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.

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

Happy Water Gardening

Philip Swindells

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