BCUK Aquatics is now exporting its products to China. The UK manufacturer and supplier of tropical and marine foods, which includes the brands Mysis RS, Calanus and First Bite, already exports to 15 countries.
Live fish importers hit with steep licence price hike
Importers of live fish face a six-fold price hike per import CVED licence, up from £6.60 to £40, rising to £74 next April. The new charges come into force on June 24 after a long consultation by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency (AHVLA).
Seven people have been charged with smuggling bladders from an endangered fish in what US authorities said may be a growing international practice in which the bladders are sold for up to $20,000 each to be used in soup.
Populations of pufferfish have soared in the Arabian sea off Kerala, possibly due to a sharp decline in its natural predators, reports a study by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Current Science.
Singapore opens world's largest freshwater aquarium
The world’s largest freshwater aquarium has opened in Singapore. With a volume of 2,000 cubic meters (2,000,000 litres!) and a viewing window measuring 22m by 4m, the tank is part of River Safari’s Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit
A popular ornamental fish has bred so successfully in a Philippines lake that it is endangering local fish. Authorities have given the nod for the knifefish to be collected and processed into fishmeal for sea bass fry and fingerlings.
Aquatics wholesaler Midland Reefs went into voluntary administration in February. Founded in December 2001 by marine aquarium writer Tim Hayes, the company specialised in reef and marine aquarium supplies.
Retailers who put their weight behind the Be Plant Wise campaign by ordering posters and leaflets to display in their shops will receive a special note of thanks from the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat.
A popular product sold to control algae growth in ponds will have to be taken off the shelves this autumn if OATA’s fight to get it removed from the new Biocides Regulation is not successful, because it will prove too costly for manufacturers to gain approval.
International brand Rolf C Hagen will make its debut at AQUA 2013, October 9-10, at the International Centre in Telford, and has booked the largest stand. As a result, Hagen has decided not to hold its annual trade exhibition this year.
A new range of water treatments for marine tanks is now available under the Colombo brand from Aquadistri UK. Easy to use, the products deal with all elements of marine aquarium water quality. A range of marine water testing kits are also available.
In response to recent press reports about the risk of humans catching disease from ornamental fish, OATA has said this is ‘rare’ and that ‘following good hygiene practises should further minimise the risk’.
A marine scientist has revealed that levels of radioactivity in fish near Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant are higher than expected. He warns the fish could be too radioactive to eat for a decade, as samples show that radioactivity levels remain elevated and show little sign of coming down.
Italian scientists say they have solved the mystery of how archerfish can spit powerful jets of water. Archerfish shoot water jets with enough force to knock prey into the water from overhanging vegetation from up to 2m away.
Sri Lanka’s ornamental fish industry, which accounts for approximately 3% of global market share, needs to adopt industry-related research and development activities to increase its market share in the world market.
Chinese scientists have unearthed a 409-million-year-old fishlike tetrapod in the Yunnan province, south-western China. The discovery extends the history of this group by 10 million years, and provides novel fossil evidence on the origin of the tetrapod brain, says China Daily.
A Californian woman is asking the authorities to erect a memorial at a street corner where close to 730kg of live saltwater bass died as a result of a three-vehicle crash involving a truck that was delivering them to an Asian supermarket, reports the Chicago Tribune.
The new Biocides Directive was introduced in September this year, requiring the active ingredient in barley straw to be identified and other information to be supplied for even small pouches that are placed in garden ponds to control algae.
An ornamental fish species, Puntius denisonii, is on the brink of extinction as a result of illegal exports, warns the Conservation Research Group of St Albert’s College in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala.
The US Office of Naval Research is researching marine animals in its bid to create a new arsenal in intelligence gathering. For example, a robotic eel could be used to check for mines, while a robo-jellyfish could capture surveillance images, reports the Associated Press.
After more than five years lobbying by OATA – in co-operation with groups like Ornamental Fish International (OFI) and the German pet trade association ZZF –the EU is to take the disease epizootic ulcerative syndrome (EUS) off its list of exotic diseases.
The second Aquatics Live consumer show ended on a high with 4,500 visitors passing through its doors – up on its first year of about 4,000 visitors. The show took place at London Olympia over the weekend of November 10-11.
API has launched its range of pond treatments for 2013. A spokesman said: “The range has been developed with the key needs of pond owners in mind, and is the right size range to successfully start and maintain most ponds from the beginner to the experienced pond owner.”
Until now, scientists believed that sediment-rich marine environments are detrimental to the growth of coral reefs. But according to a new study, the muddy, sediment-filled Middle Reef, part of the vast Great Barrier Reef in Australia, has grown more rapidly than other segments.
'Trouble' arrives at Great Yarmouth's Sea Life Centre
A giant Green Sea Turtle with a reputation for being a bit of a troublemaker has been sent to Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre from Belgium’s Sea Life Centre. After hearing about the success of Great Yarmouth’s shark training, it was decided that this was the best place for him.
Next month’s Aquatics Live show has attracted more exhibitors than its first year, and organisers are confident that higher numbers of visitors will flock to London’s Olympia, now that word has spread throughout the fishkeeping community and beyond.
Now that autumn is around the corner, retailers are advised to stock pond nets so customers can prevent leaves from falling into ponds. Leaves in a pond can cause water quality problems as they decompose, which can adversely affect the health of fish.
A Chinese fisherman has netted a fortune after catching a critically endangered, but hugely prized, fish. The bahaba, or Giant Yellow Croaker, is listed as an endangered fish as it has been fished almost to extinction, but its high market price is down to its value in Chinese medicine as its bladder is said to cure diseases related to the lungs and heart.
Tetra GoldfishPRO - premium nutrition for goldfish
Tetra has added Tetra GoldfishPRO to its winning TetraPRO range, offering goldfish keepers a nutritionally balanced premium food for all goldfish. The highly nutritious crisp is produced through Tetra’s patented low-heat production process, which ensures high vitamin stability.
Within six months of opening, a Sunderland-based national charity has re-homed 900 fish – a third of which were tankbusters – in 248 rescue operations across Britain. Fish Rescue and Welfare founder Phil Brennan told Aquatic Trader: “It’s a very big problem. We set up in January, and literally took off like a rocket.”
A new public aquarium has opened in Falmouth’s town centre. Falmouth Aquarium features 14 tanks with marine life, from local to the more exotic; tropical fish; as well as displays and interactive videos, marine mammal skeletons, fossils and other artefacts.
Tetra has re-launched its website to improve navigation and access to information, helping fish-lovers and retailers more easily get up-to-date information on caring for fish and details of how Tetra products can support the hobby.
Hull’s premier visitor attraction The Deep has hit out at its electricity supplier after a power cut put some of its most valuable animals at risk. The aquarium was one of 1,331 Northern Powergrid customers hit by a six-hour blackout in early August, which stretched its back-up supply to its limits.
A new complete daily diet for all types of marine herbivores has been launched by Hikari, called Seaweed Extreme. Available in both wafer and pellet formats, Hikari Seaweed Extreme contains 67% natural seaweed, making it instantly attractive to herbivorous species.
The Qubie is a contemporary new stylish aquarium from Superfish, which comes complete with a range of accessories. With its curved glass creating an unbroken wide panoramic view, the Qubie is an attractive addition to any room, whether at home or in the office.
Out in the remote deserts of Nevada, the weathered skull of a long dead buffalo lays on the hot red sand. The skull has fed countless birds and insects and now provides a cool, secure hiding place for snakes, lizards and any other small creatures that happen by; offering respite from the desert sun and protection from predators.
A whirlwind romance for a pair of tropical zebra sharks has come to an end. Super stud Zorro headed back from Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre to his London Aquarium home in late June, with the outcome of his brief fling with female Athena still uncertain.
EU ministers have agreed to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch, a controversial practice that has seen millions of tonnes of edible fish thrown away since the introduction of strict EU fishing quotas 40 years ago.
Arcadia has launched a new LED bar for marine aquariums, which comes complete with everything that marine keepers need to generate a professional marine system, including a programmable computerised control unit.
The new V2Bio React 500 Pellet Reactor from TMC has just been launched. This pellet reactor has a unique patented design incorporating a specially-designed flow inductor which maximises the media-to-water contact time within the reactor, ensuring efficient fluidisation of media even when using lower flow rate pumps.
After supplying European customers for more than 40 years, Shirley Lim is now looking elsewhere for sales. Shirley, whose business in Singapore and Malaysia grows aquatic plants and breeds tropical ornamental fish, said orders from Europe are down by a fifth this year.
When a private tropical zoo in Brentford, Middlesex, closed in March, SEA LIFE London Aquarium stepped in to help re-home all the tropical fish, including some incredibly large Pacu, Redtail catfish, Giant gouramis, Giraffenose catfish and a Tiger shovelnose.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is considering adding the dwarf seahorse (Hippocampus zosterae) to the threatened or endangered species lists after receiving a petition from the non-profit Center for Biological Diversity.
Anyone watching the flotilla to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will realise one thing – us Brits will never let something as trifling as ‘a bit of rain’ get in the way of a good party. Similarly with the pond market; the unpredictable weather will never act as a deterrent to manufacturers bringing new products to the market. And this year, there seem to be even more products being launched to mark the season’s start.
New TetraPro display stands are now available from Tetra to help retailers encourage customers to take the step up to this premium product. The stand will allow retailers to offer a focused display of the full TetraPro range, making the product stand out in-store, and offering 20% added value through the 300ml TetraPro tins that have been designed to fit on the stand.
Hikari Silkworm Selects contains over 50% natural whole silkworms and is ideal for Koi and other pond fish that require an omnivorous diet. Silkworm is traditionally used as a growth supplement by Japanese Koi breeders.
Waterlife has re-launched its pond products for the 2012 season – a 250ml size has been introduced across the range. The new-look design label was driven by feedback from customers who wanted the product use to be the main focal point of the packs.
Singapore’s ornamental fish supplier Qian Hu Corporation has posted a 48.1% decline in its first quarter net profit to S$523,000 (£260,600) from the previous year. Group revenue for the quarter ended March 31 also fell 14.8% to S$20.6 million from a year ago.
The recent addition of a taller, 46-litre Fluval Edge aquarium allows aquarists even more options for creative aquascaping and fish choices. Fluval has introduced two new maintenance tools specifically designed for use with either the 23 or 46 litre models.
Three specialist aquatic centres in the south-west have joined the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association as their owner believes that in addition to giving his business enhanced credibility, the future of his business and that of the aquatic industry is assured by the continuous work and support provided by OATA.
King British Barley Straw Extract is a naturally derived, eco-friendly product suitable for use in ponds, which does not affect wildlife or aquatic animals. The no-mess extract is effective against green water (unicellular algae) and filamentous algae (including blanket weed), and is also suitable for use in water features.
Tetra is launching its first indoor anti-algae treatment for the UK market, Tetra AlguMin. It contains a low-concentrated biocide with natural peat extract, making it safe for fish and plants, but highly effective against algae.
A shark called Osbourne has been released into the sea by the Bermuda Aquarium and Zoo. The seven-year-old, 6.5-foot-long male Galapagos shark had been a star attraction at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo along with a Black grouper, writes the Bermuda Sun.
CEFAS is investigating a retailer for having in the shop premises controlled fish and crayfish species. The retailer is alleged to have had Myxocyprinus asiaticus, the Asian hi-fin shark, and Cambarellus, the Orange crayfish, for sale. Both species have been illegal to sell for years.
Prodibio water treatments available from Pedigree Wholesale
Prodibio designs, develops and manufactures water treatments for use when setting up and maintaining freshwater and marine aquariums, and its products are now distributed exclusively by Pedigree Wholesale.