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Get high performance reverse osmosis with Aquatic Life’s Twist-In 3-Stage RO Unit

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One of the best investments for a dedicated hobbyist is the addition of a reverse osmosis unit to make impurity free aquarium water. But a quality RO unit can be expensive and a pain to change filters. The Aquatic Life Twist-In 3-stage RO filter is hoping to change that with 100 gallons per day output for under $100.

There is just too much in tap water that can wreak havoc with your tank and its hard to trust when a water treatment machine was serviced. But using your own RO unit helps keep things in control.

The Twist-In unit features a 5 micron sediment filter, a carbon block and RO membrane. Each one is replaced with a simple, color-coded twist-in cartridge. The micron filter and carbon block should be replaced every 3-6 months depending on the usage and how much junk is in your tap water, while the RO unit should give you 1-2 years of performance.

 

Each carbon and sediment filter replacement retails for under $10 and the RO filter retails for around $60. The entire 3-stage unit retails for $98.99.

Repashy Superfoods Soilent Green is made for algae eaters

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Repashy Superfoods Solitent Green isn’t humans like the movie, nor is it biohacking foods from Silicon Valley, it is however a good gel food for your algae-loving fish.

As the company notes, its designed to meet the nutritional needs of fish,that eat aufwuchs ―or algae and small organisms. The food is heavy on spirulina and algae meal, protein from insect meal and rice protein, plus essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals.

According to the literature, its made from more than one algae and plant source, along with alfalfa, stinging nettle, kelp and botanicals for a boost of flavor and nutrition.

They instruction call for you to cook it with water — either adding the powder to water and microwaving it or adding the powder to boiling water. In an hour you’ll have the gel food you can just cut up and feed. Once cooked, can store sealed in refrigerator for up to two weeks, and in freezer for up to six months.

A 3 oz. bottle retails for $9.99

Fluval adds color enhancing food to Bug Bites line

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Fluval Bug Bites actually use “bugs” to deliver a high-protein and nutritious diet for your fish. The Bug Bites come in a few varieties and the Color Enhancing Formula Fish Food caught our eye as we’re always looking for ways to improve our fishes coloration.

Just like the name says, the color enhancing Bug Bites are designed to enhance the natural coloration of tropical fish. This recipe includes insect larvae and salmon to make it more palatable. The slow sinking pellets stay in the water column long enough to give the fish in your entire tank a chance to nibble.

The Bug Bites color-enhancing recipe comes in a 1.6 oz container for around $8.99 and a 3.5 oz pouch for $15.99.

How do they do that? Inside the FritzZyme TurboStart manufacturing process

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This video is a few years old, but its still an interesting look at how products are manufactured in the hobby. In this video, we get a look at how Fritz makes their FritzZyme TurboStart live nitrifying bacteria.

The use of a product like this eliminates toxic ammonia and nitrate, prevents new tank syndrome where ammonia spikes after introducing livestock and allows you to get a healthy biological filter up and running instantly.

FritzZyme TurboStart 700 contains the same proven freshwater strains of effective found in their FritzZyme 7, but at 15x concentration. They claim FritzZyme TurboStart completely cycles aquariums in five days or less, allowing for safe, immediate addition of livestock.

Don’t have a new tank? TurboStart may be added to established systems any time the biofilter needs fortification including after water changes, aggressive cleaning, adding new livestock, medicating, or changing filter media.

What does Seachem Purigen do anyway?

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Seachem Purige is a synthetic adsorbent media that actually absorbs dissolved organic materials in your water. This can be anything from tannins from wood, fish waste, excess food, etc. Plus, it can actually be regenerated to use over and over again.

. It is not a mixture of ion exchangers or adsorbents, but a unique macro-porous synthetic polymer that removes soluble and insoluble impurities from water at a rate and capacity that exceeds all other competing products by over 500%. Purigen® controls ammonia, nitrites and nitrates by removing nitrogenous organic waste that would otherwise release these harmful compounds. Purigen’s impact on trace elements is minimal. It significantly raises redox. It polishes water to unparalleled clarity. Purigen® darkens progressively as it exhausts, and is easily renewed by treating with bleach. Purigen® is designed for both marine and freshwater use.

Whether you have problem water from driftwood or yellow or greenish water and want to clean it up, or just need a bit of a polish, Seachem Purigen is a pretty solid option to have on hand.

Purigen is little microbeads with a huge surface area, full of microscopic pores to attract and grab onto the organics. You can get Purigen in a 100ml pouch that has it in a flat mesh packet that easily fits in a filter, or you can get it loose in a 250ml, 500ml or liter version and add it to your own mesh bag.

You’ll know its full and needs to be recharged when it turns from to a dark brown, almost black. Then soak it a 1:1 mix of bleach and water for 24 hours. Then rinse and soak for 8 hours 4 tablespoons of dechlorinator per cup of water.

Here is a handy video of Purigen doing its magic.

How does Purigen work?

Have you heard about Purigen?! Purigen is among one of Seachem’s most popular products. It’s taking the market by storm because of its incredibly high capacity for removing organics, as well as its unparalleled water polishing abilities! Purigen is a premium macro-porous synthetic polymer that will remove pesky organic compounds that can breakdown into ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. Unlike Carbons, Purigen tends to ignore simple elemental compounds offering targeted removal of nitrogenous organics. It changes colors as it becomes exhausted, telling you it’s time to regenerate it, and it can be used with ease in both marine and freshwater aquariums. Purigen is definitely the way to go if you want your water clean and crystal clear! For more information go to www.seachem.com ! Music: https://www.bensound.com

Posted by Seachem Laboratories, Inc on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tetra Betta Worm Shaped Bites

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Tires of just feeding the traditional pellets or flakes, try the new Tetra Betta Worm Shaped Bites, a new worm-shaped food specifically designed to satisfy the nutritional needs of bettas and other labyrinth fish. Designed to imitate the size, shape and color of natural bloodworms, the food floats on the water’s surface to appeal to bettas by enticing their natural instinct to hunt, while providing a safe alternative to live food.

“Tetra® Betta Worm Shaped Bites promote even more enjoyable interactions between fishkeepers and their pets,” stated John Fox, Division Vice President, Aquatic Marketing, Spectrum Brands Inc. – Pet, Home, & Garden Division. “Innovative by design, this food is relevant and fun for fish owners of all ages to feed and is just the right size for Bettas.”

Besides the fun shape, the new Tetra Betta Worm Shaped Bites are made from a blend of shrimp proteins and other quality ingredients, formulated to be highly digestible, contributing to a healthier environment through less fish waste. They also contain multiple color-enhancing ingredients designed to promote the naturally vibrant, wild colors of Bettas.

Add more biological surface area with Maxspect Nano-Tech BioSpheres

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Although bacteria will grown just about anywhere, getting a good base of beneficial bacteria means providing adequate surface area and this is a little bit easier with the new Maxspect’s Nano-Tech BioSpheres.

These small spheres have millions of nooks and crannies to provide a bunch of surface area media in a smaller area. According to the company, this unique ceramic media has a cross-cutting surface area that creates an ideal surface for a dense populations of beneficial bacteria that remove ammonia and nitrites from your aquariums water.

These are super flexible — just put these in a sump, a media reactor, trickle filters, wet/dry filters, hang on the back filters or directly in the tank.

They come in two sizes, a 1kg and 2kg box, that retail for $24.99 and $44.99 respectively. There are about 44 spheres per kg that provides 25,575 sq. ft. of surface area.

Protect your fish with Fluval Aquarium Water Conditioner

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Fluval Aquarium Water Conditioner is another option for tapwater and aquarium water conditioners that helps protect tropical fish by neutralizing chlorine, chloramines and harmful metals to make tap water safe.

Besides making water safe for use, it included herbal extracts that help reduce stress and improve overall well-being of the fish. Stress can come from transportation, handling and acclimatization to a new environment and make your fish more susceptible to diseases and infections. It also helps with the fishes slime coats that protects scales and fins against scrapes and cuts.

 

Fluval Aquarium Water Conditioner comes in three sizes from 4 oz., to 8.4 oz to 16.9 oz. bottles that range price from $5.99 to $10.99.

Aqueon Preset Heaters keep heating simple

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The Aqueon Preset Heater line helps keep heating simple by keeping your aquarium at just the right temperature, all the time. Coming from the factory preset at 78 degrees — a perfect temperature for most tropical aquariums — there is no need to adjust it or worry if your setting is too hot or too cold.

Plus the compact design makes these heaters a great choice for most aquariums and skill levels. They are fully submersible and are durable and shatter proof. A small red LED indicates when its actively heating. There is also an automatic safety shut-off to protect against overheating.

The Aqueon Preset Heater line comes in 50W, 100W, 150W and 200W sizes and have an MSRP anywhere from $15.99 to $30.99, but if you look around, you’ll probably be able to find it at a better price.

Aquatop Forza Series UV Canister Filters add UV sterilization to filtration

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The Aquatop Forza Series UV Canister Filters add UV Sterilization to filtration to help keep water clean and clear. There are other canister fitlers that add a UV Sterilizer to it, in fact we covered the SunSun version last year.

The Aquatop Forza series comes in three sized and uses your standard three-stage filtration, a mechanical stage with a sponge to remove large particles, a chemical stage using carbon to absorb dissolved particles and pollutants and a biological stage using bio balls or another material to foster bacterial growth.

One selling point for these is their patented EZ Prime system that lets you prime the filter with one pump to get it working right away. Another additional features are an optional intake surface skimmer, a recessed handle for easy lifting, a protective cover for the UV switch, and a color-coded quick disconnect valve that makes it easy to tell inlet from outlet.

To keep things safer, the UV sterilizer shuts off automatically should the canister move 30° in any direction

The smallest filter is the Forza FZ7 that is designed for tanks from 60-90 gallons and uses a 20W pump delivering 295 GPH of circulation power. It also has a 7W UV sterilizer.

The Forza FZ9 delivers 450GPH from a 30W pump and is rated for 90-125 gallon systems. It features a 9W UV sterilizer.

 

The largest is the FZ13 driving 550GPH from a 45W pump and is designed for tanks ranging from 125-175 gallons. This one has a 13W UV sterilizer.

As we mentioned with the SunSun, these are about half the cost of systems from Fluval or Hagen, but may not be as quiet or perform as well. Reviews online are often mixed, but if you are on a budget, this is a good option. The Aquatop Forza ranges in price from $129.99 to $239.99.