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Air Pumps – are they just another thing to buy?

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Air pumps in ponds – do you really need one? What purpose do they serve? In fish tanks, air pumps have become more a visual feature than a required piece of kit, blowing nice bubbles, which although obviously helps in the tank, most modern internal or external filters would cope perfectly well without.So does this go for ponds too? No is the answer. Air pumps can make a dramatic difference t...

Helping Wildlife Thrive in your Garden

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It’s that time of year. Everything is blooming, growing, breeding. From the lambs dancing in the fields, the influx of insects, and the first butterfly you spot, all are signs of the new season. Nature knows what it’s doing, but sometimes it can do with a helping hand. Here’s some tips of what you can do to help out nature near your pond. Have a pondFirst, just having a pond...

Tank Light Bulbs: What colours do you need?

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 When it comes to lighting for your fish tank, it can be a minefield. Not only are there different fittings of bulbs to consider, but also it seems an infinite amount of variations in colours and names – is there really that much difference in them?Firstly, let’s look at the basics. If you’re looking for high spec lighting for marine corals for example, this isn’t for you. Tha...

A break for freedom! Octopus escapes from aquarium in effort to return to the sea

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An octopus from the National Aquarium of New Zealand has made a brave dash for freedom.The most popular theory is that Inky the octopus broke out of his tank in the middle of the night and proceeded to slither down a 50 meter drainpipe that led out into the waters of Hawke’s BayInky had been a resident at New Zealand's National Aquarium in Napier for two years and staff believe that he c...

Modern and unusual fish tanks

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The aquarium hobby is continuing to advance at a rapid pace. One of the many great things about this is that there are an abundance of modern and unusual fish tanks available, complete with state of the art filtration and care systems that not only serve as the perfect dwelling for your fish, but also make a great, inspiration and relaxing addition to your home. Here’ s the Swell UK team’s pi...

The Swell UK Guide to creating your very own Eco Pond

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Here at Swell UK HQ we are dedicated to helping pond dwelling creatures thrive; be they fish, amphibians or insects. It’s a sad fact that in the UK many of our most well-loved, pond dwelling species are disappearing at an alarming rate due to a reduction in natural wildlife ponds and bog areas. But the good news is that there is something you can do to help!By creating your very own mini Eco...

Custodians: Your freshwater aquarium ‘clean-up’ crew

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When problems with algae appear in your aquarium, it’s all too easy to jump straight to the chemical solutions, but keeping a set of aquarium custodians or ‘Clean-Up Crew’ can be just as effective, and far more natural when it’s done right.The phrase ‘clean-up crew’ has been around since the 1980’s, and has been used by professional aquarists and vendors all over, and refers to o...

Essential tips for getting your pond ready for Spring

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The yearly cycle of your pond is important, and with Spring just ready to poke it’s head out following our Swell UK essential tips for getting your pond ready for Spring might just make all the difference in the Spring and Summer when you can enjoy your garden pond at it’s best.We’re sure we don’t need to tell you to dress sensibly for this occasion – temperatures are still pretty lo...

Children and ponds: Keeping everybody safe

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Many pond keepers worry about the relationship between their pond and the children that come into contact with it, and rightly so!Learning to keep your children safe around your pond (and often, keeping your pond safe around the children) is something we should always take seriously, and so here’s a few pointers to avoid disaster and ensure the enjoyment of your garden in a safe manner.S...

How to control pond algae

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How to control pond algae - trouble shooterWith so much chemistry going on in your pond, having a lookthrough a pond algae trouble shooter might just save you the heartache of a green and stagnant pond.We all know the type of pond algae problem we are talking about, the stubborn ‘pea soup’ pond, where a single or series of factors may have led to algae gaining a rapid and strong hold o...

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