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Fluval Flex Aquariums

9 March 2017 19:49:37 GMT

So.... you’re looking for a new aquarium and you fancy something a little quirky, but you’re not sure what’s out on the market at the moment? If you haven’t already considered the fantastic range of Fluval Flex aquariums, then basically – you need to! The tanks come in a 34 litre version (L34cm X W33cm X H33cm) and a 57 litre version (L41cm X W39cm X H39cm), and feature a beautiful curved bow-front design, combined with the brand’s leading filtration and lighting technology - perfect if you want to get set-up and running right from the get-go, but you don’t want to have to do all the donkey work of having to find all our own bits and pieces! Now you don’t need to do the exhaustive shopping around for aquarium equipment with the perfect “affordability-to-quality ratio”! If you enjoy keeping up-to-date with the industry’s newest gadgets and you like playing about with new features– you need look no further than the Fluval Flex range of aquariums.


The first thing we want to talk about with the beautiful Fluval Flex aquariums is their interesting physique. It features a vertically oriented bow front to give the tank a smooth, sleek look – a feature that is sure to appeal to those who like a contemporary finish to their fish tank. The gentle curve front from top to bottom differs from that of the usual side to side curve, affecting our binocular vision to create a magnified illusion throughout the tank. The roof of the Aquarium mimics the same shape of the tank’s front glass to keep in line with a stylish modern aesthetic.


At a glance you will see that the roof of the Fluval Flex aquariums feature an easy feeding port, allowing you to drop food into the water through a spacious window. You will also see the receiver for the infrared transmitted controller, which allows you the opportunity to play around with a load of fun features and lighting effects. The back of the canopy has been integrated with a port for the easy feed-through of all electrical wires. A stylish honeycomb wrap not only adds interest and detailing to the top rim of the tank, but it discreetly hides the water line, reaching right around to the back of the tank where the integrated filter system is fitted. The seamless design means you don’t have to worry about people seeing a messy set-up from the rear side of the aquarium! A nice touch we think! The aquarium positions efforltessly onto a sleek black stand to mimics the elegant curves of the design. 


Looking at the back of the Fluval Flex aquarium, you will see that the unit has three distinct compartments. An entry compartment facilities a flawless, even flow of water via its inlet grill and bottom grill. It can also be used for additional filter media. The middle compartment of the aquarium is simply to fill with media. Both the Fluval Flex 34 and the Fluval Flex 57 litre versions come supplied with mechanical, chemical and biological media for the best water clarity results, allowing you to get set up and ready as soon as you install your aquarium. The third compartment is where the pump is located, but is also spacious enough to fit a submersible heater inside, allowing you to achieve good heat spread throughout your aquarium – plus it’s completely hidden from sight! The output nozzles of the Fluval Flex aquariums can be positioned to achieve the best oxygenation levels within your water.


But hey... we wouldn’t be building you up to the Fluval Flex’s  best feature just for the fun of it! The most exciting aspect of these aquariums by far, has got to be the innovative LED lighting system with handy infrared remote control function! 7500k white LEDS to support live aquatic plant growth, are fitted into the underside of the canopy for superb penetration across the entire surface area of the water. The natural lighting helps to mimic normal environmental conditions for your fish and plants BUT the lighting wouldn’t be half as exciting as it is, without the Fluval Flex remote control. The facility allows you to crate over 80 different coloured lighting varieties, depending on the intensity selected. Red green and blue are primary colours pre-set with white LED control to select intensity. Special effects of the Fluval Flex LED lighting unit include cloud cover/fading, moonlight, lightning bolts, storm effects and slow colour cycling effect!


Fluval Flex aquariums are perfect for those hobbyists who want the luxury of being able to instantly set up their new tank, with filtration and lighting already integrated, combined with the option to personalise the tank and play around with super cool lighting effects at the same time!

If you’d like any additional information on this super cool range just get into touch with a member of our team today on 01254 208245 or send us a sales enquiry on Alternatively, get buying today by visiting our Fluval Flex aquariums page.

Posted in Blog By Complete Aquatics

Red Sea Reefer XXL Aquariums

6 March 2017 10:53:21 GMT

THE ANSWER TO MORE DIVERSE REEFSCAPING HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!! Red Sea have unlocked the freedom to customizing your own reef tank, without the constraints of limited aquarium space, with the impressive Red Sea Reefer XXL tanks. The super large variations of the series are available in 150cm (59″) long/625 liter (166 gal) capacity or 180cm (71″) long/750 liter (200 gal) – each coming with new and improved sump system and stronger, heavy duty cabinet options. 


Red Sea have been teasing about the idea of the Reefer XXL for quite a few months now. The 625 litre and 750 litre reef tanks are giants and are considered the largest partial AIO aquariums on the market to date! Constructed from 19mm ultra clear glass – this extra durable lens is super strong and mirrors the clean lines and sharp, sleek angles of the smaller sizes, whilst creating the illusion of an even larger, deeper tank.


Who knows how Red Sea always manage to hit the spot when it comes to their expertly developed reef aquariums. We suspect they just know exactly what the reefer hobbyist desires in terms of quality, features and style!! Red Sea have honed into EXACTLY what the hobbyist needs by launching an extension to one of the most popular world-leading reef system series known to man – and options for customization are limitless!!


The Red Sea Reefer XXL tanks are dynamic. Superb. Boundless even! Red Sea’s DNA runs throughout the design, of course, with a distinct beauty that is hard to ignore. Ready for you to install your own pump, skimmer, reactor and lighting – there is no doubt that the beauty of this reef aquarium range is found within the ability to tailor and customize the tanks to your very own specification. Lighting such as the beautiful Hydra 26™ HD LED Lighting Units, for example, can be added – as seen in the deluxe version of the smaller reefer models. Combining cutting edge lighting technology with a bespoke mounting system, the 26™ HD LED Lighting Units offers a full spectrum 7 colour LED configuration. A myriad of lighting effects and excellent colour rendition are melded into one cost effective, power saving , whilst light penetration and surface area coverage is second-to-none. Create your very own patterns and light effects via your iOS or Android device with built-in WiFi at any time of the day or night, from anywhere around the world!


Secondly, the sump system of the Red Sea Reefer XXL 627 litre and Red Sea Reefer  750 litre aquariums has received an upgrade and has been integrated with an adjustable height skimmer chamber, together with micron filter bags and even room for an optional refugium! A sump return outlet nozzle can be easily moved for maintenance and the sump itself has also been equipped with easily removable comb sections for easy cleaning. Not only have the Red Sea Reefer XXL series of reef aquariums been fitted with a unique section of high-quality equipment, but the tanks promise an exceptionally quiet performance. Whilst setting up your new aquarium, a regulated flow main down pipe which sits alongside a secondary bypass overflow, can be instantly appreciated. The route taken to the sump is unrestricted, enhancing a flawless, quiet operation which only adds to the desirability of the XXL sized Reefer systems from Red Sea.


Lastly, we couldn’t avoid mentioning that the Red Sea Reefer XXL tanks have been designed with durability and robustness in mind. Bringing strength and quality to the forefront, Red Sea execute these jumbo reef aquariums with heavy duty HPL coated plywood. The stunning finish does more than just please the eye, and is great for water resistance! The cabinets of the Red Sea Reefer XXL tanks are also fitted with fully adjustable feet for effortless leveling on all surfaces.


With a spacious layout, enhanced viewing quality and rimless ultra clear glass for a contemporary finish, along with smart bevelled edges that reduce colour and angle distortion – the Red Sea Reefer XXL systems are undeniably attractive both from a value-for-quality point of view and an aesthetical angle. A must-have for any serious reefscapers out there – you know who you are!!

Posted in Blog By Complete Aquatics

Red Sea REEFER Peninsula

26 February 2017 10:21:44 GMT

Reef aquariums are as much a science as they are an art, and so it becomes clear how important it is to choose only the highest quality reef system in order get the very most enjoyment out of your hobby. We’re going to run through the features of the stunning new Red Sea REEFER Peninsula and why you need it in your life.


 Red Sea Reefer Peninsula



The Red Sea REEFER Peninsula combines cutting edge technology with a striking three sided, see-through aesthetic, for fascinating views through an incredibly crisp lens. You like the sound of that? Read on... we promise it gets better....


Red Sea have composed the beautiful REEFER Peninsula tank like a piece of classical music. Each component is designed to work in synergy with one another, offering you as the hobbyist, a reef tank with incredible presence, enhanced by the brand’s unbeatable aquarium equipment, ready to be enjoyed instantly. Red Sea place emphasis on the Peninsula’s ability to match that of a custom installation, at a fraction of the cost!


Firstly, the Red Sea REEFER Peninsula comes in two sizes; a 500 litre version (L 125cm x W 60cm x H 60cm) and a 625 litre version (L160cm x W 64cm x H60cm) – both come mounted on an exquisite 1m high heavy duty cabinet in various coloured epoxy painted finishes. To round up – the REEFER Peninsula comes complete with cabinet, aquarium, overflow system and sump system, and adds a distinct ambiance to any home setting.  The aquarium and cabinet combo is the answer to those aquarists in search of a larger more advanced reefer system, without compromising on quality and reliability. All it needs is a splash of creativity. Choose your own lighting, circulation and filtration equipment, and the Red Sea REEFER Peninsula is ready to go!!


The stylish REEFER Peninsula has been cleverly constructed in an eye-catching room divider format, which not only provides a focal point for any home, but allows for flexible positioning options. The reef aquarium can be added to the corner of a room effortlessly, courtesy of Red Sea’s idea to locate the overflow system at one end of the aquarium as opposed to the centre. The beautifully finished doors of the cabinet can be assembled on either side of the Peninsula tank, to not only facilitate ease of access, but to suit the unique layout of your room. For those of you who find that your rockscaping options are often hindered by a lack of space or tight, tricky-to-reach spaces - you’ll be pleased to know that one of Red Sea’s unique selling points for the REEFER Peninsula, is its generous space! The expert design of the reef tank which evokes a strong contemporary elegance, creates the illusion of an even bigger aquarium, thanks to its clean angles and crisp three sided glass design, which continues its fluid lines into compatible cabinet dimensions for great storage. The cabinet of the REEFER Peninsula also comes with a ventilated compartment for control systems and chiller, as well as providing access for two circulation pumps at either side.


Red Sea have equipped the sleek REEFER Peninsula aquarium with all of the features found in the advanced REEFER systems, including a state-of-the-art sump and comprehensive water management system. The sump features an automatic top-up facility and the tank has also been built with a unique silent down-flow system. Discreet piping hidden away in the cabinet, will allow you to enjoy more of your REEFER Peninsula, whilst its quiet operation is second-to-none.


Advanced hobbyists who consider themselves dedicated Red Sea reefscapers, will take note of the REEFER Peninsula’s flawless layout which provides the opportunity to add in your own unlimited choice of lighting and filtration components. The peerlessly performing Red Sea REEFER Peninsula is coming soon, so keep a look out on our website and facebook page for more information on its launch!

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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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