Newsletter July 2014
ADA Iron Bottom
ADA Iron Bottom is a stick, much like common Root Tabs, that contains nutrients with a balanced formula of trave elements and coated iron. Highly recommended for growing Echinodorous spp. and Cryptocoryne spp., which mainly get their nutrients from the their roots.
Each bottle comes with 30 pieces and is available in either short or long sticks.
Aquarium Plants: A General Discussion
Article By Brian Marais
There are a plethora of plants to choose from for your aquarium. Some are very easy and are commonly referred to as weeds in aquariums, while others are so tricky that the closest comparison I can make is that they are as sensitive as discus; one funny look from you and they could just die.
FISH PROFILE: Dwarf Ramirezi (Mikrogeophagus ramirezi)
Max. Size: 6cm
Min. Tank Size: 70L
Temp: 22o - 30o C
pH: 4.0 - 7.0
These fish are commonly found in the Rio Orinoco, which is part of a extensively biodiverse ecosystem with tropical savannah, grasslands, seasonaly-flooded plains and forests covering a 600,0002 km area in Venezuala and Colombia.
Males tend to be bigger, have slightly more extended finnage and are more intensely coloured than females. They are biparental substrate spawners and spawning can occur easily in aquariums.
Although they are generally accepted to not fit into a community tank, these fish will do well with most types of dither fish. Dither fish that swim around freely will show the Ramz that there is no immediate danger and encourage them to come out.
As they are omnivorous fish, they should be offered a wide variety of live and frozen foods such as Bloodworms, Artemia and Daphnia, complimented by a good quality sinking pellet of adequately small size.
White Spot - A Sentence to a Watery Grave, or Not?
Article by Brian Marais
Winter often throws a few curve balls at hobbyists, with drops in temperature as a result of either power failures or even inadequate heaters. I’m not here to talk about heaters, but rather something that can occur in your tank as a result of undue stress, often created by sudden drops in temperature.
I’m talking about White Spot, that dreaded layer of spots seen on the fishes outer layers that often leads to aquarists stressing. But is this really of due concern, or is it possible to keep white spot at bay easily?
We have a few shipments coming in over the next few weeks.
Thailand (Tropical Fish)- 17th Jul (Cancelled)
Sri Lanka - 18th Jul
USA - 25th Jul
Vietnam - 25th Jul
Indonesia - 29th Jul
Singapore (Tropical Fish) - 30th Jul
Taiwan (Tropical Plants) - 31st Jul
*All the above dates are tentative and are subject to change without prior notice*
As always, we'll keep you informed about the arrival of shipments on Facebook and Twitter.
Elegance Coral (Catalaphyllia jardinei)
Light Needs: Moderate
Water Parameters: 23to 27 degrees Celsius, dKH 8-12, SG 1.023 - 1.025
Flow:: Low to Medium
Supplements: Calcium, Strontium, Trace Elements
Catalaphyllia jardinei is an LPC coral that extends its polyps during the day to show off a vast array coloured-tipped tentacles. This coral makes for an excellent beginner coral.
Foxface (Siganus vulpinus)
Max. Size: 22cm
Min. Tank Size: 400L
This is a great fish if your tank is large enough to house. They should not be kept with other rabbitfish, though, as they are aggressive towards each other. Predators tend to leave this species alone as the spines on the fins are venomous - care should be taken when handling this fish.