All posts by Cat Byrne

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The Benefits to LED Lighting

Save energy and money LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lighting is fast becoming the preferred choice for aquarists, as it uses less electricity than standard forms, lasts much longer and produces up to 80% more light than traditional fluorescent tubes.It produces a deeper, purer light to support healthy plant growth, enhance natural colours and illuminate stunning marine life. The light seems to ...

How to Test your Aquarium Water

Testing your Aquarium Water An essential part of owning a marine aquarium is the on-going testing and monitoring of the water that your fish, plants and corals grow and live in. The most successful fish keepers and aquascapers regularly check their water rather than waiting before a problem occurs.There are plenty of things that need checking regularly in aquarium water; some of which can cau...

Protecting Garden Wildlife in the Winter

Swell UK Winter Garden

Protecting Garden Wildlife Now the colder weather is here, the garden wildlife population will noticeably diminish. This is because many animals hibernate over the season, or take themselves off somewhere much warmer – the lucky things!But some creatures remain in or around our gardens all winter, some maybe sleeping quietly and some still appear looking for food. It’s lovely to see these...

How to Prepare your Garden for Winter

As I am sure you have noticed, summer is now over and now is the perfect time to prep your garden ready for winter. There are many different things you can do to make sure your garden is ready for cold temperatures and frosty weather but here are a few to get your started: Tidy your Borders An important chore to add to your list is to tidy up your garden borders. This is where most of your plant...

Protecting Wildlife in your Pond

After years of hard work creating and cultivating a beautiful pond that provides a home to a wide variety of diverse aquatic and amphibian fauna, the last thing you want is something to come along and ruin it.Fortunately, there are many easy ways to protect the wildlife in your pond from harm. Protecting your fish Even if your pond is in a relatively suburban or even urban garden, the Heron ...

Aquarium Spotlight: Clownfish

Made all the more famous by a certain animated blockbuster about 10 years ago, the Clownfish is a firm favourite with marine aquarists the world over, and with plenty of good reason.Endemic to the Indian and South Pacific Oceans, the Clownfish lives in shallow waters, primarily among other reef fish and they often form symbiotic relationships with sea anemones, which they effectively use as a ...

What Can an Air Pump do for my Pond?

A constantly neglected and underestimated part of a good pond set up is a useful and reliable air pump. Relatively cheap in comparison to the other systems within your pond, they can often make a huge difference to the overall health and wellbeing of your pond, and to the lives of the fish and other organisms that live within it. What Do Air Pumps Do? It’s simple really: Air pumps force fresh ...

Build a Wildlife Pond with Wildlife Kate

Swell UK Wildlife Pond

Swell UK customer, blogger and all-round nature lover, Wildlife Kate (blog) took it upon herself to show us all how to successfully build at fabulous garden wildlife pond to help attract and support the creatures in our own back-garden paradises, using a few well-implements products from Swell UK – Her pictures display the results and really show what a little thought and creativity can bring to...

How your Pond or Aquarium Filter Works

When you are just starting out or even just thinking about taking up fish keeping for a hobby, it could be that your knowledge of filters can be summed up by a simple statement: Pond and aquarium filters are ‘magic boxes’ that clean my water.There’s no shame in this, especially if you are only a budding aquarist, and most of us have been there at some point. We thought it would be a good...

What to Plant in August

Swell UK Plant in August

While there are of course seeds you can sow in your garden to germinate next year as well as ready flowered potted plants you can insert straight into your flowerbeds, there are still a few flowers and plants worth adding as seedling as late as august to give your garden a colour boost with the added satisfaction of having grown them yourself. Flowering Plants If you want a last-blast of colour ...

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