Aquarium Oxygenator -
Now Available in
"The Secret to Healthy Fish and a Beautiful Aquarium is an Abundance of Pure,
Clean Oxygen in the Water"
From the manufacturer: "Using a patented method,
Söchting Oxydators produce normal and activated oxygen in the aquarium
by means of Oxydator solution and special ceramic catalysts. The
activated oxygen decomposes particularly putrid matters and toxicants
and, thus essentially improves the well-being of fish and plants. Pure
oxygen created by the Söchting Oxydator is mostly immediately
dissolved in the water, so that there are hardly any bubbles produced.
The oxygen supply is absolutely noiseless, expelling of CO2 and
swirling of ground elements is avoided."
In other words, the Oxydator
dispenses pure oxygen into the
aquarium water, slowly and continuously over time, giving your
inhabitants all the
benefits of increased levels of dissolved oxygen. Without an Oxydator,
good water circulation and
regular partial water changes, the level of dissolved oxygen in
your aquarium is falling due to the normal metabolic
processes of your aquatic life. The Oxydator is "replacing"
the oxygen that's being consumed and, as an additional benefit, it's
maximizing the oxygen available for your aerobic bacteria (you must
still do regular partial water changes to remove end-stage nitrates
and for other purposes, of course).
All aquatic life, be it fish, inverts, coral
or plants (and of course, aerobic bacteria) benefits from increased levels of
The Oxydator is independent of (and
co-exists nicely with) media reactors and protein skimmers.
3 sizes to choose from:
D and Mini. Spare
catalysts are available in case you lose one.
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and suggestions as we strive to enable our "aquapets" to enjoy a higher
quality of life in the enhanced environment that an Oxydator
Söchting Oxydator A
Technical Details of Söchting Oxydator A:
The Söchting Oxydator A is designed for aquaria up to about 106 gallons -
you can use additional Oxydators
A or D for larger capacity. 2 catalysts are
included. An instruction sheet is included. Oxydator solution is not included.
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Internet Special Discount Price: $87.99
Söchting Oxydator D
Technical Details of Söchting Oxydator D:
The Söchting Oxydator D is about the size of a baseball. It's
designed for aquaria up to about 27 gallons - you can use additional Oxydators A or D for larger
capacity. 1 catalyst is included. An instruction sheet is
included. Oxydator solution is not included.
Internet Special Discount Price: $45.99
Söchting Oxydator Mini
Technical Details of Söchting Oxydator Mini:
The Söchting Oxydator Mini is about the size of your thumb.
It's designed for aquaria up to about 8 gallons - you can use additional Oxydators Minis for larger
capacity. 2 little pieces of catalyst (in total less than half
the size of 1 regular catalyst) and 2 x 75 ml containers of 4.9% Oxydator solution
are included. An instruction sheet is included.
Internet Special Discount Price: $14.99
The Oxydator Catalyst
enables the chemical reaction which releases pure oxygen from the Oxydator Solution.
Discount Price: $2.99
a link to information and a source where you can purchase the
proper ("food") grade of 35% Hydrogen Peroxide -- which you must
"dilute" with pure distilled water to achieve the desired
concentration as follows:
1 part 35% Hydrogen
6 parts distilled water yields the recommended 6% solution.
For example: 1/4 cup
of 35% Hydrogen Peroxide plus 1 1/2 cups of distilled water =
1 3/4 cups of 6% Hydrogen Peroxide.
A 1-to-2 ratio of 35%
Hydrogen Peroxide to distilled water would yield an 18% Hydrogen
A 1-to-3 ratio of 35%
Hydrogen Peroxide to distilled water would yield a 12% Hydrogen
Thus you can adjust the %
Hydrogen Peroxide as desired to accommodate the rate at which oxygen
is dispensed into the aquarium.
As of 8/22/09, you can
purchase 1 quart of food grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide for $21.83 plus
$9.33 shipping. They also sell pints and gallons, but don't
forget -- you're diluting that 35% Hydrogen Peroxide by a factor of
6-to-1, so 1 quart of 35% Hydrogen Peroxide yields 1 3/4 gallons of 6%
Oxygen (O2) Test Kits:
Although you can't "overdose" the dissolved oxygen in your
aquarium (water can hold only so much oxygen!), you can monitor the level of oxygen with test kits from Salifert, Red Sea and Tetra:
Salifert's website (see Test Kits, Reef/Marine, Oxygen): "Oxygen
is highly essential for all life forms. Especially corals and marine fish
require oxygen concentrations at saturation level. This is because of the
low solubility of oxygen in saline water which is approx. 5 - 7 ppm."
Red Sea's Dissolved Oxygen
Test Kit web page: "Through
contact with the air and the photosynthetic activity of green water plants,
oxygen dissolves in water. The maximum amount that can dissolve (the
saturation level) depends on the temperature and salinity of the water.
The warmer the water and the higher the salinity, the lower the saturation
level. If the level of dissolved oxygen decreases below a certain
critical level, fishes and other aquatic animals will suffer from oxygen
deficiency, eventually leading to suffocation. Since aquatic animals
require more oxygen at high temperature and at the same time less oxygen is
able to dissolve, most problems occur at unsuitably high temperatures.
Oxygen deficiency can also be caused by over population of the aquarium,
rotting organic material in the tank, a fouled filter or insufficient water
circulation. In case of oxygen deficiency fishes and other aquatic
animals are usually seen breathing fast or even gasping near the water
surface, where the oxygen concentration is slightly higher. Although
plants and algae produce oxygen by day, they consume oxygen at night, so
that extremely low oxygen levels may occur during the night. This
usually happens in tanks with a lot of algae and insufficient water
Tetra's Tetratest Oxygen Test Kit web page: "Low
oxygen concentrations can cause fish to be increasingly susceptible to
disease and cause biological filtration bacteria to work inefficiently.
The oxygen concentration in the water of your aquarium or pond is dependent
on a number of factors including; temperature (oxygen concentration
decreases as temperature increases especially above 80°F), overstocking,
heavy amounts of decaying organic matter, and poor circulation or surface
films that interfere with natural gas exchange. Additionally, live plants
which use carbon dioxide for photosynthesis during light hours change over
to oxygen respiration at night and actually add to oxygen demand."
Want to learn more about the science behind how the
Click here to view US Patent #4,784,765.
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