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

octopus

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

fluval chi tank in living room

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

frog in pond with daisys

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

Plecostomus

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

Spring Pond

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

child looking at Koi Carp fish in pond

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

green pond water

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...

Fish feeding advice – how, how much and how often?

Red betta fish

When keeping an aquarium, fish feeding is one of those things that you want to get just right.Using the right methods, the right food, the right schedule and the right quantities can effect much more than just the basic nutrition of your fish, extending to tank-wide consequences if you get it wrong.At Swell UK, we take hundreds of advice calls every week about fish feeding, and usually it ...

Selecting healthy fish for tropical aquariums

Selection of tropical fish

One of the most dangerous times for your fish tank is the introduction of new fish into the ecosystem, and learning to identify healthy fish for tropical aquariums is one of the most useful skills you can develop as an aquarist.At Swell UK, we still hear about people getting it wrong from time to time, but we are happy to say we have a few tips to help you make getting a new fish as safe as po...

How aquarium filters work for beginners

Fish tank

Understanding just how your aquarium filter works is one of the major milestones when you begin you aquarium hobby. Essentially, your fish tank filtration system is the key to keeping healthy water, and therefore healthy fish, generating hundreds of calls to the experts at Swell UK each week.The best information comes free, and we thought we’d walk any newcomers to the aquarium hobby through...

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