I began sourcing for recipes from the forums and the very next day, I marched to the frozen department at NTUC in search of Sutchi fillets to make my Fish & Chips.
Due to the vague instructions from the various recipes, I had to agar agar the amount of flour and water. In the end, my batter turned out quite watery but there was no way to remedy it as I had used up all the remaining flour in the kitchen.
The fish was already frying in the oil when I realized that the batter is not forming at all. I immediately fished the fillet out from the wok and with the oil still pi-pi-piak-piak-ing, I kam kam cheng grab some soda biscuits from the cupboard and crushed them in a bowl.
I quickly dust the fillet in a
layer of the crushed biscuits before throwing it back into the wok.
And the result?
He returned unscathed with these…
Two bags containing 50 Cardinal Tetras each
Equalizing the water temperature inside and outside of the bag to minimize shock…
Scaredy fishes at the bottom of the tank and colorless
Showing their true colors, at last…
Time to explore!
“Under the sea, under the sea!” Woohoo!
Home Sweet Home!
I finally set out to do abit of cleaning up the aquarium, something which I’ve been putting off for quite a while.
Cleaning two 4-feet (48 inch) fish tanks is no mean feat. I spent almost half a day just washing the filter and siphoning the debris.
Filtration plays an important part in an underwater eco-system. It ‘cycles’ the water by sucking the water into the filtration system whereby any physical impurities (eg. fish waste, uneaten food) are trapped by the cotton and allows clean water to flow back into the aquarium. This, is Mechanical filtration.
Fish waste contains ammonia and if unremoved, will rapidly build up to high concentrations which can be toxic to fishes. Ammonia could be easily removed with the addition of ceramic rings or bio-balls into the filter. Useful bacteria will colonise and multiply on these ceramic rings to help break down the ammonia into harmless nitrite. If there are water plants in the aquarium, it may take the filtration one step further by absorbing nitrate as nutrients. This, is called Biological filtration.
Any other pollutants (eg. pesticides, perfume, smoke) that entered through the water surface which cannot be removed by Mechanical and Biological filtration, can be adsorbed by Activated Carbon which is added to the filter. This process is called Chemical filtration.
An ideal filter should be able to perform the three processes mentioned above and is readily available in the market.
With a good filtration system running in your aquarium, it lowers the frequency of water changes that you have to make. A fish in optimal health displays vibrant colors and are more lively than fishes that live in stagnant water.
If you’re able to replicate a living condition which is similar to their natural habitat, they might even reproduce if they feel very much at home in the aquarium!
Presenting to you, the fish waste.
Presenting, the occupants in my aquarium.
Chocolate from Japan
Guppies waiting to be fed…
Gorging on frozen bloodworms!
Three of my favourite fishes: The Albino Corydora, Platy and Swordtail.
Neons galore! There’s about 300 of them in there but most of them can’t be seen.
Bottom of the tank…