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In this Blog we look at how important testing your aquarium water really is and what could happen if you don't test on a regular basis. In a newly set up aquarium, water testing is critical to avoid fish loss when high levels of ammonia and nitrites rapidly rise. In an established mature tank, water testing is still so important to ensure the continued health of your fish and plants. FishCove Aquatics recommend that all fishkeepers should have a test kit. If your unsure on which test kit would be best for you, please ask us for advice and we will...

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FishCove Aquatics have put JBL Tormec Active under the spot light to see if using peat pellets really do work. What is JBL Tormec Active? Tormec is a peat Pellet that has been pressed together from two peat components. You can add this to your internal or external canister filter   What will Tormec Active do to your aquarium water? Tormec Active reduces (KH) carbonate hardness and pH in your aquarium. Tormec will release natural tanning into the aquarium, this will not only make the water look natural but helps combat algae growth in the aquarium due to light not...

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So what is NPK and why is it important for planted aquariums? NPK is made up of 3 macro elements Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium and all 3 are important when it comes to maintaining a healthy planted aquarium. Nitrogen (N) – nitrogen is largely responsible for the growth of leaves on the plant. Phosphorus (P) – Phosphorus is largely responsible for root growth and flower and fruit development.Potassium (K) – Potassium is a nutrient that helps the overall functions of the plant perform correctly. Nitrogen provides a blend of both Nitrate form and plant preferred ammonium form. However no free...

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So what is natural aquarium food? Hugo Kamishi natural aquarium food mix is a blend of natural insects and crustaceans ideal for tropical and marine fish. This high quality mix that contains gammarus shrimp, tubiflex, daphnia, bloodworm, brine shrimp and krill. How easy is it to use? You will notice the cubes in the food mix, this is made up of tubiflex, daphnia and bloodworm. When using the cubes I would recommend breaking small sections off and place it in the water, the fish will naturally come to the surface and take small bits.  Placing a whole cube in my...

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What is a blackwater Biotope? A blackwater biotope simulates a natural habitat. The fish, plants and water chemistry are similar to those that can be found in a specific natural setting like the Amazon. The biotope is that dark, most plants cannot thrive and fish are practically invisible this may sound strange to some, but there can be many reasons to invest in this type of tank. Most fishkeepers like crystal clear water so they can see the fish but some advanced fishkeepers know many of the popular aquarium fish actually dwell in stained, soft, and acidic waters, and are attempting to recreate...

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