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Cobalt Aquatics adds six new filter media perfect for freshwater aquariums


Cobalt Aquatics has added nine types of new filter media recently, six that are designed for use in freshwater systems. These include two types of activated carbon and four resin-type media that are rechargeable.

Cobalt Aquatics Total Nitrate
Cobalt Aquatics Total Nitrate is a rechargeable high-capacity anion exchange resin perfect for removing nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, and metals from freshwater and saltwater aquariums. Made of highly durable resin, Total Nitrate can be regenerated many times, increasing value and long-term use. Will not release bound materials when exhausted.

Cobalt Aquatics Total Organics
Cobalt Aquatics Total Organics is an extremely high strength organic removal resin designed to remove dissolved organics from freshwater and saltwater aquariums without altering pH, KH or GH. Stronger that activated carbon, it will effectively remove organics from the water, proving unmatched color removal, odor reduction and clarity in all aquariums where space for equipment is limited. Made of highly durable resin, Total Organics can be regenerated many times, increasing value and long-term use.

Cobalt Aquatics Total Softener
Cobalt Aquatics’ Total Softener is a rechargeable hardness removing resin for lowering hardness in tropical fish and ornamental shrimp tanks. Excellent for use in canister or in-tank filters, it can also be used in dedicated media reactors or to treat water in large volume storage containers. In addition to water softening, Total Softener removes ammonium present in acidic water to help reduce nitrite and nitrate production. Made of highly durable resin, Total Softener can be regenerated many times, increasing value and long-term use. Will not release bound material when exhausted. ONLY FOR USE IN FRESHWATER.

Cobalt Aquatics Total Freshwater
Cobalt Aquatics’ Total Freshwater is a powerful, rechargeable organix removing and ion exchange resin that is a broad spectrum water purification media for freshwater aquariums. A powerful combination of Total Organics, Total Nitrate and Total Softener, this is our strongest all-in-one freshwater media blend. By removing dissolved organics, Total Freshwater removes colors and odors. Combined with powerful ammonium, nitrite, nitrate, phosphate and metal removing resins, it is a complete stand-alone chemical filtration system. Will not release bound materials when exhausted.

Cobalt Aquatics Super Pellet
Cobalt Aquatics’ Super Pellet is a premium grade pelletized carbon with higher pollutant removal strength than competing pelletized carbons. Perfect for use in freshwater and saltwater aquariums; it’s ideal for canister filters and other types of filters where water flow is important. The large grain size reduces debris build up which extends the life of the media. Readily removes dissolved organics, colors and odors.

Quick Acting Granulated Carbon
Cobalt Aquatics Ultra Carbon is a premium grade, low density, high capacity granulated bituminous carbon with superior removal strength that rapidly removes dissolved organics, colors and odors. It’s perfect for use in canister filters or dedicated media reactors in either fresh or saltwater aquariums. Also ideal for quick removal of common aquarium medications.

All six products are available in multiple sizes to suit your application and needs. Prices are in line with other similar media on the market.


Give your fish a force field with Fritz Aquatics Mardel Herbal Treatments


Fritz Aquatics Mardel Herbal Treatments are a way to provide a natural force field of sorts for your fish by repairing and strengthening their natural slime coat and battling certain maladies as well.

There are three products under this umbrella Protoshield, Parashield and BacterShield that are all natural, herbal bio-adhesive supplements to repair and strengthen the fish’s natural slime coat. Why does this matter? A healthy slime coat acts as the first line of defense for fish against bacterial and fungal infections.

The natural oils are combined with a polymer that acts as a slime coat and carries the oils to the body of the fish. A protein solubilizer helps get the oils into the cell structure of the skin to do its magic and uses what Fritz calls biospheres technology to protect the key ingredients to ensure they maintain contact and can get to work.

Fritz Aquatics Mardel Herbal Protoshield
Uses patented film forming matrix  using proven, natural oils and extracts for the relief of unwelcome protozoan parasites. Common protozoan infections include Protozoan Velvet,
Protozoan Parasites (Trichodina sp.), and ick.

Active Ingredients: Chitosan, D-Limonene, Manuka Oil, Neem Oil

Fritz Aquatics Mardel Herbal Parashield
Fritz Aquatics Mardel Herbal Treatments Parashield targets evidence of parasites like ick, velvet or other parasites.

Active Ingredients: Capsaicin Oil, Chitosan, D-Limonene, Manuka and Neem Oil

Fritz Aquatics Mardel Herbal Bactershield
Fritz Aquatics Mardel Herbal Bactershield helps protects against bacterial and fungal infections. It is similar to the other products, but keys in on common bacterial and fungal infections like fin and tail rot, columnaris (Bacterial Body Fungus) or other fungal infections.


Active Ingredients: Chitosan, Cinnamon Oil, D-Limonene, Geranium Oil, Pine Oil, Rosemary Oil

All three are available online or at your favorite retailers and cost around $11-12 per bottle.


TetraPRO Betta Crisps are another option for your bettas


Tetra adds another option for bettas with the new TetraPRO Betta Crips. Recently, Tetra also released Worm Shaped Bites.

What’s the difference with this food? Although there isn’t much online, the new Betta Crisps is a blend of tiny, floating, colorful crisps is an ideal diet for bettas. The advanced clear water formula helps maintain your tank’s water clarity. The formula’s ingredients include a natural color enhancer.

Sold in an 0.81 oz canister that retails for around $2-$3.

Aqueon Shrimp Pellets are a treat for your bottom dwellers


The new Aqueon Shrimp Pellets are a sinking food for loaches, catfish, and other bottom-feeding fish. The pellets are designed to be tasty with premium ingredients to attract fish, support a healthy immune system, bring out fishes’ true colors, and provide the essentials for proper growth and vitality.

Aqueon Shrimp Pellets also contain added vitamins, minerals, and trace ingredients to support overall health and help your fish thrive. These tasty, sinking fish food pellets are formulated so fish use more of what they eat and create less waste. When fed as directed, Aqueon Shrimp Pellets will not cloud water.

You can grab a 6.5 oz. container for around $3 from your favorite retailer to give it a go and see if you fish react well to this new food.

New Cobalt Aquatics fresh and natural Betta food


Cobalt Aquatics released a new food just for Bettas, the new Cobalt Aquatics Fresh and Natural Betta Food. These 1.3mm floating pellets are not only made from fresh and natural ingredients, they contain both probiotics and prebiotics.

The food is primarily based on sword prawns, but also includes silkworm chrysalis, squid, Australian spirulina, garlic and spinach. Each serving delivers a minimum of 41% of crude protein.

The should be making their way to retailers and should be in line with other similar products as far as pricing.


Seeing “Red” — All red plant aquarium is awesome


When you think about a planted aquarium, you tend to think about lush green plants. But this Danish-style tank that used all red plants is such a fun departure from green, we had to share.

The video posted on the Dannerle Facebook page includes plant from their catalogue including the Ludwigia glandulosa perennis, Ludwigia repens Rubin, Cryptocoryne sp. Flamingo, and Ammannia praetermissa.

Coupled with just the right amount of wood, the plants make an inviting scene that draw your eye into the tank. This entire setup is using Dennerle’s products including the Dennerle Scapers Tank, enjoy!

Danish Style Aquarium (100% red plants) made by Dennerle

Red plants are so beautiful ! And there are so many different shades that even if you use only coloured plants there will always be some contrast. 😉 In this Scaper's Tank, you can see : Ludwigia glandulosa perennis, Ludwigia repens Rubin, Cryptocoryne sp. Flamingo, Ammannia praetermissa.#dennerle #dennerleusa #redisthenewgreen #danishstyleaquarium #redplants #aquarium #aquascaping

Posted by Dennerle on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sweep the snails away with Dennerle SnailCatcher


Snails may look like a helpful addition to your aquarium, but the problem is they like to breed — fast! The Dennerle SnailCatcher is an easy way to sweep these nuisance snails off your aquarium walls.

Snails often come along as hitchhikers on live plants and feed on algae, fish waste and uneaten food. Sure getting rid of algae is great, but they will continue to multiply to the point where they’ll take over your tank. There are a few different ways to get rid of snails in the aquarium, from trapping to adding predators, but it most likely will take a combination of methods to get things in check.

The Dennerle SnailCatcher is a rolling snail retrieval tool with a telescoping handle to make it easier to catch the snails. At the end of the handle is the catcher which looks like a silicon rubber sweeper — similar to a manual vacuum — that plucks the snails off the glass and catches them in a holding area. The catcher swivels, about 90 degrees or so, allowing you to better guide the tool along the glass.

Once you’re done, just empty the collection bin and store the tool. Keeping this up daily (or a few times a day if you have a real problem) along with a snail trap should help rid your tank of unwanted snails.


Sera O-Nip press on tabs


For anyone that’s seen new fish foods that you stick on the glass to watch your fish pluck away at the food, these aren’t entirely “new”. As they say, everything old is new again and the stick-on food trend was originally started by the Sera O-Nip Treat Tablet line.

Sera knew a good thing years ago and combined their use of quality food with a novel way to feed. They take “irresistible delicacies” like bloodworms, gammarus shrimp, tubifex worms, and more, then compress it all into tablet form. You just dip the Sera O-Nip Treat Tablets in the water and gently press against the glass of the aquarium, then sit back and watch your fish nibble away.

Unlike some of the newer pastes and gels, there is no mixing or cooking involved — just pop one out and stick it on!

In fact, if you read the reviews, hobbyists get a great feeding reaction from even the most timid of feeders. Since it doesn’t dissolve fast, it is also a great bait for snail traps.

A 24-tab container runs around $4 or less, a 100-tab container runs around $12 and a 200-tab can runs around $22.

Ocean Nutrition Cichlid food options


Most of the food available today is high-quality and nutritious, but since our finned friends have a variety of needs, a “one food for all” approach isn’t the best long-term strategy. Case in point with cichlids and if you’re looking for some quality food options designed for these fish, check out two options from Ocean Nutrition — Cichlid Omni Pellets and Cichlid Vegi Pellets.

Cichlids in the wild in South America and Africa are accustomed to eating what is around them and some herbivores (like Lake Mbuna cichlids) have specialized intestinal tracts and if they aren’t fed the proper food, it can result in health issues.

The Ocean Nutrition Omni pellets are designed for the omnivore requirements of carnivorous and omnivorous cichlids. The Ocean Nutrition Vegi pellets are a great option for both herbivorous and omnivorous cichlids.

The soft pellets will sink, without clouding up the water, letting it mix in with the water allowing all the cichlids to get a nibble in. They come in both small 1.2mm and medium 3.1mm pellet sizes in 7 oz. containers. The company recommends the medium size pellets for fish from 4 in. and up. If flake food is more your style, they also come in 2.5 oz. containers of flake food. They typically retail for under $5 and are highly rated by fellow hobbyists.

Mixing both up is a great option if you have omnivore and herbivore cichlids and the Vegi pellets are a great option if you keep Lake Mbuna cichlids.




Lumhi ASTA-120 LED pendant light for planted tanks


The Lumhi ASTA-120 LED pendant for planted tanks is a 50W LED lamp that has decent CRI and pushes out 6000 lumen and had a pricetag under $100.

We were browsing products on Amazon when we came across this light and were surprised to see a 4-star review for a cheap import. The light features a multichip LED with 144 individual diodes on board.

According to the page, it has a 180 degree lens with a tighter 90 degree secondary optic for focused depth. It comes mounted on an adjustable and rustproof gooseneck and is fully adjustable.

The light is pretty small with a 4.4 in. diameter body and length of 3.86 in. with enough spread for a 24 in. long tank. They also note this is modular, so you could theoretically upgrade the LED in the future.