May and the Changing Water Temperatures

As the seasons are transitioning from Spring to Summer, the temperature of the water in your pond fluctuates.  These temperature fluctuations can be the cause for ICH, a single-celled protozoan that attacks fish, to flourish. Be prepared in case of an ICH outbreak by having NOX-ICH on hand.   ICH (ichthyophthiriasis) is one of the most prevalent diseases of fish.  It is caused by a microscopic single-celled protozoan that causes white spots in the skin and gills of the fish. Alteration of the protective skin of the fish by ICH allows opportunistic bacteria or fungi invasion and the fish can die from secondary causes. The best control of ICH is prevention. New plants or fish can easily introduce ICH to your pond. An excellent preventative measure is to treat your pond for Ich BEFORE adding new plants, fish or in the Spring when ICH is most prevalent.
Tricker’s recommends Nox-Ich to prevent or treat Ich.  Besides the highly effective and proven malachite green for ich, the product also contains sodium chloride.  Malachite green is a well known and old remedy that has been used to successfully treat not only ich but ectoparasites (gill flukes) as well as bacteria and fungal infections.  Treatment is for 3 consecutive days.  For aquariums, use 1 drop per gallon for 3  consecutive days.  For pond use or larger aquariums use 1 teaspoon per 75 gallons and 1/4 cup treats 900 gallons.  Summary:  4 oz treats 2400 gallons, 1 pint treats 7200 gallons, 1 quart treats 14400 gallons and 1 gallon treats 57600 gallons. For ponds 1/4  cup treats 900 gallons.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day


Spring Feeding Goldfish and Koi in the Water Garden

Spring and Fall are special times of the year that fish should receive a special diet of wheat germ nutrients that are highly digestible in cooler temperatures. Always supply a variety of foods to assure that your fish are getting all of the nutrients that they need. It is important to stop feeding cold water fish when the temperature of the water goes below 50 degrees F. However, you should use a special blend of fish food that is highly palatable and digestive formula that can be feed to fish in lower temperatures.


Only 20 Days till Spring

Time to start thinking Water Gardening! Only 20 Days till Spring arrives.

Aquarium Lighting

Lighting is of vital importance to fish keepers if they wish to simulate a true under-water environment that is both healthy and visually appealing. Placing an aquarium near a window will supply some much needed natural sunlight.  In order to assure healthy happy fish and plants we must go a step further by adding an artificial light source.


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Universal Aquarium Filter Material

Cut to fit filter material

Universal Aquarium Filter Material

This cut-to-fit filter material can be used for any aquarium filter. See the entire line of filter material Here

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Live Aquarium Plants

Aquatic plants are used to give the freshwater aquarium a natural appearance, oxygenate the water, and provide a natural habitat for fish, especially fry (babies) and for invertebrates. Some aquarium fish and invertebrates also eat live plants. Hobbyists use aquatic plants for

aquascaping and to help maintain healthy water quality.

Aquarium fish really need extra attention to the nutritional values of the food they are being fed. To really perk up your fish and give them a nutritional boost, feed them live Daphnia. Daphnia not only supply extra nutrition, they also supply emotional well being. In nature, your fish would spend most of their time searching and catching live aquatic insects to feed on. Give your fish the benefit of natural living by feeding them Daphnia.

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Freshwater Complete for your aquarium

A complete aquarium treatment for fresh water aquariums. No other bacterial additives needed. A brand new aquarium can be set-up using one product dose. Fish can be added immediately at full stocking density. Switch to maintenance after tank is cycled or clarified. UltraClear Complete is 100% Live Beneficial Bacteria. Safe for all fish. UltraClear Complete for aquariums: Instantly cycles new tanks or established aquariums. Eliminates ammonia & nitrite in problem aquariums. Performs aerobic denitrification to reduce nitrate in the aquarium. Clarifies aquarium water without toxic chemicals. Eliminates surface mats & hairy projections. Digest sludge build-up in tank. Dosage Instructions: Instantly Cycle New or Problem Aquarium: Set-up tank as normal, de-chlorinate water, dose 1 ounce per 10 gallons. Add fish at recommended population. Tank will be cycled in 24 hours. Switch to maintenance. Maintain clarity & digest sludge: Dose 1 ounce per 40 gallons. Repeat weekly or at least once a month. Solve water Clarity Problem: Dose 1 ounce per 20 gallons every week until clarity problem is solved then switch back to maintenance. Extreme clarity problems may require 4 to 8 doses. Continue manual cleaning as needed until tank is restored to desirable clarity.

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