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Complete Aquatics have anchored the runner-up position for Practical Fishkeeping Magazine’s  “Online Retailer of the Year” vote, for the second year in a row!



2016’s runner-up title has been received with overwhelming gratitude by the small team of experts who have dedicated years of hard work and stamina to reach their goal as one of the most recognised internet-based aquarium companies across the UK. The online retailers who supply fishkeeping equipment, aquariums, pond supplies, vivariums, terrariums and cleaning tools, speak of their reaction to receiving the title for the second time in a row;

 

 

“We are proud to have won runner up “Online Retailer of the Year” for the 2nd year running. To have won this last year was a fantastic surprise but to have won this two years running shows that we are keeping our service levels at the same high standards throughout our fast growth.”

 

 

Aside from those services expected of any aquatics retailer, the company also trial, test and blog about their latest products. The unique twist, which allows followers and loyal customers to engage with the team, as well as an opportunity to keep up-to-date with the newest developments within the fish-keeping world -gives Complete Aquatics leverage in their position amongst some of the strongest competitors within the industry. 

 

 

“We like to think we go above and beyond what any other online retailers are offering, so it’s great for us to have acknowledgment of this achievement, which stands as a testament to our continued hard work...”

 

 

Complete Aquatics was founded by Chris Hibbert and Dan Green who initially set up Aqualease - a leading UK aquarium rental business, shortly followed by their walk-in retail store, Aquahome in Leyland. The e-commerce business, developed and managed from its base in Blackburn, was born three years ago, when the duo decided to expand their breadth of experience, skill and know-how, to venture forward on a whole new challenge. Over the years, the baby of the business has seen huge growth, beckoning its online team to take advantage on all social media platforms. Now with nearly 5000 followers and a 9.8 out of 10 Trustpilot score, the aquarium business has been able to combine both aspects together to improve its company image and its recognition within the aquarium industry. Their 5* Trustpilot ratings are an accurate reflection of Complete Aquatic’s proud company ethos – to offer a first class online shopping experience to their ever-increasing customer base. 

 

 

Complete Aquatics have refined the quality of their customer service by offering a unique and friendly online chat facility, paired with an in-depth and informative online product catalogue of their entire range. Customers can enjoy a second-to none experience on the phone with an industry-specialist, and take advantage of the company’s unbeatable delivery and returns guarantee. All aspects combined, the team are confident that they are offering the very best when it comes to an unforgettable customer service, teamed with industry-leading brand names.

 

 

The victory follows a four year sprint in success with their partnering business, Aquahome, who were voted as “Best Aquarium Store in the North West” between 2012 and 2015 in the Practical Fishkeeping Readers Poll. Such titles help to cement both Hibbert and Green’s shared vision to continue pushing the business forward by developing new and exciting ways to keep a firm hold of their titles for many years to come.

PFK readers poll online runner up

 


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Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon

9 May 2016 20:31:49 BST

What do you get if you cross high water clarity with corals that flourish? Answer: Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon – and it’s no joke either! We need to talk to you about Red Sea’s new innovative Carbon – a reflection of the brand’s cutting edge technology and unprecedented prowess in supplying world class marine and reef water products, whether that be in the form of aquariums, additives or this absolute beauty. Red Sea have blended years of research and scientific knowledge to engineer this special carbon for your reef environment which allows you to achieve a world of perfect ideals between four glass walls.  Water purity. Bright lively aquatic fish. Vibrant, healthy corals.  

 

 

Make no mistake that Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon which is available in three different can sizes: 500ml, 100ml and 2000ml is a cut above the rest when it comes to comparing those carbons currently available on the aquarium hobby market, which is good news for those like you guys and ourselves whose only option is to choose quality and functionality over all other aspects when deciding on products for our pride and joy. Reef aquariums are closed artificial ecosystems which play home to a host of delicate living creatures, all of whose health and well-being rely on a set of variables that require constant monitoring. That’s why this specialised product from the masters at Red Sea can be trusted to carry out its job with absolute precision and perfection. 

 

 

So let’s take a look at why Red Sea’s Reef Spec Carbon is the ultimate choice for marine and reef environments. Well – it’s all down to a set of unique characteristics and a number of features that Red Sea couldn’t be more proud of. Why? Because this carbon has been proven to produce the highest overall score across the range of parameters in carbon testing carried out at the brand’s headquarters. These measures include: ash levels, product density, mesh size, pore volume, methylene blue number, total surface area and iodine level. These may all seem quite simple expectations when looked at in a list-form like this however, no other brand matches Red Sea’s standards in all seven areas at once. Activated carbon is a porous material with a sponge-like structure. Produced from a selection of organic materials that have a high carbon content such as coal, anthracite, coconut shells and nutshells, the carbon has an impressively large surface area and is activated through thermal decomposition and physical modification. This activation increases its filtration ability. What’s even better is that less Carbon is needed to achieve these results than those of lower quality carbons on the current market. It will also need replacing less frequently providing an effective, cost efficient solution for aquarists whilst delivering quality results. A micro/macro porous structure has been the innovative turning point for Red Sea with their newest innovation, as it ensures high total absorption capacity thus rapid extraction of pollutants found in the water.  Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon offers ultra-low ash content, ultra-low phosphate output whilst PH levels remain unaffected – genius!

 

 

So - this special grade of activated carbon is capable of removing those pollutants found in marine and reef aquariums to provide idealistic levels for all aquatic species living within these environments, including SPS corals. That bit is quite self-explanatory, right? So let’s look at what these pollutants consist of. Phenols, proteins organic acids, fats and carbohydrates can all accumulate within the water over time. If these organic metabolic leftovers are not removed correctly, they can have an adverse effect on the effect of an aquarium and its inhabitants. The leftovers which soon turn toxic to aquatic life, can lower the PH of the water, creating ideal conditions for bacteria and algae to break out and take hold of your water. Waste products suspended in the water will soon turn a yellowish colour which in turn, will steal around 25% of light within the violet-blue end of the spectrum in an aquarium. This light is responsible for coral growth and so stripping out these organics is crucial for successful reef keeping. So now we are beginning to see just how effective and important Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon actually is, along with its integral role in any reef or marine aquarium, right?!

 

 

Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon completes the final stage in the mechanical filtration process, because the larger part of the internal surface area of the water absorbs those small organic molecules that cannot be either physically removed by protein skimming or consumed and dealt with by regular mechanical filters. This gives Red Sea’s Carbon a unique and highly important role.  The organic pollutants found in water after protein skimming has taken place, are, as scientists refer to - in the “iodine and metholine blue numbers”. Red Sea Reef Spec Carbon meets the brand’s fundamentals: cleanliness, total absorption capacity, speed of capacity and low phosphate output. The carbon effectively eliminates the activity of many unwanted microorganisms inside aquatic water whilst cleverly increasing the total oxygen demand (TOD) thus reducing Redox potential. And for those of you who want a little more information on how the Carbon works -  the attractive forces between the organic molecules and the internal surfaces of the carbon are far greater than the attractive forces that keep them dissolved in solution – so the whole process works by absorption! The surface area inside the carbon is used up and it becomes saturated with organics.

 

 

The results within a tank that has undergone carbon treatment of this quality are instantly recognizable as Red Sea’s ground-breaking work. Using their Reef Spec Carbon in your aquarium ensures that the organic pollutants have less time to accumulate and decompose in the water due to the fast absorption quality of the carbon, but for best results we have the following advice to share with you before you go!

  • The carbon should be placed in a location where there is an active flow of 1000-1500 lph (250-400 gph) per 50 gr carbon for standard organic load and yellow tint removal.
  • Post medication treatment - 100gr per 200 litres for a period of ONE week.
  • Ozone post-treatment - 50gr per 50mg/hr of ozone injection to remove residual ozone.  Once carbon reaches 50% of its original volume, replace.
  • Your Carbon should be replaced regularly. We recommend every 2 months or when the carbon becomes saturated with organics, as this is when it may begin to absorb trace elements from the water!
  • The carbon should be rinsed under the tap to remove any fines.
  • In order to ensure that all of the air has been released from your carbon (to stop is floating) we recommend letting your carbon soak in RO water to release the air.
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For our dedicated water gardeners, there is very little considered more disappointing that green water problems in your beautifully kept pond. Even more of a headache is the uncertainty of what is causing it and what is helping it! In this blog we will talk you through some of the causes and remedies for green water in your pond, together with an explanation of what it actually is! By the end of the blog, you will have enough know-how to advise all of your family and friends suffering with the same problem - how to tackle it once and for all!

 

One of the best things you will learn after reading this blog, is that tackling green water problems in your pond is not all that difficult and that there are a number of easy ways to reduce its effects!

 

Green water in ponds is caused when single celled algae reproduce. This mono cellular algae lives suspended in the pond water and is fueled by a lethal combination of sunlight and nutrients found within the water. Not exactly what you want to hear, right?! Both sunlight and nutrients are important for lots of different processes, habitats and creatures within your pond so these two factors cannot be reduced or controlled without sacrificing the benefit they bring to other elements of pond life. If you have a pond that is prone to green water, you will notice it beginning to emerge as the water starts to heat up during the sunnier days of Spring. Bummer!!

 

So who are the main culprits? That would be “Nitrates” (formed naturally from fish faeces, dead plant matter and old fish food breaking down), “Phosphates” and “Sunlight”. So here is the first clue in how to control some causes of green water problems in your pond. A) Clean out decaying plant matter such as dead decomposing leaves and plant parts. B) Cut and discard of your dead plant foliage by pruning your pond plants when they need it. C) Avoid over-feeding your fish so that you don’t have the excess food waste sitting on the surface of your pond for days.  Sunlight of course is difficult to avoid especially in an outside area!  Therefore a UV Clarifier is the only guaranteed way to clear green water, more about this later.  If you do not want a UV Clarifier then producing some sort of shade over the Pond or when installing the pond, siting this in a shaded area is also beneficial.  However to really enjoy the pond in full sun we always recommend a UV Clarifier.

 

So let’s take a look at chemical treatments and the natural control methods in how to reduce green water in ponds.

 

Chemical treatments such as our range of green water additives are very effective and fast acting, although it is always recommended that this form of control is applied with some long-term natural control methods to your pond, to prevent green water returning after the chemical treatment has been administered. One of the main things to consider when using chemical treatments for green water in ponds is to read the label carefully, checking that it can be used in conjunction with the fish or other amphibians that are living in and around the environment. One effective manmade remedy for green water problems is that of UV clarifiers, if not only for the fact that they have no effect on water quality then for the fact that they pose no threat on fish or plants. UV units are cheap to run and easy to install making them a great choice for green water control. Once combined with appropriate planting and a biological filter system, it can effectively help to keep your pond crystal clear. Pond skimmers are another great manmade gadget which help to reduce levels of green water in your pond by collecting all of the dead weeds and debris from the surface of the water before they sink to the bottom of the pond.

 

Some sensible planting together with avoiding over stocking of your pond with fish are two natural ways to reduce green water in your pond, but there are a number of other remedies to consider also. Because plants compete so much with algae for sunlight, it makes sense to introduce enough pond plants to take up around two thirds of the space inside it. Trees and dense shrubbery around the outside also act as good shade to prevent excessive sunlight exposure into the pond. Barley Straw has also been known to have great impact on green water in ponds. This may be a good choice for those who find that green water is still returning even with the above measure carried out.  The enzymes present inside barley straw are said to inhibit the growth of green water as well as blanket weed. Taking a few weeks before a difference is noticed, barley straw is available in pouches of the straw itself or as an extract. It may also be worth knowing that clearing the debris from the bottom of your pond once during the Spring and once again in the Autumn once the leaves have finished falling, should also go some way to reducing levels of green water.

 

So by following a few of these steps in reducing green water problems in your garden pond– or all of them, you should be well on your way to creating a biologically balanced ecosystem! If you found this blog useful – please give us the thumbs up! And don’t forget to share it with your fellow water gardener friends! 

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Do you require additives for a home marine setup? Or maybe you are looking to achieve ideal conditions for a professional hatchery? Reeflowers are the producers of a range of specialized aquarium additives and waters conditioners, spanning over 60 individual products that are renowned across the globe.

 

With worldwide success, it comes as no surprise that Reeflowers dedicate the success of their refined products to years and years of extensive research and scientific development programmes that have been carefully structured to allow them to listen to what their customers need. Since 2009, this robust research has gone a long way to proving what benefits can be brought to a wide range of aquatic set-ups, stabilizing a more natural environment for many aquarium inhabitants. We have recently extended our Reeflowers range to incorporate a huge variety of specialized blends, from water clarifiers to Calcium blends as well as unique nutritional supplements for specific fish breeds.

 

So for those of you who want to learn more about the many ways in which this unique range of aquarium additives and solutions can benefit your aquarium needs, we’ll talk you through some of Reeflowers bestsellers to date.

 

To start with, Reeflowers have produced an innovative range of blends that contain important elements to add quality and essential components to your water. These consist of solutions such as the Magnesium Blends, the KH blends and the Ionic mineral salts. These all help to increase the rate of coral growth and boost vivid colours within an established coral reef tank. These expertly composed solutions also help to assist in the structural development of coral skelentons, Oyster shells and other similar aquatic inhabitants. The Reeflowers Ocean Elements range consists of a collection of high-density blends, again designed for supporting the skeletal structures of corals, but also to prevent the loss of tissue. The Pure Potassium blend has been carefully blended to target those pigments particularly found in the purple and blue colours or coral species, whereas the Potassium Iodide solution balances aerobic respiration of Zooxanthellae algae.

 

Reeflowers also designed a range comprising of Special Formulas. These consist of coral colour enhancers such as F-Colour and B-Colour, as well as the Coralline Algae accelerator, responsible for boosting coralline algae growth in marine reef environments. This formula contains special elements for coralline algae formation. Most reef-building corals have beneficial symbiotic relations with microscopic algae called zooxanthellae which produces oxygen and helps the coral to remove waste. The algae also provides the coral with organic products for photosynthesis.

 

Adding to Reeflowers’ innovative range of conditioners and additives, is the Freshwater Minerals range which consists of minerals to promote breeding of freshwater fish and shrimps as well as improving their colours. Most freshwater hobbyists will relate to the effects associated with insufficient minerals inside their aquarium water, in particualar a reduction in shell and scale development. Mineral gh+ is a professional blend of ingredients which sorts this problem out sharpish! Cichld Trace and Discus Trace also work hard to provide each individual species with the ideal conditions needed to overcome these problems.

 

Reeflowers water clarifiers are incredibly easy to administer, working not only to remove harmful toxins from the water, but also aiding as stress guards and algae preventatives. The Reeflowers RemOrganics solution eradicates organic and inorganic waste together with ammonia, as well as heavy metals and chlorine to provide better water quality. The Effective Conditioner solution helps to strengthen the mucosa of fish. Removing copper arsenic heavy metals, cyanide and chlorine, the special formula works to reduce stress and acclimatize new fish and can also be used for new set-ups or during cleaning regimes.

 

To finish with, Reeflowers also do a range of natural products that act as buffers to aquarium water hardness. Reeflowers Pearl Sand for example, creates a natural environment for aquatic species. Suitable for saltwater aquariums, Malawi aquariums, Tanganyika Lake aquariums and Victoria Lake aquariums as well as other aquariums that have high PH values, the pearl white sand creates an ideal PH value and helps to create the optimum environment for nitrifying and denitrifying bacteria, resulting in clean water results. The sand is quickly dissolved, helping to stabilize these PH values instantly.

 

Conformed to international standards, Reeflowers ensure that all of their products are easy to administer and meet the needs of aquarium hobbyists wanting to sustain natural habitats for their aquatic projects as well as enhancing the overall health and wellbeing of their aquatic species. For more information on their range of professional stabilizers, buffers, additives and water clarifiers, check out the following link where information on delivery can also be obtained.

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White spot disease, also known as Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, or Ich, is a very common parasitic disease which affects fish and is highly persistent! Once these parasites are detected inside an aquarium, the disease is particularly difficult to stub out due to remarkably fast reproduction rates. In this blog we will talk you through some valuable treatments that can be used to overcome white spot in fish, as well as some common causes that are worth knowing about.

 

White spot is caused in aquarium fish when a protozoan attaches itself to their body, fins and gills. The contagious disease shows itself as tiny white spots on the fish’s body. These parasites appear like small grains of salt or sugar and can cause damage to a fish’s breathing ability as well as mobility problems. The parasites the cause white spot affect fish in two stages. The first “free” phase is where the parasites will rapidly reproduce. The second stage is where the parasites will feed off the tissues of the infected fish. During this infecting stage, the parasite will pass through any part of the skin by invading the area. Worst of all, once the parasite has finished feeding and infecting, it will release itself from the surface of the skin, gills and fins of the fish and drop to the bottom of the tank where it will then multiply, producing up to 2000 new parasites. It is therefore easy to appreciate just how fast growing the condition can be amongst a community of once healthy fish.

 

If an untreated white spot tank is left, a 100% mortality rate of aquarium fish can be expected. Fish that have become infected with white spot will show signs within the early stage of the illness such as disordered swimming and fins folded against the body. When the fish start showing signs of scratching themselves up against stones, it indicates that the parasites have crossed the protective mucus membrane of the skin and are now in the second stage of infection. Other signs include the recognized white spots which start off as a pin head size on the fins. They can be detected under direct light and continue to cover the surface area of the body where the fish may even be spotted swimming to the surface of the water more frequently, indicating that the parasites are affecting the gills and causing breathing difficulties. The parasites will eventually affect the eye muscles and peri-orbital tissues causing the eyeball to swell out.

 

So let’s explain a little about what causes white spot, along with some preventative measures before we go on to talk about the treatment for the condition:

 

It may be worth knowing that White spot can be triggered by stress caused by unusual changes to environmental conditions. Temperature conditions are particularly significant if say for example, cooler water is added to an already established water tank temperature. It is also worth understanding that parasites can be introduced into an aquarium if products are not fully cleaned once purchased from a supplier. The same goes for aquatic plants. Thirdly, introducing fish who are carrying the parasite can prove detrimental to the health of your existing fish. Fish sourced from a poorly maintained tank can soon infect a new, clean one. In order to look at ways to prevent white spot from ever occurring inside your aquarium, we need to consider reducing the risk of the above causes occurring. As temperatures can affect the environment of your aquarium, it would be a reasonable caution to maintain optimum levels of PH and temperature within your tank. Replacing old water with high quality water that has the same temperature as the community within the tank, is a sensible preventative measure for avoiding white spot. As white spot can be introduced from ornaments, decorative products, fish and plants that have come from infected environments, ensure that your fish and plants are sourced from healthy aquariums prior to releasing them into your tank. It is also worth considering observing a quarantine period of at least two weeks prior to introducing new fish into your tank, regardless of where these are sourced from to check for signs of any fish displaying signs of poor health. Boiling/sterilizing ornaments and decorative products will also help to reduce the risk of infecting your already-established tank. Finally, ensure that new plants are cleaned with a strong disinfectant before introducing them to your aquarium.  Caution, never boil aquarium rocks though as trapped air pockets can force the rocks to explode!

 

Now we will give you some guidance on how best to treat the effects of White spot in your aquatic fish:

 

You may be surprised to learn that it is possible to combat parasites of white spot by accelerating their biological cycle, decreasing the window of exposure opportunity, and ensuring that the medicines used are as effective as possible. By increasing tropical water temperatures to 30 degrees Celsius (and cold water temperatures to 22 degrees Celsius), white spot can be slowed down in its very early stages. In terms of targeting white spot with medication to ensure it is truly eradicated – this can only be done at a key stage in the parasite’s life cycle. Treatment such as anti-parasitic medications like Interpet's Number 6 Anti White Spot 100ml and King British WS3 will only be effective during the first free phase where the parasite is rapidly reproducing. Once the white spot parasites have entered their second stage and broken through the surface skin of the fish, treatment will unfortunately not work. When using anti-parasitic medications, they should be of the antibiotic type specifically for anaerobes so as not to affect any denitrifying bacteria found in the tank water.

 

Whilst medication is the most effective treatment type for tackling white spot, the preventative measures provided within this blog should serve as clear and useful guidelines to use in order to ensure that the conditions for white spot are non -existent to start with, allowing you to spend more time observing and enjoying your aquarium than anticipating the arrival of unwanted diseases!  

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The dreaded “pea soup” pond is one effect of algae – in particular the green kind (a site that we are all too used to seeing in gardens up and down the UK). But what about that slimy hairy stuff? Don’t worry - you aren’t the first person to become sick of the site of blanket weed taking hold over your garden pond. If you have clicked onto read this blog you will more than likely be in need of some useful advice in terms of how to control blanket weed. If not, you simply may be looking for advice to share with others who you know will benefit from some guidance. Either way, we have some great tips to consider when needing to reduce the effects and the quantity of blanket weed breaking out into your pond.


Blanket weed is a common freshwater algae. It is a plant that loves warmth and sunshine, so those ponds situated in an area of the garden receiving a lot of sunlight may struggle with controlling this problem more than others. Algae grows through the process of photosynthesis, so if blanket weed spores exist in your pond and sufficient nutrients are available in the water, then the rays and the warmth of sunlight will facilitate blanket weed growth over the summer months. Before the introduction of blanket weed removers, blanket weed treatments and blanket week preventative measures, it would have proved near-on impossible to get rid of this form of algae from a pond.

 

Luckily, science has served us well in the blanket weed department! Although there are some benefits to having blanket weed in a pond within controlled measures, it is extremely fast-growing! The algae will re-colonise vegetatively and spread by branching its long filaments, often breaking up and re-structuring on its own, which will then colonise in new areas of the pond. A side-benefit of having blanket weed in your pond is that the water will be considerably clear and this is because key nutrients are taken up by blanket weed so efficiently and rapidly, that this will prevent other forms of algae (in particular green algae) from a chance at getting started! There are also different species of blanket weed. In particular, a species named Spirogyra, can have detrimental effects on the health and development of your pond. The tangled pond scum also known as “silk weed” “mermaid tresses” and “water silk” forms dense mats of filaments that float on the surface of the pond during sunny days, kept afloat by tiny bubbles of oxygen arising from photosynthesis. When the sun goes down, the hairy mats sink down into the water and photosynthesis is reduced, causing the strands of Spriogyra to consume oxygen for cellular respiration. This increases the level of CO2 in your pond water creating large fluctuations in the dissolved gas levels of the water. This in turn, can lead to rapid changed in PH levels as well as stress and death to living organisms.

 

You may be surprised to learn that unfortunately UV filter lights have no effect of filamentous algae (that’s blanket weed) in ponds, leaving just chemical and microbial methods to help with control. In order to get a grip on blanket weed in your pond, it requires a little background knowledge – but you will be pleased to know that it’s all very simple stuff to take on board! Algae are plants that need nutrients to sustain their lifeforce. These nutrients in particular are nitrogen and phosphorous. In pond water these show up as nitrates and phosphates. So no nitrates and phosphates – no blanket weed! The key is therefore to get rid of the nitrates from your pond water with naturally occurring bacteria mixtures such as Nishikoi’s “Goodbye Blanket Weed” – a solution that studies carried out at Leicestershire’s Brooksby college have proven to be the most effective remedy in blanket weed control. The award-winning product which contains a secret mixture of barley straw and bacteria comes in sachet form and requires just 1 dose to be added to your pond filter or directly into your pond every week. The harmless bacteria and friendly-enzymes eat away at the food consumed by blanket weed in your pond to reduce nitrate levels within the water.

 

Blagdon Blanket Weed Buster is another form of pond treatment. It consists of a 100% natural probiotic blend of bacteria and is safe for all plant species, fish species and other pond inhabitants. Blanket weed buster also contains an added benefit of a Sludge Buster to remove all the dead algae and requires just one level spoon for every 32 litres (or 292 gallons).

 

There are also a host of other preventative measures that can be taken to control blanket weed in ponds:

Reducing sunlight penetration into your pond water by creating shade conditions around the pond will certainly help! Use a combination of attractive aquatic plants to fill-up exposed areas. Water lilies with their large surface area are a great choice as these will also help to reduce nitrates within your pond water.

 

Barley straw and barley straw extract take a while to start working but are effective. The addition of barley straw and how this effects blanket weed is fairly complex but is determined by the in-situ production of hydrogen peroxide which in turn, acts as an oxidizing agent and interferes with the process of photosynthesis.

 

Electronic blanket weed controllers have been claimed to be effective, however the results are sometimes not as long lasting as you would hope for. Algae such as blanket weed can adapt to new surroundings very quickly, thus overcoming the effects of electronic treatments promptly.

 

If other preventative forms of blanket weed control prove difficult, then a blanket weed remover is an effective method. Designed with prongs that have blunted edges to prevent ripping the liner of your pond, the tool is successful in physically removing the worst of the blanket weed before you decide to add methods such as the Goodbye Blanket Weed solution or Blagdon’s Blanket Weed Buster.

 

Whichever treatment you find the moist successful for your garden pond, a consideration towards avoiding or lessening those environmental factors that are thought to be ideal conditions for blanket weed growth, will go a long way to sustaining a healthy pond, clear of the dreaded algae! 

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Top 10 Ways to Control Algae in your Aquarium

22 February 2016 20:01:48 GMT

So, you’re wondering how to reduce algae in your aquarium whilst ensuring that PH ideals and the healthy growth of your fish and plants remain protected right? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that for one – algae growth is not an uncommon problem, and two – it’s quite easy to tackle! Algae is of course, the bane of every aquarium owner and many customers come to us for advice on how to control algae in their aquarium, so we thought we would share our top 10 tips for you guys at home.

 

1)      No over-feeding!

As aquarium hobbyists – we all marvel at the site of our fine-finned friends gobbling up a few sprinkles of fish food. It’s fascinating we know! But one of the main problems associated with an increase in algae goes hand-in-hand with an increase in food deposits. The golden rule is to feed your fish the required amount for how much they can consume. Although leaving excess food in the tank will probably get pecked at by your fish over time, it’s also well-received by algae. The combination of phosphate and ammonia along with fish waste in your water, allows algae to thrive on those nutrients which spur its growth and reproduction. Aim to feed your fish once daily or alternatively 2-3 smaller portioned feeds throughout the day to keep algae at bay.

 

2)      Filter media maintenance:

Choosing the right filter media can be vital in maintaining the correct phosphate levels in your water which in turn will affect algae growth in you aquarium. Combination Carbon Phosphate aquarium solutions can help to remove phosphate, whilst the carbon helps to keep our water crystal clear. Changing both your chemical and mechanical filter media quite regularly can also prevent saturation of the media itself, helping to stop the harmful components from leaking back into your tank water.Choosing phosphate removers for both freshwater and marine tanks as well as considering the right solution for a small aquarium for example, will allow better control for specirfic conditions. 

 

3)      Lighting control:

There are many factors to consider with lighting when it comes to algae growth and control. Whilst lighting equipment for freshwater and marine aquariums is getting bigger and better, cutting down on the power and duration of lighting inside your tank to 10-14 hours for planted aquariums and 6-10 hours in ornamental setups, will significantly keep the green stuff at bay. By putting your lights on a timer to realistically replicate both daylight and nighttime exposure, as well as remembering to replace your lighting as its intensity and spectrum deteriorates with age, you are sure to see some good results! Also, ensure your aquarium is situated in a location of low lighting within your home. If possible, an area protected from any source of daylight will ensure you are off to the best start in your fight against algae!

 

4)      Don’t introduce it!

Honestly – this one isn’t intended to patronize, but you would be surprised at how many aquarium owners don’t think about where they get their aquatic plants from! Good advice here would be to make sure that you buy fresh plants that have grown out of the water and add them to your tank the same day after checking them over. Rinse all pre-soaked bogwood and remember to try and use substrates that will not be carrying BGA!

 

5)      Tap testing:

Prevent algae growth in your aquarium by testing the water that is coming straight out of your faucet. Tap water can often contain lots of algae-encouraging elements! If you find that the water supply in your area is high in those components that likely induce your algae levels, this is a great time to introduce a tap water filter or RO unit to instantly purify your mains tap water. To test your water, use an advanced product that promises accuracy and quality value. Remeber - if you are using an RO unit in a freshwater tank, you will need to remineralise the water!

 

6)      Algae-cleaning equipment:

A steel magnetic blade such as those found on the Mag-Scraper is the best option for ensuring that the most stubborn algae is easily removed from your aquarium glass with a durable wide diameter to work across the water, whilst fork-styled equipment is great for clearing the top of your aquarium water and stringy algae that lies between your underwater foliage.

 

7)      Algae-eating friends:

You may be surprised at the amount of “donkey work” that your little fishy friends can do for you! Common algae-eating suckermouths such as the Bristlenose and Otocinclus are adapted to reducing your algae levels, so if your aquarium can accommodate one (and one which won’t outgrow your tank), introduce it to help keep healthy control over your algae levels. Remember to make sure you do have an alternative nutritional substitute once the algae has run out! Livebearing fish like mollies are also a great addition, as are algae-eating shrimps. The Cory Cat will also busy itself along the bottom of your fish tank, hoovering up excess food and plant leaves before they go rotten on the aquarium bed.

 

8)      Plants:

You can prevent algae growth inside your aquarium by planting heavily, whilst also ensuring that your fish population never becomes detrimental to a healthy amount of space inside the tank. By controlling these two variables, you may find that your algae problems begin to dwindle. The idea of adding plants into the aquarium in order to reduce algae levels works well, because plants actually utilize a good light source, starving much of what would normally be taken up by algae. Plants also starve algae of nutrients helping to create a tank which is without high levels of phosphate and nitrate. Floating plants are also a great addition to use as these create shade blocking the algae’s source of light

 

9)      Recognize your bad algae:

Those who are not so experienced (or those who haven’t had a lot of problems with algae) may be under the impression that all algae is bad. That’s not true! It will certainly pay-off to be able to differentiate one species of algae against the next in order to be able to tackle it in the most effective way. Whereas Green Hair algae for example, is considerably stubborn and will require something like a spaghetti fork to remove it, Green carpet algae can easily be removed with a scraper off the glass.

 

10)   Recognize your good algae:

Detecting any unnatural-looking green coverage on driftwood, ornaments or plants may be important in combatting an infestation at an early stage, however it is also important to bear in mind that a healthy balance of algae can help to consume excess nutrients and provide oxygen to your water. 

 

So there you have it! Our guide to ensuring the best algae control within your tank! Whilst algae can never be the result of a successful defeat, the key to happy aquarium ownership is to find a perfect balance.

 

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Kessil A160 and A360 LED lighting

26 January 2016 11:47:51 GMT

Aquarium lighting is so important to get right and although there are many different types of lamps and panels for various aquarium needs, when it comes to superior aquarium lighting - there’s basically LED’s, then everything else!  The A160WE Tuna and A360WE Tuna are two excellent LED spotlights from Kessil – experts in revolutionary lighting for aquarium environments.

As a brand that has spent years perfecting the LED aquarium spotlight, these two models represent the epitome of lighting excellence. Incorporating all of those benefits that LEDs bring to the aquarium, they are both energy efficient and stylish. For those of you who are still exploring the advantages that this type of aquarium lighting can bring, you may be surprised to learn that you can get around 8 times more light per watt of energy used with this type of lighting. Secondly they generate less heat resulting in little to virtually no heat impact on the aquarium itself. In some cases this saves the aquarium owner having to invest in a chiller – another way to save on the bills! LED lighting is also incredibly compact and can be placed in positions around the tank that give you a larger space to work with. The general profile of an LED panel or light is ultra-sleek and highly versatile, sitting alongside a whole load of other contemporary styled aquarium accessories with ease. There are also many visual affects that can be enjoyed with LED lighting. With functions that allow you to select different colours, ripple effects and brightness, it’s no wonder why this type of lighting is the only way to go for many hobbyists these days.

But what makes the Kessil A160WE Tuna and A360WE Tuna so different to other LED lighting equipment? Well, all of the features mentioned in the above are embraced by Kessil’s newest innovations but they also join a list as long as your arm of remarkable qualities. In particular the Kessil A160WE Tuna LEDs and the Kessil A360WE Tuna LEDs in both blue and sun versions incorporate the brand’s Dense Matrix LED Chip giving you ultimate control over quality and spectrum. Both versions produce an incredible natural shimmer rival to a metal halide. What we mean by a natural effect is that the spotlights mimic the daylight and moonlight found under the ocean’s surface, allowing you to appreciate the shadows created by your fish as they glide above the sand. The Dense Matrix development tightly packs the LEDs onto one chip, with a multitude of colours and wavelengths to be explored. The Kessil A360WE series is 15% brighter than that of the 360N range and provides maximum coverage. The patented design of the Dense Matrix LED found in both the A360WE Tuna and the A160WE Tuna is a result of five years of research and engineering to provide a uniform colour across the whole spread of the tank from one single light source. Kessil’s team of designers have mastered a way to eliminate the effect of a spotlight effectively by spreading the rays over a wider area – genius! The precise colour blending found within the A360WE Tuna provides a set of perfect ideals for optimal coral growth. Users can now select the perfect spectrum with one knob and then adjust the intensity of this with the other. What this does is boost the light output of the spectral tuning range by up to 30%

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The Kessil A160WE Tuna is an extension of the successful A150 – the first spotlight to put the brand on the map! As an invention that first started to change the way we lit up our aquariums, Kessil have clung on tight to their faithful approach to expert aquarium lighting by still offering a beautiful and balanced LED light spectrum yet one which doesn’t sacrifice those all important UV rays. For such a small package, Kessil have continued improving their build quality with near-on silent fan-cooled heatsinks and a durable metal case. The Kessil A160WE Tuna in both sun and blue variations is a compact and unobtrusive light with a flexibility that allows it to be directed at precise angles, allowing the hobbyists to target specific corals as and when needed. This unique feature is precisely what makes Kessil ahead of its time in LED lighting equipment. They have specifically honed into the needs and desires of hobbyists to create features that many brands wouldn’t have thought possible. Whether it be to eliminate shadows or to illuminate more corals in one given area, the Kessil A160WE Tuna and Kessil A360WE Tuna offers new found powers of controllability and tunability.

Kessil lighting brings a radically different approach to the aquarium lighting generation, allowing their products to stand out from the crowd yet still tick the box for being an all-round people pleaser. With better penetration and unique colour mixing ability, the Kessil A160WE Tuna as well as the larger A360WE Tuna manage to strike that perfect balance between high performance but low maintenance – an ultimate must-have for those looking to upscale the quality of their aquarium features to affordable supremacy.

A360WE Tuna Tech Spec:

Dimensions: 2.96" Length x 4" Diameter

24" surface diameter by 3' penetration (on average)

Power Usage: 90W

Power Supply: 100-240 VAC (Input), 48 VDC, 1.87A (Output)

The unique lamps with 24 inch surface diameter

A160WE Tuna Tech Spec:

5" (including control knobs) x 2.5" x 2.5"

2.3 pounds (includes power supply)

40 watts

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Al Hydra 26 HD and 52 HD LED Lighting Panels

25 January 2016 11:33:17 GMT

 

When manufacturing LED lighting for use in aquariums it is important that the product undergoing development is put through extensive testing. Solid research behind the design is paramount to ensuring that only the best quality materials are used for those consumers who need it the most and this is precisely what Aqua Illumination has done with their most up-to-the-minute technology. First and foremost the design must incorporate technology which keeps the LEDs cool whilst running. Secondly the products must run with intelligence, ensuring that maximum efficiency and longevity is achieved. The new Hydra 26 and 52 HDs tick both of these boxes in one fell swoop. With manufacturers that have dedicated years of their background knowledge to ensuring that the most important factors are considered when making successful LED lighting, the Hydra 26 and Hydra 52 HDs allow aquarium hobbyists to really get the most of their lighting.

Continuing the legacy of Hydra’s full spectrum performance the two HD versions have been engineered to perfection. Robust, attractive and reliable, aquarium livestock can be given all of the lighting they need and crave for healthy developmental growth as well as enhanced colouration. But what is the difference between the HD and the standard you may ask? Well… the Hydra 52 for example with 52 diodes as well as being capable of lighting up deeper tanks of around 3ft x 3ft, can offer you greater colour changing abilities without reducing the PAR output. With the Hydra HD lighting, you can turn down half of the LED, yet still achieve the same colour AND still have a greater output than what the standard Hydra can offer.

So let’s look at some of the features of the Hydra 26 HD and Hydra 52 HD. Representing the newest innovation from their specialist finders, both the 26” and 52” versions combine colour and power to give remarkably improved performance and all this is enhanced by the freedom of being able to use your computer or your smartphone to control your most favourite features. The Hydra 52 puts out a Peak PAR of 304 µMol at a depth of 24" whilst the 26 HD also brings a new level of performance by producing a limitless number of colour spectrum combinations to suit the individual needs and demands of your aquarium, making the lighting solutions a superb option for deep aquaria.

Now the fact that the Hydra 26 HD and the Hydra 52 HD require no remote control to be able to access all of your light settings may be something of a new thing for most. But doing away with the need for an additional piece of equipment to tend to your tank is now becoming a much more favoured view, especially when it means that the built-in control can be managed from anywhere in the world and at any time! With more than 90% optical efficiency, the HD lighting comes equipped with 80 degree lenses to provide the aquarium hobbyist with as much spread as possible whilst still balancing power perfectly. Aqua Illumination have also equipped the lens optics with a diffuse exit surface for improved colour blending.

As one of the most efficient pro level lighting solutions on the market, the Aqua Illumination’s HD LED lighting provides low energy consumption with the lowest heat output possible. By dramatically adjusting the power made available to each colour by borrowing power from where it is not being used, the Hydra 26 HD and Hydra 52 HD deliver the most beautifully vivid spectrum to an aquarium tank in the most economical way. This new concept goes by the name of HyperDrive and means that you can switch up certain colours to meet specific needs, whilst lowering other ones.

Above all, the new Hydra HD lights, although looking almost identical to their predecessors, certainly have a host of new and radical features. With one of the most exciting advances seen on the shelves for quite some time, the innovative product looks highly sophisticated in the home and has the added benefit of so many beautiful colour options to choose from as well timer settings, weather functions and lunar settings.

Tech Spec:

Hydra 26 HD and Hydra 52 HD full spectrum lighting solution for all types of aquariums

Available in black or white finish

Cutting edge technology

Built-in wifi

Connects directly to your home

Can be controlled from anywhere in the world

High grade materials to offer reliability

Power efficiency

Innovative HyperDrive feature

Encourages healthy development of aquarium inhabitant

Enhances colour vibrancy of aquarium species

Computer and Smartphone-friendly

Limitless number of colour spectrum combinations

Requires no remote control access

Low energy consumption

Lowest heat output

90% optical efficiency

80 degree lenses

Perfect for deep aquaria

Balances power perfectly

Sleek and sophisticated aesthetic

Delivers vivid spectrum economically 

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Kessil AP700 LED Lighting

25 January 2016 11:16:07 GMT

Nothing in our opinion grows corals as good as Kessil. Their high quality materials bring reliability and durability to aquarium hobbyists. If you like the look of the point source lighting and are a fan of Kessil, it’s guaranteed that you will love the AP700.

Kessil invests a vast understanding of lighting and its team of plant biologists, illumination engineers and product designers together have lead the established business to achieve ultimate success within their refined area of expertise in specialist aquarium lighting. The Kessil AP700 has been likened to that of two Kessil 360s put together into one fixture since its launch last year, however on comparing the optics of the AP700 versus the 360, you will note that the AP700 has an elongated optic to give more left and right spread over the tank, and mounted high enough a full 48 inches of lighting can easily be achieved with plenty of spill over too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The professionally styled LED lighting system has been built with precision, reflecting a strong sense of passion so often seen in Kessil products. From the intricately designed brackets, to the external packaging of the product, the lighting unit is built to stand the test of time. Totally solid with a number of integrated features to optimize its unique versatility, the AP700 is as a leading lighting solution leveraging many of the brand’s award winning qualities gained over the years. The 185-watt panel platform consists of 60 LED chip arrays and has been integrated with a number of additional features such as a flawless touch control panel, built-in wifi and instant customization options.

Firstly, let’s start with the basics. The mounting kit is easy to assemble. By unscrewing the bolts at the top of the fixture, prepare the part that the hook will go through, before screwing it all back together. A detailed instruction pack provides all of the in-depth information you will need in setting up the product. The four bolts in the corners of the lighting unit are a good idea to fix down as well as those at the center back to add support and extra stability.

Visibly the LED array is totally unique to anything ever seen before. Kessil develop their LED’s themselves with a unique Dense Matrix Configuration. With incredible brightness, the lighting panel doesn’t even need to be mounted that close to the tank itself for a great light output. The 48 inch LED lighting unit provides lighting for a four foot long tank. We’ll let you guys figure out how much money that would save you in buying another two or three alternative lighting panels to match one Kessil AP700! The specially designed lens and reflector combination allows a wider delivery of light plus superior penetration. The use of this unique quality minimizes hot spots whilst simultaneously eliminating shading. A large fan on the top of the fixture helps to keep the AP700 cool by drawing air in and blowing it out of the sides of the fixture via two vents situated left and right of the unit. The fan, despite the large amount of air it circulates to keep the lighting cool, is super quiet.

The plush control panel at the front of the Kessil AP700 offers functions such as light intensity, colour and programed modes. Lunar cycles, acclimation, full colour control and weather effects can all be controlled from one location. For those who aren’t used to being able to access all of these functions from one spot – things are about to get a whole lot better! The control panel can be activated via an iPad combined with Kessil’s app thanks to its specially integrated wifi feature which allows the user to govern various different setting on the lighting unit. Apps that work with Android and other devices will also be possible, allowing the owner to sync group lighting to accommodate the specific needs of the aquarium according to the time of day. With a remarkably smooth touchscreen effect, the buttons require just a simple sweep of a finger to activate the correct setting – a beautiful feature which adds to the product’s elegance.

In addition to the many stunning weather options available such as a storm setting, a rainbow spectrum setting and various levels of cloud coverage, the Kessil AP700 also provides a beautiful shimmer effect, evoking a natural, relaxing environment to be shared by both the aquarium inhabitants and owner. Comparable to the shimmer of a Metal Halide fixture, the effect of the lighting unit creates a realistic ocean scene adding a true contemporary feel to the home.

Users can choose from a full spectrum of colour when selecting from a range of blues such as sky blue to a deep ocean blue – plus yellow, red, purple and green opt for a more unusual aesthetic to be admired in between normal settings. A uniform colour with a widespread coverage is achieved throughout all of the lighting unit’s colour and effect options. The independently adjustable colour combinations allow the hobbyist to maintain the best usable spectrum for coral growth and colouration whilst enjoying a preference. The brand’s patented Dense Matrix LED technology has been integrated into the design of the Kessil AP700 to provide improved light penetration. It concentrates multiple LED chips into one single array which avoids the risk of losing coverage, yet maintains a constant and powerful light source.

With innovative heat management, ideal levels of UV lighting improves coral colouration and growth whilst boasting a sleek and compact design which can be mounted or hung in various different ways depending on your home setting. Kessil’s mounting arms, canopy kit and hanging kit offer innovative ways for users to display the incredibly professional Kessil AP700 lighting unit regardless of their aquarium’s size or location.

 

Tech Spec:

48 inch advanced full colour spectrum LED lighting panel

4 foot of lighting exposure

Dense Matrix LED technology

Robust features for product longevity

Compact and sleek design

Instant customization options

Easy to assemble mounting kit

Advanced manual control

Flawless touch control panel

Integrated wifi feature

Superior penetration

Specially designed lens and reflector combination

UV lighting to improve coral growth and colouration

Eliminates hot spots and minimizes shading

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