American Aquarium Products Newsletter June 2018
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June 2018 Newsletter
Recommend Articles:

  • Aquarium Lighting

  • Pond Care

  • Aquarium Balance Redox

  • Freshwater Fish Profiles

  • Ask the Expert:
    By Carl Strohmeyer
    Interviewed by Devon Trigg

    Q: What's important for pond season now?

    A: We'll, most people are by now seeing that they are going to have a clear pond or a murky/algae filled pond. Everyone wants a clear pond.

    This simply comes down to filtration and oxygenation. The pond needs high amounts of biofiltration. This type of filtration consumes the waste in the pond feeding the murky and algae. Oxygen breaks down the material small enough, so that the bacteria can consume it. Best is having aerators that create a lift to turn the material at the bottom of the pond. This delivers oxygen to the bottom layer, which is important to allow the bacteria to survive in this layer. This lift oxygenation is very important.

    Best is to supplement the bacteria into the pond in the form of liquid or pellets. Dirty pond conditions or even using chemical algaecides can destroy the bacteria creating a reoccurring issue with the murky muck and algae. A balance needs to be created. In the hot season, the bacteria can be applied once a month. If there's a real problem, double dose or dosing again in two weeks can be used. The bacteria cannot be over used. It's only a benefit.

    Having this balance makes it, so the pond can be much more natural Working with nature, not against. Not having to rely on chemicals. This can be done with creating filtration systems with as much surfaces as possible to create a place for the bacteria to live. Sponges are great. Lava rock is great, bog plant filters are the best filters that can be built and are completely natural. Creating this filter, then dosing the bacteria will work magic on the pond. Then having the good oxygen is a must and a UV sterilizer can be considered.

    These are the tricks of the trade. Someone should be able to see the bottom of their pond, if not consider added these tools or contacting a professional for help!


    Basic Freshwater Lighting

    For the average freshwater aquarium, lighting is not as important a consideration as it is for a planted freshwater aquarium or reef aquarium.
    What's often a problem in established FW tanks is poor lighting... usually the incorrect spectrum, PAR %.
    There is also some evidence (not conclusive) that good lighting aids in correct Redox which is a water parameter that has an definite effect on fish health.

    A popular newer technology is the LED Aquarium light fixture.
    If you need an entry LED light, especially for community or low/medium light planted aquariums for the basic model and one for high light plants for the upgraded model, this AAP/Aqueon LED might be a good fit. These are about as efficient as many other entry level LEDs (such as Finnex & Fluval) without the price and slick marketing.

    Clay Neighbors Custom Fish Food

    Our food is gaining is popularity, big time! So, here's the information again. The only fish food like it.

    Natural whole food

    No wheat/gluten

    Optimized limited energies (starch, fats, sugars & protein) to scientific approved levels

    Increased fiber best for digestive tract. Promotes good digestive bacteria

    No need to supplement food with vitamins

    Dehydrated to ensure vitamins and enzymes are not cooked off

    Natural Red/Yellow color enhancers- also boost immunity

    Natural Blue/Green color enhancers- also boost immunity

    Completely lists whats on the label up to 100%

    Crumble form- feed any way preferred. Top, middle, and bottom dwellers

    Carnivore, Omnivore, Herbivore, & Grow

    Hand milled, made in the US!

    American Aquarium Products Specials

    AquaBeam Reef White #600 Ultima High Light Reef Aquarium Capable LED Strip- $119.99 (SUPER SPECIAL; - Limited Quantities)
    AquaBeam Reef White 2000 Ultima High Light Reef Aquarium Capable LED Tile- $209.99 (SUPER SPECIAL; ONLY ONE Available At This Price)
    AAP Polished Reflector for SHO Bulbs- $39.99 (SPECIAL; Limited Quantity/Time Offer)
    AAP CUV-218 18 Watt WITH HO UVC Lamps Compact UV Sterilizer- $94.99 (SPECIAL; ONLY until 6/19!)
    Natural Nautilus Shell Night Light- $12.99 (SPECIAL; - Limited Quantities)
    Tropic Marin Ultra Premium Reef/Marine Aquarium Salt- $19.99 for 7.5 lbs/25 gallons mixed (SPECIAL; ONLY until 6/19)
    Select Driftwood- Price Varies in Cart (Select Items Until Sold)
    AAP/American Sealants Premium Aquarium Silicone; Clear or Black- $7.19 (Limit 24 & Available Stock)
    SunSun HBL-501 HOB Power Filter- $12.99
    High Output T-5 #PUVLF211, four pin 11 Watt UV bulb (Fits Laguna Pressure Flo 700 & 1400, more)- $19.99 (Limited Stock)
    High Output T-5 #GPH287T5L/4P, four pin 14 -15 Watt UV bulb (Fits Classic Aqua 15 watt, more) - $22.99 (Limited Stock)
    High Output T-5 #GPH436T5/4P, four pin 25 Watt UV bulb (fits Aqua Ultraviolet, Savio, Laguna, & more)- $25.99 (Limited Stock)
    #PUVLF46H, four pin 50 Watt HO T5 UV bulb- $32.99
    Premium HO 9 Watt G23 UV Bulb/Lamp- $14.99
    Premium HO 18 Watt G11 UV Bulb/Lamp- $17.99
    Premium HO 36 Watt G11 UV Bulb/Lamp- $27.99
    SunSun JP-033 Fountain/Aquarium Pump, 160 gph- $9.99 (Limited Stock)
    Wicker Orb Oyster Shell SeaShell Wind Chime- $34.99 (Limited Stock)
    SunSun HBL-501 HOB Power Filter- $12.99

    Recent Article Updates
    Aquarium Redox
    "I have mostly discussed Redox Reduction and its misunderstood importance, however there does need to be a balance between reduction and oxidation for proper chemistry within a fish or most all living animal organisms.

    Cellular redox balance is critical for maintaining normal function and preventing damage to DNA and proteins, which may lead to accelerated aging and more.

    While it is generally recognized that preserving cellular redox balance and preventing a high concentration of reactive oxygen species (ROS, i.e., free radicals) is crucial to maintaining healthy organ and systems in living organisms, scientists are still debating the specific species responsible for maintaining this balance.

    A new discovery published in 2018 is about biologically-active sulfur species known as persulfides (RSSH).
    Persulfides were initially believed to only form on proteins as a means of easily modulating the proteins activity. However, recent research has demonstrated that the same enzymes responsible for producing H2S produce free persulfides enzymatically in cells.
    What makes persulfides particularly interesting is the wide variety of chemical reactions they can partake in, owing to the ability of sulfur to occupy eight oxidation states. Previous studies on persulfide chemistry, while limited, have demonstrated that persulfides have a greater reducing potential (greater antioxidant behavior) than most other sulfur species identified in cells. Taken altogether, our knowledge that persulfides are generated enzymatically in cells, combined with their enhanced reducing potential, indicates that persulfides may be key players in maintaining cellular redox balance.
    Where this might fit in with aquarium keeping might be very interesting, as healthy reduction to balance out oxidation is often what is missing in our aquariums (even among advanced aquarium keepers unaware of the importance of Redox Balance) for true long term health of aquatic inhabitants.

    Mollies in Aquariums
    "Maintaining correct Calcium and other necessary element levels will aid in healthy osmoregulation which will in turn result in healthier more disease resistant fish. Further Reference: How do Fish Drink; Proper Osmotic Function

    You can maintain Mollies in a community tank with many but only the most sensitive South American Fish.
    Other livebearers that do not have as high of mineral requirements will also do well in an aquarium that is at least kept to minimum Molly requirements.

    If you intend to keep Mollies in a community aquarium with other fish such as Platties, Gouramis, etc; here are the minimum requirements I would suggest:

    pH 7.5 - 8.0
    KH -100 150+ ppm
    GH 200 -300+ ppm (important!)
    Salt (marine or cichlid salt is best here, NOT cheap "aquarium salt" such as that sold sold by API) 1 tablespoon per 5 gallons to 1 teaspoon per gallon"

    Recent Video Releases
    True Aquarium UV Sterilization
    Aquarium & Pond True Sterilization

    Understand how you get true sterilization or clarifation based on the type of sterilizer you have.

    Fusion Air Pump
    Aquarium Fusion Air Pump

    One of the best airpumps out and very popular. Listen to how quite it can be!

    Aquarium RODI
    Really Need Aquarium RODI?

    Here's the when and why you would want aquarium RODI, with a catch. The DI is not really needed. Find out why.

    Cool Stuff

    Everything Aquatic Forum
    Everything Aquatic

    One of the most helpful forums, with solid members. Ask a questions and learn from others experiences. The group has newbies to long time professionals. Talk about your set-up or check out tank builds.

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