How to DIY a simple outdoor fountain

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Many people like install a fountain in their garden. You will get three benefits from having an outdoor fountain:

  1. Make your garden lively;
  2. Create white noise to cover the undesired sound;
  3. Create a bird bath for small animals.

It’s so expensive to buy a fountain online. Today, we introduce a very easy way to DIY a simple outdoor fountain. You just need to prepare an empty container, a pipe and a submersible water pump. Please watch the video.

The key is the pipe need to be a little bit above water surface to get the best effects.

Keep the water flowing can effetively prevent breeding of mosquitoes etc.

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Koi Variety Guide – Utsuri

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Utsuri comes from Showa Sanke, you can regard it as a special edition of Showa Sanke that keep black and lack of red or white. Utsuri means image, derivative meaning is painting. The style of the patterns on Utsuri reminds people of the ink and wash painting. The black base Koi with white markings called Shiro Utsuri, the one with red markings called Hi Utsuri, and the one with yellow markings called Ki Utsuri.

Shiro Utsuri

Shiro means white. White and black constitute a monochrome, it is simple but imaginative.

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Tips for caring Platy fish

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Feature image photo by Kobayashi Michinobu

Platy fish, binomial name is Xiphophorus maculatus, is a species of freshwater fish in family Poeciliidae of order Cyprinodontiformes. It is also called moon fish in Asia. The same as guppy fish, platy is livebearer. The females lay juvenile fish directly instead of eggs. It’s easy to breed.

Blue Platy Fish, photo by Kobayashi Michinobu

Platies are small, exquisite, mild and colorful. They are the very good choices for the peaceful aquarium. Mix the platies and a few other species into a tank with dense water plants, you can image it, such a wonderful and fascinating water world.

Mickey Platy, photo by Kobayashi Michinobu

Water type

Platies like alkalescent hard water, pH 7 to 7.4, ºdH 9 to 10, water temperature between 71.6? to 78.8. It’s better that add some salt in freshwater, concentration is about 0.5% to 1%. They have good adaptability. You just need to progressively change the water type from weak acid water to neutral soft water to weak alkaline hard water. They will adapt the water gradually.

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