Tetra has expanded its popular problem-solving range for aquariums with its Phosphate Minus and pH/KH Minus solutions. Dedicated to making fishkeeping increasingly easy, the new launches provide fishkeepers with reliable and straightforward options to combat common issues for healthy waters where plants and fish can thrive.
Aquarium life relies on a balance of various water parameters, and phosphate concentration is one of them. Phosphate is a plant nutrient that arises naturally over time from contributing factors such as fish waste, food residues, and dead plants. However, a high phosphate concentration can stem plant growth and lead to an increase in algae growth.
Providing a fast-acting solution, Tetra PhosphateMinus naturally reduces excessively high levels of phosphate in aquariums and unlike some competitor products, does so without clouding up the aquarium water or leaving any residue on the ground. What’s more, Tetra PhosphateMinus is even suitable for soft water so there’s no need to test carbonate hardness before using.
For those looking to also regulate carbonate hardness levels, Tetra pH/KH Minus provides a controlled reduction of this, alongside pH value, leading to improved plant growth from the release of CO2.
Tetra PhosphateMinus and Tetra pH/KH Minus are suitable for all fresh water and marine aquariums and are available now in 100ml bottles with an RRP of £4.85 and £4.30, respectively.
More info: www.tetra-fish.co.uk
EHEIM has launched a new protein skimmer for marine tanks up to 300 l.
The EHEIM Skim Marine 300 is a compact skimmer powered by highly efficient needle wheel technology. It has an adjustable air intake which sucks in air independently and determines the skim rate. It is easy to attach the skimmer to the aquarium glass using the magnetic holder or it can be installed in a sump if preferred.
EHEIM says that the skimmer is quiet in operation and has a low energy consumption while offering a high skimming performance. It can be completely disassembled for cleaning.
The EHEIM Skim Marine 300 also comes with a three-year warranty.
More info: www.eheim.com
Award-winning aquatic nutrition specialist, World Feeds, has launched a new flake food for Rift Valley cichlids.
Following on from the success of Vitalis Rift Lake Green Cichlid Pellets, this new food is also formulated for the herbivorous cichlid species of the African rift lakes, including Tropheus and many mbuna species.
The new Vitalis Rift Lake Green Flakes boast the same tailored, spirulina rich formulation as the pellets, but they are designed to provide a method of feeding small and juvenile cichlids with lower protein requirements. Importantly, the latest cichlid flakes have the added versatility that they can be left large for feeding bigger fish when required.
The balanced flakes also deliver key nutrients from a blend of high quality algae, and incorporate natural pigments to achieve healthy fish colouration.
Available in three pot sizes: 30g, 90g and 200g.
More info: vitalisaquatic.uk or worldfeeds.uk.
EHEIM has added an LED alternative to its Proxima range of aquariums. The new classicLED set is equipped with two energy saving EHEIM classicLED strips instead of fluorescent tubes.
The elegant design of the Proxima range is ideal for the modern environment. The cabinet doors have no handles, giving them a classic, clean finish, and are available in high gloss white, mocha or the new ‘urban’ concrete (soft grey) look.
Features of the new EHEIM aquarium combination Proxima classicLED include:
- Tank volume 175, 250 and 325 l.
- 50cm depth — ideal for aquascaping.
- Clean lines with an elegant mix of glass and brushed aluminium (light frame and bottom trim).
- Easy to use cover with sliding black glass panes.
- Two integrated, movable classicLED strips (daylight).
- 500 Kelvin, colour similar to daylight.
- Optimum illumination, radiation (light) angle 120°.
- Water resistant lights (IP 67) with safety power supply and Y distributor.
- High energy efficiency; average durability of the LED lamp min. 35000 hours.
- No handles on doors with soft close ‘push to open’ hinge technology
The aquarium and lights available separately (without cabinet). Cabinets also available separately (for all models except Proxima reef).
Losing the family pet can be particularly hard on children, and may be their first experience with death. Rightly or wrongly, fish tend to be the 'starter pets' for kids, but what happens when that pet passes away?
Unfortunately, the first instinct with many parents when disposing of a dead fish is to flush it down the toilet, which is wrong for several reasons:
- Many times, fish are not dead and mistakenly flushing them leads to infestations in storm drains, ponds and rivers that kill the ecosystem, create a competitor and predator to local fish and affect the growth of native plants. If released, goldfish can often grow to the size of dinner plates and are now enlisted in the "Invasive Species List."
- If the fish has passed away, whatever they died from could eventually get into waterbodies and harm fish and pollute the water.
So why not provide these pets with a proper burial in the garden? US-based company Paw Pods offers a more sensible way to say goodbye.
The Paw Pods’ Fish Pod is a small fish shaped pod to help young fishkeepers avoid the trauma of seeing a pet flushed down the toilet. This also may serve as an important teaching tool for parents, death can be very difficult to explain, let alone comprehend for children, make them a part of the process.
Creativity helps the healing process. With Paw Pods 100% green, biodegradable pet burial pods, the fish's owner can decorate the pod with their pet’s name and pictures to creating a pet memorial and leave their sadness behind.
Paw Pods are available for fish and other pets.
- 100% Biodegradable
- No artificial colours
- Made with sustainable bamboo and rice husk
- Constructed to be as sturdy as possible while remaining eco-friendly
- Can be drawn on or painted as a coping tool by owners and children
- Available in a variety of sizes and shapes
Prices range from $9.99-149.99 — a fraction of the price of a traditional pet casket.
More info: http://pawpods.com/
New for 2017, Paw Pods is working on a crowdfunding campaign through the RedCrow platform to increase their marketing and advertising, fulfil large orders, and build out a digital platform to connect pet lovers around the world.
Eheim has launched the new LEDcontrol, especially developed for its PowerLED+ series.
Using the Eheim LEDcontrol, you can control your aquarium lighting to create the ideal light for both fish and plants.
With the ‘fresh plant’ and ‘marine hybrid’ lights, different light options (dawn, dusk, etc.) can be individually adapted. For ‘fresh daylight’ or ‘marine actinic’ lights, you can only vary the brightness.
The controller is quick to install due to the pre-installed connectors. The included software (USB card*) can be programmed via your PC and you can either enter your individual lighting preferences or simply select one of the pre-installed programs. As soon as the current time is synchronised with your PC, you can start. (*If you lose the USB card, you can download the content from the EHEIM website for free.)
There’s a fast forward mode to check the selected settings and you can switch between Summer and Winter GMT simply by synchronising with the PC (brightness and colour variations remain unchanged.
The new LEDcontrol has three years’ warranty.
More info: www.eheim.com
Collected from the mineral-rich foothills of Mount Aso Volcano in Japan, new Fluval Stratum is an alternative substrate for planted aquariums and those featuring shrimp.
Fluval Stratum encourages strong plant growth — the roots easily penetrate and spread throughout the substrate to obtain key nutrients. The porous structure allows for rapid colonisation by beneficial nitrifying bacteria. This substrate helps support neutral to slightly acidic pH — ideal for most plants, tropical fish and shrimp normally kept in planted aquariums — and also provides newborn shrimp with a refuge from predators until they are large enough to emerge.
It won’t discolour the aquarium water and actually helps control organic discolouration when natural driftwood is present. For use in freshwater aquariums.
Price: 2kg £9.99; 4kg £18.99; 8kg £35.99.
More info: Contact Fluval Aquatics on 01977 556622 or visit www.fluvalaquatics.com
After the successful launch of its award winning Fluval Flex aquarium range, Fluval Aquatics has now added to the series with two new variants in a white finish.
Flex not only provides contemporary styling with its distinctive curved front, but is also equipped with powerful three-stage filtration in its rear compartment. The LED lighting can be controlled with the Flex Pad remote control, allowing for a wide range of colours as well as special effects.
Flex also comes with an easy feed cut out opening and multi-directional dual output nozzles, which can be adjusted to create customised water flow.
White Flex aquariums are available in 34 l and 57 l sizes. The 57 l version also has a matching stand.
Price: 34 l £109.99; 57 l £149.99; Stand (57 l) £92.99.
More info: Contact Fluval Aquatics on 01977 556622 or visit www.fluvalaquatics.com
As we enter into the season of long balmy evenings and weekends spent out in the garden, now is the time to ensure your pond is looking its best, says All Pond Solutions.
But with temperatures slowly on the rise and increasing levels of sunlight, there are other factors that pondkeepers need to consider to help keep your pond clean, clear and flourishing throughout the summer months...
Regular maintenance of your pond pump and filter
With your garden pond pump and pond filter as your main tools in keeping your pond water clean and healthy, regular maintenance of this equipment over the summer months is essential. Remove any dirt or debris from your pond pump that may have collected around the cage and impeller, and clean your pond filter frequently, checking that your filter foams and media do not require replacing or refilling.
Keep an eye on your water levels
Water evaporation is one of the main causes of a drop in oxygen levels in your pond during the hot summer months. Try to keep your water level consistent by topping it up once a week, ideally with siphoned rainwater. If you do need to use tap water, be sure to add a dechlorinator and water conditioner to ensure the water is safe for your fish and to help conserve your pond’s biological balance. If using mains water, it can also help to regulate pond water temperature by more adding it more regularly in lesser amounts, and be aware that the nutrients in mains water can cause increased algae growth. When using mains water, you will also need to add
Make sure your pond is well aerated
In addition to monitoring your water levels, managing the oxygen levels in your pond is fundamental to the health, happiness and welfare of your fish. It is advisable to keep your pond filter and pump running continuously to keep your pond aerated, however noise-conscious pondkeepers can use an air pump or air stone overnight, which will also help to oxygenate your pond whilst creating much less sound.
Adding new livestock and plants
Summer is the ideal time to update your pond with new fish and aquatic plants - with increased hours of sunlight and water temperature, in addition to you spending more time in the garden to check on their progress. However, patience is key – to try and reduce the risk of an ammonia spike in your pond, by introducing any new fish gradually.
To help your fish acclimatise properly, add new fish to your pond still in their bag for 30 minutes. Floating the bag on the surface of the water lets the water temperatures equalise and reduce levels of stress when adding them to your pond. Finally, place your fish into your pond gently with the use of a net, being careful not to drop any water from the bag into the pond.
Battling algae growth in your pond
Increased levels of sunlight and using tap water to top-up your pond are two of the leading causes for increased phosphates in your pond, creating a feeding ground for algae. Using an algaecide or algae remover can help resolve green water issues, but a better long-term, preventative measure against algae is to install a pond UV steriliser. Exposure to the UV light inside the steriliser causes algae to flocculate, or clump together, which enables your pond filter to remove it from the water.
Adding border and floating plants to your pond can also help to reduce algae growth by creating extra shade for your pond water.
Controlling weeds in your pond
Whilst helping your garden pots and plants thrive in the summer, increased sunlight also causes widespread growth of weeds in and around your pond. Blanket weed is a common frustration for pond keepers during spells of warmer weather, and the application of bacterial pond treatments provide an effective solution and restore the natural balance of your pond.
Floating weeds can also rapidly take over a pond if not carefully controlled, so making time to regularly remove these from your water with a net will help prevent weeds from becoming unmanageable. However, ensure that you leave the weeds overnight by the side of your pond before disposing of them to allow any aquatic organisms to return to the water.
Pond safety is crucial
Last, but certainly not least, the most critical consideration when enjoying your pond this summer is to safeguard yourself and others. Installing a pond grille or fence is a good precautionary measure, but it is VITAL that young children are supervised around water at all times.
Pond keepers should also make sure that any pond or fish treatments are securely stored away out of reach, as the chemicals they contain could prove extremely harmful to both humans and animals.
Be sure to clear your pond of any potential trip hazards and ensure that all electrical pond equipment is correctly wired to a waterproof switch box. If you are unsure of how to do this, consult a qualified electrician.
All Pond Solutions is one of the UK’s leading online aquatics retailers, offering customers one of the largest selections of pond supplies, aquarium equipment and livestock at highly competitive prices.
For more information, or to shop for pond products online, visit www.allpondsolutions.co.uk
Over recent months, the team at NT Labs have been developing a new range of pond foods. These foods have been formulated for smaller garden ponds, home to small to medium sized fish, such as goldfish, Shubunkins, Orfe, Tench and Sturgeon.
There are four new foods in the range: Multi-Season Pond Food, Sinking Pond Food, Summer Pond Food and Winter Pond Food. Each food has been formulated to fulfil the dietary requirements of pond fish for each season throughout the year.
Multi-Season Pond Food is a mid-protein feed which provides a complete diet for all pond fish. This food can be fed from March through to October. Made using the highest-quality ingredients, Multi-Season Pond Food is easily digested and metabolised by your fish, resulting in less waste, whilst the inclusion of Spirulina enhances the colours of your fish throughout the year.
If you require a sinking pellet, NT Labs’ new pond range introduces Sinking Pond Food. This fast-sinking pellet has been specifically formulated to satisfy the unique dietary requirements of fish species which prefer to feed at lower levels of the water column, such as tench and sturgeon. Sinking Pond Food can be fed all year around, but should not be used when water temperatures drop below 8°C and fish are dormant.
The new pond food range also introduces season-specific feeds, the first of which is Summer Pond Food. This is a high-protein feed, providing excellent nourishment and a complete diet for all pond fish, and can be fed throughout the warmer months. Made using the highest quality ingredients, Summer Pond food is easily metabolised by your fish, resulting in increased growth and less waste, and enhances the colours of your fish.
In the cooler months it is advisable to switch to a lower protein diet. Winter Pond Food is a reduced-protein feed, providing excellent winter nourishment and a complete diet for all pond fish. Winter Pond Food contains garlic, the parasite-repellent properties of which diffuse through the fish’s skin into the mucus layer, at the time when they are most vulnerable to parasitic infection. Garlic also acts as a feeding stimulant to encourage fish to feed in the cooler water.
These new foods will be available on a shelf near you soon.
More info: www.ntlabs.co.uk
Tetra has launched a new range of specialist pond fish food, called KOI Beauty.
Available in three sizes, this new food has been developed to provide premium ingredients which support and promote good health for strong, vibrant fish.
Tetra KOI Beauty First provides a complete diet offering high quality protein to support energy levels and growth in young Koi, while Tetra KOI Beauty Small Pellets and Medium Pellets are aimed at Koi of 10cm and 20cm, respectively, and features wheatgerm to enable particularly easy digestion.
All three products contain important vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and beta-glucan to promote a strong immune system, and shrimps and beta-carotene to support beautiful, bright colours. The pellets float on the surface of the water to enable fish to feed in a natural way.
Ashleigh Foster, Tetra Marketing Manager, says: “The Tetra KOI Beauty diets have been sold for years among Japanese Koi lovers as they offer the high quality ingredients needed to keep fish happy and healthy. With the increased popularity of Koi in Europe, we’re introducing our scientifically developed KOI Beauty pellets with the exact same product quality and portion sizes that have been demanded by Japanese Koi lovers for so long.”
Tetra KOI Beauty First comes in 150g bags, RRP £5.00. Tetra KOI Beauty Small Pellets and Medium Pellets are available in 4 l and 10 l buckets, RRP £17.99 and £35.99 respectively.
More info: www.tetra.net/en or check out Tetra UK on Facebook.
The fish-packed June 2017 issue of PFK offers you advice on keeping Golden nugget plecs successfully — find out why so many fishkeepers fail with this stunning catfish, and make sure you're not among them.
We take a look at some sensational new fish from Brazil and Peru, which we discovered in the shops recently, and there are more familiar faces with Rathbun's tetras and Upside down catfish, and there's advice on choosing the right fishy combinations for a peaceful community
Plus, discover the secret side of the Neon tetra that you never knew existed, when Nathan Hill sets up a sensational biotope aquarium.
There's an eye-popping reader's aquascape to inspire you, plus advice on growing Buces in your planted tank.
For those who like things salty, we have a spotlight on marine hawkfish — a group of lovely, colourful character fish that will take as much interest in the goings-on outside the tank as what's happening in it — plus advice on dealing with sulking corals and finicky marine fish.
And make the most of the new pond season with our tips on controlling that nuisance algae, and attract more wildlife to your garden with our selection of native pond plants.
All this plus a hang-on filter test, new gear reviews, readers' fishkeeping problems solved and much more!
Award winning UK aquatics manufacturer Evolution Aqua has launched the new EazyPod Automatic pond filter — a self-cleaning, mechanical and biological filter system for garden ponds up to 10,000 litres.
The integrated control box contains an adjustable timer which initiates a cleaning cycle automatically — even when you’re not there!
Inside the control box, the electronic connector blocks control the automated waste valve, along with your choice of circulating pump (not supplied). It even houses an integral air pump which kicks in automatically to clean the K1 Micro media. Crystal clear, healthy water is achieved by K1 Micro filter media, which also provides enhanced biological benefits by way of its protected surface area.
Available in two models, users can select either the EazyPod Automatic or the EazyPod UV Automatic (with built-in 18W UVC, which helps to clear green water).
Both models are also available either in grey or green body colours.
Prices: EazyPod Automatic: RRP £645.00; EazyPod UV Automatic: RRP £695.00.
Available from all Evolution Aqua stockists. Find out more at www.evolutionaqua.com
We know you're going to love this little plush catfish as much as we do, says Nathan Hill.
I spotted this thing on a recent shoptour to New Concept Aquatics, and from the moment I saw it stuck to a display tank, I knew I was going to steal it.
In the end, it didn’t come to that. Instead, I dropped hints, went on about it over and over, gave up my best puppy dog eyes, and eventually store owner Craig caved in and let me have it for review.
What is it? It’s a scaled up, morphometrically correct Otocinclus plushy, with a suckermouth, and with all the right markings. Flip it over, and it even has the ‘pink tint’ where the gills are usually seen through the thin neck skin.
Palaeoplushies mainly makes dinosaurs, so this is a bit of a sideline, and production is on an ‘as and when’ basis, but keep an eye on the website and when new designs come up you can race with me to buy them.
What can I add? It’s about 16cm long, feels wonderfully soft, and makes me smile every time I look at it. I posted a picture of me with it on social media, and my message notifications wouldn’t stop pinging all damn night afterwards. Everybody wanted one.
More info: palaeoplushies.com
World Feeds, UK manufacturer of the popular Vitalis fish foods, has added a new holiday food to its range.
With the launch of the HolidayGRAZER, fishkeepers can rest assured that their fish will be fed regularly for up to seven days while they are away from home.
The Vitalis HolidayGRAZER has been designed to provide locked-in high quality nutrition in the aquarium using World Feeds’ unique soft, stable, non-dissolving gel technology which does not allow feed to break up into the water. This feature maintains water quality and reduces waste.
The food remains soft, allowing fish of every size to graze throughout the week, ensuring the correct amount of high quality nutrition is provided for all tropical and freshwater species while owners are on holiday.
Not a replacement for complete fish food, the HolidayGRAZER nutrition comprises natural, sustainably sourced ingredients, formulated to keep fish in good health when hobbyists are absent.
The HolidayGRAZER is sold in pouches, two in small inner foil packs, from which each is easily removed, attached to the suction fitting provided, and then pressed firmly onto the glass halfway down inside the aquarium.
When it comes to keeping fish, maintaining a well-balanced and healthy diet is vital to good health and wellbeing.That’s why Tetra has now added the myFeeder, a new automatic feeder, to its range of products.
The new myFeeder uses unique technology to maintain food quality by protecting it against light, air and moisture, ensuring that food stays fresh and retains nutrients and consistency for several weeks. This means the myFeeder is also the ideal product for fishkeepers who sometimes work away, or are planning a holiday.
Complete with a 100ml food compartment and transparent window, you can easily check the food levels to make sure that it’s not running low. This also makes refilling quick and easy, making sure that fish have sufficient food levels if they’re being left for a few days.
Using the digital display, you can set the feeder to feed your fish up to three times a day. Manual feeding is also possible, and for those wanting to offer a varied diet, TetraMin Flakes, Crisps and Granules can be added alone or mixed together.
The new automatic feeder can be fitted onto any aquarium, either directly on the glass using the flexible mounting clamp or on the top of the aquarium lid using the four rubber, individually adjustable support feet that also keep the feeder secured on uneven surfaces.
Key features of Tetra’s new myFeeder
- Unique technology maintains food quality, protecting it against light, air and moisture, for long lasting freshness.
- 100ml food compartment and transparent window for quick and easy refilling.
- Digital display for simple scheduling.
- Rubber feet and flexible clamp for easy fitting.
The Tetra myFeeder, which comes with two high-quality Varta batteries, has an RRP of £39.99*.
*Any reference to pricing is purely indicative; retail pricing is entirely at the retailer’s discretion
Multi award winning aquarium and pond product manufacturer Evolution Aqua has launched the two largest aquariums it has ever made.
At 1800 x 600 x 600mm, The Aquascaper 1800 and eaReefPro1800s come built completely from 19mm super white glass on all five panels. The thick glass enables the continuation of the rimless, braceless design the two ranges are known for, while at the same time offering the ultimate in strength and safety for such large aquariums.
The Aquascaper 1800 comes with clear silicone whereas the eaReefPro1800s has black. The eaReefPro also has black vinyl wrap to the rear, black glass central weir with black acrylic removable weir comb, and a twin outlet to better distribute water flow across its length.
The Evolution Aqua ProSump with twin moveable baffles is included with every eaReefPro1800s, as well as a separate 49 l top-up reservoir ensuring maximum interval length between refills. Foam mats are provided with all Evolution Aqua aquariums and sumps as standard.
There’s no need to go custom any more as every Evolution Aqua aquarium, including the 1800, comes with a choice of 16 premium cabinet finishes, pre-built* and in stock in the UK.
eaReefPro1800s tank and cabinet are £2499.
The Aquascaper1800 tank and cabinet are £2199.
The Aquascaper tank only is £1449.
EA 1800 cabinet only is £849.
Visit your nearest Evolution Aqua aquarium stockist for more information or go to www.evolutionaqua.com/aquariums.
*the 300 cabinet comes flat-packed
Japan’s leading manufacturer of fish food, Hikari, explains the importance of feeding your pond fish not only a high quality diet, but also one that's right for the time of year.
The nutritional requirements of the fish in your pond change throughout the year. During the warmer summer months’ fish are more active and metabolism is at its highest. This is the time to feed a high quality protein diet such as Hikari Staple or Hikari Gold.
As the temperature starts to drop and Autumn sets in, the pond water will cool down and the fish’s metabolism will slow down. When the water temperature is between 10 and 15°C you should mix a high protein diet with a wheat-germ based food such as Hikari Wheat-Germ Formula. When the temperature of the water drops below 10°C you should feed only a wheat germ based diet.
Going into Spring you should reverse the process, starting with a wheat germ based diet, then combine wheat germ and protein and when the water temperature hits 16⁰C a high protein diet only.
Hikari pond foods are made from the finest quality ingredients and contain all of the essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements required to maintain and enhance the beauty and health of ornamental pond fish.
Available in small (3.5mm to 4mm), medium (5.0 to 5.5mm) and large (8.0 to 9.0mm) pellet sizes and pack sizes of 500g, 2kg, 5kg and 10kg, Hikari pond foods are high in stabilised vitamin C, helping to optimise immune system health and provide a natural defence against infection and disease.
The range includes Staple, Gold and Wheat-Germ Formula.
Hikari Staple is a time proven daily diet which promotes healthy, strong and consistent growth rates and desirable form. The unique balance of ingredients supports immune system health while helping maintain excellent water quality. This floating diet should be fed when the water temperature is 12°C or above.
Hikari Gold is an exceptional quality diet for daily feeding, providing outstanding colour enhancing properties and excellent growth rates. Hikari Gold offers carefully balanced nutrition to keep fish healthy and full of energy and should be fed when the water temperature is 15°C or above.
Hikari Gold now has improved colour enhancing ability due to an enhanced spirulina content and the addition of a new ingredient, krill. It is made using carefully selected spirulina which is high in zeaxanthin, a form of carotenoid which is metabolised by Koi. The green colour changes the vivid red of the hiban.
Hikari Wheat-Germ Formula is a highly digestible daily diet for feeding when the water temperature is 5°C or above. The use of the innermost portion of the wheat germ kernel offers a higher concentration of beneficial vitamin E and amino acids Koi can readily utilise while the added vitamin and minerals help support immune system health and increased energy reserves. The high feed efficiency makes this the perfect diet for year round feeding when improvement of the shiroji is desired and faster growth and colour enhancement is not required.
For more information about Hikari pond foods or to find your nearest stockist visit www.hikari.uk.com.
NT Labs has updated its popular Aquarium range of treatments and fish medicines, adding new products, improving pre-existing formulations, and giving the range a fresh new look.
Based on customer feedback, NT Labs have renamed some products in the Aquarium range: General Tonic has been renamed Disease Solve, and Anti-Velvet & Slime is now called Anti-Parasite.
In addition to these name changes, Sludge Gone has been reformulated and renamed: now Aquarium Cleaner, this product is designed to digest organic material caused by the build-up of dead plant matter, fish waste and uneaten food, reducing the risk of diseases, algae growth and the need for frequent gravel cleaning. As an additional result of its reformulation, Aquarium Cleaner is now a liquid, making it easier to measure and add to an aquarium.
Plant Boost has also been reformulated. This iron-rich plant food replaces and provides all the trace elements needed to achieve vibrant and vigorous plant growth. The new formulation has a higher concentration, and is easy to use with a pump dispenser, meaning the 100ml bottle will last longer and be more cost effective.
Plant Boost has been formulated to work in conjunction with Liquid CO2 Boost, a new product in NT Labs’ Aquarium range. This gives aquatic plants a source of dissolved carbon eliminating the need for expensive equipment such as CO2 gas injection systems. With Liquid CO2 Boost, plants will grow more vigorously, removing algae-causing macronutrients such as nitrate and phosphate.
The Aquarium Starter Kit is also new to the range, and gives customers who are starting an aquarium the essential products they need before they add fish: Tap Water Safe and Filter Starter.
New Plastic Plant Cleaner removes the unsightly layer of algae and organic deposits that spoil the appearance of plastic plants and ornaments. Each pack contains five cleaning tablets and a bottle of neutraliser solution, so your decor goes back into the aquarium looking like new.
Visit www.ntlabs.co.uk for more information.
JBL has launched a new silicate eliminator prevent those unsightly brown coatings which often cover the substrate, stones, wood and even plants in the aquarium.
New JBL SilikatEx rapid is a concentrate with a 100% higher capacity than its predecessor. JBL tells us that one 400g pack will bind up to 12,000 mg silicate (SIO2). Just fill the included net bag with JBL SilikatEx, rinse briefly and place it in the filter. Suitable for both freshwater and marine systems.