Wednesday, September 27, 2006

 

US Fish Importation Regulations - 30 Day Extension Granted


A temporary reprieve

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has announced a 30-day extension before new regulations affecting the importation of koi and goldfish go into effect. The new rules will now become effective October 30th, 2006, rather than September 29th as originally planned. The US government said it delayed the implementation date because importers and exporters of koi and goldfish, as well as some foreign governments, requested additional time to prepare for the changes.

The new regulations pertain to live fish, fertilized eggs and gametes of fish susceptible to Spring Viremia of Carp (SVC). These include koi and goldfish.
The regulations’ provisions include requiring an import permit and health certificate indicating that the shipment originated in an SVC-free region; limited shipments to only certain designated United States ports of entry; and meeting certain containment requirements while in transit within the United States. Importers are also subject to user fees for obtaining the import permits and port of entry inspections.


International Waterlily Society Hall of Fame 2006 - Rich Sacher

Only one award to the Hall of Fame was made by the IWGS at their annual symposium in Florida this year. This was to Rich Sacher, owner of American Aquatic Gardens in New Orleans, Louisiana. A tireless hybridiser of waterlilies, he is the author of "Hybridizing Waterlilies: State of the Art", recently published by IWGS.


Fish Next?

The UK Wyevale Garden Centres' Group move to cease trading in live animals has been welcomed by Animal Aid, an organisation that claims garden centres are totally unsuitable environments in which to sell animals as they encourage impulse buying. Animal Aid is continuing to press Wyevale to phase out the sale of ornamental fish from its aquatics concessions. A spokesman for Animal Aid said: "We will be pressing Wyevale to stop these sales too. After all, fish are animals and are deserving of the same level of care and consideration."


Fountain Scents



American manufacturer Jungle Labs has introduced a product called Fountain AcScents. This is a new fountain product that combines water conditioners with a subtle fragrance in a fizz tab formula. Used weekly, the product protects water pumps from damage caused by hard water deposits and white scale. Fountain AcScents are available in Spicy Citrus, Creamy Vanilla, Cherry Grove, Fresh Mint, Gardenia and an unscented version.


Ugly Goldfish Operation

A disfigured fish at a museum in Scotland has undergone surgery to remove a lump from its head, after visitors complained about its appearance. The goldfish at the Royal Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh had the "harmless but unsightly" lump removed from its head during surgery paid for by museum visitors. According to a report from The Scotsman newspaper, although the fish showed no signs of distress due to the growth, scientists at the museum decided that the fish should undergo surgery to remove it. A spokesman told the paper that the fish's eye also had to be removed along with the lump during surgery.


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

 

GLEE Product Awards - Aquatics - 2006

The international Garden and Leisure Exhibition product awards have been announced. A team of fifteen expert judges from the garden, pet and leisure industries studied more than two hundred and eighty GLEE New Product entries in fourteen categories. The products were rated for innovation, design and originality; how well products met the gardener’s needs; and any unique features or technologies setting the product apart from competitors. They were also judged for quality, fitness for purpose, environmental impact and value for money. The following are those that are particularly relevant to water gardeners.

Water Gardening - Blagdon Powersafe Armoured Garden Power Supply - Interpet


Judges' Comment: "This brilliantly packaged system has everything necessary to fit an outside electrical box legally. Including circuit breaker, plug, armoured cable, bracket, connector and even waterproof putty."

Best Export Potential - Goodbye Green Water - Nishikoi Aquaculture Ltd


Judges' Comment: "This is an innovative, 100% natural, bio-friendly treatment based on a unique patent. Quite simply, it works. With no mess, no measuring and no chemicals, it's extremely user-friendly."

Pondcrisis

This is a very rewarding web-site to visit even if your pond is not in crisis. It leads the pond owner through a series of steps that help towards deciding what the problem is if you have one, or alternatively the information can be used to tell you how to avoid trouble in the future. To visit click here.

New UV from Sentry

Sentry Ultraviolet Inc. has introduced a UV Titanium PVC Stainless Steel-Lined UV, which comes stainless lined or unlined. The PVC has titanium added in liquid form to help reflect UV. The ballast has LEDs showing the unit has power and a new Lamp Out sensor showing if the lamp is on or working. This unit is American made and according to the manufacturer can be used as a sterilizer or clarifier. Further information click here.

Ponds from Garden Pools


Garden Pools manufacture polyethylene and fibre glass pools for supply to a large range of garden centres and water garden specialists throughout New Zealand. Their ponds and pools are often used as reservoirs for ornamental water features and fountains. The ponds, pools and waterfalls are easy to install. Further information click here.

Canna Bulletin

A new Bulletin has been published about the Royal Horticultural Society’s trial at their Wisley garden last year. The trial comprised a wide diversity of cultivars, numbering 152 in total, including a several that are commonly grown as marginal aquatic plants. The Bulletin gives details of 22 AGM (Award of Garden Merit) winning cultivars, and contains pictures and comprehensive descriptions of each AGM Canna. Also advice on cultivation, possible threats from pests and diseases and details of other cultivars in the trial. It is available from click here, either by sending for as a print copy, or by downloading a pdf file.

Rock Face Boulders and Panels



For those landscaping a water garden or koi pond, the range of Rockworld of Cape Town’s rock face boulders and panels are difficult to surpass. These are manufactured from glass fibre reinforced concrete. This is a Portland cement-based composite with alkali-resistant glass fibres that are randomly dispersed through out the product. These fibres serve a purpose similar to that of the steel required for reinforced concrete.The fibres having less mass, giving the boulders and panels a substantially lower weight, without compromising their strength. Further information click here.

Prazipro Parasite Treatment



Hikari Sales USA Inc. of Hayward, California have introduced PraziPro to its Pond Solutions line of water conditioners. PraziPro treats internal and external parasites and can also be used as a preventative when adding suspect fish or plants to prevent potential problems. PraziPro can be used in both freshwater and saltwater and does not negatively affect biological filtration.

Small Fountain Protector


Small Fountain Protector prevents; sludge, ammonia, cloudy water and mineral deposits from forming and keeps fountain pumps and water lines free from organic build-up for maximum efficiency. It enhances the performance of all beneficial bacteria naturally found in fountains. It is manufactured from natural enzymes, which safely break down organic contaminate. A food-grade enzyme, non-toxic, biodegradable, bacteria free and 100% environmentally friendly. Safe for rubber, plastic, stone and ceramic fountains. Safe for wildlife, aquatic life and pets, when used as directed.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

 

Aquatic Art Competition Results

The Overall Winner

According to the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society, their first Annual Aquatic Art Competition exceeded all expectations both with respect to the number of entries received and the calibre of the artwork. Each category winner received an award with their artwork on it. The artist with the best artwork was adjudged to be Dan Rutledge, who received "The Lily" trophy. Photo: IWGS. Details click here.

Aquatic Nasties

Aquatic Nasties In Water Near You by Louise Thomas, is published in the Alpha series by the Royal Society of New Zealand for use in formal educational curricula. "Alien aquatic plants are invading a waterway near you. If you live in the South Island, infestations of Didymo, Didymosphenia geminata, are plaguing the waterways and regularly featuring in the national news, or if you live in the North Island, maybe your local stream or lake is fouled with Alligator Weed, Alternanthera philoxeroides, or Hornwort, Ceratophyllum demersum." This Alpha on aquatic nasties also covers algal blooms.

Winterizing a Pond

Winterizing a Pond is the title of the final practical seminar of 2006 from Baltimore, Ontario, Canada-based Burns Water Gardens. There are two sessions, at 10am and 2pm respectively on 30th September. It is essential to book ahead and you are asked to take your coat and your questions. Details click here.

New TetraPond De-Icer


TetraPond has introduced the TetraPond De-Icer. This helps keep an area of the pond ice-free during the winter and prevents smaller ponds from freezing solid, according to the manufacturer. This energy-efficient model uses only 300 watts and is effective in temperatures as low as -20ºF degrees. It is powered with a thermostat that shuts the power off and restarts as needed for maximum efficiency. Further information click here.

Bigger Pumps, Longer Cords

Fountain Mountain Inc. is now featuring big pumps with long cords. These energy-efficient models pump up to 6,500 gph and come with 30-foot, 100-foot, 150-foot and 200-foot cords. These pumps are UL-approved and feature standard pipe threading. For more information click here.

Firestone Heat-weldable Membrane Released


Firestone Specialty Products has released the MultiLiner RPP Geomembrane, a flexible, heat-weldable polyester reinforced membrane. Benefits include puncture resistance, no-stress cracking or crazing after accelerated weathering, low water vapour permeance and water absorption, according to the manufacturer. Further information click here.

Inaugural Malaysia Open Wakagoi Championship

All koi-keepers and enthusiasts are invited to the inaugural Malaysia Open Wakagoi Show and Championship 2006, which will be held at Sentul Park Boulevard, Sentul on 23rd and 24th September 2006. The contest is open to all koi hobbyists and enthusiasts. Details click here.

Oase Withdraw From GLEE

It has been reported that multi-national water gardening product supplier Oase have withdrawn from the UK trade exhibition GLEE 2006. Annie Dyke, Petindex Sales Manager confirmed that was so, but said: "We have a fantastic show in store this year. Demand from exhibitors across the pet and aquatic’s industries has been exceptional. The reported contraction of GLEE’s Water Gardening section has in fact been largely due to Oase, who took the decision to withdraw from this year’s Glee to support their home show in Germany. However, we are delighted that Oase have already indicated their intention to return to GLEE in 2007" she said.

The Thermoplanter


Black River Nursery, has introduced the Thermoplanter, a new piece of equipment for waterlily enthusiasts that is designed to extend the growing season of tropical waterlilies. The Thermoplanter creates a micro-climate around the plant, using less than 70 watts of power. Details click here.

Koi Drag at Orient Koi Farm

This will take place at Orient Koi Farm, Gauteng, South Africa
The program is:-

10:30am Arrival and disinfecting process.

11:00am The drag starts. All clients will participate in the drag under the watchful eyes of Orient staff.

13:00pm Lunch time. At this time the harvest will be graded.

Further information click here.

Rare Phragmites Offered
Phragmites karka ‘Variegata’ is one of the rarest and most unusual marginal aquatics. This is now available from Epic Plant Company, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. Originating in Japan, this choice reed rarely grows more than 90cm (36in) high, and produces green leaves that are strikingly striped with white. It may be late in the season to buy one now, but be sure to book one for next season as they will doubtless sell quickly. Further information click here.

Algae Witch Launched


M² Polymer Technologies has released the Algae Witch, an algae removal tool that has a light-weight, cast-aluminum rod 6-feet long with an attached brush. To clean the brush, pull back on the brush handle. The brush passes through a comb that removes the collected algae into a pail. It should be available now through water garden suppliers in North America.

Aquatics at GLEE

A number of new aquatics bookings and thriving pet exhibitor attendance mean that the UK trade GLEE Petindex exhibition is expanding this year. The additional interest brings the combined Hall 4 Aquatics, Pet and Water Gardening presence to a higher level than 2005’s record-breaking show, with around 280 companies.Taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 17th-19th September, nearly every key brand in the aquatic and water-related sectors will be represented. Focusing on the complementary interests of garden ponds, decorative statuary and outdoor water features, the adjoining Water Gardening section will include around thirty exhibitors including Henri Studio, Gordon Low, Heissner, AquaBio International and Aqua Hydrotech.

New European Hardy Waterlilies

Several new hardy Nymphaea have been formally registered with the Water Gardeners International Checklist . Their details can be found here.’Pattern Ruby’ ('Arc en Ciel' x 'Rotkäppchen') bred by Dieter Bechthold from Germany and several, including ‘Niki’ and ‘Thalia’, produced by Andreas Protopapas in Cyprus.

Niigata Koi Disease Free

Mr Hajime Isa has given his 5th and final report on the KHV (Koi Herpes Virus) outbreak for the Niigata prefecture. Niigata is the Japanese prefecture made famous for being the birth place of koi, and has been given the all clear to lift restraints on the distribution of their koi. KHV has been eradicated totally from all their stocks. Further information click here.

New Savio Weir


Savio Engineering have introduced a 31-inch installable weir that will accommodate a cascading waterfall. The weir also works as a small filter. The filtration system can be retrofitted to existing ponds, and pond-free systems, with flow rates up to 10,000 gallons per hour. Two faceplate spillways and a media grate for stones or potted plants are included. Details click here.

Carp Control Using KHV

A two-year project has been established to investigate the effectiveness of using the Koi Herpes Virus as a way to control strains of carp present in Australian water bodies, and will examine whether the virus will have any impact on native fauna. "The virus works by attacking the carp's gills as well as other vital organs and eventually killing its host," said Marc Crane the project leader. "Koi Herpes Virus is attractive as a biological control agent as overseas studies suggest that it has a very limited host range, infecting only carp."

And Finally - "When is a fish not a fish?"

When is a fish not a fish? When it is a giant killer reptile with four legs and sharp teeth. Politicians in Australia have been pondering the meaning of "fish" and have passed new laws making it clear crocodiles should be fish too. The decision is at odds with the arbiter of the Australian English language, the Macquarie Dictionary, which rules that fish are "completely aquatic vertebrates, having gills, commonly fins, and typically an elongated body usually covered with scales". Further information click here.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

 

New US Import Restrictions for Ornamental Fish

Regulations are in force 29th September

Live fish of most species may be imported into the United States without import requirements from USDA. However, eight species of fish that are susceptible to the disease Spring Viremia of Carp (SVC) have recently come under USDA oversight. These species are: Common Carp, including Koi, Cyprinus carpio; Goldfish, Carassius auratus; Grass Carp, Ctenopharyngodon idellus; Silver Carp, Hypophthalmichthys molitrix; Bighead Carp, Aristichthys nobilis; Crucian Carp, Carassius carassius; Tench, Tinca tinca, and Sheatfish, Silurus glanis.

New regulations have been developed for the importation of live fish and their gametes (eggs and milt) from these species. The regulations pertain to commercial shipments and to fish brought in to the US as personal baggage. Live fish of these species may continue to be imported, provided they are accompanied by a USDA import permit and a veterinary health certificate issued by a full-time veterinary officer or Competent Authority of the National Government of the exporting country.

Importers must now use new identifying Harmonized Tariff Structure import codes assigned by the International Trade Commission for these species on shipping manifests and invoices. The new rules become effective 29th September 2006. For further information click here.

New Model Blanket Weed Controller for Australia

A new and improved model of the Blagdon Blanket Weed Controller has been launched in Australia. It is an electronic device designed for fast-acting control of light green frothy cotton wool-like blanket weed in ponds of up to 22,700 litres.The device has a unique microprocessor which emits varying radio frequencies through antennae cables. This disrupts calcium ions in the water and causes blanket weed cells to break up. Further information click here.

Crescent Fountains and Bowls Launched in the UK


Crescent have launched their fountain and bowl range into the UK. These lightweight bowls and fountains are extremely durable and are backed up by a ten year warranty. With designs that include romantic Mediterranean classics, as well as the clean lines of contemporary design, there is something suitable for every water garden. Each product is designed to be practical: the water gardening containers including special rubber plugs to allow for easy installation of pumps.

Instant Baby Shrimp

Ocean Nutrition has developed Instant Brine Shrimp, a revolutionary product that allows fish-keepers to use brine shrimp when and where they are needed. The product consists entirely of sterile new-born nauplii in a water solution. Nothing else has been added. The product is completely natural, as if the shrimps have been freshly hatched at home. At present the product is only available in North America, but will shortly be available world-wide.

Landscaping Earth Ponds


Chelsea Green Publishing has released a new publication entitled Landscaping Earth Ponds: The Complete Guide by Tim Matson. This is the latest in Mr Matson’s series of books about natural aquatic landscaping. Further details click here

New Profimax Pumps


These are a new range of watercourse pumps from Oase, which are designed to create impressive watercourses and waterfalls, or for the powerful displacement of pond water to the filtration system. Coarse debris particles up to 8 mm in size are displaced without difficulty. The pumps are durable, easy to handle and can be over-wintered in a pond even if frozen in. Details click here.

Indian Fountains


Natural Stone Depot is an up and coming company from India that has been a leading supplier of Indian stone to the building and landscape industry throughout the world. It is now moving ahead into the manufacturing of products, including this beautiful and exotic range of Indian style fountains. Details click here.

Contemporary Water Sculptures


Contemporary Water Sculptures designs and creates original water features and sculptures. They offer water features/ sculptures to architects, designers, businesses and home owners. The sculptures can stand - alone; on a balcony, in an outdoor dining area, a foyer, a courtyard, as a focal point for a garden or they can be incorporated in a pond. The water sculptures are designed by Geoff McConnell and reflect his keen interest in modernist architecture. The materials commonly used are stone, stainless steel, bronzed copper, aluminium and cast iron.
Further details click here.

Oase Pondlith now in Australia

Pondlith is a natural product with zeolite-based filter material that is now being marketed in Australia by Oase. Zeolite is a rarely-found type of stone, which reduces ammonia levels in the pond, restricts algal growth and improves water quality. Further details click here.

New Profinaut Pumps

This is a new range of pumps from Oase which they claim will create a new fountain experience for gardeners. Available in three sizes, they are durable, easy to handle and can be over-wintered in a pond even if frozen in. Details click here.

Aqua Bella Fountain Kit


According to the manufacturer, the Aqua Bella Fountain Kit has been specially designed and developed by professional landscapers for easy installation. The kit includes a basin measuring 52in x 52 in x 20in, two grates, a 950-gph pump and a hose with a quick connecter. It is presently only available in North America.

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