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CHOOSE A HIGH-PERFORMANCE BIOLOGICAL FILTER MEDIA: FLUVAL BIO-FX

There are many choices when it comes to biological filter media, which begs the question: what should you look for when choosing a quality product? To answer that question, let us consider the following important topics. Brand and Engineering Like many other purchase decisions, our first suggestion is to look for a recognized, respected brand name. Try to find one that is known for producing high-quality biological filter media, and most importantly, manufactures power [...]

2021-11-02T09:25:08-04:00November 2, 2021|Filtration & Pumps|

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR CANISTER FILTER: ADD A UVC CLARIFIER

Ultraviolet clarification (also known as ultraviolet sterilization) is a proven technology that has a long history of aquarium use: its benefits range from controlling and eradicating suspended bacteria, suspended single cell algae, and various unwanted pathogens, to improving overall water clarity. The most effective wavelength for these purposes is 253 nm, which falls squarely into the UVC spectrum of light. While using a UVC Clarifier does not replace important aquarium husbandry practices such as [...]

2021-01-29T09:51:56-04:00January 29, 2021|Filtration & Pumps|

DISCOVER THE CLARIFYING POWERS OF ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT

By Eric Marquis Ultraviolet (UV) light is getting a lot of attention these days, mostly due to one segment that is extremely effective when it comes to destroying micro-organisms, including coronaviruses like the one that causes Covid-19. But before explaining how UV light applies specifically to the aquarium hobby, let us review the various types that exist. Not All UV Light IS CREATED EQUAL The sun produces various UV light spectrums. UVA makes [...]

2022-04-07T10:51:28-04:00October 13, 2020|Filtration & Pumps|

CIRCULATION PUMPS IN AQUARIUMS

by Tom Sarac While circulation pumps are almost always present in marine aquariums, they are often overlooked in freshwater tanks, despite having the potential to benefit a number of species commonly kept in the hobby. Many popular freshwater species live in fast-flowing river environments and tend to do better in aquariums when strong water currents are present. Bodies of water characterized by stronger water movement typically feature greater concentrations of dissolved oxygen: providing species [...]

2022-01-11T14:57:07-04:00July 3, 2020|Filtration & Pumps, Saltwater|

BIOLOGICAL FILTRATION IN AQUARIUMS

by Tom Sarac While there are 3 key forms of aquarium filtration (mechanical, chemical, and biological), the latter ranks as the most important in aquatics. The biologically lethal byproducts of organic fish waste breakdown that are controlled and converted by nitrifying bacteria represent an ongoing process that defines water quality. These essential bacteria take time to develop in new aquariums and, as such, Fluval Cycle Biological Enhancer must be dosed during this period. [...]

2022-01-11T15:58:24-04:00February 26, 2020|Filtration & Pumps|