Saturday, 22 October 2016

Autumn is Here!

Autumn is Here!

Autumn is here so that means one thing to pond owners... Leaves!

Leaves are a pain to keep out of your pond as they can clog up filters, break down and cause water quality issues and overall don't look very appealing all over your pond.

One of the best way we have found to keep the leaves out of your pond is the new pond net pyramid from pond Xpert. 

This pond net has a fantastic 'pop-up' pyramid design to cover over ponds up to 3.5 x 6m. The design of this pond cover net means that leaves, twigs, acorns etc. just simply roll off the net rather than sitting on top of the net like most standard pond nets. The pyramid design also means that it does not crush the plants in your pond so they can remain healthy as well.

This pond net is also also heron proof so you do not have to worry about the pesky local heron attacking you pond fish.

You can place this net on uneven ground and the mesh is already attached to the frame so there is really no setting up needed with this fantastic product.

Keep your pond clearer and your fish safer with this unique pond net pyramid.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Superfish PondECO Plus E Remote Control Pond Pumps

Superfish, a brand of Aquadistri, have launched 3 new energy efficient pond pumps that enable you to adjust the pump capacity to your required level.

The Superfish PondECO Plus E with Remote Control enables you to switch on/off your pump and set the waterflow and jet to the desired level with 10 different variables.

In the range are:-
Pond ECOPlus RC 5000 
Pond ECOPlus RC 10000
Pond ECOPlus RC 15000 

The RC 5000 has a pump capacity range of 2000-5000 litres / hour, with maximum head range of 0.9m - 3.0m and power usage rate of 6-22 watts.

The RC 10000 has a pump capacity range of 4500-9200 litres / hour, with a maximum head range of 1.6m - 5.8m and a power consumption of 13-68 watts.

The RC 15000 has a pump capacity range of 8000-15000 litres / hour, with a maximum head range of 2.5m - 6.5m and a power rate of between 23-130 watts.

All three pond pumps in the range are suitable for submerged or dry-mounted use. They also come complete with run-dry protection to prevent the pump overheating should it run dry.

Superfish offer a 2 year warranty and a 48 hour, on-site pick-up and replacement service with every model.

For full details about each pump and others in our Pond Pump Range click here

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Aquarium Plants

Aquarium Plants

Plants are almost essential in every tropical aquarium, they provide so much for your tank for not only your fish but your water quality too. 

Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the water, this means that your fish will be a lot healthier and happier as they require quite a high level of oxygen to maintain their health. Carbon dioxide (Co2) can cause other minerals and salts in the water to become more harmful to your fish if there is enough Co2 in the water. Plants absorb ammonia from the water which helps to keep nitrite and nitrate at bay. Due to the plants absorbing all these nutrients it actually reduces your algae growth as they are taking the food the algae needs to grow.

One other benefit of live plants is that it is a natural food source for some of your fish and it can be replenished as the plants can grow back what they have lost! Fish benefit from eating this as it is the most natural way of providing them with the right nutrients and natural algae they need to help boost their immunity and health.

Looking after your plants really depends on what you want out of them. If you just want them as a food source for your fish and are not that fussed if they get completely eaten then there is not a lot you need to do, we do suggest however that you use a plant substrate such as Seachem Flourite so that the plants have a better change to re-grow so that they last longer.

If you want a heavily planted tank and you want the plants to last and thrive then you will need to have your plant substrate so that the plants can really root down. We also suggest dosing with a combination of a fertilizer, we recommend Seachem Flourish, and a liquid Co2, we recommend Seachem Flourish Excel

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Vitalis Coral Food

Vitalis Aquatic Nutrition have just launched a new range of foods specifically formulated and designed for corals and anemones.

Vitalis have introduced LPL Coral Pellets, SPS Coral Food, Anemone Pellets and Soft Coral Food.
Each contains specific amino acids and nutritional needs for the specific species and the food is based on their soft food formula.

LPS Coral Pellet (Large Polyp Stony Corals)
LPS Corals are usually found in the deeper waters and therefore rely on a good food source within the water more than photosynthesis for their growth and development.
Vitalis have developed an extra small pellet that LPS Corals can trap as they would do in their natural coral reefs.

SPS Coral Food (Small Polyp Stony Coral)
SPS are found higher up in the reef. As a result SPS corals are more reliable on a good photosynthesis rate for strong healthy growth. To help achieve this, increasing the zooxanthellae numbers within the coral is key and this is increased by feeding your coral the required nutrients. The SPS coral food from Vitalis has been developed to mimic the suspended particulate matter naturally found within coral reefs.

Anemone Pellets
Vitalis have researched the feeding habits of carnivorous anemones in the development of this latest feed. Anemone Pellets mimic the larger particles of food or sea creatures that anemones feed on. Anemone Pellets are easily captured by the anemone tentacles. If you have smaller anemones, then simple break down the Anemone Pellets.

Soft Coral Food
Specially formulated for soft corals and filter feeders, the new Soft Coral Food from Vitalis uses micronized flakes technology that ensures the extra nutrition required is delivered to your soft corals.
Ideal for gorgonians, zoanthis, filter feeder worms and clams.

NEW: Vitalis foods koi range

New Vitalis Koi Range

Vitalis foods have just announced that they have been working on and have produced a range of soft pellet foods specifically designed for koi and other pond fish. 

Vitalis koi pellets are like their marine and tropical pellet; a soft, highly digestible, sinking pellet.

This food uses natural and raw ingredients that can also benefit your water quality too. This Vitalis food can be fed all year round to your fish removing the need for different feeds depending on the season.

The Vitalis koi pond pellets improve growth, boost the colours on your fish, make for better water quality and helps your fish develop good body shape.

These Vitalis pond pellets come in three sizes: Small (1.5 mm) Small+ (4 mm) and Medium (6 mm).

We are very excited about this range of foods as Vitalis are one of our favourite food brands on the market today and we will definitely be testing them out in the shop!

Going On Holiday

Going On Holiday

If you are going away on holiday for a period of time and don't know what to do about feeding and maintaining your aquarium then this blog will direct you the right way to making sure your fish stay happy and healthy whilst you are away enjoying yourself.

No matter the length of your holiday, the ideal situation is to get someone to feed your fish for you and possibly do some maintenance of your aquarium (depending on how long you are away). This can be anyone from a friend, family, neighbour but make sure they do not over feed your fish.

To help ensure they do not over feed your fish you can;
  1. Put the right amount of food into daily pill boxes and get them to follow the days 
  2. Get them to come in every 2 days to feed them, (your fish will be fine with this slight change and it means that if they are over feeding that its not everyday)
  3. Write a feeding list with measurements for them to follow
If you cannot get someone to come and feed your fish then the next best thing is to get an automatic fish feeder.

One of the best auto fish feeders is the Eheim battery fish feeder. This battery fish feeder is perfect no matter how long you are going away for. The Eheim feeder is easily programmable to let you control when the fish are fed and how much they are fed at a time. The food chamber has a capacity of 100 ml and you can feed flake or pellet out of it - although we recommend small pellets as we find these work better 

The Eheim battery feeder is one of our favourite feeders  because it comes with everything you need to ensure that your fish are fed and happy while you are away.

If you have a Juwel Aquarium, you can purchase a Juwel Automatic Feeder . These are specifically designed to sit on top of a Juwel flap set and again are best suited to small pellets.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Pro-F Foods

Pro-F Foods By NT Labs

Pro-F foods are an excellent fish food for your tropical fish.

Produced by NT labs, the Pro-F range is a wide variety of foods to cover feeding of all sorts of tropical fish.

Pro-F is a very high-quality food packed full of nutrients, protein and colour enhancers to ensure that your fish are healthy, happy and colourful.

The Pro-F probiotic food is one of the best tropical fish pellets to date. Containing probiotic bacteria so that your fish can absorb more nutrients into their bodies, you will instantly see the resulting healthier fish as we did when we first used this at our shop. Pro-F Probiotic Tropical Fish Pellets aids in reducing fish waste (as more of the food can be absorbed) meaning this fish food also improves water quality. Pro-F Probiotic contains spirulina which boosts colour and the probiotic helps boosts your fishes immunity so it can fight off disease easier. Pro-F probiotic pellet is a very small pellet approximately 1 mm. This size pellet allows each to sink at different speeds so all fish can feed at their preferred water column levels.

NT Labs also produce a catfish pellet in the Pro-F range. The Catfish pellet is a fast sinking pellet so that it gets down to the bottom feeding catfish quickly. Pro-F Catfish pellets are very palatable pellets for catfish. This catfish sinking pellet is high in protein to help your fish can keep weight on and maintain its health. Catfish generally produce a lot of waste. The Pro-F Catfish pellet is a high-quality food which allows your catfish to absorb more of the nutrients. This helps reduce the waste your catfish produce resulting in better water quality.

Another food from the NT Lab Pro-F range is the nano tropical food. This small pellet fish food is a slower sinking small pellet measuring at about 0.8 mm. Pro-F nano food is very high in protein and like other Pro-F tropical fish food, it is easily digested and very palatable to fish. Pro-F Nano Tropical Fish food has colour enhancers so your fish continue to look as bright and healthy as possible in your aquarium. Ideal if you keep small fish that struggle with normal sized pellets.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

NEW: Juwel LED Light Unit

Juwel LED Light Unit

After years of waiting Juwel are finally set to release an LED light unit called the Helialux LED to fit their aquariums! There will finally be an alternative option to their tube lighting that comes in a light unit with a separate controller. 

This will mean all of your fish will look even more colourful and striking in your tank as well as making your plants thrive and grow a lot more.

The Helialux controller will mean you will have full power over what your tank looks like at any point in the day or night. This will allow you to cater for your fish better and in turn make them less stressed and happier. 

A release date is yet to be announced but we will update as soon as we find out.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Aquarium Salt

Using Aquarium Salt In Your Freshwater Aquarium

Aquarium Salt is actually a very beneficial and useful treatment in your aquarium. 

Aquarium Salt can be used for a number of reasons:
  • when setting up a new fish tank
  • When undertaking general water changes as part of your regular maintenance regime
  • treating a diseased fish within your aquarium
We stock and use API Aquarium Salt and we find it really benefits the health of the fish as well as being very simple to use.

The benefits of using aquatic salts in your aquarium are:

  • it provides your fish with essential electrolytes which fish need to reach optimum health and colour
  • it aids fish in uptake of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide so that they can breathe easier and live longer
  • It improve the health of the fish gills so that the gills are more immune from diseases and damage

Be cautious if you have any plecos or plants in your tank as it can affect them in a negative way. Do not use aquarium salt if you have shrimp or any other invertebrates as it can cause serious damage and may lead to their death.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Catappa Leaves

Catappa Leaves

Catappa leaves make a fantastic food and additive to your tropical aquarium. 

Catappa leaves make the perfect food for your shrimp, plecos, and some fish. Catappa leaves provide a good amount of nutrients to any herbivores and omnivore in your aquarium.

As well as making a great food, catappa leaves also release tanning into the water which provide natural anti-bacterial properties. These anti-bacterial properties aid boosting the health and immunity of your fish.

There are two sizes of Catappa leaves readily available -  nano and XL.

Each nano leaf is suitable for up to 50L per leaf whilst the XL leaf is suitable up to 100L per leaf.

When using Catappa leaves, place a leaf into your tank and it will sink to the bottom between 24-48 hours. After this time elapses your Catappa leaf will start to release its natural agents into the water for approximately 14 days. After 14 days you should use another leaf.

Once the shrimp and fish have eaten away at the leaf, if will break down into a skeleton and you can remove this skeleton of a leaf as they will then move onto the fresher leaf placed into your aquarium.

We have used Catappa leaves in our shop aquariums and noticed the beneficial effect these leaves can have on your fish. Catappa leaves are a real boost to any aquarium, particularly if your have shrimp and pleco's in your fish tank.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Evolution Aqua Nexus Automatic Cleaning System

Evolution Aqua Nexus Automatic Cleaning System

 Evolution Aqua have today unveiled the new Nexus Automatic System

Continuing Evolution Aqua's long standing reputation for innovation, the Nexus Automatic Cleaning System now enables Nexus filter owners to benefit from a fully automated cleaning cycle on their 
multi award winning Nexus filtration systems

Just when you thought cleaning your Nexus Filter couldn't get any easy, well there is no need to turn ball valves and manually switch pumps any more thanks to the Nexus Automatic Cleaning System. 

All of the key processes that form the cleaning cycle are simply controlled with this simple to install, retrofit, automatic cleaning system.

Hassle free Nexus filtration cleaning.
Automated cleaning process of the Nexus.
Easily retro-fits onto Nexus filters (post 2006 models).
Electronic control box is designed to operate valves and pumps automatically.
Pre-programmed cycle for cleaning kicks in automatically when sensors detect the EAZY is due for a clean.
■ Designed for easy set up and use on multiple cleans.
Dual float switches for added security.
Manual cleaning cycle can still be undertaken when required.  
GRAVITY and PUMP FED versions available.
Evolution Aqua Nexus System

The Automatic Cleaning Process

Evolution Aqua Nexus Cleaning

■ Sensors detect when the EAZY needs to be cleaned.
■ Control box automatically switches circulating pump off.
■ The water level in the Nexus equalises.
■ Inlet valve closes whilst at the same time air is diverted from the outer bio chamber to the EAZY to clean the K1 Micro.
■ After K1 Micro has been cleaned, the waste valve opens.
■ Eazy is drained to waste and inlet valve opens for a final flush of the EAZY.
■ The waste valve closes.
■ Air is diverted back from the EAZY to the bio chamber.
■ Circulating pump is switched back on.
■ Nexus returns to filtration mode.

The Nexus Automatic System can be easily set up to enable multiple cleans of the EAZY during the cleaning process.

Saturday, 18 June 2016


Acclimatization of your tropical, marine or cold water fish

Acclimatisation of your fish into your aquarium is a very important part of fish keeping.

Correct acclimatisation allows any new fish you are introducing into your fish tank a chance to adjust to the difference in water quality/parameters and also temperature.
Acclimatisation applies to all fish. Some fish require slower acclimatisation as they do not like quick changes to their habitat. Those requiring slower acclimatisation include;
  • any invertebrates (shrimps,snails etc.),
  • plecos
  • fish renowned for not being very hardy

Acclimatisation can be done using the plastic bag the fish come in as prided by us or your local fish store. Alternatively, you can purchase an acclimatiser kit which are much better for the fish as it allows water to be drip fed into the bag offering a slow and regular acclimatisation process. 

The standard process of acclimatising fish is to float the bag in your tank for approximately 10 minutes.

Un-tie the fish bag and roll it down just short of the water line.

Empty out a small amount of the water from the bag and replace it with your fish tank water.

Wait approximately 15 minutes and then repeating the process.(2 - 4 times is best)
Once complete, add your fish into your aquarium.

Sit back, relax and watch them settle in!

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Algae eaters in your tropical aquarium

Algae eaters in your tropical aquarium

Algae is a constant problem that any fish keeper is more than aware of. There are many different types of algae and all of them can be a pain to get rid of.

There are lots of different treatments and methods for ridding algae on the market. We always say the best way is to find a natural solution in your tank to get rid of your algae if possible.

The best natural solution is to introduce algae eaters into your tank. These come in all different shapes and sizes and there is one fit for every aquarium. The best tropical algae eaters include:-

  • Plecos (Plecostomus) - Plecos are one of the most renowned algae eaters. They are such a diverse breed of fish and they will feed on algae all over the tank. Plecos come in such a huge variety of patterns and colours although you must be careful when selecting them as most of them prefer soft water (but there are plenty of hard water plecos out there too). One of the best types are the Bristlenose. Bristlenose can go in both hard and soft water aquariums and they do not grow very big (5" max). Plecos are community fish and will be compatible with almost any other tropical fish given the right environment. It is essential they have somewhere to hide in the aquarium as they are mostly a nocturnal, although you will still see them in the daytime. Driftwood is also advised if you want to keep a happy pleco as some will eat it and will make them healthier in the long run.
Zebra Plec
  • Shrimp - Shrimp are another fantastic algae eater in your tank. Shrimp are more effective in smaller aquariums unless you have a lot of them in a large aquarium. Shrimp are very busy little creatures constantly grazing and cleaning up throughout the day. They are great additions to community fish tanks but you have to be cautious of any larger fish, such as catfish or any semi-aggressive or aggressive fish, as the shrimp may get eaten! Shrimp split into two categories; neocaridina and caridina. Neocaridina shrimp live in hard water and Caridina shrimp live in soft water. It is very important not to get these mixed up as they cannot live in the opposite species' water.
Tiger Caridina Shrimp
  • Otocinclus and Borneo loach - Otocinclus and Borneo loach are a brilliant little fish to add to both hard and soft water aquariums. They both stay very small (1.5-2.5" max) and are always grazing on algae. Something unique and special about them both is that they will eat the algae off of your plants without eating the plants themselves. This makes them ideal for those with planted tanks too. They like to be kept in pairs or small groups and are a general community fish.
Otocinclus Catfish
  • Snails - Snails come in all shapes and sizes and can really help to clean up your tank. Snails are just as effective as shrimp. You must be careful with which ones you choose because some snails can breed in your tank and end up becoming more of a pest than a help. Be sure to do your research before buying. Snails can bring a splash of colour in you tank as well. The orange turmdeckelschnecke has a long black spiral shell and a bright orange head really making it stand out in your tank.
Orange Turmdeckelschneckle
  • Live bearers - Live bearers include; guppies, platy's and molly's and they do actually eat algae in your tank. They are not as effective as some of the others species above but they are known to graze on algae around your tank. These fish are all very colourful and there is always such a variety of colours to chose from with each species. Live bearers are known to breed a lot in aquariums (hence the name live bearers) so be prepared to possible have babies in your tank if you keep these fish.
Assorted Platy

So keeping algae at bay in your tank needn't be a chore. Picking the right fish for your tropical aquarium will help keep your tank looking clean and healthy at all times and mean less work for you too!!!! 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

New way of feeding with Vitalis

New way of feeding with Vitalis

Vitalis fish foods is our favourite food on the market right now.

We feed all of our fish in-store Vitalis Foods and the difference Vitalis Food makes to the health of our fish is astounding.

Vitalis produce a pellet food and flake food for both marine and tropical fish. Vitalis also have a range of specialist fish foods for specific species of fish.

Recently, we have discovered a new way of feeding the Vitalis pellets for both tropical and marine fish.

We crush the pellets into a smooth paste (we use a pestle and mortar). Having a paste means you can stick the food to the side of your glass tank. This method of feeding provides a new and exciting way for your fish to find food. Another benefit to this method of feeding is it encourages your fish to the front of the tank so you can see them better and get full enjoyment from watching them feed closer to you.

The paste doesn't have to be stuck to your glass. The smooth past can be used as larger pellets for your bigger fish.

With this method, we have found it an ideal way to introduce different types of treatments and enticers for your fish. Examples include:-

Using Seachem Nourish or Seachem Vitality means that you can make the food even more beneficial to your fish as it will provide more nutrients into the food resulting in healthier, happier fish. 

Seachem Entice and Seachem Garlic Guard are both enticers which will help fussy eaters in your tank. Providing them with different flavours as well as a different way of eating should help your fish feed more especially if they are known for being fussy feeders. Garlic is beneficial to your fish's immunity system helping them prevent and fight illnesses.

NT Labs Anti-fluke and Wormer is pretty new on the market. Anti-Fluke and Wormer is one of the few treatments that treat internal worms in fish. This treatment is fantastic when added to their food as it treats the problem right at the source when ingested. Using the feeding method of adding this treatment rather than treating the water helps prevent killing any inverts that are in your tank. This is perfect to use if you notice your fish are getting skinny and are not putting weight on even though they are eating.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Pure Pond

Pure Pond is a range of bacterial products to help boost the stability of your pond by reducing ammonia and nitrite in the water. Evolution Aqua Pure Pond do this by having a very high concentration of beneficial bacteria which, once released in the water, immediately begins to remove ammonia and nitrite. Pure Pond products boost your water clarity so that you can keep crystal clear pond water. There are three different varieties in this range:

Pure Pond Balls

Pure Pond Balls are small gel-like balls you add directly into your pond filter for any type of pond. Pure Pond Balls break down ammonia and nitrite and act as a perfect product for general maintenance in improving water clarity and reducing ammonia/nitrite problems. Pure Balls sit in your filter until they are needed. They will then break down the harmful chemicals in your water as required and disintegrate completely once used up.

Pure Pond Balls are available in 500 ml, 1 litre and 2 litre tubs.

Pure Pond Bomb:

The Pure Pond Bomb is a much faster acting version of the Pure Pond Balls. This large gel-like ball can be used with or without conventional filters. Pure Pond Bombs have a very high concentration of bacteria and are good in emergency situations in your pond fore reducing harmful ammonia and nitrite. Pure Pond Bombs break down ammonia and nitrite and help boost the clarity of your pond. The Pure Pond Bomb gradually breaks down and shrink as they break down the ammonia and nitrite in your pond. Each bomb is effective up to 20,000 litres of water.

Pure+ Filter Start Gel:

Pure+ Filter Start Gel is a very unique and effective way of boosting your pond water quality. Best used to kick start a new filter Pure+ Filter Start Gel can be used as part of your general maintenance of your pond and filter.
Pure+ Filter Start Gel should be poured over your filter media or filter foam and the gel sticks to it allowing the concentrated bacteria in the gel to colonize your filter and make it much more stable. Pure+ Filter Start Gel will break down ammonia and nitrite in your pond water and your fish will be healthier and less stressed.

Pure+ Filter Start Gel comes in 1 litre and 2.5 litre bottles.

Pure Pond Range, FishFishFish

Thursday, 19 May 2016

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Pond Plants Now In Stock

Now is the time to get your pond ready for summer. Come and see our new Water Lily display pond. Elodea Crispa (Oxygenating weed), Water Hyacinth (Floating plant) and lots of healthy marginal plants all now in stock.

New Marine Stock Now In

We have some great new marine stock in store

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The NEW Juwel Primo Aquarium

The ALL NEW Juwel Primo 70 Aquarium comes with either a Black or White hood to compliment any home.

This 70 Litre rectangular aquarium, whilst traditional in style, comes with lots of new features.

Juwel have introduced NEW LED lighting to the Primo range of aquarium and on the Primo 70 they use their NovoLux LED 8W Lighting units. These A+ efficiency rated LED lighting units offer optimum illumination in your Juwel Primo Aquarium.

Continuing with their innovation, Juwel have introduced BioFlow One Internal Filters to the Primo 70 Aquariums. Suitable for Aquariums up to 80 Litres, the BioFlow One Internal Filters come complete with:-

·         Juwel 50 watt integrated heater – adjustable to ensure optimum temperature is maintained
·         Juwel EccoFlow 300 Pump – highly efficient and whisper-quiet flow pump with dual-mounted impeller axle
·         Juwel 02 Diffuser – for added oxygen supply
·         Fine pored bioPlus One filter sponges  - to ensure Crystal Clear Water

The Dimensions for the Primo 70 Aquarium are 61cm Long x 31cm Deep x 44cm High.

Juwel have also brought out the Juwel Primo 60 (54 Litres) aquarium and the Juwel Primo 110 (110 Litres) aquarium.

All 3 sizes within the Juwel Primo range of aquariums are great value for money and offer all fish keepers a great starter or upgrade aquarium with modern features.

New Loyalty Cards Are Here

Since the launch of the Fish Fish Fish Loyalty Scheme we now have nearly 300 members - what a success this has been and thank you for your loyal custom.

As a result we are now running out of cards to issue.

We've taken this opportunity to re-brand the cards and issue new ones to everyone. We hope you like the new design as pictured above.

When you come in-store next, we shall be swapping out your old cards for the new ones so don't be alarmed when we take your old card away from you (and remember to bring it to enable us to swap it for a new one!)

Once we have issued your new card, you will need to present them to ensure you receive your discount as our system needs this moving forward.

To make your life easier for you, we have included a simple snap off fob that you can place on your car keys too - so now there is no excuse for forgetting your card!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

New UK bred pond fish now in stock

We are pleased to advise that we are now stocking UK bred fish from Hampshire Carp Hatcheries.

Having visited Chris and the team we were really impressed with their set up, knowledge and experience in coldwater fish.

British fish have been grown on slowly and kept over winter. This leads to a stronger and more vigorous fish than those imported from abroad.

When transporting the fish, Hampshire Carp Hatcheries do not place as many fish in each bag and they are transported overnight when cooler. This leads to less stressful fish when they arrive to us.

We are able to offer the following high quality fish from Hampshire Carp Hatcheries:-

Blue Orfe
Grade A Koi
Shusui/Asagi Koi
Ogon Koi
Ghost Koi
Green Tench
Gold Tench
Mirror Carp
Swan Mussels

Why not come along to Fish Fish Fish and take a look at the Hampshire Carp Hatcheries fish in our new ponds.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Potters Angel

Dog Face Puffer At FishFishFish

Why use Seachem AquaVitro Salinity?

AquaVitro Salinity is a blend of salts that has been specifically formulated for the reef aquarium. Containing all essential major, minor and trace components found in natural reef waters, Salinity contains no toxic or non-essential components.

AquaVitro Salinity is the most concentrate salt blend currently available on the market. With a hydration level of <0.5% AquaVitro Salinity will yield a greater volume of prepared saltwater per unit of weight than any other salt mix.

AquaVitro Salinity is identical to the distribution of anions and cations found in Natural SeaWater (NSW). Seachem have compiled data from all the oceans and seas on the Earth and have targeted the midpoint of the range for each element. Seachem guarantee to be within +/- 3% of the midpoint.
Each batch of AquaVitro Salinity is tested and the results placed on each bucket made within that batch.

Targets and Ranges are:-

Calcium – target 442 mg/l, range 409-435 mg/l
Magnesium – target 1336 mg/l, range 1296-1376 mg/l
Strontium – target 8.4 mg/l, range 8.1-8.7 mg/l
Alkalinity and pH values vary widely over the Earths oceans. As a result, Seachem ranges are:-
pH 8.46-8.6; Alkalinity 3.2-3.8 meq/l

Price comparisons aren’t bad either:-

Tropic Marine Pro Reef – 25kg – 750 Litre – RRP £69.99 = 9.33 pence / litre

AquaVitro Salinity – 29kg – 850 Litres – RRP £79.99 = 9.41 pence / litre

Red Sea  Coral Pro – 22kg – 660 Litre – RRP £65.00 = 9.85 pence / litre

Instant Ocean Reef Crystals – 25kg – 750 Litres – RRP £106.49 = 14.19 pence/litre

So in summary – Seachem Aquavitro Salinity salt offers a fantastic top end natural seawater salt at a fantastic price.

Setting Up An Aquarium

The great thing about Setting Up An Aquarium is that you can start simple and then grow to more complex Aquariums as your knowledge increases. Coldwater and Tropical Freshwater Aquarium are the best systems for beginners.
Tropical Aquariums are relatively cheap and Tropical Fish are usually hardy. Marine Aquariums, with Saltwater Fish, are more expensive and you will need a lot of knowledge and good techniques from the outset.
Aquarium Cleaning:Carefully clean the inside of your Aquarium with clean tap water, checking for leaks whilst doing so. There are lots of Aquarium Cleaning Tools designed to help with this task so as to prevent any scratching or damage to your new Aquarium. Then empty the Aquarium of the tap water.
Wash the Aquarium Gravel:Place the Aquarium Gravel in a bowl and place under cold running tap water. Keep stirring the Aquarium Gravel until the water that flows from it is clean as it pours over the side of the bowl. Stir the Aquarium Gravel around vigorously to make absolutely sure you get it as clean as possible.
Aquarium Decorations, Ornaments and Aquarium Silk Plants:Wash any Aquarium Ornaments, Silk Aquarium Plants, Plastic Plants and Aquarium Rocks thoroughly using cold running tap water. If you have an Aquarium Background ensure that it is securely fitted to your Glass Aquarium.
Before you ‘fill’ your Aquarium: Before you fill your Aquarium with water for your fish
1. check your Aquarium Filter is firmly attached and Filter Foam firmly in place and
2. no Aquarium Ornaments or Plants are in the way of your Filter
3. check your Aquarium Heater, if applicable, is firmly attached and set at 27 degrees (Do NOT turn your Aquarium Heater on yet!)
4. ensure your Aquarium Light is working
5. ensure your Aquarium Thermostat is positioned correctly (if you have one)
Now you can
Add your clean Aquarium Gravel:

Make sure there’s a depth of 4 cm over the base of your Aquarium. Fish Fish Fish recommend using Hugo Kamishi Gravel or Seachem Substrate (if using live plants).
Add your conditioned Tap Water to your Aquarium to the half way level:
Do not fill
 your aquarium with water at this stage.
Add your cleaned Aquarium Decorations, Ornaments and Aquarium Silk Plants or real Plants:Make sure they are securely placed and use your gravel or substrate to help secure them in position if required. It is best to put your taller Aquarium Plants at the back and your smaller Aquarium Plants and Décor at the front where they can be seen.
For ease of maintenance, Fish-Fish-Fish recommend using Artificial Plastic or Silk Plants such as those in the Hugo Kamishi or Biorb range as they look very realistic in most sized Aquariums.
If you use Aquarium Rocks as Aquarium Décor, make sure they are firmly bedded in so that they can never topple and damage other ornaments or the Aquarium.
Now you can your conditioned tap water to your new Aquarium all the way to the top:Watch out because if you fill it right to the brim, then later you want to change the arrangement and put your hands in and the water overflows- whoops!
Important!! Condition the water:Before adding any Fish to your new Aquarium you MUST remove the chlorine from the tap water. Tap Water Conditioner is readily available and is essential when adding tap water to your aquarium (see Aquarium Maintenance).
Chlorine/Chloramine can damage your Fish and Fish-Fish-Fish recommend Seachem Prime for conditioning your Tap Water.
Turn your Aquarium ‘on’:1. Turn on your Aquarium Heater
2. Turn on your Aquarium Lighting
3. Turn on your Aquarium Filter (you should get a noise and a flow of bubbles when you turn the Aquarium Filter on)
Before adding any Tropical or Cold Water Fish:You must let the Aquarium Filter run for 5-7 days before adding Fish to your Aquarium (sorry ! ). It is essential you let the Aquarium ‘settle’ first.
You may notice that there maybe a lot of ‘bubbles’ clinging to your Glass Aquarium during the fist few days. This happens because cold tap water is pressurised and as the cold tap water warms in your Tropical Aquarium natural gasses are released. There is nothing to worry about, let these cling onto the Glass Aquarium as they will disappear when aerated.
Make sure that the Aquarium Heater is set correctly, at about 26-27 degrees Celsius.
After 5-7 Days – Add your Fish!!:It is best to add Aquarium Fish Stock a couple of Fish at a time.
Use the “Equalising Method”. Leave your Fish in the Fish Bag in which they were purchased. Open the Fish Bag and leave floating in your Aquarium Water for approx 30 mins. Then gently add some of your aquarium water into the bag by tilting the bag and leave for a further 20 minutes. This allows the water temperature in the Fish Bag to reach the same water temperature as your Aquarium Water and also allow the water quality to adjust. A swift change of water temperature is very stressful for Fish. Moving Fish is very stressful to them too, so take great care in handling them. Once the 50 minutes has passed then you can allow your fish to enter your aquarium by gently tilting the fish bag and allowing them to swim out.
Adding more Fish to your Aquarium:Before adding more Fish make sure your existing Fish living in your Aquarium are happy and healthy. Before adding Fish to your Aquarium, it is a good idea to do a Water Quality Test for Nitrite. If your Nitrite level is reading high it is best not to add any more Fish to your Aquarium until the level has reduced. Fish-Fish-Fish recommend Hagen Nitrite Test Kit for this. If your nitrite levels remain high, please phone Fish-Fish-Fish for advice.
When the Nitrite level in your Aquarium is okay you can add more fish.
Fish-Fish-Fish always suggest adding a couple of fish at a time, take things slowly as there is no rush!
Feeding Your Fish
You must not over feed Fish. 1 small pinch of food every other day is sufficient when setting up a new Aquarium. More Fish Food Feeding will be required once your Aquarium is well established.
Fish Food
We hope your have found the guidance above of use and it assists you wish some trouble free, pleasurable fishkeeping. Please feel free to contact Fish-Fish-Fish on 01799 550 943 or e-mail anytime should you have any queries

Fungus on new mangrove roots?

It is very common when adding new mangrove roots to your aquarium that you may notice a white fluffy substance growing on the wood. This occurs in most scenarios when adding mangrove to a tank.

Why? – it is fungus that is grows on the mangrove root but it is not harmful to the fish in your aquarium.
How can you prevent it? – you must soak the mangrove root prior to putting it in your aquarium for a minimum of 3-5 days with fresh tap water that needs changing every day. You need to scrub it daily with a sponge or cleaner pad too.

What should you do when it occurs? – simply wait for the bacteria in your tank to eat away at it. This will occur when your tank has become more mature so the bacteria will overcome this. 

Also, shrimp and some catfish love to snack on this which will aid in reducing the amount of fungus on the wood.

If you are in need of a quick fix then you can boil the wood for about 10 – 30 minutes and leave to cool before scrubbing it. This should kill the fungus on the wood but may not get all of it off.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

How to Test My Aquarium Water

Aquarium Testing
As we always say in the shop, you are keeping water not fish; this is why it is important to test your water regularly for any irregularities in your water quality.
How often?
We suggest testing your water weekly predominantly for nitrite and nitrate. Others tests, such as PH and ammonia, can be tested weekly but they can be done every other week too.
Problems can quickly spiral out of control in an aquarium. Regular testing of your water ensures that you can find out what’s wrong quickly so you can act upon it sooner.
Other times when your water should be tested include:
  • When you find a dead fish
  • After a power cut
  • If you notice your fish are unhealthy
  • If a piece of equipment has broken for a long period of time e.g. filter, heater, air pump
  • Clarity issues
What to use?
When it comes to test kits we suggest you use the API range of test kits, but others you already have are suitable too.
API do a simple dip strip test where you dip a strip of card into your water and read the result; these test for all elements in one go.
API also do drip test kits which give you far more accurate results where you can test for individual water quality elements. We prefer using these just because of the accuracy you get and you can keep a record of you results easily to monitor trends you may have with water quality.
What to look for in your results?
The results you should be looking for when you are testing your aquarium water are:
Nitrate – Your nitrate should be from anything between 0 and 20 PPM.
You are always going to have some nitrate in the water but it must be kept at a minimum.
Nitrite – Your nitrite level should be on 0 PPM.
Nitrite should be very low as it is much more harmful to fish than nitrate.
PH – Generally for most tropical fish, the PH should be between 7.5 to 8. Cichlids however prefer it at about 8 – 8.5
Ammonia – Ammonia should be at 0 PPM.
There can be a slight amount such as 0.25 PPM but it should not be any more. Ammonia burns are one of the biggest killers for fish and it causes them a great amount of stress and pain if there is too much in your water.