Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM, evening class 8 to 9, Monday to Friday.
Albino Oscar fish in a glass aquarium
Pond at home, QC. Stressed due to overcrowding and false economy on
electricity and water, this specimen failed to recover in spite of the
first aid applied at the incipient stage. It was around two years old.
My pet fish grew and
grew, until they became overcrowded. Now electricity and water are very
expensive. But is it worth the hobby?
love the relaxing sound of a little fountain, the gurgling of a bigger
one, the splash the fish make in their play, and at feeding time. Now
and then they come close to be touched. A scratch on the back like any
What a morning to greet them. And they to meet you. Coffee
and newspaper would not be complete if you are away from their company.
So move your reclining chair close. Who say you cannot relax in the
city anymore? Not with my pako.
And if you need exercise, carry
a bucket or two of freshwater to replace evaporation everyday. Yes,
everyday. Clean the pumps of clog now and then. Scrape off overgrown
lumot (algae), unless the janitor fish is doing it efficiently, with the
help of suso (snail) while the fish are still small. By the time they
weigh one kilo each, no snail will survive. By this time the janitor
fish shall have grown as big to the pako.
A garden pond is
actually a small world – an ecosystem where the laws of nature are
taking place to maintain a dynamic balance called homeostasis.
you must keep Carbon Dioxide in water as low as possible. That’s why
you need an electric pump to augment the desirable level of dissolved
Second, you must clean the pond with least disturbance.
Detritus must be regularly eliminated otherwise they will continue to
decompose and produce toxic gases and substances that breed unwanted
microorganisms, including pathogens that kill your fish.
feed them regularly and moderately with the right kind of food. I give
dog food, and cat food sometimes, for a change. One good thing with
these feeds is that they float and feeding is regulated. Never, never
overfeed. It is better you miss a day or two than leaving unconsumed
Fourth, assign only one caretaker, better still you are
the caretaker and nobody else. They are your pet anyway. Don’t allow
feeding from anyone. Don’t allow children to play with your fish. Warn
them of the danger, and consequence to your prized pet. They may get
wild and aggressive. And get stressed.
Fifth, there is no
substitute to Loving, Tender Care. Like a Florence Nightingale, visit
them often, even at night, and see if they are well.
brownout, be patient to recirculate the pond with a bucket to
incorporate air. Do this for the duration of the brownout. At one time
it was a whole day. Two helpers assisted me and we saved all of the
fish. They were stressed all right, but they recovered.
can be used with caution due to the effect of acid rain. I harvest
rainwater for the pond at the peak of a strong rain. Tap water should be
allowed to stand at least overnight before pouring it into the pond.
For all of these, is it still worth the hobby?
Indeed, it is. ~
fish in a glass aquarium, before they were transfered to a garden pond
where they grew more than twice their size in a year's time.