IPB University Lecturer Shares Tips for Making Simple Aquariums When WFH

Four IPB University lecturers from the Vocational School namely Wida Lesmanawati, Giri Maruto Darmawangsa, Dian Eka Ramadhani and Amalia Putri Firdausi shared tips on making a simple aquarium as an exciting activity during work from home (WFH). Small colorful fish can be friends during quarantine at home. Seeing fish swimming gracefully makes your heart calm and happy, plus a beautiful maintenance container can be a decoration of the house either in the living room, in the family room or on the desk. Creating a decorative aquarium does not need to be expensive and unnecessary.

The following stages;

1. Prepare the container.

 Choose a container around the house that is transparent (recommended made of clear glass / plastic) and which if it will be beautiful when displayed. The chosen container can be a cake jar, a glass, a tall bowl, and so on. This container is hereinafter referred to as an aquarium.

2. Add accessories. 

Add accessories as needed to the aquarium. Accessories can be in the form of living plants (anubias, kadaka, windelov, etc.), plastic plants or other decorative objects. Substrate can be added to the aquarium. In addition to further beautifying the aquarium can also make the water look clearer longer. Substrate can be in the form of bali sand, poor sand, ornamental stones or marbles.

3. Fill water. 

Aquarium filled with water slowly until the limit of 2-3 cm from the top surface, then left for 1-2 days. If the water source comes from PAM, then the water is left longer so that the chlorine in the water is lost.

4. Spreading fish. 

Place the fish in the container slowly. Adapt the fish first by placing the container containing the fish on the surface of the aquarium for 5-10 minutes, then little by little pour the aquarium water into the container containing the fish, then release the fish into the aquarium. This process is called acclimatization which aims to enable fish to adapt to their new environment. The number of fish stocked depends on the type of fish to be raised whether a single fish such as betta or grouped fish such as platy, moly, and guppy. For a single fish species should be maintained as much as 1 fish per aquarium, while for groups of fish can be maintained as many as 3-5 fish per aquarium. In addition, the number of fish to be raised also depends on the size of the fish (the larger the size of the fish the less number) and the size of the container (the smaller the size of the container the less fish).

5. Feed the fish. 

Feeding the fish does not need to be full, just limited to meeting the fish body's basal needs. Feeding is carried out little by little, if there is leftover food immediately discarded. The more feed given, the faster the water is cloudy.

6. Maintain water quality. 

Water is replaced periodically when the water starts to look cloudy (about 3-7 days). If using live plants and / or substrates, water changes can usually be made longer. Substitution of water is done by removing the plants and moving the fish and its maintenance water to a temporary storage container, then the remaining water in the aquarium is discarded. Aquariums, substrates or other accessories are washed with clean water, then reassembled in the aquarium as before. The aquarium is refilled with clean water (the replacement water has been allowed to stand a few days before) and the fish are put into the aquarium by acclimatization.

Thus short tips on how to use the items around the house to be used as an ornamental aquarium. Look forward to the second tips series that will discuss about how to choose the right type of fish kept in ornamental aquariums. Good luck .... (IAAS / NAS)



Published Date : 13-Jul-2020

Resource Person : Wida Lesmanawati, Giri Maruto Darmawangsa, Dian Eka Ramadhani dan Amalia Putri Firdausi

Keyword : how to make an aquarium, how to maintain ornamental fish, IPB lecturer, Vocational School