Eco Labs BSDT32 Broad Spectrum Disease Treatment, 32-Ounce

Formulated with Malachite Green and Formalin. Use for disease caused by Ichthyophithirius (Ich), Chilodonella, Costia, Oodinium, Trichodina and fungal infections. Microbe-Lift/BSDT is the preeminent broad spectrum malachite green and formalin treatment. It is formulated differently than any other malachite green and formalin mix. Malachite green and formalin are two drugs that are more effective and less toxic in combination than when used individually. This is the definition of synergism. What makes Microbe-Lift/BSDT the preeminent product in this field is the fact that it is formulated with malachite green chloride, instead of the more toxic oxalate salt. As with any malachite green and formalin treatment, do not with other medications. Microbe-Lift/BSDT is the safest and most effective treatment for the control of diseases caused by Ichthyophithirius (Ich), Costia, Trichodina, Chilodonella, Oodinium and fungal infections. Microbe-Lift/BSDT is the ONLY malachite green and formalin treatment that can be used in water temperatures as low as 50-Degree F, thus allowing treatment in early Spring and late Fall.

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  • Use for disease caused by Ichthyophithirius (Ich), Chilodonella, Costia, Oodinium, Trichodina and fungal infections

  • Formulated with Malachite Green and Formalin

  • Malachite green and formalin are more effective and less toxic in combination than when used individually

  • Treatment that can be used in water temperatures as low as 50-Degree F

  • Do Not use with other medications

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Sonya's Weekend Rundown

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It’s time to get healthy Corpus Christi!  The Nueces County Medical Society is helping out for free! On Saturday, August 1 from 9am – 2pm, over 100 specialty exhibitor booths will focus on wellness.  There will be free immunizations, physicals, child safety resources, and vital screenings. There will even be a Hard Hats for Little Heads station which offers free bicycle helmets and fittings for kids.  The event is being held at the American Bank Center.  For more information visit

Another free event going on Saturday is Free Family Art Time at the Art Center of Corpus Christi.  Drop in between 10am – 2pm to make a great craft to take home.  All ages are welcome.  The Art Center is located at 100 N. Shoreline Blvd.  For more information visit

The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor is holding Aquafest Saturday, August 1 from 10am – 6pm.  The festival will feature activities for the whole family geared to entertain and educate children.  The fun includes a fishing booth, ping pong toss, putt putt golf and more.  Admission is $2 which will go towards the Aquarium.  Children 6 and under are free.  The Aquarium is located at 706 Navigation Circle in Rockport.  For more information visit

Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s theater and dance departments will present the award winning children’s show “Mother Hicks”.  The play is about three outsiders and an eccentric recluse, Mother Hicks.  The tale, told with poetry and sign language, chronicles the journeys of the three to find themselves and each other during the great depression.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $6.50 for children.  Islander students can get in for just $5 with proper school ID.  The show starts at 2:00pm.  For more information visit

It’s time for some dodge ball!  Dewey’s Beer Garden is holding the No One Fights Alone Dodge Ball Tournament on Saturday, August 1.  It’s all for a good cause.  The money raised at the even will go towards Lymphoma.  The tournament starts at noon.  Dewey’s is located at 2302 Rodd Field Road.  For more information visit

Join the Pirates of the Red Dragon on a Special 21 + Saturday Night Party Cruise!  Enjoy drink specials, dancing, and pirate shenanigans.  There will be live music provided by the Jolly Floggers, a band of scallywags performing sea shanties, and pirate songs.  The part starts at 9:30pm and goes until 11pm.  You must make a reservation. Tickets cost $35.  For more information visit

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Back to the Roots Water Garden

Back to the Roots AquaFarm 3 Gallon Fish Tank – Desktop Aquarium & Betta Fish TankKeep a healthy fish tank and grow plants at the same time with the Back to the Roots AquaFarm 3 Gallon Fish Tank. This innovative Betta fish tank is a small, sustainable and self-cleaning ecosystem that grows food!The Back to the Roots AquaFarm 3 Gallon Fish Tank is a unique Betta fish tank that creates a closed-loop ecosystem right on your kitchen counter or office desk. The mechanics of the desktop aquarium are simple. A grow bed sits on top of the aquarium with several plant pods. While your Betta creates waste in the aquarium, a pump takes the waste water and deposits it into the grow beds. The waste acts like a natural fertilizer to the plants. The plants grow and thrive on the fish waste, naturally cleaning the water at the same time.When the Back to the Roots AquaFarm 3 Gallon Fish Tank is up and running, it should function as a closed loop, which means that you won’t have to clean the water! No soil or green thumb is required. This wonderful Betta fish tank will take care of itself as long as you keep your beautiful Betta fed and top up the water as needed.The Back to the Roots AquaFarm 3 Gallon Fish Tank makes a great desktop aquarium for the office, the kitchen or the classroom. Children will absolutely love watching the Betta swim and the plants sprout above. You can grow all sorts of organic produce with this Betta fish tank, including basil, lettuce, wheatgrass, mint, rosemary and more. If you’ve always wanted an herb garden, this desktop aquarium can give you fresh, organic herbs to enhance every meal. The AquaFarm also makes a thoughtful gift for the plant and pet lovers in your life!The AquaFarm comes with everything you need to set up the desktop aquarium, including fish food, organic seeds and a Betta fish discount coupon. The AquaFarm is manufactured in the United States.What’s Included For Your System:1 Tank (3 gallons)1 Grow Bed (includes Grow Tray & Grow Lid)1 Sub

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  • Self-cleaning fish tank that grows food

  • Fish waste feeds the plants; Plants clean the water

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  • Designed and manufactured in the USA

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Azolla carolinia, 3cups Koi Pond Aquarium Live Floating Plants Aquatic Fish Tank Food

Azolla caroliniana PORTION SIZE 3 cups This amount will multiply for you 10 fold in no time! Fairy Moss will be green at first & then in lots of light turns bright red & multiplies like crazy! I have it in different tubs & some of it is red now & some is still green. I will try to give a mix of both but depending on what I have at the time of your order will determine the color of the plants you receive. We only ship to the lower 48 states I Ship These by Priority Mail

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Ich in Freshwater Fish: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

Ich (ick) is the most common disease of all freshwater and marine aquarium fish. Anyone that keeps fish for any period of time will eventually have fish that develop ich Many hobbyists consider this disease to be just a common nuisance but the reality is that ich is probably responsible for more fish deaths than just about any other disease. There are several effective treatments for ich, but if they are not administered correctly, they can cause serious problems with your fish and tank inhabitants. This article will help explain the source and cause of ich as well as giving treatment options and prevention strategies.

What is ich?

Ich is a protozoan disease that is often called ‘white spot disease.’ The scientific name for the disease is ichthyophthiriasis and the causative agent is Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. It is wide spread in all freshwater fish but appears to be more common in aquarium fish, possibly due to the closer contact and stress involved with aquarium species.

Why fish get ich

Ich is so widespread that many experts feel that it is present in the environment of most aquariums, especially in larger holding tanks, rearing ponds of breeders, collectors, and wholesalers. In fact, just about every aquarium fish will come into contact with this protozoan at several times in its life. Because it is so widespread, most fish have developed a good immune response against the disease to allow them to fight off the protozoan infection before it ever causes any symptoms. Captive fish that develop ich usually get the disease when their immune systems are not functioning as well as they should be because of stress. We know that stress lowers the immune response and when fish are stressed that is when ich is most prevalent.

There are many causes of stress in a fish’s life, many of which can be made worse or better by the owner. Water temperature, water quality, tank inhabitants, improper diet, and a variety of other factors all contribute to stress, but one of the most severe causes of stress occurs during shipping and handling of a new fish. Whether coming from the wild or farm-raised, the handling and shipping of the fish from their origin to a wholesaler, then to a retailer, and finally to your home is extremely stressful. With the widespread prevalence of ich, it is no wonder that many newly purchased fish are affected.

Identifying ich

The symptoms of ich are very evident and usually include characteristic white spots on the body and gills. In some infections, the ich organisms will only be found on the gills. As the disease progresses, the fish will become more irritated and may try to rub or scratch against the sides and bottom of the tank. The disease may then cause respiratory distress, severe agitation, loss of appetite, and eventually death.

This disease is often identified based upon history, symptoms, and the presence of white spots, but if there is any question, it can be identified microscopically. A lesion can be scraped and viewed under the microscope to reveal a rather large cyst between.5 and 1.5 mm in diameter. It also has a very characteristic large horseshoe-shaped nucleus.

The life cycle of ich

The life cycle of Ichthyophthirius is complicated but very important in understanding the treatment and prevention of ich Once the ich protozoan attaches to the side of the fish, it begins feeding on the skin and tissue causing irritation. The fish’s body begins to wall off the parasite to try to limit its damage. The protozoan continues to move around in the cyst feeding and growing, while the body continues to further encapsulate and wall it off. This encapsulation by the body is one of the reasons that ich is so difficult to treat during this stage of the disease because medications can not penetrate through the wall of the cyst to reach the ich parasite. During this stage, the ich protozoan is called a trophozoite. The trophozoite eventually matures and is termed a “trophont.” It will burst through the cyst wall and then fall to the bottom of the aquarium. It then begins to divide into hundreds of new ich-infecting units called tomites. This stage is very temperature-dependent within its capsule, with the fastest replications occurring at warmer temperatures near 78-80 ° F. At optimum temperatures, the replication will be completed in about 8 hours. At lower temperatures, the replication takes longer making the treatment time for eradication much longer.

Once the replication is complete, the trophont bursts and releases the newly-formed tomites into the water. The tomites are motile and swim around the tank searching for a fish to attach to. Once they attach to a fish, the cycle will start over again. It is during this stage that ich is most susceptible to treatment. Many of the available medications will kill the tomites, thereby stopping the cycle of ich in your tank. It should be noted that these tomites will only survive for 48 hours, if they do not find a fish to attach to. These tomites will also attach to plants, filter material, etc. So if you move a plant from an infected tank into a clean tank, you have just infected the clean tank with ich. Depending on the water temperature, the whole cycle can take from 4 days to several weeks.

Treating ich.

Now that we understand the life cycle of freshwater ich, many of our treatment recommendations make more sense. Because the life cycle is temperature-dependent and the ich can only be killed in the tomite stage, we will want to raise the tank temperature to 78-80 ° F over 48 hours to speed the cycle of tomite formation and release. Theoretically, if the cycle takes four days to complete at this temperature, then the treatment should be complete in 4 days. On the other hand, if the temperature is much colder, for example at 60 ° F, the treatment would need to last for several weeks or longer.

Since we understand that we can not kill ich while it is on the fish, we know that moving a fish to a quarantine tank to treat will not solve the problem in the main tank. The time to use a quarantine tank is before a new fish is introduced into a display tank. If a fish in a tank has ich, you must assume that the entire tank is now contaminated with ich and must be treated.

Another way to get ich out of a tank is to remove all of the fish. Since we know that the tomites can only survive for 48 hours without attaching to a fish, if we remove all of the fish and then raise the temperature to 80 °, the existing ich in the tank should be dead after 2 days. To be safe, wait 4 days before returning the fish to the tank. But remember, you will need to treat the tank that the fish are moved to, otherwise, fish entering that tank could become infected.

Remember, we are treating the tank, not the fish, so all effective treatments are designed to kill the trophite form of the disease while it is in the tank. The mature ich organisms that cause the problems on the fish do not die from treatment, but fall off in a couple of days during their normal life cycle and then their offspring die from the treatment in the water.

Some of the best treatments historically have been formalin or malachite green, or a combination of the two. Copper, methylene blue, and baths of potassium permanganate, quinine hydrochloride, and sodium chloride have also been used but do not appear to offer an advantage over the more readily available formalin and malachite green products.

When using formalin, make sure to use recently purchased formalin. Formalin that is stored for long periods of time can convert to paraformaldehyde, which can be toxic to fish. An indicator that this has occurred is the formation of a white precipitate in the bottle. Malachite green may also stain some decorations and silicone to a green color and may be toxic to piranhas, neons, sunfish, and some scaleless fish, if given at the recommended dose. For these fish or other sensitive species, they should be treated at half strength and monitored carefully for signs of distress.

While we rarely recommend treating an entire tank for a disease, ich is an exception. Make sure to follow individual label directions, and remove the carbon from your filter and shut off any UV sterilizers or protein skimmers during treatment because they will inactivate or remove any medications that are added.

Preventing ich.

Ich is a very common disease and if your fish get it, you are going to end up having to treat the entire tank. Therefore, it is a much easier disease to prevent than treat, and the following is a list of suggestions for helping to prevent ich in your tank:

Only purchase healthy fish that are free of all signs of disease.

Never buy fish from a tank that contains a dead or a diseased fish.

Always place new fish in a proper quarantine tank for a minimum of two weeks before introducing them into your tank.

Never buy plants from a source that keeps them in a fish tank with fish. If you do, make sure to quarantine your plants for at least 4 days.

Purchase fish from as direct a source as possible to reduce shipping and handling stress.

Remove to a quarantine tank and treat any fish that begins to show the first signs of ich.

Avoid any fluctuations in temperature, pH, or ammonia levels as these are all very stressful to fish and can result in an outbreak of ich.

Always feed a variety of properly stored food including freeze dried, frozen, and flaked.

Do not overstock your tank. Most tanks have too many fish and not enough cover which leads to stress, disease, and increased mortality.

Maintain excellent water quality and do regular water changes.

While ich may be the most common disease in aquarium fish, it does not have to infect your tank. By following these preventive guidelines and promptly treating any infected fish, you can greatly reduce the damage that can be caused by this deadly disease.

Ich in Freshwater Fish: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention


Water Hyacinth floating pond plant is a beautiful plant for the water garden. This pond plant has beautiful lavender-blue flowers, with fleshy, rounded leaves. Water Hyacinth is a prolific grower and will spread across the waters’ surface providing shade and coverage for the water gardens inhabitants. Water Hyacinths are excellent for filtration because their roots absorb nutrients out of the water that might otherwise cause algae. The long black roots of the water hyacinth provide spawning places for fish and create a hiding place for baby fish. Water Hyacinth grow best in full sun to part shade and need water temperatures to be 65 degrees before adding them to your water garden in the spring. As they spread during the warm months, if you find you have an over abundance of them, simply net some out of the water garden and use them for compost in your flower beds or vegetable garden. The leaves and roots are full of nutrients and make great compost. This popular floating plant will not survive a winter freeze, and most pond owners replace them yearly because of their great ability to keep the pond water clean and help fight algae naturally. Water Hyacinths are also a good choice for container water gardens, they are easy to grow and pair well with larger marginal plants in the background We only ship to the 48 states I Ship these by Priority Mail.

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Marina Style 5 Glass Aquarium Kit - 5 Gallons

The Marina Style 5 is a five-gallon glass aquarium kit that is ideal for your first aquarium. Its sleek design styled canopy makes it a great addition to your home decor. The Marina Style 5 comes complete with everything you need to have an easy set-up experience. The kit includes a Marina Slim S10 clip-on filter with quick-change filter cartridges, an incandescent canopy and bottom frame with a 15-watt clear bulb as well as Nutrafin Max fish food to keep your fish healthy. Nutrafin AquaPlus and Nutrafin Cycle are also included to ensure your water stays clear, along with a fish net, thermometer and care guide. The Marina Style 5 has everything you need to get started, except for the fish and water!

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  • 5 gallon glass aquarium kit

  • Comes complete with everything you need to have an easy set-up experience

  • Easy to maintain

  • Great gift idea for the new aquatic hobbyist

  • 8 inches long x 16 inches wide x 10 inches tall

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Eco Labs MLLSSLG Microbe Lift Summer Staple 36% Protein Fish Food, 4-Pound 12-Oz

Floating Pellets with added color enhancers and stabilized Vitamin C. For feeding 3 days per week. Will not cloud water. As the warmer weather sets in, begin increasing the frequency and quantity of your feedings. Legacy Summer Staple Food has animal protein and color enhancers that are needed during this season. The added color enhancers are made up of astaxanthin (crab shell), spirulina and krill-all which promote brilliant color development.

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  • Floating pellets with added color enhancers

  • Contains stabilized Vitamin C

  • For feeding 3 days per week

  • Will not cloud water

  • Contains animal protein and color enhancers

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Coralife Biocube, Size 29

The newly refined Coralife BioCube boasts key features and improvements to overall function and performance. In addition, the new design remains compatible with all existing BioCube accessories. Tank size is 20×20.75×18.75 with a net volume of 23.5 gallons and is made of glass.

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  • All in one system is easy to setup and includes tank, top, light filter, and filter pump

  • Power compact and LED light bar

  • Integrated wet/dry biological filtration

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GloFish 29045 Aquarium Kit with Blue LED light, 5-Gallon

Tetra GloFish Aquarium Kit Add that colorful zing to your surroundings with the Tetra GloFish Aquarium Kit. This setup is made of high quality plastic and is shaped like a crescent that makes it visually appealing. The special additions like the plastic canopy with fluorescent colors provide the perfect backdrop for your GloFish. The LED lights highlight the fish color and brighten up both the aquarium and your interior decor. This aquarium is the perfect foil for aquarists and decor enthusiasts. The optimal quality filtration system uses medium Bio-Bag filter cartridges and ensures the hygiene and enough oxygenated water all the time. This aquarium kit will add pep to your surrounding, whether in office or home. Features: Bio-Bag filters Plastic canopy Fluorescent colors LEDs highlight GloFish colors Enhances any decor Item Specifications: Kit Includes: Crescent shaped seamless plastic aquarium, Clear plastic canopy Blue LED overhead light and Whisper(R) internal filtration with small size filter cartridge Size: 5 Gallon Dimension: 11.2″ L x 16.6″ H x 6.7″ W

GloFish Tank Setup Instructions

GloFish Crescent Kit

Step 1: Remove tank and components from box

Kit Includes:

  • 5-gallon tank with curved front & seamless view

  • Detachable light with 15 blue LEDs

  • Tetra Whisper internal filter (motor-driven)

  • Medium Tetra Whisper Bio-Bag cartridge

  • Black base

  • Low voltage power cord & AC adapter to power the LED light

  • Set up guide

Step 2: Wipe walls of tank, rinse decor and gravel

Step 3: Pour gravel into GloFish tank (Sold Separately)

Watch your gravel glow like your fish! GloFish offers 5 brightly colored types of gravel for your new GloFish tank that glow under the blue LED light. This tank is designed for 1 bag (5 Lbs.) of GloFish gravel.

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Step 4: Place plants in GloFish tank (Sold Separately)

Customize your tank with a variety of plant colors and sizes. The plants glow under the blue LED light and enhance your GloFish experience. This tank is designed for 7 GloFish plants (3 large, 3 medium and 1 small).

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Step 5: Place ornaments in GloFish tank (Sold Separately)

Add a fun and decorative ornament to your aquarium! These ornaments glow under the blue LED light and create a great place for your fish to swim through. This tank is designed for 1 GloFish ornament.

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Step 6: Place GloFish LED Bubbler into tank (Sold Separately)

Create a beautiful underwater light effect with this LED Bubbler. The Bubbler compliments your kit’s lights while improving your tanks circulation and oxygenation. [Air pump and airline tubing sold separately.]

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Step 7: Wash Tetra Bio-Bag Cartridge (Sold Separately)

Buy in bulk and be prepared for your next water change with the 12 pack of medium Bio-Bag cartridges for your GloFish Tetra filter. The filter cartridge should be changed every 4 weeks.

Step 8: Place Bio-Bag cartridge in filter, then place filter into tank

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Step 9: Place Tetra heater into tank (Sold Separately)

Keep your fish happy and healthy with an aquarium heater. No matter what the room feels like, with a heater your fish will always be at a happy temperature. This GloFish tank is designed to work with the HT 10 heater. A heater is recommended for all GloFish.

Step 10: Attach aquarium background to the outside back of the tank (Sold Separately)

Don’t make your fish stare at a wall. Our beautifully designed GloFish backdrops pick up the blue LED light and enhance the glow of your aquarium. Each backdrop is two sided with unique pictures on each side.

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Step 11: Add water to tank

Tank holds up to 5 gallons of water

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Step 12: Add water conditioner (Sold Separately)

GloFish Water Conditioner is a scientifically developed conditioner with unique immune boosters and stress reducers that allow your GloFish to thrive and display full coloration. This easy-to-use formula removes chlorine, chloramine, and heavy metals. A built-in slime protectant promotes health. Use with GloFish Color Booster for best results.


Step 13: Add SafeStart before adding fish (Sold Separately)

Start your tank off right, add a 1.69oz (50mL) bottle of Tetra SafeStart to your conditioned water. Tetra SafeStart lets you instantly add fish without waiting the typical amount of time to establish the bio-filter. A patented bacterium blend works quickly to remove dangerous ammonia and nitrate so that you can get started immediately with your new aquarium.

Step 14: Prepare your fish

After bringing home your new fish, float the travel bag of fish in your aquarium for 15 minutes.

Step 15: Transfer Fish

Using a net, quickly transfer fish from carrying bag to your tank.

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Step 16: Add Color Booster Weekly (Sold Separately)

GloFish Color Booster provides ideal conditions to support maximum color and health in GloFish. This easy-to-use formula is scientifically formulated to enhance color proteins while keeping your aquarium chemistry stable between extended water changes. GloFish Color Booster reduces harmful fluctuations in pH and lowers nitrate.

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Step 17: Feed your fish (Sold Separately)

GloFish Special Flake Food is a proprietary formula that maximizes brightness and is optimized for GloFish fluorescent fish. This balanced diet features a colorful 4-flake blend that looks great under GloFish Blue LED lights and contains customized amino acids that make GloFish brighter.

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  • 5 Gallon Curved-front aquarium with included Microfilter and Medium Bio-Bag

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Shedd Aquarium brings Chicago teens to volunteer at the dunes - The Times

DUNE ACRES | “Is that bear over here?” one girl asked.

“There better not be any snakes,” another said.

A group of 25 teens from Chicago’s Gary Comer Youth Center’s Green Team job training program came to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore anxious, curious and a little nervous Friday morning to help with native planting at Cowles Bog.

The students donned knee-high rubber boots and heavy work gloves and hiked from National Dunes headquarters through the woods to Cowles Bog for their day of work.

The teens were paired with the National Lakeshore via Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium’s Great Lakes Action Days. The events pair volunteers with experts from the Shedd and IDNL to conduct environmental remediation and restoration and remove trash.

The events are aimed at fostering a love and understanding of nature by providing a hands-on way to learn about the importance of the Great Lakes to our everyday life, according to Shedd spokesman Johnny Ford.

The students from Gary Comer Youth Center’s Green Teens job training program worked side by side with National Lakeshore scientists and experts from the Shedd planting native species and removing invasives. 

Tierre Turner, 15, a sophomore at Simeon Career Academy, worked with other teens digging holes for the native plants as a sandhill crane stood nearby.

“I just love the Earth a lot,” Turner said. “It’s fun being out here.”

Chris Harris, 17, a senior at Gary Comer College Prep, has been working with Green Teens for two years.

“I like gardening and I like trying new things,” Harris said. “It’s nice, interesting, just something different.”

Anthony Bonds, 16, a junior at Gary Comer College Prep in Chicago, said he had never been to the Dunes before Friday.

“It’s nice,” Bonds said. “I like working around plants.”

Reid Bogert, coordinator of Great Lakes sustainability for the Shedd Aquarium, said he often finds the Indiana Dunes are not familiar to Chicagoans.

“It’s actually pretty surprising,” Bogert said. “By doing stewardship, we’ve been able to see a tangible difference being made and a sense of ownership, personal ownership, of this place.”

Nathanael Pilla, biological technician at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, said the volunteers are helping the lakeshore in many ways.

“It’s getting the job done, of course, but for me it’s more than that,” Pilla said. “It’s getting to them to taste what I get to experience every day. It’s just understanding that nature is so big and she’s all of this.”

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Fluval Edge 12-Gallon Aquarium with 42-LED Light, Black

Edgy is precisely the word to describe Fluval EDGE. It’s so out there on so many fronts; it’s cool, trendy, breathtaking, contemporary and stylish. Its striking 3D cube design is refreshingly new and revolutionary. EDGE is an eye-catching showpiece that stands out anywhere you put it. It includes LED lighting, so it makes a spectacular substitute for tabletop lamps. EDGE consists of two main components working in perfect harmony: a clear glass aquarium nestled inside an elegant pedestal. The pedestal appears to be clasping the tank, making the aquarium appear like it is suspended in mid-air. The column houses the filter and the electrical wiring is neatly concealed inside the column. EDGE has a clear glass top that allows a clear and virtually unobstructed aerial view of the interior. The cover is completely sealed, which allows you to fill the aquarium right up to the brim, creating a spectacular effect. Water evaporation is minimal. The unobtrusive pedestal structure and the clear top allow a great all-around view. Instead of a traditional canopy, there is a small cover at the top that houses the lighting. EDGE comes in two sizes 6 and 12 gallons. Both models are ideal for countertops, desks and tabletops. The 12 gallon model includes 42 LED bulbs—39 white and 3 blue bulbs. You can turn on all the lights for full illumination or turn on only the blue bulbs to create a night-time moonlight effect. The LEDs create clear and natural-looking lighting that makes fish and plant colors look strikingly vibrant. EDGE comes with a Fluval Power Filter, which is hidden from view inside the pedestal column. The power filter keeps the aquarium water clean.  A quiet pump inside the filter circulates the water. As the water flows through the filter, it flows through mechanical, chemical and biological filtering media, which skims and washes the water clean so that fish and plants can enjoy a clear and healthy environment. All required media is included.

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Inspired by architectural styling, the EDGE aquarium creates a unique visual effect capturing emotion and serenity within a contemporary setting. The Fluval EDGE design includes a unique equipment casing which hides and holds all the essentials. Even wiring is beautifully hidden, allowing a good all-around view whether placed on a desk, low coffee table or kitchen top. EDGE brings an exciting new look to aquatics, combining the most modern aquarium design with the beauty of nature. The result is an utterly stylish complement to any home or office space.

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Variety of Features

Two Sizes Available

The Fluval EDGE is available in two sizes: a 6 gallon aquarium and a 12 gallon aquarium. Both models have been designed to capture emotion and serenity.

360 Degree Viewing

The world’s first 3D water cube aquarium, both models of the Fluval EDGE can be filled to the very brim thanks to the sealed glass top, providing high definition viewing from every angle. The sealed top reduces evaporation for less maintenance and a large, hidden aperture allows oxygen exchange to keep fish healthy. A floating base design gives the set a very small footprint for easy placement and lends the aquarium a clean, contemporary look.

Compact Design

The EDGE is extremely versatile due to its compact proportions. It makes a beautiful addition to any interior where space may be limited and in low light areas, it brings light and life to dull corners and uninteresting walls.

Hidden High Quality Filtration

Fluval EDGE comes complete with a powerful and efficient 3 stage filter which remains completely hidden, preserving the striking aquarium design. Featuring mechanical, chemical and biological filtration for clear, healthy water, the EDGE filter is much like Hagen’s AquaClear clip on filter range, which has a long history of proven performance.

An Aquarium to Complement Your Lifestyle

Designed to complement modern decor, the EDGE is available in three stylish colors: black, white and silver. The 6 gallon aquarium is offered in all three colors, and the 12 gallon is offered in black and white. The striking design and contemporary wrap around stand will create a talking point in your home for years to come.

Easy Assembly and Maintenance

Fluval EDGE takes only seconds to assemble and the perforated, removable cover effectively dissipates lamp heat, avoids moisture, and allows easy access to the filter’s lift out media trays. Wide ranges of EDGE cleaning accessories are also available to make cleaning simple.

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Visually Stunning

A powerful, retractable LED lighting system creates a visually stunning display. The Edge is equipped with both white and blue LED bulbs, giving you the ability to provide full illumination or a night-time moonlight effect. The 6 gallon aquarium comes with a 21-bulb lighting system and the 12 gallon comes with 42 bulbs. Both models have a three position on/off switch for the ability to display Bright Daytime, Deep Blue Nighttime and Off.

Versatile Design

The Fluval EDGE aquarium has been designed for today’s lifestyle with a contoured casing module and a 6-sided glass tank. Whether in an ultra-modern or more traditional setting, this versatile aquarium adds the ‘designer’ look to almost any room in the home. The gentle flow of water and glow of the LED lighting produce a beautiful shimmering effect reminiscent to sunlight on open water.

Easy to Operate and Quiet

EDGE is quiet, powerful and easy to use aquarium that turns fish-keeping into an extraordinary visual experience.

Display Anywhere in Your Home

The Fluval EDGE has been designed to be filled to the top. The action of the filter provides all the oxygen exchange fish need. This means that the aquarium can be positioned at a lower level and viewed clearly from above through the glass top, unhindered by equipment or trailing wires.

Product Features

  • 6 sided, 12 gallon sealed glass aquarium

  • Powerful, easy to use Edge filter with Cycleguard. Item is Non-Returnable.

  • Includes Nutrafin Cycle and Nutrafin Aquaplus water treatments

  • LED Lighting, Filtration & Wiring is easily hidden away in the décorative column

  • Powerful bright white 7600K high liuminosity LED’s with 3 deep blue night-time light LED’s and 3 position switch

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Fluval Edge 12-Gallon Aquarium with 42-LED Light, Black

Submersible (wet & dry) 3Watt Yellow LED light bulb. Ideal for Koi fish pond or water fountain or garden lightning

This is a submersible 3Watt LED light bulb. Can be used as a garden light or you can use it underwater to light up a fish pond. Eventhough it is very bright but it is a energy saving bulb .It consumes 3Watt energey but it outputs as much as a 60W convetional bulb. You don’t need to worry unexpected raise on your electric bill. With this light on, your garden will be full of live and colorful in the dark of night. The bulb is a gread candidate for a solar lightning system.


Type: Submersible

Water deep: 10ft

Casing: Stainless steel

Color: Yellow

Number of LED: 3

Power: 3x 1Watt

Voltage: AC9V~12V, DC 10V~15V

Life span: 10,000hrs (estimated)

Cable: 5ft

Product Features

  • Submersible. Can be used underwater. Very bright!

  • Low power consumption (3Watt only)

  • Low voltage AC9V~12V, DC 10~15V

  • Long life: 10,000 hrs

  • Heavy duty: stainless steel housing

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Submersible (wet & dry) 3Watt Yellow LED light bulb. Ideal for Koi fish pond or water fountain or garden lightning

Aquatic Fundamentals 72 Gallon Bowfront Aquarium Stand

Aquatic Fundamentals 72 Gallon Bowfront Aquarium StandState-of-the-art aquarium stand Quality aquarium furniture with moisture-resistant, powder-coat finish Sturdy aquarium stand features metal-to-metal locking cam assembly Quality aquarium furniture lets your aquarium get the attention it deserves. Unlike “lip-only” stands that support only at the corners, these solid-top models support every square inch of your aquarium. Dense fiberboard core construction and a moisture-resistant, black powder-coat finish. Looks great in any room to give your aquarium a clean, finished look. Powder-coat Finish The finish on these stands is created using state-of-the-art powder-coating process, which ensures that the end product is extremely durable and moisture-resistant. Solid Tops These tops offer greater versatility over those with mere “lip-only” construction. Solid tops allow each stand to be safely used with a variety of tanks, or other pet habitats. Fasteners Unlike low quality aquarium stands that simply use wood screws and glue in their construction, these stands use a metal-to-metal locking cam assembly resulting in a sturdier and longer lasting quality product.

Product Features

  • Showcase your bowfront aquarium atop this durable stand

  • State-of-the-art aquarium stand features a powder finish for extra moisture resistance

  • Metal-to-metal locking cam assembly

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Aquatic Fundamentals 72 Gallon Bowfront Aquarium Stand

Radius Garden 501P Pond Shark Pro Water Garden Tool

The Radius Garden 501-P Pond Shark Water Garden Tool is the ultimate 3-in-1 water gardening tool. It is a Net, Rake and Scraper All-in-One, and has a telescoping powder-coated steel handle that adjusts to any user, any job, and extends to 8′ long. The contoured tines of the Pond Shark tears through unwanted pond scum, debris, and string algae and features a sturdy net as well as a tough and durable poly-fiber head. Hydrodynamic head is perfect for catching Koi, Comets, Shubunkins, and any other fast moving aquatic creature. Sturdy construction and lightweight materials make the Pond Shark and easy tool to handle and use.

Product Features

  • The ultimate tool for the water gardener – and All-in-One Net, Rake, and Scraper for cleaning ponds, fountains, or other water features

  • Telescoping powder-coated steel handle extends to 8′ and adjusts to any user and any job

  • Contoured tines tear through unwanted pond scum, debris, & string algae; features a sturdy net & tough & durable poly-fiber head

  • Hydrodynamic head is perfect for catching Koi, Comets, Shubunkins, and any other fast moving aquatic creature

  • Sturdy construction and lightweight materials make the Pond Shark and easy tool to handle and use

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Radius Garden 501P Pond Shark Pro Water Garden Tool


Like Melville, Faulkner, and McCarthy, Vann is already one of the great ones of American literature.”—ABC(Spain)

“Vann’s prose is as pure as a gulp of water from an Alaskan stream.”—Financial Times

David Vann’s dazzling debut Legend of a Suicide was reviewed in over a 150 major global publications, won 11 prizes worldwide, was on 40 “best books of the year” lists, and established its author as a literary master. Since then, Vann has delivered an exceptional body of work, receiving, among others, best foreign novel in France and Spain (France’s Prix Medicis Etranger, Spain’s Premi Llibreter), a California Book Award, and the mid-career St. Francis College Literary Prize. Aquarium, his implosive new book and first to be published by Grove, will take Vann to a wider audience than ever before.

Twelve year old Caitlin lives alone with her mother—a docker at the local container port—in subsidized housing next to an airport in Seattle. Each day, while she waits to be picked up after school, Caitlin visits the local aquarium to study the fish. Gazing at the creatures within the watery depths, Caitlin accesses a shimmering universe beyond her own. When she befriends an old man at the tanks one day, who seems as enamored of the fish as she, Caitlin cracks open a dark family secret and propels her once-blissful relationship with her mother toward a precipice of terrifying consequence.

In crystalline, chiseled yet graceful prose, Aquarium takes us into the heart of a brave young girl whose longing for love and capacity for forgiveness transforms the damaged people around her. Relentless and heartbreaking, primal and redemptive, Aquarium is a transporting story from one of the best American writers of our time.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2015: The award-winning David Vann has written an elegant and fierce novel about love, betrayal, the limits of forgiveness, and “unconscious child-joy that [can] explode like the sun.” Every day after school, Caitlin walks to the Seattle Aquarium where she finds refuge in the fish and waits for her single mother to finish her job and take her home. At the aquarium, an old man who loves fish as much as Caitlin, befriends her, cracking open a family secret that will change her life forever. She begins to fight with her mother, all-out confrontations that are raw, rapt and unforgettable; falls into deep young love with another twelve year old; and the joyful dream of having a bigger family threatens all that she’s known. Aquarium is beautifully and patiently written, and will make you ache with remembrance and empathy. – Al Woodworth

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Beluga Whale Hoses Down Visitors at Japanese Aquarium

Beluga Whale Hoses Down Visitors at Japanese Aquarium

Laguna Bio Sludge Control Pond Conditioner, 67.5 Ounces

Laguna Bio Sludge Control is specifically formulated to break down organic solids and pond sludge. The water treatment activates immediately when added to the pond water. A completely organic sludge remover, Bio Sludge Control is safe for fish and plants and will help improve overall pond water conditions.

Product Features

  • Breaks down organic solids and pond sludge

  • Starts working immediately

  • Safe for fish and plants

  • Treats 10,566 gallons of pond water

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Laguna Bio Sludge Control Pond Conditioner, 67.5 Ounces