Tetra has been carrying out extensive algae research for decades, having launched its first anti-algae agent, AlguMin, as far back as 1968. The leader in the aquatics market has once again invested heavily in algae research and was equipped with a state-of-the-art algae laboratory at the beginning of this year, meaning that the company is now even better positioned strategically within the industry.
The trend for creating individual living spaces has now been adopted by the world of fishkeeping, as Tetra is broadening its range to include aquarium decoration products, by releasing Tetra DecoArt.
Dr Gerd Großheider, Director of Quality Management and Regulatory Affairs at Tetra, about tropical fish diseases.
Tetra is extending its range of food products.
It is a well-known fact that every aquarist needs to regularly test the condition of their aquarium water. Poor water conditions are always a sign that the optimal biological balance has been disrupted and that the aquarium system is not functioning correctly. Water tests provide security, allowing for early identification of any imbalances and guarding against damage.
In the last edition of TeTrade, we looked at the issue of water quality in general. In this edition, we shall be focusing on three specific products and discovering how each of these functions.
Since July 2011, Tetra presents the next generation of food tablets for all types of tropical fish: Tetra Tablets TabiMin, Tetra PlecoTablets and Tetra Tablets Tips. All three products are now produced in the form of two-tone multi tablets. Each formula contains additional benefits specifically adapted to the needs of fish. These are also visible to the user, thanks to the two-tone technology.
Tetra is extending its range of natural food products by introducing the new TetraDelica Nature Mix. In doing so, the leader in the fishkeeping market is responding to the current trend of experienced aquarists whose main concern is to offer their fish a varied and near-natural feed. This new product contains four types of natural foods, including daphnia that is high in fibre and protein-rich brine shrimps, as well as cyclops and krill, which both contain a high level of carotenoids for a beautiful colouring and essential Omega-3 fatty acids for increased energy.
When the global market leader in the aquatics industry presented Tetra Marine gel food at Interzoo 2010, this represented the launch of a new type of special feed for marine fish that is a genuine alternative to live or frozen food. The product is available in two different forms and a total of five flavours. The pre-portioned gel food promotes natural feeding activity and its fresh taste ensures high acceptance by the fish. The feeding blocks are particularly good for less assertive fish that tend to avoid the fray at the start of feeding time.
Proper nutrition is essential for successful turtle keeping. In their natural habitats, turtles feed on a variety of different prey, such as dragonfly larvae, naucoris cimicoides, water scavenger beetles, nematocera larvae, water fleas, crustaceans and snails. Amphibian spawn such as tadpoles or salamander larvae also has its place in a turtle’s diet. Grasshoppers and other flying insects that occasionally land on the water surface are also eaten by turtles along with any caterpillars, beetles or worms that fall in. Healthy fish, however, are too quick for most turtles, so usually only sickly, weak or dead fish get caught. Many young turtles feed almost solely on animal foods; however, this is often insufficient to meet the nutritional needs of adult turtles.
The Phelsuma genus of day geckos has for many years been one of the most popular terrarium animals and inspires both novices and experts alike with its diverse rich colourings. Certain synanthropic species, such as the gold dust day gecko, can be easily kept as pets.
The red-eared slider was one of the first turtles to be kept as pets in aquariums. Many young turtles were imported from American breeding farms and these went down well thanks to their attractive colouring. However, owners often didn’t realise that the shells of red-eared sliders can reach lengths of up to 30 cm, meaning that the turtles quickly got too big for their owners.
For some years, koi have been an essential part of German ponds; thanks to their bright colouring and interesting patterns, these carp are gracing ever more biotopes. These fish are, however, extremely demanding – particularly when it comes to a healthy diet. To coincide with the 2011 pond season, Tetra is adding two new products to its range of koi food, thus helping owners to give these creatures the specific nourishment they need.
For pond keepers, the most beautiful time of year is definitely during the warm season. As they sit at the edge of their pond with a cup of coffee, enthusiasts can enjoy the summery flowering of water and pond-side plants and take delight in observing the lively pondlife, including everything from koi to dragonflies. Unfortunately, rising temperatures often mean that all too soon algae will start to develop. Many consumers wonder how they can prevent this. This article looks into the frequent question of why Tetra does not use copper as an active ingredient in its anti-algae agents and explains why copper simply cannot be the agent of choice.
For this year’s pond season Tetra revealed its successful Tetra Pond Sticks with an improved recipe. Kristine Tast, Marketing Manager Outdoor and with Dr Hubert Kürzinger, Head of Global Research & Development Center Aquatics Nutrition and Companion Animal talk about the advantages of the product.
Tetra is the only brand name that's become synonymous with ornamental fish keeping, thanks to Dr. Ulrich Baensch. He founded Tetra in Melle, Germany 50 years ago, and pioneered the development of flake fish foods. Tetra now manufactures hundreds of products and publishes books for aquarium fish keeping, reptile and amphibian keeping, and water gardening.