koi fish craft How to make Koi fish with cardboards?

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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:

koi fish craft

koi fish craft

Materials Required:

  • Paper Tubes
  • Fin and Tail Templates for Koi Fish
  • Acrylic paint
  • Coloring palette
  • Hot Glue
  • Black Marker
  • Cork
  • Cardboard

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.

koi fish craft


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.

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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.

koi fish craft boxes done painting

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.

koi fish craft

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.

koi fish craft

koi fish in drainage canal iligan city

koi fish in drainage canal iligan city

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

how to care for koi fish you need to know

how to care for koi fish

Koi Care Guide

Tips from home to health to food and fun



  • 10 things to know about your koi
  • How do I set up my koi’s aquarium?
  • What do koi fish eat?
  • How do I keep my koi healthy?

10 things to know about your koi

  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Size: Koi grow up to 36 inches (91 cm) long
  • 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.

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Heat & light

  • 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.

Water temperature

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).

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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
  • Abdominal swelling
  • Inflamed or discolored skin or fins
  • Fins clamped to sides of body
  • Scraping body on rocks (flashing)


  • 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.

Puppy Safety: Why It Makes Sense to Use a Playpen

pet playpen

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.


1. Safety

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.


2. Freedom

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.


3. Flexibility

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.



Feeding Koi Treats

feeding koi treats

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.

learn more about what do koi fish eat 

4 Explanations To Cook Fresh Seafood At Home

fresh seafood

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.

Bottom line

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.

Check out also my blog about koi fish meaning