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Why have a reef tank if there are no more real reefs?

Save the reefs and buy 100% aquacultured coral and captive bred fish when available. Stop taking from the oceans. We at Garden Ponds and Aquariums Unlimited believe in only purchasing aquacultured corals. Whenever we have the opportunity to choose captive bred fishes over wild caught, we buy captive bred. This is better for our oceans and better for our customers.

A principal concern of many aquarists and Garden Ponds and Aquariums Unlimited is the state of the world’s environments and the possible impact our demanding hobby might have. Though no species has been “wiped out” by wild-collection on the reef, the use of boats, subsequent labor, non-human resources, nets, and other tools to get wild caught specimens to consumers isn’t without consequence. We believe the captive breeding of fish and aquacultured hard and soft corals reduces environmental destruction and is by definition a more easily controlled resource. The world’s reefs are dying at an alarming rate and our industry can play a big part in saving them.

When you can, buy aquacultured specimens. This makes sense for you, your aquarium, and the environment. Captive breed fish and corals are hardier, disease-free, less antagonistic, more accepting of prepared foods, and generally far more likely to thrive in your aquarium.

In time, our industry will be able to captive breed more varieties of fish. We have already begun to see the changes within the past few years. In the coming years we will find more and more aquacultured species becoming available as a viable alternative to wild-caught specimens. Who knows-you may well be responsible for contributing to this trend through your own efforts! Join Garden Ponds and Aquariums Unlimited in our quest to save the planet.


Garden Ponds and Aquariums Unlimited

310 SW 1st ST

Moore, OK 73160

Which type of aquarium is best for me?

The natural beauty of a marine aquarium is highly desired and admired. But what is involved in properly setting up a saltwater aquarium? There are different types of saltwater setups, some are easier to maintain while others require more effort. Before you dive into saltwater aquariums, find out what differentiates these aquariums and why certain marine aquariums are more challenging than others.


Saltwater aquariums can be grouped into three basic types – fish-only aquariums, fish-only-with-live-rock aquariums, and reef aquariums. Among these three types, the most basic marine setup is the fish-only (FO) aquarium.

Fish-only aquariums, as their name implies, are designed to house and showcase marine fish. Since the fish are the center of attention, FO aquariums are sparsely decorated, often with coral skeletons or coral replicas. Like any aquarium setup, maintaining proper water parameters and employing efficient filtration is key. The availability of beautiful and hardy marine fish such as damselfish, yellow tangs, and captive-bred species adds to the success of FO aquariums. The fish-only aquarium is a great setup for the dedicated beginner interested in marine aquariums. This saltwater setup allows novice hobbyists to “get their feet wet” and become familiar with equipment, water parameters, fish, and the maintenance of marine aquariums.

FOWLR AQUARIUMS (Fish-only-with-live-rock)

Fish-only-with-live-rock (FOWLR) aquariums can be described as a blend or a stepping stone that bridges FO aquariums and reef aquariums. While marine fish are still the focus of FOWLR aquariums, basic elements of the reef aquarium are introduced – most notably, live rock. Live rock is fragmented pieces of old coral reefs naturally colonized by a variety of marine life including invertebrates, sponges, and millions of beneficial nitrifying bacteria. This rock, teeming with beneficial life, provides excellent supplemental filtration and helps maintain stable water parameters. Live rock adds a new dimension to the aesthetics and care to the basic marine aquarium. Special considerations for FOWLR setups include proper curing or acclimation of live rock, additional light or supplements to cultivate desirable coralline algae, and the restriction of many medications that harm beneficial life found in live rock.


The most challenging and expensive of the marine aquariums, reef aquariums are stocked primarily with corals and other invertebrates, with little or no fish. The corals and invertebrates are the stars of a reef aquarium. Since marine invertebrates are very sensitive to water conditions, water parameters must be monitored on a regular basis to maintain pristine conditions. Also, many corals are photosynthetic and require proper lighting to survive. The inhabitants of reef aquariums require special attention, so it is crucial to research lighting, water movement, supplementation, and other requirements.

Visit Garden Ponds and Aquariums Unlimited for all of your aquarium needs.

310 SW 1st St Moore, OK 73160      405-735-FISH (3474)

When Should I Get A Clean Out?

The best time to have your pond cleaned out is during the fall/winter. Getting a pond clean out during the warmer months has many headaches alongside of it. The biological bacteria in your pond is already mature and thriving.  So, a clean out will kill all the good bacteria you need to have a healthy, happy, clear pond.  When you kill that bacteria, your pond’s biological ecosystem is forced to start over again and causes algae blooms and sometimes green or murky water that can stress your fish. So, instead of getting a pond clean out during the warmer months and risking a ton of headache, getting a pond clean out during the fall/winter eliminates a majority of the problems.

Just like your koi during the colder temperatures, your pond goes dormant as well. The bacteria in your pond thrives in warmer weather, and it isn’t active during the fall/winter. So, you don’t run into pesky algae blooms or green or murky water.  Instead of going through two biological cycles, your pond only goes through its spring cycle.

Our spring clean out season tends to fill up very quickly. Signing up for a clean out in the fall/winter insures you a shorter waiting period and your pond will look great for the holidays. Contact Garden Ponds Unlimited at 405-794-3323 or visit our online Pond Clean Out Form

Nightscaping, A Whole New Dimension of Enjoyment

Water features are stunning during the day, but when pond lighting is used to enhance evening views, you’ll find the landscape takes on a whole new dimension!  Tuck a spotlight behind a waterfall and the feature takes on a magical feel. Used in the main portion of a pond, you’ll enjoy watching fish dart in and out of the lights.

As the sun begins to set, underwater pond lighting creates a magical mood in the landscape. Think of that vacation you experienced at the beach and the serene feeling you enjoyed watching the moon cast a glowing trail over the ocean’s surface.

When you add a waterfall or underwater lighting to your water garden, you extend your viewing pleasure well into the evening or night. You can add lights during the installation of your water feature, or add later during your pond clean out.

Although moonlight casts its own soft glow on your water feature, waterfall lighting shows the details of the rock and water.

It’s always a joy to watch fish swim in and out of lights. Be sure to incorporate LED lights which use approximately 80-90% less electricity and last 10 times longer than their halogen counterparts.

Be creative with your water garden lighting options and you’ll find you enjoy your water feature during the evening hours just as much as you appreciate it during the daytime. Plus, if you come home after dark, your water feature will be all lit up for you!

Visit Garden Ponds Unlimited at 310 SW 1st St Moore, OK 73160 and see our underwater pond lighting display.


Newsletter – Garden Ponds & Aquariums Unlimited – Summer 2017

Garden Ponds & Aquariums Unlimited – Newsletter Summer 2017 (pdf)

What are the Benefits of Owning an Aquarium?

Owning an aquarium has a strong stress reducing benefit. Studies have shown that watching an aquarium for a few minutes a day can reduce stress levels, and even reduce your chances of a heart attack or stroke. Studies have also shown that heart attack and stroke victims that own an aquarium have lived longer. Even gazing at a decorative fishless tank has proven to assist in reducing stress and high blood pressure. The more decorative and colorful the tank is the stronger the benefits will be. Owning an aquarium also has educational benefits. The chance to observe nature is right in your living room. You have the ability to watch the fish interact with plants, the environment, food, and each other in a replica of their natural habitat.

Did You Know…

• Beta fish can be kept with other fish.
• Some aquarium plants go dormant through certain seasons.
• Fresh water Angel fish are related to Cichlids.
• Temperature of water correlates with how much lighting a tank needs. • Tracy Morgan is an avid aquarium connoisseur.
• Not all types of aquariums need gravel.
• Ram Cichlids are the “love birds” of fresh water aquariums. They have only one mate throughout life.
• There are fresh water shrimp and lobster.

Is Your Pond or Water Feature Insured?

It’s that time of year again when Oklahomans need to be weather aware. We have been saddened by how many of our customers have told us that they had lost their homes and ponds due to tornadoes. Luckily some of our customer’s ponds were covered by their homeowners insurance policy. Sadly, some customers had no coverage at all and didn’t know this until it was too late. This prompted me to do some research as to whether my own pond at my house was covered. Here is what I learned.

Most policies will cover things, such as ponds, up to a certain percentage of the value of your home. This is generally found under your “other structures” portion of your policy. Make sure you have enough coverage for any “other structures” that you may have such as a building or barn, plus your pond. I discovered that I needed to increase my “other structures” limit so that my pond would be adequately covered. The best advice I have for you is to check with your insurance agent before the storm. Being proactive might save you a lot of headache later on. Especially if your policy does not include any coverage for your pond.

Little Fins and Little Mouths

If you have fish in your pond, sooner or later they are going to have babies. Late spring to early summer usually marks the time of year when koi and goldfish start to spawn. When koi and goldfish spawn, they produce thousands of eggs but very few actually survive and grow up into baby fish. Koi are egg “scatterers,” meaning they generally deposit their eggs on the bottom of the pond or in plants. The eggs hatch a few days after, although, you probably won’t be able to see them for several weeks because they are too small. At this stage in development, the babies will feed off of all sorts of microorganisms in your pond. After a couple months the babies are about an inch long and may start eating real food. In order to “bulk” them up, feed them our High Protein koi food. There are no fillers and will ensure the proper nutrients for your baby koi to grow up big and beautiful.

Patience is Key

You need to have patience. If you’ve stocked your pond with plenty of plants, the temperature’s just right, and you’ve started supplementing with D-Solv and SAT, your pond will quickly balance. Beneficial bacteria, or SAT, need to be added with a consistent maintenance routine to obtain optimal results. Resist the urge to add traditional algaecides after your pond is balanced, unless your pond is lacking a proper filtration system. With overuse, your pond will never become truly balanced, and often, ponds can become dependent on their use. Help support Mother Nature with use of natural products from Garden Ponds Unlimited. Your pond and the environment will thank you!

Newsletter – Garden Ponds & Aquariums Unlimited – Fall 2016

Newsletter – Garden Ponds & Aquariums Unlimited – Fall 2016 (pdf)