AQUATIC LIFE presents
Edge Reef LED aquarium
light fixtures. The LED features
an easy-to-use three-channel timer
with battery backup, allowing hobbyists
to independently control the mixed color
LEDs, bright white LEDs and blue lunar LEDs. This
state-of-the-art LED technology ensures maximum light output is focused
inside the aquarium, while the six-color combination of 120-degree dispersion, 0.5W LEDs provide the full spectrum of light needed for reef aquarium
inhabitants. Users can create a sunrise and sunset effect by programming
the timer to slowly turn the lights on and off over a 10 to two-hour period.
CENTRAL GARDEN & PET offers Aqueon QuietFlow Specialty Filter Pads.
Designed specifically for Aqueon hang-on-back units, the pads provide an
additional stage of mechanical filtration and can help address water-quality
issues. Ammonia Reducer focuses on removing harmful or toxic ammonia
from water; Carbon removes pollutants that discolor water and cause odor;
and Phosphate Remover reduces the phosphate level, contributes to algae
growth, and traps excess waste, food and other organic debris from water.
OASE LIVING WATER offers biOrb Easy Décor Kits in 15L Green, 30L Green,
15L Red and 30L Pink. The kits contain some of the company’s favorite
aquarium decorations to bring biOrb aquariums to life. Vibrant designs and
colors, paired with quality materials, make these décor kits unique. They
contain Samuel Baker sculptures and plants. The 15L kits will fit all 4-gal.
biOrbs, while the 30L kits will fit all 8-gal. biOrbs.
should be prepared to assist hobbyists with their
fish- and turtle-feeding routine, ;all said.
“Education is vital when caring for any an-
imal, fish or fowl,” he said. “Beginner pond-
keepers need to understand the seasonal cycle of
ponds and how this affects the fish, the plants
and, of course, the equipment.”
Go with them through the dietary chang-
es season by season, Dienes said, particularly
in regions where temperatures swing widely
throughout the year.
“If you’re in a cooler climate, knowing which
type of food is suitable and when to start and stop
feeding fish is important for their survival,; she
said. “Remind customers to feed a wheat germ-based food when temperatures are between ;0
and 50 degrees, and to stop feeding completely
when water temperature is below ;0. ;uring the
warm summer when fish are active,
foods with a protein boost will keep
them strong and healthy.”
Hall encourages retailers to display their pond food wares prominently, particularly in the spring.
;Pond food should have a prominent place in every pond department
in a pet store or water-gardening center,” he said. “Depending on the region, pond food can be a year-round
consumable sale for pondkeepers.
Even in the northern-most garden
zones, pond food can and should be
a three-season sale.”
Preuss showcases a stunning
hands-on display in his shop, and he
shares his knowledge with hobbyists
new and old through classes and presentations at the local koi and water-garden club. It builds trust—and customers—he said.
“We focus on our assets, what we
know and we give it to the public,”
he said. “We’re not into blasting ads.
We’re more into building trust and
Fish aren’t the only pond inhabitants that hibernate over the winter. When air and water temperatures chill, outdoor pond turtles
will slow their metabolisms and brumate, in herpetological terms,
cozily tucked into the mud until spring.
When they wake up, they’re hungry, so retailers should
point their pond customers to prepared turtle diets, said Ashley
Rademacher, animal care and education coordinator for Zoo Med
Laboratories in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She recommends a formula
based on a turtle’s life stage.
“A hatchling formula is higher in protein to accommodate
the rapid growth rates of hatchling and juvenile aquatic turtles,”
she explained. “The growth and maintenance formulas meet the
dietary requirements of growing and adult aquatic turtles. Floating
pellets make it easier for aquatic turtles, who prefer eating at the
water surface, to locate their food.”
And don’t forget the treats, Rademacher said.
“Encourage customers to add a nice high-protein treat to their
turtle’s diet,” she said. “In nature, aquatic turtles eat animal and plant
material as part of their natural diet, so show them treats with ingredients like fish meal, shrimp and kale to simulate their natural diet.”