Wednesday, August 23, 2006

 

New Aerating Fountains Launched

Cost-effective aeration

Otterbine has announced the arrival of their new Large Aerating Fountains. According to the manufacturers, the development and testing of these fountains has taken has more than two years. They offer a cost-effective solution for those desiring large decorative water patterns combined with the benefits of strong aeration and water quality management. Manufactured from corrosion resistant materials, and a custom built oil-cooled Baldor motor, the Large Aerating Fountains need only 40in of water depth to operate and are available in both single and three phase models. Further details click here.


South African Koi Keepers Society

The go-ahead has been given to establish a Pretoria chapter of the Society, giving Pretoria the opportunity to run its own committee, excursions and show. The meeting to discuss the founding of a chapter is being held at Oriental Koi Farm at 10.30am for 11am on 1st October. Further details click here.


Aqua-One Improved

Aqua-One, the "science-first" bacterial product known for outstanding results is now even better, according to the manufacturer. With more strains of beneficial bacteria, Aqua-One is works for seeding bio-filters, controlling nutrient in the spring and summer and for reducing sludge all year. Further information click here.


Pondmaster Pressurized Filter System

New from Pondmaster

Danner Manufacturing of Islandia, New York, have introduced a Pondmaster Pressurized Filter System. The filter employs a manually operated agitator to dislodge most of the pond residue that accumulates in the filter chamber. The filter uses their proprietary Bio Matrix reusable solid filtering media. This media, when agitated, releases accumulated dirt in the canister, which is then flushed out in the backwash cycle. Further information click here.


Got Algae Problems?

Then visit Got Algae.com. This web-site has been designed to provide information and solutions for various common water quality, algae, and aquatic plant problems associated with ponds, lakes, and water features. It aims to provide accurate, effective, and reliable information. Kasco Marine, Inc., the company behind the web-site are manufacturers of high quality, affordable aerating floating fountains, pond aerators, and water circulators for improved water quality and beauty. According to the company, Got Algae.com will focus on total water quality management with aeration being a key component, but possibly not a complete pond management tool. Further details click here.


Aquascape Re-branding

Aquascape Designs Inc. are re-branding with a new name and logo. "We've been diligently working on the branding initiative for over a year, which includes a name change to Aquascape, brand name changes on products, as well as a sleek new logo for Aquascape that will be seen on store shelves beginning in late fall 2006". Further details click here.


Redesigned Aquascape Biofalls Filter

Biofalls redesigned

Aquascape Designs Inc. have introduced its redesigned Biofalls filter. A removable upper tray that can hold a mixture of rocks, plants and gravel replaces the former rock ledge. The Biofalls now has a circular design for improved strength. Two bulkhead openings allow plumbing to be attached from either size, with the other opening being used to ease spring clean-outs or to fit multiple pumps and plumbing. The filter comes with a reversible waterfall stone for those not using natural stone. A reversible waterfall snout allows the stone to be turned around to reveal a flat face, The filter mat has 50% more surface area and a longer life-span than traditional mats. Further information click here.

2007 All Japan Show and Sakai of Hiroshima

The 38th Combined All Japan Show will be held on January 20th - 21st 2007 at the Ryutsu Center in Tokyo, Japan. The annual event is attended by virtually all of Japan's leading breeders, as well as Koi dealers and hobbyists from all over the globe.


Introducing InScenio FM-Master

Manufactured by Oase, this is a convenient radio remote control solution for turning various electrical devices in the garden off and on, or for reducing water flow rates. Fitted with a stake, it can be firmly anchored in the ground. The four outlets and the mains input are waterproof, strain-relieved, and are suitable for year- round use. The hand transmitter has a range of max. 80 m for remote control. Further details click here.


Pond of the Year 2006

A competition organised by Blagdon the Pond Masters, is offering up to £1000 worth of Blagdon water gardening products to the pond owner who sends in a picture of their pond, which the panel of judges deems is most worthy of the title ‘Blagdon Pond of the Year 2006’. There are three pond size categories. The closing date for entries is 31st October. Further details click here.


Fountain Pumps from Sunterra

Compact and efficient

Sunterra of Peoria, Illinois, has introduced its new fountain pumps. These include a 30 gal per hour table top/small fountain pump with 1.8ft lift; a 75gal per hour small fountain pump with 3.2ft lift, 130 gal per hour model with 4ft lift, as well as a 200 gal per hour large fountain pump with 4.9ft lift and a 320 gal per hour extra large fountain pump with an 8ft maximum lift. Further details click here.


Charles Winch Collection

The recently restored New Orleans Botanical Garden is featuring an international exhibition of waterlilies bred by the world renowned waterlily breeder, Australian Charles Winch. Charles, who has now retired, has been the most prolific breeder of tropical waterlilies, producing more high quality cultivars than any breeder including the late George Pring of the Missouri Botanical gardens. More details click here.


Specialist Fish Food Web-site

Well known ornamental fish and pond specialists Happy Koi have launched a specialist fish food web-site for South African water gardeners. Called MyFishFood.com, it aims to provide fish-keepers and pond enthusiasts with sound information and the opportunity to purchase the right fish food products for their particular circumstances. To visit the web-site click here.


New Zealand’s Dirty Dozen

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) are keeping up the offensive on alien aquatics that have escaped from cultivation and are now causing serious environmental damage. Three species, Water Lettuce, Annual Wild Rice and Bog Bean are reported to have been eradicated, but the remaining nine still pose serious problems and demand constant vigilance from everyone to ensure their eventual elimination. For details of the "Dirty Dozen" click here.


Bio-PondTabs

Microbial pond clarifier

Natural Solutions have added Bio-Pond Tabs to their range of water conditioners. According to the manufacturer, this microbial pond clarifier contains thirteen bacteria and fungal cultures for nutrient reduction, phosphate removal, nitrification and de-nitrification, elimination of bottom sludge, water clarity and more. These 3oz blocks are available in single packs for treating 2500 gallons of water or a five pack for larger applications. Further information click here.


Aqua Research Center Opened in Canada

Researchers have unveiled the newly expanded animal health centre in Victoria, Prince Edward Island, where innovative research will uncover solutions for controlling disease-causing pathogens in farmed fish. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to introduce the recently renovated Novartis Animal Health Center for Aqua Research and Development, which is a facility that houses the development of leading animal treatments, including research and development of fish health products, vaccines and pharmaceutical products for prevention of parasites.


New Koi Identification CD

The 3rd Edition of the Koi Identification CD with its 400 photographs, mostly taken by Martin de Jong, and a wealth of information about koi varieties, classification and history is due for release by Koi Village by December 1st 2006. Further details click here.


Pond Life Styles Web-site Launched

This site is part of the Aquascape enterprise and is intended for the home water gardener. It features everything from small container water gardens to large pond systems, from do-it-yourself projects to hire-it-done projects, as well as fish and plant information, to maintenance and troubleshooting. In addition, consumers who desire professional help can find Certified Aquascape Contractors in their area. To view the web-site click here.


To visit International Water Gardener and the other regional Water Gardener web-sites click here.

Happy Water Gardening

Philip Swindells
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