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Coral Frags @ Mansfield Aquatics Ltd!

We have some great coral frags in store at £14.99! Lots to chose from and many different varieties.

Weekly deliveries and all cultivated in the UK. Multi buy deals available once a month so call 01623 428020 or call in to check what we have in stock.

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New Aqua Medic aCone Skimmers

We are starting to stock the new Aqua Medic aCone protein skimmers from next week. They complement the range we already have in store of DC Runner, Eco Drift and Evo products.

Pop in and have a look at these great new skimmers!

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Shop vs Internet

Why visiting our shop is better than buying online!

  1. Experience – Visiting a shop with equipped and furnished aquariums – Viewing  the livestock, plants and coral, seeing how the pros do things and what they use. It’s not a chore, it’s an outing!
  2. Touch and feel – Viewing an item for yourself, holding it, seeing the quality – physically comparing brands. Many cheaper products are made abroad in countries that do not have the same quality control and standards we have in the UK. These products are sold online and may ‘look’ like a good deal but are often in fact poor quality replicas.
  3. Advice – On what livestock can cohabit happily together and what equipment is needed – there’s nothing worse than ordering a part online and when it arrives you realise you needed something extra to make it work.
    We also spend the time and money researching and testing new products and techniques in store so you do not have to!
  4. Instant – Take it home there and then, no waiting for deliveries, arranging times when you have to be in. Quite often, when something critical fails in an aquarium it’s a race against time – it’s simple, it’s faster to buy from us.
  5. Price matched – Many of the products sold at Mansfield Aquatics are actually just as cheap in store as on the Internet, some will be even cheaper!
  6. Returns – if for whatever reason you need to return something, Mansfield Aquatics Shop is a much faster and friendlier way of getting things resolved.
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Problem solved!

A press release from Parker PR.

“A Mansfield based aquatics firm and a social enterprise in Langwith have created an unlikely partnership that has turned an environmental headache into a positive business solution.

Mansfield Aquatics receives its weekly supply of new fish and plants in Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) boxes. While they are perfect for carrying fish, they have proved very difficult to dispose of in the past – but that has all changed thanks to the company’s new partnership with Rhubarb Farm.

Problem Solved.

The community-based farm on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border grows a wide range of vegetable crops which are sold to local families, restaurants and farmers’ shops; it also provides training opportunities for people facing social and personal challenges. It will now be making regular trips to Mansfield to collect the various-sized boxes which it will then use when delivering soft vegetables like tomatoes, lettuce and broccoli to customers.

Managing Director of Mansfield Aquatics, Dave Ferry explained how Rhubarb Farm approached him offering the perfect solution to his waste disposal problem:

“Rhubarb Farm rang me asking if I had any boxes it could use to transport the vegetables it grows. I told them about the EPS ones we get our fish in, which they said were perfect. The boxes take up space and in the past we have even had to pay for them to be taken away and disposed. I love the fact that our partnership has found a green solution to our waste problem and my business headache.”

Sharon Storey, Horticulturalist at Rhubarb Farm says the partnership is a win-win-win solution; “We use organic methods of growing produce at the farm and are very environmentally conscious, so to be able to reuse waste materials like this is a winner for us. Mansfield Aquatics wins because it no longer has to pay for the boxes to be taken away and together we both stop waste going to landfill sites; which means everyone wins!”

The British Plastics Association estimates that around 2,255 tonnes of plastic waste is created in the UK each year, with only 25.2% of that ending up being recycled.

Mansfield District Council does accept trade waste EPS at its Hermitage Lane Recycling Depot. Businesses are charged a trade rate of £140 a tonne to dispose of it with a minimum payment of £10 for waste handled by the Depot.”

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Harlequin Tuskfish

har-tuskfish-500The Harlequin tuskfish isn’t nearly as “reef safe” as many of the other wrasse species. First, Harlequin tuskfish get rather large – maxing out at around 10 inches. Even in a reef aquarium as large as yours they will leave a footprint where dissolved nutrients are concerned. Second, they didn’t get the nickname “tusk-fish” for nothing. The unique, blue tusk-like teeth they sport certainly aren’t for eating algae. Those are certified invertebrate crunchers. That said, I wouldn’t be worried about a Harlequin tuskfish doing a whole lot to damage corals. (An interesting fact about these fish is that not only are their “tusks” blue but their bones are as well.)

Invertebrates would be on the menu, and would more than likely be your shrimp, crabs and even snails. Small fish, even wrasses, would also be on the menu. So overall I think a Harlequin tuskfish could be a major risk if you currently keep a fully stocked reef aquarium.

You do have to remember that all fish are individuals. I know many aquarists who have Harlequin tuskfish in their reef aquariums and have not had any problems. I once kept a Harlequin tuskfish in my reef aquarium for several years. In my experience cleaner shrimp and other invertebrates that had been established in the reef aquarium before the Harlequin tuskfish came along were safe – though any new additions were quickly gobbled up. While I would like to be able to guarantee some safety for your preexisting invertebrates; in reality your experience could be much different from mine.

Another problem Harlequin tuskfish pose in reef aquariums is their diet. Harlequin tuskfish require a varied diet with live feeder shrimp being a popular fish food item. I have found in reef environments that live fish foods can be difficult to feed and have an overall negative impact on water quality. Live fish which are fed as fish food can introduce disease into the reef aquarium.

I know the beauty and unique behaviors of the Harlequin tuskfish make them highly desirable in the reef aquarium. Sadly, their unique diet and size compiled with their appetite and eating habits make them overall unsuited for the reef aquarium. That said, if you are an adventurous reefkeeper like myself then you may still be lured into keeping a Harlequin tuskfish in your reef aquarium and perhaps it will yield fair results.

Original blog here