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Advances in Aquatic Offerings

Manufacturers are looking to dazzle aquarists and bring the hobby to new heights.



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 The aquatic products sector is clear in its mission: to develop products that enliven and elevate fishkeeping as a hobby, as entertainment and as décor, and to formulate nutrition to help aquatic animals thrive. Based on new product offerings at Global Pet Expo in Orlando, Fla., this past March, retailers will have plenty of products to introduce to new and experienced hobbyists alike.

Aquarium Advances
At the New Products Showcase at Global Pet Expo, the Best in Show winner for the aquatic category was Walnut, Calif.-based Central Garden & Pet’s Aqueon JukeBox 5 Aquarium.

The JukeBox 5 is a 5-gallon starter aquarium, complete with a filter and lighting, and it plays music via two small “speakers,” which are small columns of water, with bubbles and colors. While a long way from a 10-gallon starter kit with natural gravel and wild guppies, the JukeBox 5 is geared to appeal to kids, a demographic the sector is keen to attract to and keep in the hobby. 

Any MP3 player can be used to provide the tunes. Simply place the device in the slot on the top of the tank; the speakers on each side pulse with music, and LED lights enhance the mood. The JukeBox 5, with brightly colored gravel and equally bright plastic plants, really captures the eye.

Elive

Completely different from a 5-gallon starter kit with music and lights is Elive’s Ifalos Exclusive Aquarium Collection. The New Berlin, Wis., company’s new collection, offered in a variety of sizes, colors and configurations, redefines the aquarium as a piece of furniture. There are six different Ifalos aquariums; the tank in each is approximately 23 gallons, providing an aquarium large enough to keep many different types of fish.

Fishkeepers long have been fascinated by jellyfish, but it has been virtually impossible to keep them in a home aquarium. Jellyfish Art, based in Coconut Creek, Fla., has developed a complete line of small “kreisel” jellyfish tanks that offer everything needed to keep jellyfish alive and thriving.

Jeff Turner, a well-known person in the aquatics industry, is involved with Jellyfish Art, and his son Joe runs the business. The jellyfish are absolutely mesmerizing, and with everything required to maintain them available from Jellyfish Art, hopefully we will see more of these fascinating animals being kept by hobbyists.

The Decoria glass nanotanks from Cobalt Aquatics in Rock Hill, S.C., all hand-blown glass, come in a variety of sizes (ranging from 1 to 5.5 gallons) and shapes. Different from other nanotanks, Decoria feature specifically designed filters, heaters and LEDs.

This new product from Cobalt aims to solve the problem of adding new water to a tank after a water change. The Puri-Fill attaches to any standard garden hose and easily hangs on a tank for hands-free refilling. The replaceable media canister in the Puri-Fill contains catalytic carbon and zeolites to remove all chlorine and/or chloramines and other tap water impurities. The Puri-Fill also features an LED sensor that remains green if the water temperature is fine, turns blue if it’s too cold and turns red if the water is too hot.

Food for Thought
Aqua-Tech Co. in Algonquin, Ill., offers a variety of natural food designed to increase health and vitality, and to bring out colors in corals, other marine invertebrates and fish that feed on plankton, according to the company.

The company’s Azox Macro Diet, a mix of various-sized zooplankton that have been gut-loaded with phytoplankton, is a diet for nonphotosynthetic corals such as gorgonians and also is a supplement for photosynthetic corals. Aqua-Tech also has improved on its S.E.L.C.O. Boost food soak by adding more fatty acids and a feeding stimulant. The company is relaunching its Phyto2 line of planktonic feed, now containing algae-enriching amino acids. The new formulation aims to enhance colors in corals, especially reds, blues and greens, according to the company.

Hikari Sales USA’s new Coralific Delite is a dual-purpose coral food in miniature pellet form. Depending on how hobbyists want to feed—as a broadcast food or as a target food—Coralific Delite soaks in aquarium water for varying periods. According to the Hayward, Calif., company, all corals feed easily on Coralific Delite, improving color and vitality.

As companies continue to research what reef animals require, the task of keeping these animals alive and thriving continues to become easier.

Fish as Product
While some aquarists would split hairs and opine that live fish are not really product, live fish are the most important product.

Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums (ORA) in Fort Pierce, Fla., is one of the leaders in aquaculture of marine fish and invertebrates. At Global Pet Expo, ORA displayed its aquacultured fish and inverts and, in the past year alone, has introduced 14 newly aquacultured fish and invert species.  


This article originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of Pet Product News

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