November 11, 2016: New Arrivals

New Arrivals in Community, Aggressive, Bottom Feeders, and Aquarium and Pond Plants

What beautiful weather we’re having lately! Now is a great time to stock up your aquarium or pond ahead of the holidays so that you can impress your friends and family with all your beautiful wet pets!

Here’s our latest additions at the Farm to help you do just that:

Community Tropical Fish

Male Cherry Barb, Small Mix Angelfish, Small Veil Angelfish, Medium Marble Angelfish, All sizes of Koi Angelfish, Jumbo Neon Tetra, Dwarf Gourami, Moonlight Gourami, Dalmation Molly, Sunset Variatus, Neon Sunburst, Painted Blue Platy, Neon Sword, Velvet Sword, Red Tail Black Shark, Male Rosy Barb

Aggressive Fish

Blue Convict Cichlid, Electric Blue Acara, Demasoni Cichlid, White Tail Blue Acei Cichlid, Large Dragon Blood Cichild, Large Strawberry Super Red Cichlid, Large Tangerine Cichlid, Large Taiwan Reef Cichlid

Bottom Feeders

1.5″ Rhino Pleco, 2″ Rhino Pleco, Rubber Lip Pleco, Clown Pleco, Regular Plecostomus, Blue Mystery Snail, Ivory Mystery Snail

Aquarium Plant Bunches, Mats, and On Driftwood

Aluminum, Imported Anacharis, Baby Tears, Green Cabomba, Purple Cabomba, Broad Leaf Ludwigia, Ludwigia Ovalis, Ludwigia Peruensis, Red Myriophyllum, Golden Nesaea, Pogostemon Erectus, Purple Waffle, Narrow Leaf Temple, Wisteria, Medium Madagascar Lace, Banana Plant, Moss Balls, Anubias Nana on Driftwood, Anubias Nangi on Driftwood, Dwarf Baby Tears on Rock, Java Fern 1/2 Mat, Micranthemum Monte Carlo Mat, Java Moss Portion

Potted Aquarium Plants

Small Amazon Sword, Large Amazon Sword, Anubias Coffeefolia, Anubias Nana, Anubias Nana Petite, Cardinal Plant

Tropical Water Lily

Wood’s Blue Goddess Dayblooming Blue Lily, Innocence Dayblooming White Lily, Emily Grant Hutchings Nightblooming Pink Lily

New Arrivals: October 11, 2016

Our latest arrivals this week:

Guppies

German Metallic Blue, Gold Tuxedo, Green Neon, Leopard Tuxedo, Red Cobra, Red Mosaic, Silver Red Tuxedo, Turquoise, Tequila Tuxedo, and Metallic Blue Females!

Livebearers and Bettas

Halfmoon Male Betta, Male Blue Betta, Black Lyretail Molly, Gold Sailfin Molly, Gold Crescent High Fin Lyretail Molly

Tropical Community Fish

Cardinal Tetra, Neon Dwarf Gourami, Red Flame Gourami, German Blue Ram, German Gold Ram, Mono Argentus, Rummynose Tetra

Catfish and Plecostomus

Red Tail Zebra Loach, Clown Loach, Red Tail Catfish, Schwartzi Corydoras

Imported Goldfish and Koi

Butterfly Tail, Mixed Orandas, Red and White Red Cap Oranda, Kohaku Koi

Aggressive Tropicals

Red Oscar, Figure 8 Puffer, Purple Parrot Fish, Curviceps (Flag Acara), Silver Arowana

Check out a quick 35-second slideshow video with photos at YouTube:

Hurricane Preparations for Aquariums and Ponds

Hurricane MatthewAs the massive Hurricane Matthew approaches South Florida, I just wanted to reach out to everyone and wish you the best in preparation for the next few days. I know we have customers from the Keys to West Palm Beach (and even Orlando) and everywhere in between, and it looks like this huge storm is going to affect everyone! It’s been awhile since we’ve had a serious storm threaten us like this, and I hope your homes are ready for any impact the storm may bring and that you and your family stay safe throughout.

 

We will be closed for business tomorrow so that our staff can keep themselves safe from potentially harmful weather, and hope that you do not have any last-minute aquarium needs (but if you do, PetSmart or Walmart should be able to help for dry goods).

 

So while we will not be open, there are still a few things you should keep in mind to ensure your fish are protected in case the storm knocks out power or causes flooding in your area that affects your pond:

 

1. Check your air pump. If you do not have a check valve (a plastic piece attached to your aquarium’s air hose that prevents water from siphoning back into your air pump), remember to raise you air pump above the surface of the water. This is the number one cause of air pumps breaking, because if the power goes out suddenly, the water will find its way back into their air pump and it won’t work when the power comes back on, and you’ll be left scrambling for a new one when I’m sure there will be lots of other things to take care of.

 

2. Clean your aquarium or pond filters. It’s best to do it now while you still have running water and electricity so that any waste that remains in them does not build up and get stagnant in your filter if power is out for an extended period of time.

 

3. Protect your aquarium from flying debris. If your tank is near a window, be sure to give it some extra protection in case anything breaks through. It’s terrible enough to have to replace a window, but if something breaks your aquarium, you’ll have an even bigger mess to worry about, and your fish to find a quick home for, too. If you have any large plastic tubs, they may come in handy in case you need to transfer your fish out of the tank for any reason. You may also want to have some extra fresh water available in case you need to change any water in your tank if there’s a long time without power. This will help replenish some oxygen levels if you don’t have a battery-operated pump.

 

4. Don’t feed the fish. Your fish will be fine without food for a few days, so if you power goes out and you don’t have a filter running, it is best to cut way back on the food. After 2 or 3 days, you can give them something again if the power still hasn’t returned, but it’s in their best interest not to eat much in that situation. Their metabolisms will shift and adapt to the conditions temporarily.

 

5. Keep an eye on your pond water level. While it looks like the rain forecast for South Florida doesn’t call for massive flooding, it’s still good to be cautious and on the look-out. If your pond is nearly to the top, a few inches in a short time span may cause the level to rise significantly and your pond may overflow. One way to prevent this is to siphon out some water ahead of time if you know your pond is prone to such a condition. Otherwise, wait until a break in the winds to do it if you see it becoming an issue while the storm is happening. But be safe! We all love our fish, but look out for yourself first.

 

Thanks for reading, and I hope this list helps give you some peace-of-mind as the storm approaches so you can feel prepared for all incidents.

 

If you have any other ideas that can help your fellow fish-keepers, please reply and let us know so we can spread the word!

All the New Tropical Fish This Week!

New Tropical Fish Arrivals: September 23, 2016

Tropicals for the Aquarium!

XL Bleeding Heart Tetra, Peppermint HY511 Tetra, Longfin Serpae, Jumbo Black Neon Tetra, Purple Passion Danio, Medium Angelfish, Medium Koi Angelfish, Colombian Tetra, Jumbo Neon Tetra

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All the Bottom Feeders!

2” Albino Bristlenose, 2.5” Albino Iridescent Shark, 5” Regular Plecosto mus, Albino Corydoras, Paleatus Corydoras, Panda Corydoras Catfish

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So Many Cichlids!

Mixed Small African Cichlid, Demasoni, Electric Blue Johanni, Yellow Labidochromis, Kenyii, Blue Cobalt, Pearl Zebra, Electric Blue Maingano, Albino Socolofi ‘Snow White’ Cichlid

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New This Week: Guppies, Tropical Fish, Koi, and Oddballs

New Arrivals: September 13, 2016
Our latest arrivals this week include:

Guppies Galore!

Turquoise, Yellow Sunrise, Gold Tuxedo, Ribbon, Green Cobra, Green Neon, Leopard Tuxedo, Red Rainbow, Silver Red Tuxedo, Tequila Sunrise Tuxedo, and Mixed Females!
Aquarium Tropicals and Goldfish
Black Moor, Neon Gold Tetra, Yo Yo Loach, Fire Eel, Roseline Shark, Ember Tetra, Green Fire Tetra, Male Dwarf Gourami, Reticulated (Butterfly) Hillstream Loach, Black Lyretail Molly, Red Tuxedo High Fin Lyretail Molly, Male Veil Betta, Super Delta Male Betta, Cremecicle Balloon Molly, Spotted Puffer, XXL L-155 Adonis Plecostomus, Otocinclus Catfish, L-007 Galaxius Plecostomus
  
Koi
Yamabuki Gold Ogon Koi, Platinum Ogon Koi, Matsuba Koi
Photo Highlights
Red Rainbow Guppy   German Yellow Guppy   Tequila Sunrise Tuxedo Guppy
Chinese Hillstream Loach   Black Moor Goldfish   Spotted Puffer Fish
Matsuba Koi   Platinum Koi   Matsuba Koi

Join us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram for the latest photos and videos of new fish arrivals, or come and enjoy seeing them for yourself under the sun here at the Fish Farm! We look forward to serving you then!


New Arrivals: September 10, 2016

Our latest arrivals this week include:

Tropical Aquarium Fish

Odessa Barbs, Red Glass Barbs, Assorted Swordtails, Gold Nugget Plecostomus, Blue Pino Veil Angelfish, Albino Gibboceps Plecostomus, Gourami, Common Plecostomus, Filamentous Barb, Red Wag Platy, Red Velvet Platy, Congo Tetra

Koi and Goldfish

6″ Koi, 4″ Red Fantail, 4″ Calico Fantail

Aquatic Plants

Ambulia, Anacharis, Baby Tears, Bacopa, Green Cabomba, Purple Cabomba, Cardamine, Narrow Leaf Ludwigia, Red Myrio, Golden Nesaea, Parrot’s Feather, Purple Waffle, Rotala Magenta, Wisteria, Radican Sword, Anubias Nana, Madagascar Lace, Ulavaceous, Blyxia Japonica, Red Tiger Lotus, Anubias Coffeefolia on Driftwood, Anubias Nana on Driftwood, Dwarf Baby Tears on Mat, Amazon Sword, Ozelot Sword, Anubias Barteri, Anubias Hastifolia, Anubias Nangi, Pogostemon Erectusi

New Fish and Plants: July 15, 2016

Tropical Aquarium Fish

2″ Bala Shark, 1.5″ Abino Busynose Pleco, 3″ Regular Plecostomus, Albino African Underwater Frog, 2″ Iridescent Shark, Threadfin Acara, Green Tiger Barb, Longfin Albino Bushynose Pleco, Male Veiltail Betta, Halfmoon Betta, Platinum White Male Betta, Pygmy Corydoras Catfish, Electric Blue Ram Dwarf Cichlid, Assorted Colors of GloFish Danio and Tetra, Assassin Snails, Red Wag Platy, Male Rosy Barb, Male Red Glass Rosy Barb, German Blue Ram Cichlid, Gold Ram Cichlid, Gold Gourami, Opaline Gourami, Blue Paradise Gourami

Aquarium Plants

Bunch Plants

Ambulia, Wild Anacharis, Bacopa, Green Cobomba, Purple Cabomba, Broad Leaf Ludwigia, Ludwigia Ovalis, Golden Nesaea, Parrots Feather, Pogostemon Erectus, Purple Waffle, Rotala Indica

Potted and Others

Medium Amazon Sword, Small Melon Sword, Corkscrew Vallisneria, Blyxia Japonica, Dwarf Lily, Water Sprite, Anubias Nana on Driftwood, Dwarf Baby Tears on Mat, Hydrocotyle sp. Japan, Java Moss on Mat, Java Moss Portion, Large Amazon Sword, Abubias Barteri Round Leaf, Anubias Barteri Narrow Leaf Nana, Giant Hairgrass

New Fish: June 24, 2016

Tropical Fish Imports

Scarlet Badis, Roseline Shark, Emperor Tetra, Clown Loach, Black Ghost, Green Cobra Male Guppy, Red Cobra Male Guppy, German Metallic Female Guppy, Cobalt Flame Gourami, Super Delta Male Betta, Red Oscar

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Fancy Goldfish and Koi

Black Moor, Red Cap Oranda, Kohaku (Red and White) Koi, Platinum Ogon Koi, Yamabuki (Gold) Ogon Koi

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African and South American Imports

Yellow Labidochromis, Electric Blue Maingano Cichlid, L091 Red Fin Scarlet Pleco, Green Aeneus Cory Cat, Otocinclus Catfish, Gold Tetra, Cardinal Tetra, Clown Pleco, Royal Pleco, Bumble Bee Catfish

Electric Blue Maingano Yellow Lab

Dry Goods

All sizes and varieties of Xtreme Foods and Microbe Lift products now back in stock!

Join us on Facebook and Follow us on Instagram for the latest photos and videos of new fish arrivals, or come and enjoy seeing them for yourself under the sun here at the Fish Farm! We look forward to serving you then!

New Arrivals: June 17, 2016

New Arrivals: June 17, 2016

Our latest arrivals this week include:

Aquarium Bunch Plants

Ambulia, Wild Anacharis, Bacopa, Green Cabomba, Purple Cabomba, Golden Lloydiella, Cuban Ludwigia, Ludwigia Ovalis, Ludwigia Peruensis, Golden Nesaea, Pogostemon Erectus, Purple Waffle, Rotala Indica, Wisteria

Potted and Grass Plants

Small Amazon Sword, Medium Melon Sword, Crypt. Petchii, Contortion Val, Leopard Italian Val, Dwarf Subulata, Water Sprite, Anubias Nana on Driftwood, Dwarf Baby Tears on Mat. Java Fern Mat, Frans Stoffels Sword, Kleiner Bar Sword, Large Ozelot Sword, Green Ozelot Sword

Koi and Goldfish

6″ Koi, 3″ Butterfly Koi, 6″ Yellow Butterfly Koi, 5″ Shubunkin

Florida Tropical Fish

Medium Koi Angelfish, Regular Angelfish, Longfin Serpae Tetra, Orange Von Rio Tetra

Build Your Own Pond (On A Budget)

One of the best things about living in South Florida is that any time of the year is nice to be outside. Barbeques with friends gathered in the back yard is a nearly every weekend plan, and with the beautiful weather, why wouldn’t it be?

While the backyard may not be the focus of such gatherings at your place yet, there’s a way that it can be all the talk the next time you host friends over for an afternoon or evening, and the best part is, it’s cheaper than you think.

Building a Pond (On a Budget)

You may have seen images on Instagram or Pinterest of super elaborate aquatic garden settings and thought that it would be impossible to turn your backyard into an aquatic oasis. You may think it takes an engineer, an excavator, and 100 man-hours to even get a pond started at your house. But luckily, there’s good news. Fish don’t care how elaborate your pond is, and there’s quite a few tricks to making a fish pond fit any budget (and space).

With such basic materials as cinder blocks, pond liner, and pavers, you can build a basic pond that you can slowly modify and add to over the years to meet your own aesthetic. In just one weekend (maybe 2 if you want to take it at a slower pace), you can have your own custom pond or water garden up and running in your back yard.

Step 1: Finding the Space

The first thing that you’ll want to do is plan out where you will build your pond. A lot of this has to do with how much space you have in your back yard that you can dedicate to this. But whether it’s just a 6′ x 6′ corner by a fence, or a wide open 20′ x 10′ span, there’s a way to build your pond in a simple way.

There are two ways to approach the pond building process. Which one you decide on will depend on how much brute labor you want to engage in and how custom you want the pond to be.

Option 1: Buy a pre-fabricated pond at a store like Home Depot, Lowes, or on Amazon, already shaped in a way that you like and in a size that will fit your planned area. Prices range from $66 to $86 on Amazon for an 86-gallon and 163-gallon pond respectively.

Option 2: Go custom and build the pond in any shape you like, anywhere you want it. For this, all you’ll need is cinder blocks and a pond liner and a bit of creativity. Liners are available at Amazon (with Prime Shipping) in a variety of sizes, starting out at just $35 for a 7′ x 10′ piece that could build a pond about 3’x6′, which is about 200 gallons. Remember, you’ll also have to buy cinder blocks to shape the pond, because digging into South Florida soil does not work well beyond about 6″ deep.

Step 2: Laying out the Pond

Once you know the space your pond is going to go in and know what type of material you’re going to use for it (pre-fab or liner), you’ll want to actually plan out how you’ll install it.

If you’re going the pre-fabricated way, you’ll want to paint out an outline of where your pond is going to sit. For added structure, you may want to dig a little bit into the soil where the deepest point of the pond will be so that the shallower shelves can sit on the ground, or on a paver of sorts to support it from bowing out.

For cinder block and liner ponds, simply lay out the blocks in the shape you want for the pond. Keep in mind how large your liner is to avoid having to move the blocks around any more than necessary to save yourself the labor. You’ll want the pond to be at least 18″ deep, which will take off about 4′ off of your pond liner length and width to allow for the sides and overhang on which you will place pavers to hold it in place.

Step 3: Landscaping the Pond

Once you have your pond in place, you’ll want to spruce it up a bit! Get small garden plants to go around the edges of the pond to hide the cinder blocks or plastic edges of the pre-made pond. You’ll want hardy varieties that don’t shed a lot of leaves, since any loose leaves will end up causing more headache in keeping the pond clean. Plants like Aloe and Bromeliads are great in the case that they are beautiful, tropical, and have the added benefit of keeping birds and cats from getting too comfortable around the pond where they may be able to try to swipe at the fish.

Step 4: Filtering the Pond

Once your pond is finalized in its place, you’ll want to get the filtration system in place so that you don’t have to mess with it once there’s already water in the pond. A basic filter system will consist of a submersible water pump, some tubing to connect to a canister filter, and tubing to connect back to your water feature, whether it’s through a waterfall at the back of the pond, or a spitting fountain. You’ll want the water to strike the surface in a way that will generate oxygen, as the fish appreciate any extra bit that your system creates. If your pond is sitting in a full-sun environment, then an Ultraviolet Light may be necessary to install in-line from your pump to your filter. This UV light will destroy any algae particles in your water and kill them allowing your filter to remove them from circulating, and will help keep your pond from becoming green.

Step 5: Filling up the Pond

Now you’re ready for water! Yes, already! If you have well water that you use for your landscaping/sprinkler system, then you can just use that to fill up the pond. If you’re on city water (chlorinated water that comes from the tap), then you’ll need to treat it and let it circulate for a day or two before adding any fish. The products that we recommend for de-chlorinating city water is Kordon’s Amquel and Microbe Lift’s Water Conditioner.

Confirm that your pump and filter (and optional UV light) is working right in this time that you’re waiting before adding fish.

Step 6: Adding Fish

You’ve followed all the steps and now you’re ready for fish! Depending on how big your pond is will affect what size and type of fish you should keep. For ponds under 500 gallons, we recommend sticking to Goldfish varieties, such as Sarasa Comets, Shubunkins, and Fantails. Of course, you can also add tropical fish varieties like Angelfish and Cichlids, but these tropical fish are more temperature sensitive and may need extra care in the winter months like adding a heater or bringing them inside to an aquarium.

If you have a larger pond, then you’ll probably want to go with Koi, as they will get fairly large and will give you more of a higher-end feel. Koi have a wide variety of styles and color patterns, and sometimes it feels like no two are alike, so when you find one that you like, it’s a good idea to buy it right then, because it may be sold by the next time you return. There are Butterfly Koi, which have long fins that make them look like they’re flying through the water, and there’s also Domestic and Imported varieties that have different colors that can be very striking.

Step 7: Maintaining the Pond

Now that you’re enjoying your pond, you just have to know what you need to do to keep it running and looking great! As long as you got a pump and filter sized appropriately for your pond, you should only need to work on it about once every 2-4 weeks, to clean out the filter pads (either by hosing them off or by replacing them if they’ve gotten too worn down). Higher end filter models have a setting to back-wash the filter so you don’t even need to get your hands dirty!

If you have a filter that you clean by back-washing, or if you lose a lot of water to evaporation, you will need to add water occasionally to keep it at its optimal level. Remember that if you are adding city water, then you must add the appropriate amount of a dechlorinator to eliminate the chlorine, ammonia, and other toxic chemicals that come through the tap.

Step 8: Enjoy your Pond!

You’re all set! Invite some friends over, enjoy a meal and some drinks, and tell them about your new hobby! You don’t have to tell them how easy it was, but if you do, send them our way. We love the aquatic hobby and have made it our business for over 40 years to help South Florida enjoy aquariums and ponds for themselves as much as we do!