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Evolution Aqua Aquascaper the perfect blank canvas

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The Evolution Aqua Aqucraper line is a modern looking aquarium for those looking for the ideal blank canvas for a planted aquarium. The Aquascaper was developed in collaboration with George Farmer, one of the UK’s top aquascapers and feature low-iron, super white glass and minimal, clear silicone joints.

The Aquascaper aquariums come in six sizes and you can buy just the tank or you can add their sleek looking cabinets that give you an additional 16 color options to choose from. If you do get the cabinet, they featured side panel cutouts for filter hoses, CO2 tubing and lighting and other power cables.

These may not be a beginner buy, but those looking for a sleek and simple aquarium with the flexibility to add a luxe looking stand to integrate the aquarium into your design, then look no further. The six models are currently available in the UK in these sizes:

• AS300 – 300mm (l) x 300mm (w) x 300mm (h)
• AS600 – 600mm (l) x 500mm (w) x 360mm (h)
• AS900 – 900mm (l) x 500mm (w) x 450mm (h)
• AS1200 – 1200mm (l) x 600mm (w) x 450mm (h)
• AS1500Plus – 1500mm (l) x 600mm (w) x 550mm (h)
• AS1800 – 1800mm (l) x 600mm (w) x 550mm (h)

For reference the AS 1500 Plus aquarium and stand retail for £1,399.

Own a Fluval FX Canister Filter? This Fluval FX Gravel Vac is a Must Have

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Cleaning your aquarium gravel is always such a chore breaking out the vac and slogging buckets, but if you own a Fluval FX4 and FX6 canister filter then the Fluval FX Gravel Vac is a must have. It simply attaches to your canister filter and gives you a simple and painless way to keep your gravel clean.

Since the canister filter powers the suction, there are no buckets to haul, priming ball (or the old fashioned mouth method) to get the water going. It uses a recirculation design to pull water from the tank, through a disposable filtration bag traps and then through the water filter, and back into the aquarium through the outlet nozzle. The addition of the inline filter, helps keep the excess detritus and waste out of the filter and keeps your system cleaner for longer.

Sadly this will only work if you have the Fluval FX4 High Performance Canister Filter or FX6 High Performance Canister Filter. It is a great design that should be a part of all canister filter designs. The Fluval FX Gravel Vac retails for around $35 USD.

New Skimz QuietEco pumps come in six sizes

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The Skimz QuietEco pumps are a new line of submersible circulation pumps by the Singapore-based company. Designed to be affordable and energy efficient, the pump range has options for flow rates from 600 to 4,000 liters per hour.

All six ceramic shaft pumps feature adjustable flow control, adapters to connect flexible hoses on barbed fittings and come with a one-year warranty.

Skimz QuietEco aquarium pump has six different models: QE0.6, QE0.8, QE1.2, QE2.0, QE3.0, QE4.0 and range in price from around $10 USD to $45 USD. The smallest pump, the Skimz QE 0.6, consumes 12 watts of power and the largest, the Skimz QE 4.0 uses 75W.

Boyd’s adds Chemi-Pure Green to line up

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Boyd Enterprises Chemi-Pure Green is one of the newer products in the well-known Chemi-Pure line of all-in-one filter media. The combination of high-grade activated carbon and ion exchange resin media is designed specifically for freshwater planted aquariums, hence the “green” part of the name.

If you tank is experienced water clarity issues due to tannins, toxins, dissovled organics, residual medications or have odor issues, you might want to give this a try. While it doesn’t replace basic maintenance like water changes, it helps reduce the things you don’t want, while helping stabilize pH and maintain macro-nutrient levels. This extra polishing can help clear things up and even enhance light penetration.  

What’s nice about Chemi-Pure is it comes in a ready-to-use nylon mesh bag that makes it simple to just add to the system as needed. There are two sizes, a 5.5 oz. canister to treat a 35 gallon aquarium and an 11 oz. canister to tread a 75 gallon aquarium.

Cobalt Aquatics Microvue3 20 Nano Aquarium Kit is a Nice Little Tank

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If you are short on space but want an aquarium that won’t set you back too much, check out the Cobalt Aquatics Microvue3 20 Nano Aquarium Kit. Don’t let the small size deter you as the stylish 5.3-gallon offers hobbyists of all skill levels the foundation to create a cool and inviting stylish aquarium display.

The sleek and modern design is a great eye catcher alone, not add a few plants and some small fish, and you have a stylish miniature aquatic world. The 5.3-gallon glass cube measures in at 10 x 10 x 11 in. and the kit comes complete with:

  • A crystal clear glass cube aquarium with clear silicone sealant
  • Clearvue 20 80gph internal filter
  • 6W 380 Lumen Full Spectrum LED Grow Light
  • Glass top and a foam under pad

The Cobalt Aquatics Microvue3 20 Nano Aquarium Kit retails for around $120.

5 cool freshwater starter fish

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Looking for some starter fish, but tired of the normal guppy, danio, or molly options? Whether you are new to the hobby, getting back in or just looking from some cool looking fish for an easy-to-keep community tank, then this is the post for you.

What makes a good starter and community fish? They need to be peaceful and get along with others, they should be hardy and tolerant of a variety of conditions if things get bad or you forget a water change. What makes a cool fish? Something that has cool coloration, a unique shape and just looks cool in your aquarium.

There are plenty of options, but here are 5 of our favorite cool freshwater fish for beginners or experts alike.

Dwarf Guoarmi

If you are looking for something colorful, with a unique shape the dwarf gourami is a great choice. The dwarf gourami is actually part of a group of fish called labyrinth fish that breathe air from the surface of the water through a lung-like labyrinth organ. What captures your attention is the bright orange-red body with turquoise vertical stripes that extend into the fin. The dwarf moniker means they don’t grow as large as some other gourami species, growing up to about 2 in. long. They are peaceful fish that make it a great addition to a smartly designed community tank. Just keep in mind that some other brightly colored or larger fish can sometimes cause males to become a bit aggressive as. Peaceful, small schooling fish and most bottom dwelling fish are great options for tankmates.

Kuhli Loach

The Kuhli loach, also known as Coolie loach, is a small eel-shaped fish that shares similar striping to clown loaches, with a salmon/yellow body with brown stripes, but they don’t grow as large reaching lengths from 3-5 in. The fun little fish is a bottom feeder with its mouth facing down with three pairs of bushy barbels adorning it that make it look like a bit of a moustache. These fish are peaceful and hardy with minimal impact on the overall bioload compared to other loach. You can keep one, but they prefer to be kept in schools of three or more. They may hide around rocks, but they are known to be playful when they are out and hang out in java ferm. One thing to consider, these little guys can be escape artists, so make sure to keep the tank covered at all.

Panda Cory Cat

Cory cats, part of the Corydoras family, are one of the first fish I fell in love with as a child. Their unique look, small size and easy disposition make them a great choice. There are plenty of choices to choose from (including the albino version which almost made this list) but the Panda cory’s unique patching always bring a smile to our face. These are very peaceful fish and suitable many community tanks. As with all the other fish on this list, don’t keep it with anything very large or aggressive. Experts suggest keeping them in groups as they’re far more confident and active in the presence of others. Larger groups are better, but with a smaller tank at least try aiming for a pair.

Boesemani Rainbow

The Boesemani Rainbow certainly doesn’t look like a beginner fish, but don’t let its bold color fool you. This fish is peaceful, easy to care for and will be an excellent centerpiece for freshwater aquarium. The males are more colorful Males with a striking bluish purple head that fades into a gorgeous orange and yellow tail. Females may not be as colorful, but also make a unique addition. This fish thrives in planted aquariums, but will do well in other systems if they have plenty of room to swim. Like other rainbow fish, the Boesemani has similar characteristics like large eyes, a deep forked mouth, and dual dorsal fins.

Neon Tetra

There is nothing quite as captivating as a school of bright neon tetras darting around an aquarium. Although they are have been collected for the hobby since the 1930s, they are certainly timeless and are one of our all -time favorites. These fish have vibrant iridescent colors and a peaceful temperament that make it a perfect addition to any non-aggressive community tank. They are hardy and acclimate well making them a great choice for beginners or experienced hobbyists. They also are a good addition around a centerpiece fish, like a few we listed above – the dwarf guorami or Boesemani Rainbow.

See how flake fish food is made

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How It’s Made recently shared a video of fish food production that is pretty interesting. The show visited the Tetra factory in Germany to walk us through the process.

The process is pretty mesmerizing and if you’ve ever wondered how they make flake food or pellets so uniform, then take a look at the video below.

Fishtastic is a new take on the all-in-one aquarium

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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.

Seriphos Drop-Off Tank is One of the Most Unique Tanks You’ll Ever See

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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 

 

New Innovative Marine APS stands are strong, lightweight and easy to assemble

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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.