FishChannel Product Reviews: Fish Food and Plant Products

Every product in FishChannel’s product review section has been tested by noted Aquarium Fish International columnist David Lass.

David A. Lass has been keeping tropical fish since he was 12 years old. He has been involved in most aspects of the aquarium hobby and currently wholesales tropical fish to retail stores in New England. In addition to the fish tanks for his business, David keeps a number of large planted tanks, including a 300 gallon with altum angels, discus, rummynoses and many catfish. David is the product reviewer for Aquarium Fish International and a moderator on the FishChannel forums.


Ocean Nutrition Shrimp Wafers Review

Ocean Nutrition Shrimp

The Claims
Ocean Nutrition claims that its Shrimp Wafers provide all of the nutrition that freshwater ornamental shrimp require, that they are readily eaten and that they do not fall apart in the water.

The Test
I sell a number of different ornamental shrimp in my wholesale business, and I fed Ocean Nutrition’s Shrimp Wafers to the varieties that tend to lose their color: cherry reds and tigers. More>>


Ecological Laboratories Microbe-Lift Biologically Alive Substrate

 Ecological laboratories

Microbe-Lift Biologically Alive Substrate for planted aquariums really makes a difference in the growth of aquarium plants.

The Claims
The company claims that the Biologically Alive Substrate for planted aquariums will help live plants grow better, and it will lead to a beautiful and lush planted tank.

The Test
I set up a new 29-gallon planted tank with the substrate, filling the tank halfway with water from an existing tank and half with new water. I used a fluorescent reflector with two 36-inch T5 HO lamps on for 10 hours a day. Plants included jungle val, dwarf Sagittaria, giant hygro, red hygro, water sprite, Cabomba, moneywort and a few crypts. More>>


Seachem Plant Substrates and Additives

SeaChem Substrates

The Claims
Seachem’s claims for their substrates and additives are very simple — your plants and planted aquariums will be better with their products.

The Tests
I actually did two separate tests:

  1. I tested the four Seachem plant substrates to see if there was any difference between them in growing plants.
  2. I used two of Seachem’s substrates and three of their additives in a typical planted aquarium setup. More>>


ONEdersave Products EcoBio-Planter Review

Onedersave planter

The Claims
ONEdersave claims that the EcoBio-Planter combines the proven effectiveness of the EcoBio-Block in a natural-looking planter for aquarium plants, which both improves the health of the plant and also of the overall aquarium ecosystem.

The Test
I tested the EcoBio-Planter in two applications. One was with a bamboo plant in the spray of an indoor waterfall; the other was with a red Nymphaea lily in my 300-gallon display aquarium. Both EcoBio-Planters were used for a month or so. More>>  

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