As with any living being, it is of vital importance that your fish receives a healthy, balanced diet. Diverse types will have different needs, some variety of aquarium fish will prefer fresh or frozen food, while others will be content with the humble fish flake. Discover just what your fish will favour using my helpful
If this is your first venture into fish-keeping, then I hope this article will be a good starting point for you. I mean you cannot have an aquarium without fish, so the fish you decide to accommodate is crucial. I have prepared a list of 10 tropical freshwater fish, that are a perfect for beginners.
My homeland of Japan, as an archipelago or island chain, and this means that the sea and the life within it have always enjoyed a prominent place in Japanese culture. This undoubtedly explains, at least in part, the success and status of the large aquarium. And by large I do not mean one that might
My mother country, Japan does not always conform to the stereotypical view of the Westerner. Of course, the restaurants “manned” by robots, the futuristic neon, the throngs of office workers and peculiar fashion trends do exist however another world is waiting to be discovered by the intrepid traveller. If you dig a little deeper into
Are you thinking about having your very own aquarium? Have you thought about it for years perhaps, but always considered it to be too much of an undertaking or commitment? Countless new fish keepers realise the natural marvel of aquariums every year. Fish keeping offers the unique prospect of not only observing another world but
Hanami or 花見 is the Japanese tradition of appreciating the ephemeral splendour of flowers. When the Japanese talk of flowers in this case they are almost always referring to those of the cherry, or “sakura” tree or, less frequently, the plum, or “ume” tree. From the end of March to early May, cherry trees bloom
Changing the water in your aquarium on a regular basis is of vital importance if you wish to maintain the quality of the tank environment and eco-system. If you have live plants in your aquarium then changing the water every week is recommended as this will replace any trace elements that have been used up.
Today I am going to discuss using Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophical system of harmonising everyone with the surrounding environment, in your aquarium. In Feng Shui, the aquarium is considered an incredibly powerful tool and there’s an excellent reason for that, which I will come to later, however, firstly I would like to ask you
What is the most important thing in an aquarium? The fish? The substrate? The foliage? The ornaments? The filters? The heater? Well, of course, it is none of these things. It is the water. This is by far and away the most important aspect, for without it everything else is rendered useless, or in the
It is true to say that fish living and thriving in a sparkling aquarium have a very therapeutic and curious effect on countless people. This is not surprising when you consider that many Asian and other world cultures and beliefs place great importance on fish. In Chinese and Japanese culture, for example, ancient mythology links
In my homeland of Japan, it has been reported that workers have been slow to embrace a new government initiative entitled “Premium Friday” which has been conceived to encourage people to work less and spend more money. “Premium Friday” would allow workers to finish work at 3 p.m. on the last Friday of every month,
Today I want to write about water. I’m sure you will concur it’s a worthy subject, not least because I have devoted my life to making aquariums beautiful and what would an aquarium be without water? A fish cannot survive without water, and a healthy fish cannot flourish without clean, pure water. However, water is
It is said that we all have a double or a “doppelganger”. It may be true, and if you think about the sheer number of us humans on the planet, then it does make perfect sense I suppose. Sadly (or perhaps not – I’m not sure) I have not encountered mine, but I am certain
Today’s subject is the interesting “Moss Ball” which is a particular favourite in my homeland of Japan. The Aegagropila Linnaeus, also known as marimo, is a class of filamentous green algae known for its distinctive form and even appearance. The Marimo, as I have said, is so popular in Japan we regard it as a
I want to write today about the thought-provoking subject of luck. Just what is it? Have you ever felt you were lucky at any time? It’s true to say most of us do from time to time but you have probably felt luckless too. But what is luck? Is it some kind of natural law?
Do you consider your life to be simple and perhaps boring? Or does it seem like it is complex and by definition interesting? Or maybe you just do not give the thought a single moment and just simply be. Whatever your own personal outlook, life is all about duality. In Chinese philosophy, this is known
The modern world is tremendously demanding. As I have mentioned in previous posts time itself is constant but in the modern world it “appears” to be scarce. These days there are just so many demands on our time. More so than at any other time in living history. There is now a 24-hour “rolling” news
What advice would you give a young person just starting to make their own way in the world? Good advice is a form of nostalgia born or wisdom. Bad advice is a form of boastfulness born of ego. A good piece of advice would be to never confuse the two and to always carry out
I want to discuss briefly history and what it can teach us. It is said that those who fail to heed the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. However do you ever get the sense that history repeats itself again and again? Well not quite repeat of course, as in a perfect replication
I want to return to the concept of time today, if you have the time to read it of course. That is not just my attempt at a small joke but also an entry point into the concept of relativity. As human beings all of our experiences from the moment we began to lay down