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May 24, 2011

Fluval Flora Accessories from Hagen Help Planted Tanks Thrive

MANSFIELD, Mass. The popularity of planted tanks has grown exponentially in recent years, allowing enthusiasts to create lush, mini-ecosystems resplendent with aquatic plant life and small fish right on top of their desks.  But these specialized tanks, like the 8-gallon (US) Fluval Flora from the Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp., need dedicated accessories to keep the plants thriving and healthy. Hagen has developed a specialized substrate, Fluval Plant Stratum, to support plant growth and the Fluval CO2 Kit to provide planted tanks with a necessary carbon source.

The non-compacting porous structure of Fluval Plant Stratum makes it the ideal substrate for the Fluval Flora and all planted aquariums while providing optimal water quality for fish.  The vast porous surface of the Plant Stratum pellets are highly beneficial to nitrifying bacteria, which rapidly colonize and stimulate strong plant growth, allowing roots to easily spread and take advantage of available nutrients.  Plant Stratum helps maintain a neutral to slightly acidic PH level in the tank and it keeps water from discoloring by helping to control organic discoloration that often happens when natural driftwood is used as a substrate.

All plants need CO2, whether they are on land or in the water, and Fluval’s CO2 Kits ensure that planted aquariums such as the Fluval Flora get much-needed CO2.  Because 40-50% of a plant’s dry weight is composed of carbon, and because all planted tanks are lacking in CO2, supplementation is necessary.  The Fluval CO2 Kits make certain that this most important nutrient is available to plants to maintain vigorous, lush and vibrant plant growth.  The Kits are available in two sizes that can accommodate a range of tanks up to 40USgallons, and contain everything necessary for a successful set-up, including a regulator valve, cartridge bracket, disposable CO2 cartridge, hose and a CO2 diffuser.  The larger kit, for planted aquariums from 15-40USgallons, also comes with a pressure gauge and a bubble counter.

Fluval Plant Stratum is available in 4.4 lb., 8.8 lb. and 17.6 lb. bags with an MSRP of $16.99 to $50.99.  Fluval CO2 Kits are available in two sizes – for aquariums up to 15 USgallons, MSRP $41.99, and for aquariums from 15-40 USgallons, MSRP $114.99.  Fluval products, including Plant Stratum and CO2 Kits, are available online or at pet retailers nationwide.  For more information visit www.hagen.com, or contact the Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp. at 1-800-225-2700.

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Rolf C. Hagen (USA) Corp is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  Founded in 1955, Rolf C. Hagen, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer and distributor of pet products, pet food and pet supplies with facilities located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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