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Fluval Mini Master Test Kit

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The new Fluval Mini Master Test Kit has everything you’ll need to ensure you can accurately measure they key parameters of your aquarium.

The kit contains tests for testing of PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, and Phosphate. Designed to make testing and reading pretty straightforward and easy, allowing you to be able to have better understanding of your water quality.

The kit contains 1 bottle of pH test reagent, 3 reagents for testing ammonia, three reagents for nitrate testing and nitrites along with a pipette and two glass test tubes and instruction books.

The Fluval Mini Master Test Kit retails around $50.

Tuck the light away with Marineland Hidden LED Light Sticks

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Marineland Hidden LED Light Sticks are a way to add light to a tank without having a big old lighting fixture placed on top or hanging over the tank. The light sticks are fully submersible and designed to be attached to the edge of the aquarium frame.

The in-frame mounting allows you to see the light without seeing the fixture and to help with the clean look, an integrated cord routing helps keep that neatly tucked away as well. You can position the light by using the directional adjustment dial on the side.

 

Each LED Stick features White & Blue and Blue Only light modes and comes in three sizes, an 8 in., 13 in. and 20 in. version. The 8 in. and 13 in. sticks include one light, but the 20 in. version includes two 10 in. sticks that connect via a power cord.

The Marineland Hidden LED sticks retail for $24.99 for the 8 in. version designed for 10g tanks, the 13 in. retails for $29.99 and designed for 20g ad the 20 in. retails for $34.99 and designed for 55g tanks.

Get your little ones hooked with Tetra’s “My First Aquarium”

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Many of us got our start in the hobby from childhood and while it can be a bit expensive to go all out for a system, only to find your kids lose interest, Tetra’s My First Aquarium is a good option to get started without breaking the bank.

This perfect starter kit is an 18 liter glass aquarium (just under 5 US gallons) that has everything you’ll need to get started including the tank, fun background, a fake plant, gravel, light and lid, and Tetra EasyCrystal filter with two cartridges.

It also includes a guide to keeping an aquarium designed for kids and features samples of with TetraMin food and Tetra AquaSafe water conditioner to get you started. The only think you may need is a small aquarium heater if you plan on keeping tropical fish.

Tetra’s “My First Aquarium” is available in the UK and retails for around £34.99.

 

 

R2 Target Fish Feeder helps feed your shy fish

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If you have some shy fish, or possibly some aggressive eaters that leave the rest behind, the R2 Target Fish Feeder might be a good option. This R2 target feeder wand has a little pocket you can put your flake, pellet or frozen food in, position it where you want to go and push the button to release.

The R2 comes in a 16 in. length but has a 7 in. extension to make it just under 24 in. for deeper tanks. The thumb release button makes it easy to get in position without losing the entire payload. Just get it in the area you want — near a cave or rock or anywhere your fish are hanging out — and push to feed.

After a bit of practice, you can get the chamber to open part way to let out a little bit of food at a time.

The R2 Target Fish Feeder retails around $20.

Neo Air Aquarium Air Pump Mini and Midi

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The Neo Air Aquarium Air Pump Mini by the UK’s interpret aquatics is a small, quiet and discreet air pump for small or nano aquariums and anyplace you need to add a little bit of air to your water.

The Neo Air Mini gives you air without a diaphragm, which is pretty cool, by using ‘electrical oscillation technology’ for ultra quiet and maintenance free pump. In fact, it can drive a 1 x 1 in. airstone while being able to tuck it away out of the way.

There are multiple ways to mount these. You can tuck them away inside an quarium cabinet, stuck to the side of the glass or acrylic with a suction cup or just placed out in the open. They are pretty small, and modern looking, unlike the traditional air pumps making it a good option for small, modern cubes.

These are available in the UK and we’re hoping to see them in North America shortly. They are available in two sizes, the Mini for tanks up to 25 liters and the Midi for tanks up to 50 liters and retail for around £17.99 (around $24 USD) for the Mini and £23.99 (around $32 USD) for the Midi.

My Aquarium Box adds new Planted Tank subscription

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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”.