Tetra have been innovators in the world of aquatics for over 60 years, and Ellie Goodall has been reading a research survey they have recently published proving that keeping a pet is good for your children.
It's now over a decade since Reef One invented the biOrb. A modern aquarium that was simple to maintain, had technologically advanced filtration and was visually striking. David Coton explains why the biOrb has become so popular.
Acrylic was chosen instead of glass due to its superior strength and clarity. For filtration, ceramic media is used as it's very porous, inert and allows excellent water circulation. Incredibly its surface area, on which bacteria colonise and feed on fish waste, is as large as a football pitch.
Excess waste is dealt with by the biOrb filter which is sensibly at the bottom of the aquarium where the waste collects. It can also be removed and cleaned without decreasing good bacteria.
With a biOrb you will not suffer major algae problems or stagnant water as oxygenation is also much superior to traditional aquariums. This is due to vigorous aeration keeping gases in equilibrium and expelling all the redundant gases.
Small but perfectly formed, the 15ltr aquarium (silver or black trim) is great for a child's bedroom. Especially when fitted with a Moonlight that automatically turns off the halogen light when the room becomes dark.
Classic biOrbs have traditional style and an easily maintained filtration system. The original biOrb 30ltr aquarium has a choice of lighting and heating options for keeping fancy goldfish and small tropical fish. Suitable for larger fish and ideal as a saltwater aquarium, the 60ltr and 105ltr aquariums have plenty of space for aquascaping.
These aquariums look like no other with stylishly curved lines and a choice of three colours – Red, Black or White. You have the choice of four sizes starting with 15 litres that has a standard LED light unit as opposed to the intelligent LED in larger models. 30 litres is a square shape with space for plants and ornaments; 45 litres is taller and ideal for fish that prefer to be near the top; and 60 litre is again portrait shaped and offers scope for keeping larger species of fish.
Viewable from three sides and available in two sizes, either 15 or 30 litres. Both are ideal for keeping small fish. The tanks come in black, white or silver and include filtration and lighting.
These are cylindrical 35 litrr aquariums with a large floor area meaning that water volume isn't compromised and they can be located in a restricted area. They are perfect for creative aquascaping. New on the market is the biUrb 'naked' with crystal clear acrylic or an evocative blue tint.
Many coldwater aquariums can be converted to tropical and marine aquariums with a heater and Marine Conversion Kit, so check your options before purchasing.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.