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.

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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

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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.