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My Aquarium Box adds new Planted Tank subscription


My Aquarium Box, a subscription service that delivers a box of aquarium-related goodes each month, just announced a Planted Tank Box option.

For those of you who have planted tanks, this box comes once a month and includes more woods, natural products, plant fertilizers, aquascaping tools and supplies, and less fish foods.

The discovery box model is a great way for aquarium companies to share samples and products to let you try them out to see what works for you. They come in a variety of options with a month-to-month box costing $29.99 and three, six and 12 month options available giving you some cost savings.

[via My Aquarium Box]

PE Flakes by PE Mysis are tasty dry food for a variety of fish


PE Mysis are one of the most popular frozen foods and the company behind them recently added new dry foods to its lineup with its PE Flakes. According to the company, PE Flakes get that great energetic feeding response and is a nutritionally complete food that will help enhance coloration.

The main ingredient is PE Mysis that is harvested in a way that protects the integrity of the Mysis, making sure none of the nutrition is lost in the process. PE Mysis are naturally gut-loaded with phytoplankton and zooplankton and are loaded with high levels of rich proteins, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and powerful antioxidants.

PE Flakes come in varieties for goldfish, cichlids and a general freshwater formula and are available in a 30 and 50g version retailing for around $7-9 depending on the size and formula.

Evolution Aqua The Aquascaper Complete Liquid Plant Food


The Aquascaper Complete Liquid Plant Food is one of the new products in a line from Evolution Aqua designed for planted tanks. The Complete Liquid Plant Food contains all the micro and macro nutrients necessary for lush aquatic plant growth, including Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (NPK). No other additional plant food supplements are necessary.

Although it sounds advanced, the Aquascaper Complete Liquid Plant Food is designed to be single dose and easy to use depending on your needs. The company splits dosing into three categories – low, medium and high.

  • Low – aquariums with low lighting and no CO2 or liquid carbon, dosage is 1ml per day per 50 liters
  • Med – aquariums with low-moderate lighting and liquid carbon, dosage is 2ml per day per 50 liters
  • High – aquariums with moderate-high lighting and CO2 gas injection, dosage is 5ml per day per 50 liters.

Aquascaper Complete Liquid Plant Food is available in 500ml bottles and retails around £12.95 (around $18 USD).

EHEIM aquastyle nano aquarium


The EHEIM aquastyle is a nano aquarium with a simple, streamlined look. The cube-style aquarium holds 9 gallons (35 liters) features rounded corners for a clean look.

Each aquastyle includes an efficient 53 GPH power corner filter and high output PowerLED light. The PowerLED light has 81 LEDs using 7W  that generates 1200 lumens at 6000K to simulate bright daylight, just what you need to put together a fun community tank, planted tank or other biotope.

The kit incluces the aquarium, cover, PowerLED and bracket, corner filter (with sponge and media including Eheim Substrat Pro bio-filter media). The tank measures around measures 14 x 12 x 12 in. high. There is also an optional Aquastyle Stand to tie it all together.

The EHEIM aquastyle retails for around $150 and the stand around $130.



Meet the GloFish Sharks


We are truly fascinated with GloFish and were excited to see one of our favorite fish, the Rainbow Shark, gets the “Glo” treatment with two new colors of the same species with the new GloFish Sunburst Orange Shark and Galactic Purple Shark.

They appear to be developed from Modified off of the Rainbow Shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum), a species of Southeast Asian freshwater fish that is from the minnow family named for its resemblance to a shark.

These are great fish to add to your other GloFish including the Danios, Tetras and Barbs already in the GloFish family. As bottom feeders, they also add more color to the bottom of the tank.

As with the other GloFish, the care is the same, no special food or treatment is needed, but specially designed lighting make the colors “pop”.

Pure Water Pebbles Bio-Activ Live African Cichlid Aquarium Substrate


Pure Water Pebbles Bio-Activ Live African Cichlid Aquarium Substrate is a great option for creating an African rift lake environment for your fish, plus getting the benefits of live bacteria to boost and kickstart the biological filter.

The unique look of this aquarium substrate was designed specifically to simulate the bed of an African rift lake, but can also be used for other aquascapes as well. The substrate range in size from 1.2 to 1.77 mm for the white and black granules and 6-8 mm for the larger “rift lake” granules.

This also uses the company’s Bio-Activ nutrient-enriched material, that contains live bacteria (heterrotophic, autotrophic and chemolithotrophic bacteria) that quickly stabilizes while aiding in eliminates nitrogenous waste. The substrate also helps maintain a proper pH level maintain proper (pH 7.8-8.5) and buffering capacity. The natural aquarium substrate also helps keep essential inorganic elements up to par, helping with overall quality.

A 20 pound bag retails around $25.

New Tetra Cleaning Bacteria keeps your aquarium cleaner


Tetra Cleaning Bacteria is the latest addition to the company’s water care regimen as part of the company’s Essential Water Care line.

Made for monthly use, the Tetra Cleaning Bacteria works to keep your aquarium and gravel clean. It contains live bacteria with a dual function to reduce sludge and boost biological filter performance to remove ammonia and nitrite. It is designed to be used monthly.

The Essential Water Care line is a 3-step process you can do every month, to create a healthy and thriving environment. Basically it is: Condition. Clean. Balance.

This is step 2 of the essential care routine. Clean your tank by replenishing good bacteria that work to break down toxins within your aquarium. Cleaning bacteria will also clean your gravel, giving your aquarium that clean, healthy glow you had when you started.

An 8 oz bottle retails around $10.

JBJ Bottom-Lit Betta Aquarium Review


The JBJ Bottom-Lit Betta aquarium is a neat looking small vessel for betta fish. Its a .75 gallon tank that comes in blue, red, green or black that features a battery operated color-changing LED light in the base.

The light shines up through the tank and is reflected off of clear gem-like acrylic substrate. It also features a curved dome that covers the tank but has some gaps on the side to allow air to flow through.

One nice thing with this tank, is its a thick durable acrylic that is very clear. Unlike other tanks that are a cheap, thin layer of plastic that can easily crack. The LED needs 3 AAA batteries and features a switch to turn it on and off.

We used this one to house a betta for a few weeks before we decided to opt for a larger tank. Overall, this is a cute starter tank, but after a while, you’ll probably want to convert to a larger tank.

Eheim vivalineLED is a nice, modern looking aquarium


EHEIM vivalineLED is a new freshwater aquarium that comes in four different sized and a variety of colors. The company notes, “its straightforwardness more likely reminds to Bauhaus architecture, unfussy and timelessly modern.”

The new EHEIM vivalineLED comes in 126, 150, 180 or 240 liters sizes and is a complete kit featuring EHEIM LED lighting, cabinet, filter, heater and biological filter media. The 150 liter aquarium stands out of the series of EHEIM vivalineLED combinations by its design – with 60 cm of width and 50 cm depth it is almost square.

There are three main designer colors of cabinets — anthracite, oak grey and white. To help make sure the tank fits in with your interior design, there is a replaceable decorative board creating a variety of color options. The decorative boards come in trendy pops of color like bordeaux, candy, lemon, sky and urban – a lighter grey tone.

The energy-efficient LED lighting is adjustable to fit your needs and spread and includes the Eheim filter and heater.

We haven’t seen the new vivalineLED tanks in the US yet, but they are available in Europe and the UK and retail from around £340.00 to £499.00.

Activ-Betta Bio-Activ Live Aqueous Solution Betta Water creates balanced environment for bettas


Beneficial bacteria in products like additives or sand is a good way to provide denitrifying bacteria to turbo charge your nitrogen cycle and now there is a way to do this during a water change. Activ-Betta Bio-Activ Live Aqueous Solution Betta Water is a water that contains denitrifying bacteria and trace elements to provide a strong boost for your betta fish.

According to the company, it delivers “the only complete, instantly balanced and safe environment for your little finned friend.” The water contains no chlorines or chloramines and cycles instantly so there’s no waiting–just change the water and add fish.

While this is geared towards bettas that are commonly sold with smaller tanks with little to no filters, this could also be a handy way to skip the tapwater and chlorine and chloramine removers and go straight for the bottle of water. For optimum results, Activ-Betta recommends changing your betta’s water every 8-11 days.

The water comes in 1 liter bottles that retail for just under $4.