The Pro Clear Aquatics Fishtastic is an exciting new all-in-one (AIO) nano aquarium spied at the Global Pet Expo last week. Most AIO aquariums have the integrated filtration on the back, but the Fishtastic take a dramatic departure by tucking the filtration underneath the aquarium. The entire filtration system fits into a sliding drawer like a mini overflow drain and sump system.
The Fishtastic holds 5 gallons of water and has a capacity for an addition 1.5 gallons in the sump drawer. Don’t fret about having to constantly pull out the drawer to check water levels, there is an integrate viewing window to let you see the water level inside.
The tank comes equipped with a feed pump to power the whole thing. A nice additional touch is the use of standard filter pads for Aqueon power filters for the primary mechanical and chemical filtration. Finally, the system is lit with a decently bright LED light which is included, and isolated from moisture for longevity and durability.
Another great point is the price. For just $50 you get a great plug and play aquarium.
Drop off tanks are one of the more interesting styles of tanks pushing the boundaries of the glass box, but the new Seriphos drop-off aquarium from IFALOS is truly remarkable.
This 98 gallon drop-off aquarium not only steps downward like you typically see in a drop, but it also extends outward to give a unique look. The unique shape of the aquariums gives a truly different perspective and viewing area, while begging to be aquascaped.
Like most high-end aquariums the Seriphos is constructed out of low iron, extra clear, white glass, that will enhance the overall look and feel of the tank. It also features a furniture quality cabinet made of marine grade plywood that is sealed inside and out with Italian laminates. The tank, stand and sump retail for around $3,999.
Here are more details on the tank:
UARIUM WATER VOLUME: 98 Gallons / 370 Liters
AQUARIUM DIMENSIONS: 48 x 29,5 x 19.6 x 11.8 x 27.5 x 17.7 (inches) / 122 x 75 x 50 x 30 x 70 x 45 (cm)
AQUARIUM GLASS THICKNESS: .5 inch extra clear white glass / 12mm
CABINET SIZE: 48 x 19.6 x 31.4 (inches) / 122 x 50 x 80 (cm)
CABINET INFO: Constructed of .6 inch marine plywood & lined with 7mm Italian Formica. 45° cuts on hinged doors with stainless steel adjustable hardware.
AVAILABLE COLORS: Black
SUMP INFO: 16 Gallons / 60 Liters Sump & 5.2 Gallon / 20 Liter Water Reservoir – .31 / 8 mm glass thickness – Includes hoses and pre-filter sock * Pump and lighting not included
Aquarium stands can be bulky and heaving things, but the new Innovative Marine APS stands are strong, lightweight and easy to assemble aluminum framed stands aiming to be a better alternative than bulky wooden or cheaper particle board designs.
The simplicity of the new Innovative Marine APS stands mean they can be assembled in under 15 minutes. The strength and lightness comes from being made from aluminum, but these don’t skip out on style either.
Dubbed APS for Aluminum Profile Stands, the Innovative Marine APS line features lightweight anodized aluminum frames that simply click together with a 180-degree turn of the integrated tension fasteners with a turn of a Torx wrench (also has an indicator dot to let you know its locked).
The first run of stands feature an anodized wood grain pattern that looks pretty real. They are also planning on releasing a matte black version later this year.
The stands come in eight sized to fit most of their aquariums from the Peninsula 14 stand all the way up to the largest SR-80 stand. The three small tank stands are open sided and the rest come with black side panels and doors with magnetic latches.
They do look pretty sweet and we cant wait to see the matte black “stealth” version later this year. Marine Depot was able to visit the Innovative Marine HQ and see these in person. Check out the video below for more details.
The BioBubble Wonder Bubble Tunnel Kit is an interesting concept that makes for a cool conversation piece, but might have a few small drawbacks. The concept is really cool, there is a tube with water that allows small fish to swim up and appear out of the water.
The Wonder Bubble Tunnel isn’t that big and is marketed towards casual freshwater Betta owners and other small fish. There is much debate about keeping Bettas in small enclosures, and there are practical arguments in favor of that. But this could be a cool little setup for guppies, mollies or other smaller fish.
The main part of the Bubble Tunnel is the semi-spherical bowl holding the majority of the water. The tunnel itself is a curved plastic tube with a bubble in the middle. You fill the tunnel with water, cap the ends, submerse in the main bowl, and carefully pull the caps off to connect the tunnel to the bowl.
The whole kit holds around 1.5 gallons of water and measures in around 12 x 14 x 14 in. While it looks pretty cool, there are some mixed reviews online. Some people absolutely love it and give it a full 5 stars, but others point out things like the tube and bold being made from thin plastic, the tube not being truly secured to the tank and other issues.
If you’re looking for something cool and different for under $50, this might be right up your alley. You can grab one of these online for around $40.
You might have noticed a change if you recently purchased Seachem Prime or Seachem Stability. No the product is the same, but you’ll notice a difference on the label — notably a rhinoceros. Seachem is making a donation to Support Mark of the Rhino and Mankwe Wildlife Reserve.
Since 2008, Rhino poachers have killed at least 5,940 African rhino according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. In 2011 the Western Black rhino was declared extinct and in 2015 there were 1,338 rhino killed by poachers. These grim statistics are leaving ever dwindling populations of the five remaining species. Rhino poaching is currently at a crisis level and timing is critical for the preservation of these majestic animals.
As part of our ongoing environmental stewardship efforts, Seachem has joined the battle to support the protection of these endangered animals. All donations will go directly to the Rhino preserve in South Africa. We ask that you join us in this battle to save the Rhino by purchasing heavily in these top selling items and helping make the most of this fund raising effort. Thank you greatly for your consideration and support!
While aquarists, we typically think about conservation efforts around the oceans, but the wildlife on the land are equally important. Plus the dichotomy between a picture of a rhino on a label for a fish product, definitely is a clearer call to action. We applaud Seachem for this as well as making some cool new labels. You can also make a direct donation via the company’s website.
The new Fluval Flex aquariums is a contemporary styled all-in-one aquarium featuring a distinctive curved front, powerful multi-stage filtration and brilliant LED lighting.
This nifty 9 gallon aquarium measures in at 14 x 13 x 13 in. and has the built in three-stage filtration for keeping your water clear. The filter comes stock with an oversized foam mechanical filter to remove the big chunks, carbon for chemical filtration and Biomax biological filtration to give beneficial bacteria a place to grow.
The Flex also has a fun, 7W LED system with remote control. The light is a combination of white and RGB LEDs to give you up to a 7,500K temperature look. But with the remote, you have an almost endless option of color blends at your fingertips. You can also take advantage of fun special effects like fading cloud cover and lightning.
For water flow, there is an integrated return pump and multi-directional dual outputs for customized water flow.
Once you get bitten by the aquarium bug, its hard to turn back. Your whole world seems to want to revolve around learning more, hunting down a rare or unique fish, upgrading your equipment and more. But sometimes its hard to share this passion with your friends and family. Thankfully public aquariums are a great way to share your passion and interest with those people.
We came across this list of 12 top public aquariums in the U.S. on Tripping.com and thought it would be fun to share. There are a few smaller favorites including the Steinhart Aquarium in San Francisco, the Scripps Aquarium in San Diego, the Denver Aquarium and others worth mentioning too. How many of these aquariums have you seen?
1. Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta,GA
Notable mostly because of its size as the largest aquarium in the world, the Georgia Aquarium is over 550,000 square feet and holds more than 8 million gallons of water and many of thousands of fish. Its extraordinary marine life includes whale sharks, a mantaray, and even beluga whales and bottlenose dolphins. Hours of operation vary significantly, though it is open 365 days a year. Tickets are roughly $40/adult and $30/child (including tax) – though many discounts are available online through their website.
2. Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey, CA
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is famous all over the world for its efforts in marine life education and conservation. This Northern California aquarium sets the global standard for engaging the public in fun, informative, and engaging exhibits. Honored by many as one of the best in the country – including USA Today, Parents magazine, and coastalliving.com – thisaquarium is home to more than 500 different species of marine life. Parents and kids both love the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Splash Zone. Loaded with 45 interactive exhibits, this fun section is perfect for kids under nine. Adding to its intrigue, the aquarium is perched right on the Monterey Bay itself, which acts as a field laboratory for staff scientists and conservationists. Hours are generally 10am-5pm, with tickets ranging from $25 to $40 for children and adults, respectively.
3. National Aquarium – Baltimore, MD
Another aquarium that has earned spots on several ‘best of’ lists, the National Aquarium boasts over a dozen exhibits with more than600 species to watch and admire. The aquarium houses more than marine life, as it’s home to a rooftop rainforest, where visitors can search for exotic birds and other tree-dwelling creatures. Located in close proximity to other major attractions, and just a hop, skip, and a jump from the nation’s capitol, it’s no wonder that this aquarium attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year. Hours vary, but generally approximate 10am-5pm. Tickets cost between $25-$40. As with many of the aquariums on this list, the National Aquarium is anon-profit entity that uses admission profits to fund conservation, restoration, and rehabilitation efforts.
4. Shedd Aquarium – Chicago, IL
Another heavy-hitter on this list, the Shedd Aquarium is widely considered one of the best aquariums in the country and, perhaps, the world. It is a leader in conservation efforts, earning Director Ted Beattie the R. Marlins Perkins award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Built in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium is recognized for its longevity, its distinctive architecture and impressive collection of over 32,000 critters. The impressive three-level Oceanarium features dolphins, beluga whales, and more. Hours of operation generally hover around 9am-5pm, and prices vary based on availability, but are generally in line with the industry average of $25-$40.
5. Audubon Aquarium of America – New Orleans, LA
Though not comparable in size to some of the other facilities on this list, the Audubon Aquarium of America in New Orleans is still worth the visit if you find yourself in the Big Easy. The aquarium sustained substantial losses due to Hurricane Katrina, but reopened with critical acclaim shortly thereafter. Named one of the top five aquariums by USAToday, the facility features a Caribbean reef exhibit as well as a walk through tunnel. Most notably, the Audubon is a crucial stakeholder in regional environmental policy and acted as a steward for the community after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. These are the kinds of unassuming roles that aquariums can play in times of need, and the Audubon Aquarium of America has clearly blazed the trail. Support this aquarium by visiting between 10am-5pm Tuesday through Sunday for a price of $15-$25.
6. Seattle Aquarium – Seattle, WA
The Seattle Aquarium earned its spot on this list by being a leader in community outreach. This is primarily evident when visitors first arrive at the aquarium and notice a distinct lack of exhibit signs. Rather than invest in signs, the Seattle Aquarium employs extra staff members that are encouraged to act as guides through the building, engaging visitors and teaching about the wonders of marine life. Going beyond that, the Seattle Aquarium also trains volunteers to act as beach ambassadors for the aquarium, patrolling the beaches of the Puget Sound region and offering educational interactions for families up and down the coast. This sort of out-of-the box programming and outreach earns the Seattle Aquarium a nod as on of the “don’t miss” aquariums in the country. Admission runs $15-$25 and is generally open from 9:30am to 5pm.
7. Oregon Coast Aquarium – Newport, OR
Nestled in the cozy beach town of Newport, this aquarium gets the nod for being especially kid-friendly and affordable. Coming in at #9 on the parents.com list of best aquariums for kids, the site gets praise for including an outdoor component complete with trails, a butterfly garden, and an outdoor wave-crash exhibit. Most popular amongst young visitors is the Passages of the Deep exhibit, which stretches for 200ft in which the little ones are surrounded on all sides by marine life. Groups can rent out this portion of the facility for a one-of-a-kind salt-water experience. As noted, the cost of admission is just $12-$20 and the hours are 10am-5pm (closed Monday and Tuesday during the winter).
8. Aquarium of the Pacific – Long Beach, CA
This aquarium makes the list for balancing the need to provide quality community programming with the desire to contribute to global research on ocean health and marine ecology well-being. This Long Beach, California aquarium has plenty of notable exhibits (including the Shark Lagoon), exotic species, and hands-on exhibits for the kids. It also houses some leading conservation research and scholarly guest lectures. It also recently opened the Molina Animal Care Center, a LEED certified building that provides state-of-the-art rehabilitation for aquatic animals in need. Admission to this TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice award-winning facility will cost you $15-$30 and the facility is open 361 days a year, 9am-6pm. While you’re in Los Angeles, you can also check out these Los Angeles kid-friendly attractions.
9. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Gatlinburg, TN
With 10,000 creatures representing 350 different species, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies holds its own against some of the larger aquariums on this list. Beloved by those in the community, this Aquarium is often voted into fan-favorite aquarium rankings, and its easy to see why. Beyond the collection of sea creatures, this aquarium provides plenty of creative programming to engage the community. For an additional fee, you can pet a penguin, paint with a penguin, go on a behind-the-scenes tour, propose to your beloved, drop the kids off for a night out, and more. Tickets range from $10-$30 and though hours vary by season, the aquarium is open 365 days a year.
10. Florida Aquarium – Tampa Bay, FL
TripAdvisor.com and Parents Magazine have recognized The Florida Aquarium as one of the top aquariums. It is home to over 20,000 aquatic plants and animals separated into nine different exhibits. The Coral Reef exhibit is a stand-out, offering breathtaking panoramic views normally exclusive to deep-sea scuba divers. In fact, certified divers have the option of paying an additional fee for the opportunity to dive with the sharks in the tank. Kids love this Tampa Bay aquarium’s two-acre outdoor water adventure zone, and everybody loves the Goliath Grouper, the aquarium’s famously massive fish. While the facility houses some exotic animals from around the world, it aims to focus on marine life native to area. Tickets can be purchased online for $15-$25, and the aquarium is regularly open 9:30am-5pm.
11. Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga,TN
Another fan-favorite, this aquarium can be found in Chattanooga on the banks of the Tennessee River. Focusing on fresh-water diversity, this aquarium has some unique superlatives, including being the home of the more turtle species than any other U.S. zoo or aquarium. It’s also home to a 3-D IMAX theater, so be sure to plan time for that feature. For an added fee, aquarium-goers can take a trip on the River Gorge Explorer – a 2-hour river cruise guided by an aquarium naturalist. Otherwise, this aquarium is fun, educational, and approachable. General admission runs $15-$30, and hours of operation are 10am-7:30pm.
12. New England Aquarium – Boston, MA
With its prominent position on the Boston harbor, this conservation-focused aquarium has been able to develop relationships within the fishing industry to have a major impact on ocean health. This focus is abundantly clear in the programming offered by the aquarium such as ‘Sustainable Seafood’ and ‘Marine Animal Rescue’. Even the slogan is aligned with this mission: “Protecting the Blue Planet”. The New England Aquarium walks the conservation walk, but maintains balance by providing fun and interactive exhibits alongside its own IMAX theater. The aquarium also leverages its unique location and partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises to offer guests the opportunity to go whale watching! Guests are guaranteed a whale sighting or offered a complimentary ticket. Both the IMAX and Whale Watching Tours cost extra, but general admission runs $15-$30 and hours are 9am-5pm.
For smaller aquariums sometimes a small filter fits the bill, better than a larger external hang-on or canister filter. In those cases, a filter like the Aqueon Internal E-Series Filters provide a simple, but powerful option.
The small profile design simply attaches to the back of the aquarium and goes to work. The slim profile takes up less space than traditional internal filters (particularly the old school corner filters).
Replaceable filter cartridges make maintenance a snap and slide easily into the filter. A coarse pad and Bioholder grid also help facilitate bacteria growth to enhance biological filtration.
These types of filters are great for if you have a small tank as your main display, are looking for a simple tank for your office and need a simple filter, or even for setting up a temporary quarantine system.
You can’t beat the price either, as they start at around $8 and come in a 3 gallon Mini, a 10 gallon Small, a 20 gallon Medium and a 40 gallon Large version.
No doubt you’ve come across a tank or two in a local fish store (LFS) or box chain like PetSmart of neon fish under a black light. These bright fish are called as GloFish and are sure to capture your attention, but why exactly to they glow and are they just like other fish we see?
The short answer to this question is, yes they are similar to other fish we see in the aisles, but these unique fish are genetically modified to fluoresce. They are completely safe to own and make for a different look altogether from the typical aquarium setup.
Where did the story of the GloFish begin? In 1999 scientists in Singapore were looking for a way to detect toxins in polluted water ways. The thought was to see if these fish could be harnessed to change colors due to toxins in the water to protect the local communities.
GloFish started out when scientists took the green fluorescent protein gene found in jellyfish and were able to insert this gene into a zebrafish embryo. The end result was a fish that brightly fluorescent under both natural white light and ultraviolet light.
After this key breakthrough, the team uses a gene from coral to produce a line red fluorescent zebra fish and orange-yellow fluorescent zebra fish, by adding a variant of the jellyfish gene.
After this the scientists met Yorktown Technologies, a company from Austin, Texas. Yorktown saw the potential for this fish in the ornamental trade and bought the rights to market the fish giving birth to the “GloFish” brand.
The first fish release by Yorktown was the red variant of the zebrafish they dubbed the Starfire Red Danio in 2003. Today there are 12 lines of fish in the GloFish family, a combination of both species and colors.
Of course there was some hesitation on bringing genetically modified fish into the U.S. marketplace. After a few regulatory hurdles, we started to see the GloFish appear in stores here. A last major hurdle was cleared when California allowed the sale of GloFish in 2015.
Many were concerned that these fish could impact local populations of fish and create mutant strains. We have seen other invasive fish, like goldfish and Plecostomus, take over local environments devastating native populations of wildlife along the way.
However, these tropical strains would have a hard time surviving and if they did, the bright colors would make them hard to hide, making them a prime target for larger predators.
Today, there are six colors of GloFish including the original Starfire Red, others include Cosmic Blue, Electric Green, Galactic Purple, Sunburst Orange and Moonrise Pink. The fish species include danios, tetras and barbs.
Having a GloFish may not be for everyone, but they are quite striking under a blue or black light making them appealing to kids. Overall, the care of GloFish is just like other fish of the same species and make a great starter fish to work with.
There is also a full line of GloFish products made specifically for a bright and fun environment including aquariums (although any aquarium will do, you will just want to make sure you have a blue light to maximize the glow), lights and decor.