Why Do Koi Jump Out of the Water 0 3994

Many owners of koi carp will witness their fish jumping out of the water from time to time. It can be entertaining to watch! However, it can also be dangerous, as your koi can jump out of their pond and become beached. It’s therefore vital that your pond is protected to keep high-jumping fish safe.

But why do koi jump out of the water? Read on for some possible reasons for this behavior and to find out what you can do to keep your fish safely in its pond…

Poor water quality

Maintaining good water quality in your koi pond is vital to keeping your fish healthy and happy, and this means regularly testing the water and correcting any chemical imbalances.

If the water quality in your pond is poor, and full of toxins or out of balance, this can cause your fish?to become unwell and literally try to escape from the pond to find a better quality environment.

Lack of oxygen

Your koi pond should be well oxygenated with good water movement. If the depths of the pond are stagnant or do not get enough aeration, your koi are more likely to congregate near to the top of the pond and gasp for air. This can also lead to them breaking the surface of the water, jumping around or jumping out of the pond.

Being chased

Koi do go through phases in which they are fairly lively, and may dart about energetically and chase each other around. This is particularly true when koi are getting?ready to mate, when the male fish will chase the females quite aggressively!

Why do koi jump out of the water?

As part of this chasing around, your fish may break the surface of the pond and jump out of the water.

Exploring and having fun

Koi are fairly inquisitive fish, and sometimes, they will jump in and out of the water because they want to see what is up there, or as part of their games!

If you hand-feed your fish, you might even be able to observe your fish jumping up out of the water when they see a person at the side of the pond, as they come to associate this with feeding time and are keen to get their treats!

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5 reasons a tortoise is the perfect pet 0 1288

Tortoises are adorable animals and they are great pets to keep in your home. Here we explore the top five reasons why you should consider getting a tortoise as a pet.

1. Low maintenance

With some space to enjoy and some lettuce to chomp on, a tortoise will be pretty happy. This low maintenance pet won’t need walking twice a day and will keep themselves entertained.

2. Tortoises are very affordable

Tortoises are very affordable to keep in your home. Once they are set up with a comfortable space to enjoy, there will be very little cost to upkeep them. Their food is cheap and their space remains clean for long periods without needing to be changed.

3. Tortoises live long lives

Tortoises will also be around for a long time. They can live from 14 to 30 years or more depending on the species, which means you will have a friend for years to come. Unlike most other pets, you will be able to enjoy your tortoise for vast periods of your life.

4. They’re harmless

Tortoises are far more harmless than cats and dogs. While they may bite your finger if you put it in their mouth, little damage will be done. A tortoise is a very safe pet to have in the home and is great when you have children too.

5. Tortoises are loyal

Tortoises are unlike most pets in that they are happy in the space you give them. With room to wander around, food to eat and occasional trips into the garden to play and eat grass, the tortoise will be happy. Tortoises will not try to run away from you like dogs, hamsters or guinea pigs.

Tortoises are adorable creatures to keep as pets and they are a very practical and affordable animal to have in your home. Unlike many pets, it is easy to keep a tortoise and to keep them happy for a long time. With a tortoise, you will have a friend for years and years to come.

Keeping exotic fish as pets 0 1799

Exotic fish

There’s something mesmerising about watching a tank full of brightly coloured fish swim around. Do they make good pets though? Is it hard to keep exotic fish? With the right pet care and pet advice, exotic fish make great, if unusual pets.

Tank size

Go for the biggest sized tank you can afford and have room for. The bigger your tank, the easier you’ll find keeping the balance of the water right. Your fish need plenty of room to swim too. Aim for at least a 20-gallon tank.

Tank set-up

You’re going to need a heater to warm the water. You’ll also need a filter to ensure clean, healthy water, which is crucial for fish to thrive. It’s advisable to add an air pump to boost the oxygen levels.

You’ll also need a light for the tank, and a timer for the light, so it’s not on all the time. Bear in mind a fish tank should be placed out of direct sunlight, away from draughts and heating sources.

On top of the things that make your tank work you’re going to need everything that goes into your tank; gravel for the bottom, plants, and decorative caves and tunnels so your fish can hide if they want to.

You can usually buy aquarium starter kits at pet food stores if you want help in pulling everything together.

Getting the water right

The filter will cycle your water to make it suitable for fish to live in, never add tap water directly to the tank. You need to de-chlorinate it first. You can also add a water treatment to help keep the water healthy between changes.

You should change about 10-15% of the water each week to keep it clean and healthy for the fish. Never do a full tank change once your fish are in the tank.

Choosing your fish

When you choose your fish, make sure you start introducing them slowly – this will help you identify if you’ve got the water balance right, and at this point, your tanks eco-system is still developing, so adding lots of fish can damage it.

There’s a wide range of tropical fish to choose from – Cichlids, Betta and Swordtails are good starter fish, and are nice to look at. Never mix goldfish and tropical fish together.