Most of the people prefer to spend their time in a useful way. Making the things out of cardboard is an interesting hobby. It empties your storeroom and makes you decorate your house free of cost. Moreover, you can also make a number of storage organizers and kids’ toys from cardboard boxes. A fish aquarium is of the items which people love to make from cardboard. Any of the large custom cardboard boxes can be used to make the body of the aquarium. Kids are always fond of playing with Koi fish. You can easily design them from cardboard. It can decorate any unused corner of your house and fascinate your kids too. Below are some of the easy steps how to make Koi fish with cardboard:
Fin and Tail Templates for Koi Fish
Step 1: Collect the cardboard
The first step of the process is to gather cardboard. The best option is to utilize the cardboard from the tissue roll. Collect them according to the number of fish you want to make. If you are unable to get cardboard out of a tissue roll, take some old custom printed boxes. Cut out their taped ends to make them flat. Cut them in the strip and roll them similar to the shape of a cardboard roll.
Step 2: Prepare the Tints and Shades
Now it’s the time to color the fish. As we all know that Koi fish exist in a wide variety of colors and shades. It adds more charm to its attractiveness. First of all, you need to decide the combination in which you want to color the Koi fishes. For making the tint of that color, add the original color to white. Convert the tints to shades by mixing a little charcoal grey to it.
Step 3: Make the body of the fish
For making the body of the fish it’s better to color it at the start. Let it dry. Afterward, stick one end of the cardboard roll using a strong adhesive. Hold it for a few seconds to fix it properly. As cardboard is a hard and stiff material, so hot glue works best.
Step 4: Make the tails and fins
For making the tails and fins of the Koi fish, you need some old cardboard boxes. If you can make them on your own its good, otherwise download an online template. Copy the template of fins and tail on a sheet of cardboard. Insert the tail inside the body of the fish and paste the fins on its upper and lower sides. Make some long cuts of the back of the tail to give an attractive look. Trim off the outer edge of the tube create a fine body shape. You can color them side by side or in the end, it’s your choice.
Step 5: Paint
Start with painting the koi fish bodies. Then color the fins and tail. Let the paint dry. Make the eyes with a black marker and enhance the lips of the fish with a coral paper strip. And you are done! You can make some other type of fish and worm as well by using cardboard. Design an aquarium or a fish game from the custom boxes by cutting off their lids. Place your lovely creation inside it and enjoy.
I got an unexpected mail from James Wojciechowski. I will share it here since his mail is so informative to all koi keepers.
His mail will inspire also others Who are thinking that koi keeping
need expensive gadgets just to raised them.
So without further ado here is his mail.
Im one of Ur subscribers, looking on the inter-net and came across
a thread over a year old, topic was Illigan City Koi Pond.
U had asked if there was any filtration to the pond, the answer is no but the answer is yes it is called Mother Nature.
I have family in Illigan City, Ive viewed that pond before with many
questions but no answers from any one hehe they dont really
know, people that live on that stretch of cannel, take care of it and
watch over very closely, it is a source of in-come for some.
There might be one man that knows all the answers he was the one
that started it and I believe cleaned and re-designed the cannel very generically.
All they did was cleaned the trash and damed 2 sides to make a pool Cleverly damed.
Where does the water come from I believe it is a drainage cannel of
the city, but if U go there it is on the main drag of the city beside
Metro Gaisano and a bridge, the water comes from that direction
down the cannel, REGARDLESS were it comes from not important.
In the beginning this one man put a fish cage in the water and
raised a few tilapia, by his home and was successful, so he came up
with the idea and talked to all his neighbors and at that point they all agreed, some was funded $$ and some was gifts.
This is how I C it to work (Mother Nature, Japan has done this for yrs.) but this one a little different, I feel kind of got lucky in the concept they used.
Picture two ends damed up creating a pool inbetween, water coming in and water going out.
They put up a big wire screen in front to catch all the trash and so
forth were the water comes in and a screen were the water goes out,
does 2 things collects trash (which must be cleaned periodically of
trash) and keeps the fish in place (what do they do in flood waters I dont know).
Koi R doing very well!! Now this is the filtration part Mother Nature, the way I C it to work.
In coming water, is always not clean water but fresh water
compared to the water in the pond and it has a very good flow rate
(water current) I would guess the water in the pond is being
changed completely many times in a hour like maybe 6 to 10 times from the fast movement of water flowing.
The water carries lots of good oxygen, doesnt need to be that clean
as big Koi breeder say needs to be clean not true, the fish will adapt.
They have catfish and tilapia fish which do a good job cleaning the waste and botton of the pool along with the Koi.
Sandy botton from the original cannel, free of trash but not
pollution in water, doesnt matter the heavy flow keeps them healthy highly oxygenated.
it smell around the pool from raw sewer gasses, but nature is
keeping the water clean enough for them to survive and reproduce
(they also sell Koi to the public they arent quality Koi just genaric Koi), thats all it takes.
One other factor involved think about it a natural filter system in
front of the damn, water is much deeper then the pond in which
acts as a sediment chamber, when the water flow increases from a
heavy rain it cleans out the chamber and the pond of pollution, the
pond is kind of shallow and flat bottom, water flows easlly over it
the pond stays clean enough, cool concept of a dam and what it will do for the pond.
The back of the pond is about 3 ft. higher then the original cannel and produces a water fall.
Over all view front of pond is deep water (chamber over flowing of
water) into the pond and then shallow water flat and sandy bottom
(the pond) and then water falling into the original cannel the pond
is being skimmed of pollutants with a high flow rate, which keeps
them alive funny thing is front and back of pond the water is still very dirty.
Ive thought of doing this but i have not the resources. What do U think Giobel Koi. I have a small pond not that big 2ft. x 4ft. x 1ft. deep and I use it to grow out my Koi, 4 at a time (not to crowd
them) the same concept as this pond in Illigan, i change out the
water 2 times a week up to a 1/4 change each time and a over size pump, the water runs through a generic filter 10 time every hr. good flow rate, clean filter 2x a week.
The pond holds about 30 gallons, i use maybe 16 gallons a week in changing out the water, its not much. Koi breeder say U need a big tank bla bla to grow big Koi not true, I talked to U about my koi 1 yr. old she went through this process for 8 months grew to be 14 inches not bad for a pond fish.
i have no mud pond, i think it works, clean, fast moving water. i got the idea from Illigan pond. What do u think, thanks for Ur time and keep up the good works on Ur channel, Jim.
Watch my Video here also to inspire you to join in koi fish keeping hobby. I am poor but it’s not a hindrance for me to keep koi fish
Transporting koi safely from one pond to another or to a koi show. The potentially harmful effects of continued stress.
Oxygen in travel bags. For journeys significantly longer than an
hour in hot weather, there will be an advantage if the transport
water is cooled slightly by external ice packs.
Bags should be double bagged to give extra protection against leaks
and placed in either a box or a bin liner to cut out the light and hence reduce koi stress.
By identifying the potential hazards when transporting koi, we can
ensure that the risk of the hazards occurring can be kept to a minimum.
bagging and transporting koi fish
First, it is always a good idea to have all the equipment needed to transport your Koi fish on hand.
If you are having an emergency with your Koi, you may or may not
have time to make a trip to your local pet store to gather what you need.
The equipment needed to bag and transport Koi is small,and easily stored when not in use.
Koi fish , like any other pet, will have medical issues throughout its
life, especially since Koi have been known to have a lifespan of up to 30 years.
You contact the vet because you Koi is showing signs of injury or
illness, and unless you have a vet that does house calls, chances are the first thing they will say is “bring it in.”
Issues with your koi pond can arise, whether it is an emergency
move because your koi pond is placed into harm’sway by natural events or a planned move due to new construction.
No amount of planning can ensure that you will not have to move your Koi for one reason or another.
With the problems that arose from recent events such a Typhoons
and everyday events such as common illnesses, it is imperative that
you have a plan of action when it comes to your pride and joys.
No matter if it is an emergency or not, knowing how to properly bag
and transport your Koi fish could mean the difference between life and death.
Bags- You must have the proper bags on hand to transport Koi fish. Do not attempt to transport your Koi fish in trash or regular plastic
bags, as they are not designed for this, and may cause damage to your Koi fish .
Unless you remembered to keep the bags you brought your koi
home in originally, you will have to make a trip to your local pet store. Make sure to get bags sizable enough to hold your Koi fish.
Rubber Bands- You will need quite a few rubber bands for each bag you buy.
Make sure that your rubber bands are good quality, as you do not
want the pressure from the water to pop the rubber band in the middle of the transport.
Net- You will need to have a net sizeable enough to compete with your Koi fish .
You will never need the net to pull the Koi out of the water with, but
you will need it to lead and direct your Koi into the place you want them. Nets can potentially damage your Koi, especially as the larger they get.
Paint Bucket- A paint bucket is a better option for catching your Koi fish, as they cannot hurt your Koi like a net can. Make sure that your bucket is sizable enough to hold your Koi fish.
Bagging your Koi fish
The process of catching and bagging your Koi is actually pretty
simple as long you have the proper equipment available.
If you pond is large, you may want to consider enlisting the help of your friends when bagging your Koi.
Use the net to guide the Koi into the Paint Bucket. Once the Koi is in the paint bucket you can remove any excess water, and begin bagging the Koi.
Make sure that your check the bags for leaks. Once you are sure that the bag is secure, place the bag over the Koi fish from head to tail.
Make sure there is enough water in the bag to completely cover the gills. Leave plenty of air room so that the bag is not to heavy to carry.
Slip the rubber bands around the end of the bag and continue to double it until the bag is secure.
Place the bags horizontally in your transport container. Make sure that you do not bend the fish when lifting it.
Secure the bag so that it will not move with bumps and turns, and
cover the fish so that as little heat and sunlight can enter as possible.
How do you transport fish when moving?
Try to save 80% of the water from your tank.
Depending on the length of your trip, use either plastic bags or 5-
gallon buckets with water from the tank to transport your fish.
Make sure the bag/bucket has enough air for your fish.
How do you transport a pet fish?
Place your fish in plastic bags. Transport the fish in five-gallon buckets Put the fish in a container.
Transport the aquarium if it is small.
Transport your fish in an insulated, secure container. Choose a container large enough for your fish.
How do you move fish when you move house?
Remember NEVER move fish in their tank.Do not feed your fish
for at least 24 hours before moving, this will not harm the fish.
Fish should be transported in clean, strong, polythene bags part
filled with tank water. Gently place the bags into a polystyrene container.
How long do you leave fish in bag before putting in tank?
It’s important the bag is sealed tight, as your want your fish to stay
in its original water for the initial 15 minutes.
Simply set the bag on top of the water in the quarantine tank. The fish bag should float on the water’s surface. Set a timer for 15 minutes.
How do you transfer fish from bag to tank?
Allow the bag to sit for ten minutes, then open the bag and add a cup of your aquarium’s water to it.
Reseal the bag and let it float again for ten minutes. Repeat the previous step until the bag is full.
Then, you can use a net to transfer the fish from the bag into the tank.
What is a fish bag?
Fish Bag vs Fish Cooler. This can make larger coolers heavy to
carry without a friend to help, especially when loaded down with enough ice as well as fish.
A fish bag is typically made of a special type of foam and nylon webbing. They are able to keep fish fresh while maintaining very portable.
How long do you keep fish in the bag before putting them in the tank?
When you get home with the fish, put the plastic bag holding the
fish in your aquarium and let it float unopened for fifteen to twenty minutes.
You may want to take some of this time to re-arrange the decorations in your tank
How do you introduce fish to a new tank?
Once you get your quarantine tank set up, you can introduce your
new fish to the tank through acclimatization.
Start by placing the unopened plastic bag in the tank for 15-20 minutes.
After 15-20 minutes, open the bag and use a clean cup to scoop an equal amount of water from the tank into the plastic bag.
Transportation is a huge thing for fish. When they’re in the delivery bag life is much harder for them.
Ammonia in the bag accumulates, the pH drops significantly, and
they are jarred around and shaken up.
That is never pleasant for a fish, and the number trips an imported
fish must take to get halfway across the globe is outrageous.
So frequency, intensity, and duration of travel is drastically
different for fish from Japan or fish from America.
Combine that with the strained immune systems of fish from
established lines, and you should begin to understand why
domestic fish have considerably higher survival rates in the first year.
Although it is not as common as trauma during transport, another
factor that distinguishes domestic fish from imports is their familiarity with different diseases.
When those foreign fish get on the ground, they are not accustomed to some of the diseases here.
Unlike the Japanese fish, our domestic fish have had generations to
become adapted to the bacteria, viruses and parasites commonly found in America.
The imported fish come over and go into some of our facilities and
they’ve never seen a particular nella or bodo or parasite.
When they’re exposed to it for the very first time, their immune
systems have built up no antibodies to defend against it and it ravages them.
Lifespan: They can live for more than 50 years and thrive in a wide range of water temperatures
Temperament: They are generally peaceful but may pick on slower fish
Origin: They’re a type of carp native to Japan
Did You Know: Koi can learn to recognize and take food from their pet parents
Koi fish originate from Japan and represent love and friendship in Japanese culture.
Most koi fish outlive their owners, having a lifespan of 200+ years.
They come in a variety of colors, not just orange. They may appear orange, yellow, white, red and black.
Owners who received their koi fish as a gift are believed to have good luck.
In Japan, koi fish are often passed down from generation to generation, as a family heirloom.
How do I set up my koi’s aquarium?
Koi grow quickly and get very large. Keep mature koi in an outdoor pond of at least 3 feet deep, with at least 50 gallons of water per fish.
Young koi can be kept indoors in an aquarium of at least 29 gallons.
Put the aquarium in a quiet area out of direct sunlight and drafts.
Cover the aquarium with a hood to reduce evaporation and splashing and to keep fish from leaping out.
To transfer new koi to the aquarium, float them in the water inside their bag for about 10 minutes so they can acclimate to the new water temperature.
If you’re introducing koi to an existing school in an aquarium or pond, quarantine the new fish in a separate body of water for 2 to 4 weeks to be sure they are healthy.
On moving day, use a net to transfer the koi so old water doesn’t mingle with new water.
Whether they live indoors or outdoors, add no more than 3 new koi at a time.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for choosing and setting up the right size filter for your koi habitat.
An aquarium filter should be able to process all of the water in the tank 3 to 5 times an hour. For example, the filter in a 20-gallon tank would need to push through at least 60 gallons of water each hour.
Add beneficial bacteria supplements to help break down waste in the habitat.
PetSmart offers free aquarium and pond water testing. Just bring in a sample of your water, and we can test the quality within minutes.
Outdoor koi are hardy and will hibernate under ice in winter as long as their pond is deep enough to not freeze completely. (They won’t survive in solid ice.)
Your koi’s pond should be partially shaded.
Indoor koi prefer water between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Install a light inside an indoor aquarium to illuminate it for 8 to 12 hours a day.
Koi are pretty temperature-resistant— they can even hibernate under ice in winter. Just be sure your pond is at least three feet deep— otherwise, it could freeze solid, and koi aren’t that tough. When they live indoors, koi prefer cool water—between 65 and 75 degrees F (18 to 24 C).
How do I keep my koi healthy?
If your outdoor koi don’t seem to be eating in the winter, don’t worry; it’s normal for them to stop eating at temperatures below 40 F.
Be sure to contact a veterinarian if you notice any of these symptoms:
Unusual swimming pattern
Thinness or decreased appetite
Inflamed or discolored skin or fins
Fins clamped to sides of body
Scraping body on rocks (flashing)
PET SAFETY TIPS
Fish and aquatic animals can transmit disease to humans. Wash your hands with soap and water before and after interacting with your aquarium. Children, pregnant women, elderly people and people with immune-system problems should take extra care.
Keep fish away from food and areas where food is prepared.
Never release fish into the wild. They won’t adapt well and can damage natural habitats.
Thoroughly wash your hands with warm, soapy water before and after contact with any pet or its habitat.
Adults should assist children with hand washing after contact with a pet, its habitat or aquarium water.
Do not use soaps or detergents to clean aquarium or décor, since they are toxic to fish.
how big do koi fish get
When the water is below 52 degrees, stop feeding your Koi. Most domestic Koi usually grow about 12 to 15 inches long. Japanese Koi usually grow 22 to 26 inches in long. Jumbo sized Koi grow up to 34 to 36 inches long.
You love your pup — that tiny, frolicking bundle of fur.
If you could, you would want to stick around and play with him for hours. But you can’t. And even if you stay at home for 24 hours, you can’t always keep a close eye on your young pup. He may face danger when you aren’t watching as risk lurks around every corner for a playful, young dog, which makes it all the more important to get him a pet playpen.
A playpen is an open space where your furry friend can enjoy safe playtime. You can even set up a bed and dog toys inside to add more comfort and fun. Below are the benefits of having a pet playpen which demonstrate why it makes sense to get one for your beloved pooch.
Puppies have a curious nature, so it’s common for them to move around wherever they are. They will be sniffing around, wandering about, tasting and biting or chewing at anything new or fascinating for them.
This can be quite dangerous if they make contact or ingest chemicals or chew through electronic devices lying around. When you have things to do, you can leave your pooch inside a playpen to ensure his safety.
As a pet owner with your pup’s best interest at heart, you should consider his safety as a top priority. Pet playpens offer just that for your beloved pooch while allowing him adequate space to be active and comfortable.
Keep your home in one piece
Along with your pup’s safety, a playpen also ensures the welfare of your house. Puppies can be a rambunctious lot and you never know when they’ll wreak havoc on your belongings. Placing your pup inside a pet playpen ensures that he won’t end up chewing your shoes or damaging your furniture.
While crates are good for bedtime and travel, they don’t provide enough freedom for your pooch to have fun.
Dogs don’t like being cooped up inside a cage, and a pet playpen allows just enough freedom for your canine without putting him in harm’s way. You may even want to add in some food, bed, blankets, and toys to make the playpen more homey and comfortable.
There’s no feeling of isolation
At times when you have guests and they’re not at ease with your pup, you may need to separate your pooch. Instead of locking your dog away or placing him inside a crate, use a playpen to separate him from people. This way, he won’t feel isolated and deprived of your company.
Set up the playpen where your pooch can still see you while you attend to your guests.
It’s understandable why you don’t want to bring your pup into the yard. After all, dogs love to dig and they can end up ruining your beautiful garden. But with a playpen, you can bring your pup outdoors without worrying about him damaging your beloved plants.
Playpens are not just for indoor use, they are quite flexible as you can use them anywhere you want, even outdoors. If you want your beloved pooch to enjoy some fresh air, all you have to do is set up a playpen outside. You get to allow your dog to have his playtime in a natural environment while keeping yourself at ease.
How to Choose a Playpen
There are several types of playpens to choose from, so it can be overwhelming to choose only one. Here’s what you should look for when choosing which one is right for your pup:
Height – Playpens can be high or low. This can be a major cause for concern if your pup can easily jump over it. If you’re trying to keep your pup confined, make sure you get a playpen at the right height.
Size – Puppies vary in size so make sure to pick a playpen where your dog can fit and move around comfortably.
Materials – Some playpens are made of plastic, and some are made of metal or wood. Focus more on durability to ensure the test of time especially if your pooch is hyperactive and loves to chew on most anything.
Cost – As much as possible, don’t get the cheapest playpen you can find. The point is you need to secure your pup while he has his fun. A cheap playpen may easily break or come apart at a bad time.
Versatility – A puppy can grow so fast so you may have to take this into account. Height is indeed an important factor but diameter and the overall footprint of the playpen are essential, too. Keep in mind that a cramped in pooch may not enjoy his playtime.
A puppy needs a place to channel all his energy while staying safe. As a pet owner, it’s your responsibility to facilitate this. Use a playpen to create a structured environment where your pup can play his heart out and still be safe.
Andrew Kevan has been the Account Manager at Sandleford Holdings since 2016. He studied at Monash University and completed his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Zoology. Andrew is the owner of a beautiful Rottweiler named Lady who is constantly spoiled and loves her Fido & Fletch Large Pet Home.
Like any other type of pet, people find it fun and popular to give their pet Koi treats.
You might delight in seeing your Koi respond to treats while you,
your children, or grandchildren feed them.
While this is a great bonding experience between pet and owner,
some precautions should be taken.
Koi will eat pretty much anything that you put in the pond with them, no matter if it is good for them or not.
Since Koi do not have a sense of what is bad and good for them, as their owner you must control their snack diet.
Another potential problem is over feeding treats. Again, Koi do not
have the knowledge to know when to stop eating, and weight issues
may come from overfeeding none nutritional foods.
However, if you feel that your Koi deserves treats, there are many
types of foods that are available that may contain nutritional value, and will not harm your Koi in any way.
Natural Koi Treats- The best type of treat to feed your Koi is what they would find naturally in their pond.
Things such as earthworms, tadpoles, and bloodworms are found in
ponds, and may be eaten by your Koi without your knowledge.
The best way to find out what natural treats are available is just to look around the pond.
Once you know what it out there, then you can either dig up the
treats from the ground around the pond or buy similar products at your local store.
Prawns- Prawns are edible crustaceans which are similar to shrimp,
but are usually larger.
Prawns are actually very good for Koi because they are high in Protein.
You can find prawns at a number of places including your local pet
stores, department stores, and feed stores.
Prawns are available in regular and frozen, but be sure if you buy
frozen to completely thaw it out before giving it to your Koi. Prawns are also one of the best treats to promote hand feeding.
Lettuce- Lettuce is high in essential vitamins and minerals, and it quite healthy for your Koi. There is no need to tear the lettuce in smaller pieces as the Koi can find joy in doing it themselves.
Fruit- Koi will eat a wide variety of fruit. When feeding your Koi fruit, make sure to break the fruit up into small pieces.
Fruit should only be fed to your Koi on special occasions, as most
fruit contains high amounts of natural sugar, which can be bad for Koi in large amounts.
Bread- One of the cheapest treats available is Wheat Bread. Take a piece of bread, break it up, and roll it into small balls before throwing it into the pond.
Be sure to avoid all types of white bread, as it may contain small
amounts of bleach and other chemicals that can potentially be dangerous to your Koi.
No matter what type of treat you decide to use, it is still very important that you do not over do it. To many treats and interfere with their diets, and cause more harm then good. Just do not get carried away, and you will be set.
You should pay special attention to the certain foods such as corn,
beans, and grapes, as they contain an outer casing, which cannot be
properly digested if swallowed by Koi.
If you must feed this type of foods to your Koi, be sure to
completely remove the outer casings before giving it to your Koi.
Today’s fast-paced life has made processed foods and low-fat refined carbs popular. These promote obesity and are not healthy at all. However, there is a growing revolution for fresh food especially from the Maldives. This has led to the realization that fresh seafood is very versatile and a more healthier option to include in your diet. Seafood has Omega-3 fatty oils that prevent the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, and improve the immune system among other benefits. Here are 4 reasons to cook fresh seafood at home.
High-quality fish is not smelly
Most people think about the smell when thinking of cooking fish. Truth is high-quality fish does not smell that much. Additionally, quality fish will not have a strong smell when cooking. Quality seafood from the Maldives once you get up close smells fresh like salt water. Fish with a strong smell is usually of low quality is you should not buy it.
Frozen fish is still fresh
There is a big misconception in the food industry against frozen foods. It’s true that almost all fish is frozen. Wild Maldivian seafood is frozen within seconds after being caught by line and pole fishing method. The fishermen always go at sea with ice for storing their catch immediately. Freezing does not affect fish quality, it just pauses the aging of fish for some time. You can as well stock your seafood supplies and keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to cook it.
Sustainable seafood is easily accessible
It’s very important to ensure that your seafood satisfies sustainable standards. This is easy to tell if you get your fish from top fresh fish suppliers from the Maldives. A reliable supplier should have certification to export seafood after auditing by local and international bodies. You can easily order your fresh seafood online from suppliers with ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System certifications.
Cooking fish is so easy
To prepare and cook fish is so easy. This is true if you remember that cooking fish is not the same as cooking meat. To cook meat requires high temperatures for it to get ready quickly. However, seafood is very delicate and so is the cooking. For its delicate nature, fish requires low temperature for it to react well. For a more delicious flavor, consider poaching or gently roasting your seafood with aromatics and herbs.
Why freeze fish
Fish is usually flash frozen once they are caught. This helps to slow the seafood decaying process. Additionally, freezing seafood keeps the nutritional value intact. Therefore, fish from reputable suppliers is given utmost care in a strict quality control process until it’s delivered to customers. Apart from such stringent quality measures, you have to ensure that the supplier offers products that meet the Maldives Food & Drug Authority standards.
Seafood should not miss in anyone’s diet for its tremendous health benefits. Quality seafood from a reputable Maldives supplier will give you the Omega-3 fatty oils your body needs to boost the immune system and prevent diseases.