Fluval Flex Aquariums

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hqdefaultThese great new small aquariums from Fluval are in stock here at J&M Aquatics and Pet Center.  We’ve included a video from Fluval, below, but here are 5 great facts about these aquariums:

  1. The elegant vertical bow front
  2. The easy feed port on the front
  3. The LED lighting remote
  4. The honeycomb wrap to conceal the water line and integrated filter system
  5. Oh, right, the integrated filter system!
  6. BONUS: the 7500K white LED lighting system that is INCLUDED! It will support live aquatic plants requiring mid to low light and, by using the remote, you can create over 80 different color variations!

Watch this video from Fluval to learn more about the Fluval Flex aquarium, in stock now at J&M Aquatics and Pet Center in Grand Junction, Colorado:

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From Fluval: Discus Fish Care 101

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The discus, also known as the king of aquarium fish, have been so intensively bred that the vast array of colours available has become almost dizzying. I have had the great privilege of visiting some of the most impressive discus breeding facilities around, namely Jeffrey and Tony Tan’s Malaysian discus breeding facility. Here, I saw not only a surgically clean breeding facility, but discus of quality that I had only ever dreamed about. For those of us who have some knowledge of the wonderful world of discus, the mere mention of the Aquarama Show in Singapore would quickly equate to the Tan brothers to absolutely perfect, show-quality discus entries with a winning history.  Read more…

Planted Tanks

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It seems these days that planted tanks are becoming more popular.  What’s a planted tank, you ask? Exactly what it sounds like. Instead of plastic plants a planted tank has real plants growing in it.  For example:

To start and keep a successful planted tank, you’ll need several things.

1. Appropriate lighting.  Full-spectrum LED lights work well for planted tanks and allow for photosynthesis to occur.  You can find Fluval and Marineland LED lighting at J&M Aquatics.

2. Food (fertilizers, substrates, etc) – Seachem’s Aquavitro line of planted tank products is perfect for providing additives and other benefits for your plants.  Our experts at J&M Aquatics can help you determine which product is right for your tank.

3. Extra Tools – Again, you can find small tools, forceps and even a plant-friendly glue for keeping plants in place from Seachem’s Aquavitro Aquarium Tool line.  These can help with grooming those ever-growing plants and keeping your tank neat and tidy.

4. Plants! – What would a planted aquarium be without plants? We have a wide variety of plants from those that are easy to grow to ones that require a little more skill and finesse. We stock: Anubias, hairgrass, Java fren, Ludwigia, cryptocorynes, Vallisneria, Java Moss and more!

Stop in to J&M Aquatics today at 2851 North Avenue in Grand Junction and get started with your planted tank!

Fluval’s Top 7 Aquarium Decorating Tips

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We love Fluval and their products, and we especially love being able to share their information with you!  Check out these great tips for decorating your new aquarium!

The event of preparing a new aquarium and building its inner environment is a huge amount of fun for all keepers and enthusiasts. That said, some thought should be given to ensuring the set-up is appropriate for the specimens you plan to keep. Sure, it’s really important you like the decorative aspect of the aquarium, but it is equally important that it satisfies the needs of the fish species that will spend their life within it.

Below are some essential tips to help you succeed at creating your dream aquascape with some long- term perspective for the fish you keep.

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TIP #1

Aquarium size and dimensions. While the popular catchall “Go big or go home” can apply to an aquarium purchase, a desktop or small aquarium is an option if the right type and size of fish are going to be kept. Make sure you understand the needs and behavior of the fish species that you prefer as your aquarium needs to be big enough to accommodate them. Pay particular attention to the behavior part as some smaller species due to their aggressive or territorial nature, may allow for only one male to be kept for example. When it comes to decorating the small aquarium, it is very easy to end up with a cluttered look. Try to create a central feature and complement it with your décor. Less is more here.

TIP #2

When planning the actual set-up, make sure you follow this sequence to help you avoid some common pitfalls. First and most importantly, thoroughly rinse gravel, natural structural decoration and anything else you intend to put in the tank. Create your structural aquascape and then fill the tank approximately halfway, at that point you can plant your plants. Before you start the initial fill with water, remember to place a plate at the very bottom to evenly distribute the incoming water or otherwise dampen the force of incoming water to avoid upsetting your creative efforts. To read the rest of Fluval’s tips, click here.

Fluval: How to Create a Biotope Aquarium

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A biotope aquarium is one that presents a community of fish,
invertebrates and plants that occur naturally together. This is a very
general and wide definition, because a biotope aquarium can, in fact,
represent a set of species from very different habitats. For example, a
biotope can be “Southeast Asia”, thus leaving open to interpretation the country, river and lake the species is selected from.
The same can be said of “India”, restricting the biotope species
list to those found only in India. Furthermore, a “Western Ghats”
biotope restricts the species offering unique to this specific mountain
range, or down to a certain mountain stream found within the Western
Ghats region.  Read more!

Keeping Aggressive Fish

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Want to know how to keep aggressive fish
in your tank? In nature, fish have all the space they need. Aggressive
species tend to be separated by greater distances, sometimes meeting
only to breed – just like polar bears in the North. Aquariums obviously
limit the amount of space any individual fish can occupy and therefore,
without precautions and planning, this can have serious consequences –
most often resulting in the death of the weaker species.

The best way to avoid such a problem is to carefully research
the fish you are planning to keep, and to make sure enough space is
provided for all the cohabitating fish.

The following factors are some of the limitations of fish aggression,
and I’d like to propose some solutions, such as creating natural
barriers, which will greatly reduce the chances for aggressive acts.

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