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Cool DIY project creates viewing tower for pond fish

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Pond fish normally only get to look up to see outside of their watery home, but this inventive DIYer created a unique viewing portal for his fish by inverting an aquarium above the water and filling it with water.

The upside-down tank works because of the physics of atmospheric pressure. You can create a mini version of this with a glass in a sink filled with water. We saw this video recently on CNET where it linked from Bored Panda. But this video has been around for a while, first making an appearance back in 2014.

Pretty cool and something both the fish and the video viewers seem to enjoy!

[via CNET and Bored Panda]

Aquatop Marine Nitro Bio Rings

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Aquatop’s new Marine Nitro Bio Rings are a ceramic biological filter media designed to maximize the surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow.

Like most biological materials made from ceramic, they help give plenty of surface area for benficial bacteria that help keep ammonia and nitrites low.

Unlike other smoother ceramics, these have a bit of a “puffy” looking tube that suggest more surface area. The Aquatop Marine Nitro Bio Rings retail for $10.99 for a 300g package.

EHEIM CompactON is a good pump based on standard design

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The new EHEIM CompactON pumps aren’t entirely new. From looking at the design they bear a striking resemblance to the old Maxi-Jet pumps that have been a mainstay for years. At first, we were looking for EHEIM’s take on this classic design and from the outside, it looks pretty similar.

The EHEIM CompactON powerhead/pump are flexible and affordable units that come in a variety of sizes for different applications. They perform well and being backed by one of the major names in the business will give you a bit more peace of mind vs. going for an unknown pump that may last a week or a decade.

Don’t get us wrong, these are probably great pumps and we’re sure EHEIM has fully vetted these, so you’ll get solid performance overall. Just don’t think these are going to be “new” designs or technology than what is already on the market.

Hopefully we’ll be able to take a closer look to see how these may differ from other similar pumps from Marineland or Newajet. Prices for these range from around $25 to $100 depending on the size.

[via EHEIM]

Aqueon LED OptiBright Plus + LED light

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The Aqueon LED OptiBright Plus + LED light is an affordable LED light that combines bright white LEDs, moonlights and RGB LEDs to enhance the light color. Each light lets you independently control white, blue, red and RGB LEDs.

They feature three preset color channels and an additional eight color options all controllable from a handy remote. The Aqueon LED also give you a more natural sunrise and sunset actions with an automatic 30-minute ramp-up and ramp-down.

The Aqueon OptiBright Plus LED Aquarium Light Fixture can be set to turn on/off individually using the radio frequency remote control, eliminating the need for line-of-site remote operation. Built-in LCD screen displays the current time as well as programmable on/off times. Also features a light-dimming capability and the ability to scroll through the colors at three different speeds.

There are currently three sized available and each feature adjustable legs allowing you to adjust from 18-24 in., 30-36 in., and 48-54 in. and range in price from $50 to $70.

Hikari Bio-Pure Gammarus a tasty treat for larger fish

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Hikari Bio-Pure Gammarus is a frozen food treat ideal for larger fish like cichlids. Hikari takes Gammarus shrimp and naturally gut-loads them with microscopic plant and animal matter for a highly nutritious, protein-rich treat for your fish.

To ensure high quality and clean meal for your scaled friends, Hikari employs an extensive 3-step sterilization process, to eliminate harmful parasites, unwanted bacteria and foul odors.

They are flash frozen to retain their natural color, shape, and nutritional benefits to ensure a healthy, enticing treat. It also helps boost coloration of your fish with a high astaxanthin levels (even more than Krill), making Gammarus an excellent color-enhancing addition to your feeding regime. Hikari Gammarus are also a natural source of calcium and amino acids.

Hikari does note this is meant to be an occasional treat to supplement, not replace, other daily foods.

Losing a first pet can be tough, Fish Pods help ease the pain

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Many times losing a fish is the first time kids are confronted with death and Fish Pods by PawPods can help ease the pain young aquarists may go through. By using this biodegradable burial pod, parents are able to use it as a teaching tool that shows kids the the value of a life, while also comforting them at the time of loss.

The typical way of flushing that special pet down the toilet is the wrong on many fronts. First, it can be traumatic. Second, if the fish is still alive, it can still live in the sewers or eventually end up in waterways. Goldfish can be especially hardy and grow several inches long and are known to be invasive species.

But with a Fish Pod, the fish is encased in a biodegradable pod made from bamboo powder, rice husk, and corn starch and degrade in 3-5 years after being introduced to the environment. Each Pod comes with a seeded sympathy card that can be planted to create a living memorial of the beloved fish.

PawPods helps turn a tough time into a special moment. The Fish Pod is designed to be decorated with paints, markers, or stickers. According to company information, it has been shown that art and creativity can be a catalyst for healing and children enjoy being involved in the process of saying goodbye to their pet, whom they loved.

The Fish Pods measure in at 4.75 in. x 2.9 in. x 2 in. and retail for $9.99. They even make larger pods for pets of all sizes.

[via PawPods]

Aquatic Life RO Buddie is an affordable way to clean up tapwater

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Aquatic Life’s RO Buddie + DI System is a compact complete reverse osmosis (RO) and deionization (DI) system. The benefits of a RO/DI water is removing harmful debris and pollutants from the water giving you a solid foundation to work from.

While some water treatments will remove chlorine and chloramine, it still leaves behind other dissolved materials, bacteria and even algae. However, may RO/DI systems can be complex and expensive.

The Aquatic Life’s RO Buddie is a simple unit with just what you need for most systems with a 50 gallons-per-day output, the RO Buddie + DI System makes it easy to place under cabinets or in small spaces.

The RO Buddie + DI System retails for around $70 USD.

 

Aqueon Flat Heaters are a great way to heat smaller tanks

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For a small tank, everything sticks out like a sore thumb. Instead of using even a small tube heater, try the Aqueon Flat Heater that easily can be hidden out of the way, while providing heat to the system.

The Aqueon Aquatic Flat Heaters are available in 7.5W and 15W sizes that can handle raising the tank up to 6 degrees Fahrenheit above ambient room temperature. They are completely submersible to make them easy and flexible to use.

The 7.5W version retails for under $10 and the larger 15W version retails for around $15.

 

A meal and a show with Sera’s Snack Professional Stick-on Chips

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Sera’s Snack Professional Stick-on Chips are a great way to get a great view of your fish while you feed them. The unique formula lets you soak the chips in water and then “stick” them to your aquariums glass, giving you a front-and-center view of mealtime.

While this works for giving you a show, if they break free, they’ll sink to the bottom to give your bottom dwellers a nice treat too. There are three variations or formulas, including Krill Snack Professional, Daphnia Snack Professional and Bloodworm Snack Professional.

Each contains 60 percent freeze-dried small organisms. The chips are easily digestible and contain no artificial colorants or preservatives.

Who would ever want to be intentionally shocked by an electric eel?

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This guy does. A researcher set out to find out just what the shock from an electric eel feels like — and he did it all in the name of science. Kenneth Catania, a professor at Vanderbilt University, put his arm out in harms way just so he could better understand exactly what a zap from this creature would feel like and what it could do outside of the water.

Catania who experienced the jolt after the eel jumped from the water and gave him a shock similar to that of an electric fence. His report about the encounter was published today in the journal Current Biology.

Many have documented the underwater jolts, but there really isn’t much captured about observing shocks out of water. So Catania got an idea when he was dipping a net into a tank of eels and some dodged the net and hit the handle and ZAPPPP! The electrical current measuring device he had in the aquarium was hooked up to a speaker and he even could hear the electricity “shift from the quiet pop-pop-pops used to sense their surroundings, to much higher voltage, crackling volleys.”

This got him thinking that they may have a defense mechanism outside the water too, as a defense for land-based creatures. This led to more research and his eventual decision to volunteer to stick his arm near an eel to get shocked.

It turns out, the airborne shocks are more powerful than those in water since the electricity is delivered in a highly targeted way — at the point of contact. I have to commend him for being crazy enough to do it.