The team at Maidenhead Aquatics recently visited the UK's only dedicated trade show for the aquatics industry (Aqua 2019 in Telford), where many of our core manufacturers and distributors were exhibiting, to check out the latest new product launches and innovations in the industry.
Take a look at the short film we shot at the event to see some of the highlights of this year's show.
Here are some of our favourite products from the show to look out for in our stores and on the website in the near future.
The ever-popular and stylish aquariums from Evolution Aqua are having a brand-new cabinet design. There are no changes to the super stylish look from the outside, but inside the aquarium is supported by a steel frame, meaning that you can change the colour and finish or your cabinet at any time. Go from concrete, to black and then to white without ever having to completely drain the aquarium. What’s more, they are even stronger than they used to be!
A brand new idea to the pond market sees Blagdon introduce a new range of pond filters which come with a tablet form of media which releases into the water being filtered and removes sludge, blanketweed and green water. Replaced monthly, there is no need to be cleaning and changing sponges even in the warmest of weather. Also included is a UVC to make sure the water stays sparkling clear and bio media for the biological support of the pond. Make sure you check these out in the new year when they will be in our stores nationwide.
Oase took over the high-end aquarium market a few years ago with the launch of their elegant, straight-lined Hi-Line aquariums, a highly desired item amongst fishkeepers. Following their popularity, Oase have introduced a new range called the Styleline. They come complete with a heater, internal filter lighting a flat-pack standard. Still with the beautiful design, a fully metal lid and clean straight lines. This aquarium will soon become a favourite amongst fishkeepers.
If you have a massive koi pond, then this is definitely the filter for you. This beast of a pond filter will keep your water crystal clear and your water chemistry in tip-top shape. Suitable for ponds up to 100,000 litres, you can have 1 or 2 moving bed modules which are filled with a brand new moving media which has a hard outside to prevent beneficial bacteria from becoming dislodged.
The new Reefsys aquarium from Aqua One comes in 5 colours and will be on the market in the coming months. Complete with a stylish cabinet and sump and available in 4 sizes these aquariums are a real step up for marine aquariums from Aqua One. Benefits include a flexible weir, luxury finishes to the cabinets and adjustable return flows. What’s more, the cabinets are made right here in the UK (Southampton).
School's out for summer and we have some great ideas for fishy fun, in-store and out, to keep the kids occupied during the long summer holidays. Our stores are also teeming with some fantastic pond plants that are starting to show off their stunning flowers - perfect for adding some late summer colour, attracting wildlife and helping to eradicate unwanted algae.
Occasional use of an Activa Block is a fantastic way to give your aquarium water a polish and remove any chemical residues without having to faff about placing it within your filter. It can be added or removed in seconds, making it easy to use in rotation with any additives that you don’t want taken out of your aquarium water, and it’s a great back up for those rare but stressful occasions where unusual measures are needed.
Given the length of time that they’ve been prized as pets, it’s not surprising that Fancy goldfish are available in a range of shapes and colours. Some, such as this Panda oranda seen recently at our Shrewsbury branch, are more rarely seen than others due to the difficulties in breeding fish with stable colouration. Caught mid-yawn, this fish is also demonstrating the mouthparts that are so efficient at grubbing through the sand for food and munching on delicate plants.