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There’s a new color Long-Fin Tetra GloFIsh

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GloFish just added another color to its line of long-fin tetras with Starfire Red making it five color options that are available.

If you recall, Tetra just announced the GloFish long-fin tetras in April 2018, where you had four colors to choose from: Electric Green, Sunburst Orange, Moonrise Pink and Galactic Purple. Now, the only color that is missing is the Cosmic Blue.

Tetra’s GloFish are flexible, so whether you’re looking to do a complete aquarium full of GloFish or are wanting to add just a pop of color to regular fish, the Glofish are a good option. Despite their color, the GloFish will share the same manerisms and behaviors as their regular counterparts.

Just keep in mind if you have some notorious fin nippers in your tank, they may try and nibble on these fishes longer fins.

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May the Force be with you! AT-AT is a great addition for Star Wars fans

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We may have missed this for our May 4th post (May the 4th be with you!) but still a great option to add some Star Wars touches to your tank. Now we aren’t always into the kitschy decorations (although they were what made fish more appealing when I was a kid), but sometimes they just make you smile and say “I want that!” like this AT-AT.

Made by Underwater Treasures, the AT-AT will turn your tank into a long-forgotten battle zone. Add a few plants and this could help make it look like a the Forest Moon of Endor. It even features a nice hole in the middle for your fish to swim through.

From what we can see online, their is a small and a large version. The large version is 12 x 4.5 x 10 in. and retails around $30 and we couldn’t find dimensions on the small version but that retails for around $6 so we’re assuming its only 4-6 high at best.

Tetra’s Stay Clean Technology helps keep your tank cleaner longer

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Tetra added something they call their Stay Clean technology to its Tetra Filter Cartridges and Bio-Bag Cartridges to help reduce buildup on your glass, bind smaller dirt particles for easier filtration and to stabilize pH.

The slow release tab is integrated into the filter cartridge and will slowly dissolve to help keep things looking better for longer. While this is no replacement to a regular maintenance program, it looks to help eliminate some of the negative side effects commonly experienced.

The Stay Clean tab is part of the medium and large filter cartridges and bio-bag systems in both a ready-to-use version and one that requires you to put it together. The assembly starts with putting the tab in a case in the middle of the filter assembly, putting the floss sleeve on and filling with carbon.

If you need precision measurements, try a digital spoon

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There are times where you might need to measure something by weight in a small amount and busting out a scale just seems so blah…this is where a digital spoon comes in. We’ve seen these from AquaMedic and Seachem and they are quite handy.

The premise is simple. The spoon actually has an integrated scale system that can measure a surprisingly large amount (for a spoon). The Seachem Digital spoon can measure up to 300g in 0.1 increments.

Seachem also has a LCD display to show results in either grams or ounces. This can even be switched with the push of a button, is corrosion resistant and colored to resist stains.

The nice thing about the spoon is the ability to either measure dry or liquid supplements or chemicals pretty easily. Plus they really don’t break the bank. Seachem offers theirs for around $20 but you can also get cheaper “kitchen” spoons online. They may not last as long, but it is always an option.

New Life Spectrum food made some interesting changes recently

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Last year New Life Spectrum announced it was making some changes to its food and for those of you were wondering what was new and what exactly New Life Spectrum Naturox series was, we have an answer. In this video released recently, the company discusses the changes.

First off? Squid. They added squid along with whole antarctic krill for both the high protein content, rich omega-3 and no bones to content with.

Another positive change was to cut down on starch by using bentonite clay as a binder. Besides cutting down on starches, bentonite clay has been used in aquariums and koi ponds for its other benefits. The levels are probably too low for this type of dosing, but good to know they made this switch. Additionally, they added ginger along with garlic to boost immunity and overall health of fish.

Probably the biggest change is the switch to naturox, a natural plant-based preservative. This replaces ethoxyquin that has a controversial reputation in the pet food industry because of its use in making rubber and some pesticides. Although the company notes ethoxyquin is considered safe by the FDA, going natural just gives great peace of mind. You can even read their study on naturox if you are interested.

Ditch the batteries with Fluval ProVac handheld gravel cleaner

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The Fluval ProVac handheld gravel cleaner ditches batteries for a power cord, helping deliver more power for longer without draining batteries.

Battery operated gravel cleaners are handy for quick cleanups, especially snagging detritus from smaller tanks, but running on batteries means there usually isn’t much power or longevity — despite advertising 3-4 hours of use.

The Fluval ProVac may require plugging in, but it also ensures you have enough juice and power to get the job done. The nice thing about tools like this, is it doesn’t require much effort and eliminates having to do a water change with a traditional siphon. Hopefully the convenience means you’ll take more time to get rid of waste that causes water issues before its an issue.

Like other handhelds, the water is drawn up the filter stick and through a dual-density mesh filter chamber and back out into the aquarium. There is also an LED light to help you spot the waste, which is super handy when you either remove the light or it gets blocked while cleaning.

However, convenience isn’t cheap. The Fluval ProVac retails right around $70, about $20-$30 more than its own battery powered cleaner and other competitors.

GloFish adds long-fin Tetras in four colors

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Tetra just introduced its latest addition to the GloFish family with long-fin tetras that come in four stunning colors — Electric Green,  Sunburst Orange, Moonrise Pink and Galactic Purple.

Unlike colorful fish from the past that actually were injected, painted or dyed to provide the added flair, GloFish are genetically modified to fluoresce. The company continues to add more fish to the line including the rainbow shark.

As these fish are designed for community tanks and easy integration and care, the long-fin tetra are good options to mix with your other GloFish or other community fish.

GloFish are no different behaviorally than the other long-fin tetras. Since these fish have long fins, if you are adding this to a community tank, make sure you don’t have fish that are bad at nipping fins.

Overall feeding and care will be the same as other fish. We expect these should be available at your GloFish retailers soon.

Cobalt Aquatics Li-Ion Air Pumps Recharge Over USB

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Cobalt Aquatics is launching three lithium-ion powered air pumps including one with a battery backup. The three pumps will be charged with a USB plug, compatible with a computer USB port or any USB charging plug and are quiet and powerful enough to use everyday.

The exciting pump is the Cobalt USB Rescue Air that can operate in a constant flow mode and an alternating mode that cycles 10 second on, 10 second off. The sweet part about this is it features an rechargeable li-ion battery and a backup battery pack. With the battery pack, you’ll get up to 72 hours of operation in alternating mode.

There are also two standard Cobalt USB li-ion pumps in one line that features a single and a double port model In continuous mode, you’ll get about 16 hours of operations and in alternating mode, you’ll see somewhere between 24-28 hours.

A big selling point with this is you can use it as an everyday pump and when it detects a power outage, it will kick into battery mode. When the power comes back on, the pump reverts back to line power and recharges the battery.

This is great as you don’t have to worry about having D-cell batteries on hand or having to manually switch these on. If you’re away from home when the power goes out, this can be the difference between keeping things alive or suffering a catastrophic loss. Since they are quiet and powerful, you won’t have to compromise security for performance.

The new Rescue Air pump with USB retails for just under $50.

CaribSea Samurai Soil for planted and shrimp tanks

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CaribSea Samurai Soil is designed exclusively for tanks with shrimp and live plants. Samurai Soil hits all the right pH and mineral requirements of these sensitive critters and plants.

The company states this product won’t turn muddy, compact or crumble like some other types of substrates. CaribSea also spiked it with its Flora-Spore additive that includes mycorrhizal fungi, that is linked to enhances root development. It also includes other biological additives to help with cycling and establishing a bacterial filter.

CaribSea Samuarai Soil is a relatively new product and some early reviews do note it has a red color that may wash out red fish, shrimp or plants. For aquascaping it seems to take the plants well and stay in place. One other knock was the look of the beads, with some wanting something more natural.

Overall, if you have tried shrimp or plants and had difficulty with previous substrates, you might want to give this a try. A 9 lb. container retails around $18 or so.

Tropical Soft Line Africa Carnivore

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Tropical Soft Line Africa Carnivore is a sinking chip food for your carnivorous and omnivorous African cichlids. You can guess by the name this food is soft vs. flake or hard pellet foods.

Designed for the fish that eat meat, Tropical Soft Line Africa Carnivore uses herring and insects to deliver high quality-protein and polyunsaturated fatty acids. On top of this, it also contains invertebrates like shrimp meal, krill meal and calanus meal – also noted for protein, minerals and vitamins.

The food also contains contains garlic and wheat germ. The food also claims to increase coloration, overall health and encourages spawning.

Online review seem favorable and these foods are starting to make their way deeper into the overall US market. A 1.83 oz. container retails around $15 USD and a 4.9 oz. container retails around $25 USD.