrets, Night herons, Anhingas, Cormorants and others can be damaging to fish populations. These birds are federally protected and hard to dissuade once they have feasted on your fish. Herons have a tracking device which allows them to remember quite a number of pond locations and tends to visit at all different hours which makes them unpredictable. Fortunately, there are several deterrents for bird control. These devices include imitation bird predators like alligator statues and owls. In addition, there are motion-detecting sprinklers which work well in most cases. There is also a bird netting material which you can stretch over the pond, above the water level which makes it virtually impossible for birds to enter.


Cats: while it is nearly impossible for a cat to catch a pond fish, they do have the nasty habit along with raccoons of urinating in the water. Cat and raccoon urine can be deadly to fish if the pond is relatively small and the nitrite and ammonia levels are affected. This problem often goes undetected and tends to repeat itself. The motion detection spray device works especially well on cats.


Opossums pose no known threat to fish ponds.
The best deterrent to most critter problems (excluding toads and frogs) is a good- sized dog with an attitude. Of course, dogs also work well with uninvited people!
All in all, it is wise to take any measures necessary to solve your critter invasions or risk losing your pond’s inhabitants.

Newsletter - June 2012

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS!

In 1993, Paul traveled to Japan to meet face-to-face with some of the world's top Koi breeders to observe certain techniques and gather information that would be implemented at Angels Hatchery. He also hand picked 150+ show grade Koi for both sale and production. Today, the knowledge gained and relationships forged from that trip have helped make Angels Hatchery one of the nation’s leading hatcheries. We thank our many loyal customers for their support through the years, and we look forward to continuing to provide you with superior breeds of fish and quality food and pond maintenance products.

Angels Hatchery continues to improve our services and to upgrade to the highest quality imported Japanese Koi and African Cichlids. Come take a look and you will see ponds of some of the most beautiful Koi available. We have included young Koi from championship bloodlines and from Japan's most highly recognized breeders.

Japan Koi Farm Import Sake


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Released Today! New Koi
Baby Koi
Visit us and see gorgeous: Shusui, Midorigoi, Shi Utsuri, Kokaku, Sanke and Showas. We also have small Japanese and butterfly koi.

Pond Questions?
We have answers. We continue our tradition of helping our valued customers with fish and pond questions. This advice has always been free of charge and, after 40 years, we have certainly dealt with almost everything imaginable. Our goal is to treat people the way we would like to be treated. Call today 305-248-7777.

Eradicate Algae
Duboisi Miami Florida
Don't let algae get a head start in your pond this summer.  The “piranhas” of algae are the Duboisi. African Cichlids, which live well with your Koi, will attack algae that is already established or is just getting started. You will be amazed at the ability these fish have to help you overcome algae in your pond.

Hurricane Preparation List For Your Pond
hurricane
Download the hurricane pond preparation checklist.

 


Newsletter - December 2011

NEW - Japanese Koi Just In (Hand Selected In Japan) - Open To Public Dec. 15th
Call 305-248-7777 today.
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Japanese Show Koi from three of Japan’s top breeders
These Koi were specifically selected in Japan for Angels Hatchery.
They range in size from 6” – 15”.
Prices start at $275.00.
Don't miss your opportunity to select from the best.

Pond of the month
This beautifully-tiled formal pond was built entirely by the owners. Steve and Carol have done a very artistic job, complete with spillway waterfall and lilies.
The attention given to the details is outstanding in finishing this beautiful water feature. A Tetra Pond pump and filter were used to help maintain water quality.
Along with the 'Aussie Blue' variegated-leafed lily, this pond is also home to a school of fancy goldfish.

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GIFT CERTIFICATES - A Great Stocking Stuffer
Gift certificates are available during the holiday season and throughout the year. These certificates can be used for fish, equipment, food and supplies. Call 305-248-7777 today.
Aerators

Winter Water Temperature - Be Prepared
All fish have parasites! When your fish are stressed for any number of reasons, they break down due to parasite proliferation. Ich, Tricodina, Costia and Chilodenella are four gill-invasive parasites common to south Florida. A spring and a fall/winter maintenance program of paraciticide and electrolytes is highly recommended to help control parasite numbers and overall fish breakdown. As always, Angels Hatchery has all of the necessary preventative and curative parasite treatments.

It is necessary to protect tropical fish, i.e. Cichlids and Plecostomus from extreme cold events. If you have a well, you can run well water on the coldest nights to protect your fish. If you have no access to well water, your pond will require a heater. Larger ponds can use a spa-type heater, and for smaller ponds we stock emergency-type drop-in heat elements. The small heater shown will work for a 700 gallon pond.
Pond Heater Miami Florida

HOLIDAY SPECIAL - Algae Eating Fish & Jumbo Koi

Medium size African Duboisi
Duboisi Miami Florida

Medium size Sailfin Plecostomus

Plecostomus Miami Florida


Jumbo Koi 20"-24"

Available now. Call 305-248-7777.

 


Newsletter - October 2011

Filtration & Aeration
Filtration and aeration are the life support systems for your pond. More important than the physical pond is movement of air and water. An excellent life support system makes a small pond big. Filtration System Koi

Filtration systems vary from simple submersible filter pumps to top-of-the-line combination systems which filter biologically, mechanically and chemically. In the 70’s, undergravel filters and sand filters were commonly used. In the 80’s, this technology was replaced with bio-balls, bio-wheels and filtration brushes. In the 90’s, bio-mechanical filtration took the lead, shattering former technologies.

While filter pads, activated carbon and zeolite do an adequate job for some ponds, the bio-mechanical filter reduces maintenance of the pond filter for the pondkeeper. For this reason, these filters, though more costly than others, have become the filtration of choice.

Plan on overfiltration. It is impossible for your water to be too clean.

Aeration is extremely important to the quality of water and the health of your fish. Koi will tolerate a dirty pond for awhile. However, you can lose your Koi if they are deprived of adequate aeration. Waterfalls and spillways fall short of effectively raising dissolved oxygen and are more for aesthetics. Air pumps raise the oxygen content of water most effectively. Where water quality is concerned, underestimating either filtration or aeration will prove to be costly.

The more fish you put in your pond; the more you should consider top-of-the-line filtration and aeration equipment. Proper filtration should remove particles from the water, reduce solid matter and ammonia. A good culture of live bacteria is invaluable to keeping your fish healthy.

A high level of oxygen supplied through good aeration will reduce the stress on aquatic life, thereby, making the fish more disease-resistant. Aeration also reduces algae.

In short, overadequate filtration and good aeration are paramount to the success of your pond. Along with the bio-mechanical filter, the U.V. Sterilizer is a great help. An ultra-violet sterilizer is a safe/cost-effective
way to control pea-soup green-colored water while eliminating bacteria and parasites.

Koi
AeratorsWhile supplies last. 12" - 14" Black and Orange Halloween Koi. What a treat for your pond!

Imported Tri-Colors 12" - 14" The Tri-Colors.



Zambian Blue Frontosa - Angles Hatchery Leading The Way

These regal yet docile fish are an outstanding choice for both ponds and aquariums. The Frontosa has a large domed forehead or frontal lobe containing a mechanism for its unusual navigational ability. This fish can find food in total darkness by using its dolphin-like sonar system.

There are over twenty varieties of Frontosa known but few compare with the beauty of the Zambian Blue! First shipped out of Africa around 1994, Angels Hatchery was fortunate to receive some of the first new arrivals and even more fortunate to have them reproduce. In 1998 Angels Hatchery was written up in Pet Age magazine as the first known producer of the Zambian Blue Frontosa.

Tetra's Clear Choice bio-mechanical Filter + UV Clarifier
AeratorsThese are gravity return filters and are compatible with pumps up to 1,000 gallons per hour and ponds up to 1,000 gallons in volume.


Submersible Pump
AeratorsThis 950 gallon submersible Pondmaster pump which is compatible to the filter and UV mentioned above.


Newsletter - July 2011

Hurricane Preparation for your pond and fish
Hurricane season started June 1st. This is the time to re-check your "before and "after" list so your pond and fish will be prepared. Download our Hurricane Pond & Fish Preparation Checklist (PDF).

Aeration - A Summer Necessity
The natural oxygen levels in ponds are lower now than in the cooler seasons. The warmer the water is, the more increased the need for good oxygen support. The oxygen level of your pond should be considered when measuring the health of your pond. Excellent oxygen levels reduce stress and disease episodes with fish while decreasing algae and supporting the good (aerobic) bacteria; thereby working against the anaerobic (bad) bacteria which attack fish. Although fountains, waterfalls and spillways can be aesthetically pleasing, these should not be relied upon to support a good, continuous overall dissolved oxygen level.

An aerator should be part of your current pond system as well as your backup system, should your filter fail. Your pond fish can go without food and filtration for several days, however, if the oxygen level gets too low (especially during hot days), they will suffocate.

It is less costly to put a good aeration system on your pond then it is to call an expensive "fish doctor" to find the source of your pond's problem is low oxygen. Aeration also "bubbles away" water quality problems caused by ammonia or other forms of nitrogen. The natural ammonia and nitrogen cycles might best be explained by the "Rule of 80." When your water temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and your pH is 8.0 or higher your pond fish become adversely affected at the slightest level of ammonia. Make sure you look into aeration systems which can include tubing, pump and stone for under $300.00, with electricity usage.

BABY KOI - Saturday the 30th
Be the first to select your prime babies. Photo shows new baby koi, baby butterfly koi, Wakin, Sarasa and Shubunkins.
Open:
Sat. 9-5pm
Sun. 12noon-5pm
Mon-Fri. 9-5pm

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Aerators
AeratorsAeration systems come in all sizes and price ranges. Long term they are great for the overall health of your fish and pond and battery operated version can prove invaluable during a power outage or after a storm. While there are lots of options on the market we carry only those which we have used and experienced reliability.

Call 305-248-7777 to discuss areation options.


Test Kits
Water TreatmentA good test kit is a must have for any pond owner. It becomes even more important after a storm for determining what is going on with our pond water in a possibly time sensitive situation.
Laborett testing kit - $29.00 +tax

Water Treatments
Water Treatment
pH Buffer - $20.00 +tax (treats 5,000 gallons)

Detoxifiers:
Aqua Safe 16.9oz - $15.00 +tax (treats 2,500 gallons)
16 oz. Pond Amquel Plus - $20.00 +tax (treats, 2,400 gallons)
1 gallon Pond Amquel Plus - $89.00 +tax (treats 19,200 gallons)


Newsletter - May 2011

Discouraging Critters
Your pond may be visited by uninvited guests from time to time. The most common unwelcome visitors are frogs, toads, raccoons, birds and cats.

Tree frogs: cute little creatures which in themselves are basically no threat to fish. However, because they are so prolific, they can become a nuisance for the pond keeper. Fortunately, the number can be effectively controlled by a few tadpole-eating fish like Venustus, Anajennies, or Red Empress.

VenustusANAJENY is a very rare fish from Lake Malawi. It is so rare that explorers of the lake do no know which part of the lake they inhabit! The only few which are collected are caught in a group of different fish which randomly come to feed on the sandy flats. Their whereabouts are otherwise unknown. The Anajenys are voracious tadpole and frog egg consumers with a short intestinal track making it a toxin-resistant type.

9" beautiful pairs


AnajenyRED EMPRESS is well known for its ability to clear up frog eggs. A beautiful fish native to Lake Malawi.

8" adult fish
Call 305-248-777

 



Red EmpressVENUSTUS are great for consuming frog eggs and a great maintenance fish with a bright appearance, native to Lake Malawi.


Call 305-248-777

 


Toads: gruff-looking, brown land type frogs. All stages of the Bufo Marinus toad are toxic to all other animals. The eggs have a neurotoxin which will kill most fish that eat them. In addition, all hatching stages from tadpoles to tiny black toads are all very toxic to fish. The adult toads have a milky-type neurotoxin which is emitted by the glands on the head of the toad where its cheeks are. This animal is toxic to any animals which try to consume it. Fortunately, the eggs and tadpoles can be maintained by the same types of fish which consume tree frog eggs and offspring, ie, Red Empress, Venustus and Anajennies. These three varieties of fish are especially helpful due to their short intestinal track and predatory nature when it comes to frog eggs and tadpoles.


Raccoons: Raccoons can be especially menacing to fish, ponds, plants, equipment, food stored outside and the pond keepers themselves. If your pond is relatively shallow, raccoons will wade in, take your fish, eat just the heads and leave the bodies scattered about for the pond keeper to clean up. Raccoons have also been known to damage equipment which at times has led to draining the pond, leaving its inhabitants with little or no water. As interesting as a raccoon looks, they have no redeeming value to the pond keeper. In addition, they can be especially vicious when in a “have-a-heart” humane trap. We recommend that these critters be trapped by a very experienced person or company and removed from the premises.

Birds: Green herons, Great blue herons, White herons, White egrets, Night herons, Anhingas, Cormorants and others can be damaging to fish populations. These birds are federally protected and hard to dissuade once they have feasted on your fish. Herons have a tracking device which allows them to remember quite a number of pond locations and tends to visit at all different hours which makes them unpredictable. Fortunately, there are several deterrents for bird control. These devices include imitation bird predators like alligator statues and owls. In addition, there are motion-detecting sprinklers which work well in most cases. There is also a bird netting material which you can stretch over the pond, above the water level which makes it virtually impossible for birds to enter.


Cats: while it is nearly impossible for a cat to catch a pond fish, they do have the nasty habit along with raccoons of urinating in the water. Cat and raccoon urine can be deadly to fish if the pond is relatively small and the nitrite and ammonia levels are affected. This problem often goes undetected and tends to repeat itself. The motion detection spray device works especially well on cats.


Opossums pose no known threat to fish ponds.
The best deterrent to most critter problems (excluding toads and frogs) is a good- sized dog with an attitude. Of course, dogs also work well with uninvited people!
All in all, it is wise to take any measures necessary to solve your critter invasions or risk losing your pond’s inhabitants.

 

VenustusGFI Circuit - All pond equipment should be plugged into a GFI (ground fault interruptor) circuit. This protection device should be used for water pumps, aeration pumps, lighting and heaters. It helps protect against outdoor electrical shock. This unit has a built-in surge protector to protect from lightning. It is rainproof and also impact resistant. UL and CSA listed. It includes one outlet and 18” cord. It has 1875 watt capacity with maximum 15 amps.



Call 305-248-777

 

 

 

 

 


Newsletter - March 2011

OXYGEN - "THE SILENT KILLER"

The oceans, rivers, lakes and backyard ponds all succumb to low dissolved oxygen fish kills. Nature has 3 ways which it oxygenates water: direct diffusion, wind and wave and photosynthesis. (More detailed information at the University of Florida)


On a warm summer night after a windless day is the time when the dissolved oxygen level of all waters is at its lowest. Waterfalls, cascades and fountainheads are not substitutes for aeration. Dissolved oxygen is critical to the wellbeing and survival of pond fish. Ponds where the fish are constantly under the waterfall at the surface needing more oxygen are insufficiently aerated. Different types of pond fish require different levels of oxygen.


Cichlids require more oxygen than Koi. Koi require more oxygen than goldfish and goldfish require more oxygen than plecostomus. Ponds that are highly aerated will all have healthier fish which are subjected to less stress. It is not possible to over-aerate a pond in south Florida. A generous amount of aeration will help keep water clearer of algae and will support the aerobic bacteria count. The aerobic bacteria (the good bacteria) is paramount to the overall wellbeing of the pond’s inhabitants.


Whenever a pond is under-aerated, the aerobic bacteria will be less and the anaerobic bacteria (the bad bacteria) will thrive. The anaerobic bacterias: Aeromonus and Pseudomonus are harmful and if left unchecked: deadly to pond fish.


Dissolved oxygen is measurable. The lowest levels always occur just prior to sunup. Once the sun comes up, the phototsynthesis process kicks in and helps raise dissolved oxygen. The higher the temperature, the lower the oxygen level. Whenever salts, or any water additives, enhancers or medications are in the water, the dissolved oxygen goes down, making it very important to have good aeration.


Good aeration requires an air pump which sits on the outside of the pond and pumps air to the pond’s bottom where the air is diffused with a good airstone allowing tens of thousands of fine bubbles per minute to raise from the bottom up to the surface. There are no ways of moving water which duplicate this type of system and its effectiveness to raise oxygen. Aerators are quiet, use extremely low levels of energy and when used with a high quality airstone will be of great value to your pond and its inhabitants.


An aerator is automatically an emergency backup system should your pump or filter fail. You have days of worry-free life support for your pond. Pond fish can go without food and filtration for several days, however, if the oxygen level is too low, they simply die. It cost less to put a good aeration system on your pond than it does to have an expensive fish doctor come out and check your dissolved oxygen level. Finally if your pond is aerated, the” silent killer” will not be present in your pond.

DUBOISI

Duboisi is your best choice in algae-eating fish. This algae-eating fish eats algae all day and is very visible. If you should run out of algae, they will happily accept pellets or flake food.In addition, the Duboisi have the capability for reproduction and will supply you with algae-eating warriors. Duboisi babies are the most attractive of all freshwater baby fish (black with white spots).

VENUSTUS

Along with spring comes Bufo toad season. Their ability to reproduce in your pond can cause several problems:


1.     Alll stages; egg and tadpoles are toxic to fish.
2.     These eggs and tadpoles create water quality problems and
3.     The Bufo toads overpopulation allows them to become a future problem for your pond and yard.


Your best defense against the Bufo Marinus toad eggs and tadpoles is an African fish called Venustus. The Venustus is highly resistant to the toxins due to their short intestinal tracts and very efficient at greatly reducing the numbers of hatching eggs and tadpoles.


Newsletter - October 2010



October's Pond of the Month is a wonderful execution of an above ground pond, complete with aeration system, water plants, and UV bio filtration - not to mention wonderful koi and African Cichlids.

"It's really cool because when you stand at the edge and look into the water, it is actually deeper than you would suspect because the floor of the pond is about a foot below the level where you stand." The pond is gunite structure, tiled in coquina tiles with a small ribbon of glass tiles near the top edge.

Fish:
- 7 Koi
- 3 Plecostomus
- Cichlids

Plant Life:
- Tropical Water Lily
- Dwarf Papyrus

Email us your photos to be featured next month!







 


OGATA Japanese Koi - Now For Sale

These fancy Japanese Koi are available for $300 from 8"-10". OGATA is one of Japan's top Koi breeders.
Be one of the first to own. CALL 305.248.777 for more information.

Also new this month:

  • Assorted fancy medium Oscars
  • Long-finned baby Oscars
  • Small Gold Tinfoil Barbs
  • The seldom seen Asian Upside-Down catfish
  • The African Synodontus catfish


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    FREE DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES

    Angels Hatchery has always provided free diagnostic services for our customers' pond water and sick fish. Although we do not claim to be veterinarians, we have 38 years of experience and are always willing to help when needed. For all pond products and services, please give us a call at 305-248-7777.

     

     

     

     

     

     



     

    ELECTRIC BLUE - African Cichlids

    The color and beauty of African Lake Cichlids such as the "Electric Blue" are known for their spectacular coloring. They are perfect for large and small ponds as their vibrant and iridescent color adds a subtle touch of color or a burst depending on your desired effect. The males are bright electric blue and the females are a deep gray. The Electric Blue have a symbiotic relationship with Koi by ridding the pond of macroparasites (fish lice and anchor worms). These parasites are extremely harmful to Koi.
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    THE RIGHT FOODS - Fish Health

    Hikari FoodsFeeding your fish the best foods helps them to properly digest and assimilate the appropriate nutrients rather than just passing the food product through their system. Hikari foods are a great diet to eliminate nutrition-related scoliosis. In addition, other fish foods with ingredients which are not properly used by your Koi will cause problems with algae production and filtration requirements.

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