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BiOrb Tube aquarium gives you a full 360-degree view

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biOrb Tube Aquarium are one of the latest products from OASE Living Water and is exactly what is sounds like — a clear, cylindrical tube aquarium that gives you a 360-degree view of the tank.

The biOrb Tube aquarium is made from acrylic and comes available in black or white trim. The biOrb Tube is a complete aquarium, included in the box is everything you need to get started: tank, light, pump, airstone, filter cartridge, ceramic media, water conditioner and quick-start beneficial bacteria.

It is equipped with a standard white LED with an easy on and off switch or a multicolor remote-controlled LED (MCR) light that can be lit by any of the 16 pre-set colors.

The aquarium is available the biOrb 15, a 4-gallon version that retails for $149 for the white LED and $169 for the MCR version and the biOrb 35, a 9.2-gallon tank that retails for $179 for the white LED or $209 for the MCR version.

[via biOrb]

 

Brio 35 is a stylish aquaponics system

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The Brio 35 is the first system in a new line of aquaponic aquariums that really makes an elegant impact. We have seen simple aquaponic setups and some larger ones that are all business, the Brio system calls itself the urban eco garden and is a nice modern design you could see sitting in a modern living room or office.

The Brio 35 comes with all you need to get started. The main aquaponic aquarium holds a total of around 9.5 gallons and measures in around 29.5 in. x 19.3 in. x 15 in. overall. Also included is a four lamp LED light system that includes two daylight LED bulb and two growlight LEDs. There is a dual light timer that allows you to adjust when each light comes one as well as giving you the ability to move the light and angle it towards your plants. It also includes a top grid and a biological filtration, planting media and filters.

Like other aquaponic setups, the waste from the fish in the aquarium is drawn through the filter and planting medium and the excess nutrients are absorbed by the plants. The goal is to have a beautiful aquarium and grow plants in the same system. With the Brio 35 it is easy to have a beautiful planted freshwater aquascape and some beautiful plants or edible herbs growing on the outside. The benefit is a healthier tank, let maintenance and a unique wet/dry habitat.

The Brio 35 aquarium comes in white or black and retails for around $449 USD ($549 Canadian) and a complete system with aquarium and stand retails for $734 USD ($899 Canadian). Check out the video below for more detail

[via Brio Aquaponics]

Python Products new Water Conditioner and Bio-Support Biological Supplement

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Python Products recently unveiled their Water Conditioner and Python Products Python Products Bio-Support Biological Supplement. As a two step process for making your water safer for your fish.

Step 1 is the Python Products’ Water Conditioner. This makes tap water safe by neutralizing chlorine and chloramine and detoxifying heavy metals. It contains aloe vera to help repair damaged fins and provides a layer of protection for fish.

Step 2 the Python Products Python Products Bio-Support is designed to add a beneficial bacterial boost to enrich aquarium water and jump-start the aquarium cycle.

According to the company, Python Products Biological Supplement contains 300 million live bacteria per teaspoonful to enhance the growth of any biological filter and reduce ammonia buildup. It is very effective at starting a new aquarium, replenishing lost bacteria from filter maintenance and restoring biological filtration after the use of antibiotic medications.

We couldn’t find much information on the company’s product page, but this seems to be a new avenue the company is taking after building itself up as a great alternative to the trusty old siphon to clean aquariums with its NO SPILL CLEAN and FILL. We look forward to what other products Python has in the works.

Sera Crystal Clear is a new high-performance filter medium

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The recently announced Sera Crystal Clear is a high-performance filter medium for mechanical filtration designed to grab even the smallest particles from the water.

Looking like a fuzzy tennis ball, Sera Crystal Clear are actually 3D fiber structures that removes particles up to 10 µm, making them perfect for getting rid of floating algae or sludge.

Designed as a next-gen filter wool, the Sera Crystal Clear balls are able to keep their ball shape and can be washed out several times. Sera notes they have 80% of their original capacity after being washed out.

The Sera Crystal Clear balls can be added to a canister filter, media reactor, in a filter chamber or replacing a sponge in a hang-on filter.

Sera Crystal Clear retails for around $15 for a box of 12 balls that treat up to 95 US gallons.

Tunze Care Panes makes cleaning your outside glass easy and safe

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Tunze Care Panes makes cleaning the outside of your tank easy and safe. One of the hardest lessons you learn is spraying harsh chemicals and window cleaners around an aquarium can be devastating. Usually its best to keep the cleaners away and use water, but you always end up with streaks and the dirt is still there. With Tunze Care Panes you can effectively cleans the outer aquarium glass panes with an aquarium friendly but powerful cleaner.

Care Panes consists of 99.9% natural ingredients, a combination of organic surfactants with an ethereal oil, and can be used to easily and effectively clean aquariums, aquarium cabinets and lighting components. These organic ingredients are 500 times more effective than conventional chemical cleaners, powering through dirt but are gentle on your auqatic life.

They even say using extremely small amounts of Care Panes provides great results. Plus its fast drying and doesn’t leave any traces. Using it is simple, just apply Tunze Care Panes to a microfiber cloth or directly onto the surface to be cleaned. Wipe over it briefly and quickly. Finished.

According to Tunze, Care Panes is designed to minimize the risk of allergies, and is free of genetically modified ingredients. Care Panes is designed to be completely eco-friendly. Its active ingredients are made of renewable resources, and the packaging is made of 100% recyclable plastic without metal.

We’ll have to give this a try and see if it lives up to its claims, if so, it will be well worth the investment.

VIDEO: All about bettas, introduction and care

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Betta fish may be some of the most beautiful and misunderstood tropical aquarium fish available today. They are much more than the fish in small cups at the pet store, they can be a stunning and affordable addition to any non-aggressive community tank. We pulled together of couple of interesting videos that can help shine more light on betta fish.

Introduction to Bettas
This video is a nice and simple overview of bettas from Tetra. It gives you a good overview of the fish and plenty of reasons why you might explore adding one to your system.

How to care for a Betta
Now that you’re hooked, here is a great video from Fluval that takes it up a notch. A tad bit longer view at about 10 minutes, but the host does a great job going over the betta, its care and how you can be successful.

What kind of fish can I keep with my Betta
Another one from Fluval, this time we’re talking about what kind of fish make good tankmates for your betta.

We hope you found these videos informational and useful. Next time you’re thinking about a new fish or starting an aquarium, keep the betta in mind. They might just be the beautiful showstopper you’re looking for!

Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine celebrating 65 years with special $19.52 subscription

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Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine celebrating 65 years with a special $19.52 subscription. It is hard to believe they’ve been trucking along since 1952, and we hope to see them for another 65 years.

The first issue appeared in September 1952 as a bi-monthly magazine geared to hobbyist keepers of tropical fish, with news and information on a variety of topics. On the magazine website, their main headline reads “The World’s Most Trusted Source of Information About the Fascinating World of Fishkeeping.”

One of my earliest memories in the hobby is getting a hold of an aquarium magazine and just enjoying looking at page after page of fish pictures, products and setups. Later on I would read the magazines, front to back, looking for ideas, gaining knowledge and pouring over all the ads in the back picking out all the stuff I’d buy if I had the money.

This has changed a bit over the years. Fish mags and books turned to websites and forum boards. I stopped buying the magazines, but still love the hobby. At this great price however, its well worth looking into and getting back in touch with the printed copy.

[via TFH Magazine]

Feed two types of food with Eheim Twin Feeder

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The Eheim Twin Feeder is not a new product, but is a good option to help automate the feeding process, especially if you have lots of hungry fish or if you’re away for a few days. The programmable feeding system can be filled with pellets, granules, flakes, and/or sticks in two separate chambers.Both chambers are aerated to keep food fresh, and allow random dosing for natural feeding.

You can easily program when and what type of food to feed your tank. Just program when you want your fish to be fed and the auto feeder does the rest. If you want to add a small snack off schedule, just pressing a button delivers a smaller amount of food at any time.

The Twin Feeder is designed to fit Varilux aquarium hoods, but should be flexible enough for most systems. The controller features a large, easy-to-read display, splashproof function keys, and a low battery warning system.

Pets in the Classroom taking grant submissions

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Pets in the Classroom is a great opportunity to bring animals into the school environment. As schools are starting to get back in session, its a great reminder how beneficial having an animal or fish in the classroom can be. But with teachers and schools struggling just to have the basic supplies, many kids aren’t able to enjoy this fantastic experience. But thanks to the Pets in the Classroom program, many will have this opportunity.

Pets in the Classroom is an educational grant program that provides financial support to teachers to purchase and maintain small animals in the classroom. The program was established by the Pet Care Trust to provide children with an opportunity to interact with pets—an experience that can help to shape their lives for years to come.

They are now taking grant applications to June 2018. The process is pretty simple, first check to see if you’re eligible. You must be a pre-K through 9th grade public or private school teacher in the US or Canada and first time taking advantage of the program this year. Once you’re approved, chose your pet and then claim your grant!

The grant can be a voucher for one of many participating pet stores or you can chose to be reimbursed for an animal up to a certain value.

If you are a teacher or have kids in school, make sure to pass this on.

Hikari Micro Pellets are perfect for smaller community fish

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Mixing up the diet of smaller community fish from standard flake food is a bit easier with Hikari Micro Pellets. This food from Hikari is a smaller, semi-floating granule that targets smaller fish that feed on the upper and middle part of the water column.

Hikari designed these for a wide range of tropical fish made from marine and vegetable proteins and beneficial algaes for smaller tropical fish that need larger energy reserves. It also has a softer texture making them more palatable.

To spice up the color and add nutrients, they use a balance of krill and spirulina to naturally present vivid colors to improve visibility to help the fish see the food. This helps keep the food in the fishes stomachs rather than ending up on the bottom of the tank.

Hikari Micro Pellets are encapsulated with a micro coating that helps lock in nutrients and eliminate it breaking up and making your water cloudy.