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!!!!