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    1. General
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    General

    1. What are the expiration dates?
    2. Where can I find product?
    3. How often should I feed my fish?
    4. Explain conversions and dosing for water treatments.
    5. Can weekend feeders be broken in half and used accordingly?
    6. Can water treatments be used in marine tank?
    7. What are the ingredients?
    8. What kinds of fish get along?
    9. How can a fish food help maintain clean water?
    What are the expiration dates?

    All Wardley products are formulated with a two year shelf life when stored in a cool dry place.

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    Where can I find product?

    Wardley products are sold across the country in fine retailers that carry pet supplies including Wal-Mart, PetCo, K-Mart and most major grocery store chains.

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    How often should I feed my fish?

    Fish should be fed 2-3 times a day in quantities small enough for them to consume in a few minutes. Do not overfeed fish, as this may affect water quality and the health of fish.

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    Explain conversions and dosing for water treatments.

    Wardley water treatment products generally include two sets of instructions; the instructions to use when setting up a new tank and the maintenance instructions. You should refer to the instructions that are appropriate for your needs. Also keep in mind that some water conditions may be resistant to treatment and require more than one dose. Test your water frequently to ensure that you are not making drastic changes to the tank environment which would be detrimental to your fish.BACK TO TOP

    Can weekend feeders be broken in half and used accordingly?

    Weekend feeders are designed to be used whole. One shell will feed about 12 average sized fish for three days. Vacation feeders will feed roughly the same number of fish for up to 10 days. You should remove any portion of the feeder that has not been eaten before resuming your normal feeding routine.

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    Can water treatments be used in marine tank?

    Wardley water treatments are formulated for freshwater tanks.

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    What are the ingredients?

    The ingredients for all of our food products are prominently displayed on the back of each package immediately after the guaranteed analysis. Wardley takes pride in using high-quality marine protein, plant protein and other ingredients and Wardley does not use artificial colors.

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    What kinds of fish get along?

    When adding new fish to your aquarium, go slowly and be sure that the fish you choose are compatible to each other and can handle the same general water conditions. If you need specific recommendations, visit the Wardley® Fish Finder™ at www.hartz.com

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    How can a fish food help maintain clean water?

    Too much protein in a fish food can result in increase fish waste which will in turn lead to reduced water quality. The protein to fat ratio in Wardley supports normal growth and helps to maintain clean water.

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    Tank Setup

    1. How do I safely clean an aquarium before setting it up?
    2. Should I rinse my gravel before adding it to the aquarium?
    3. How many hours do I run the hood light?
    4. How often should I clean my aquarium?
    5. How often should I test my aquarium water?
    6. What temperature should I maintain in my aquarium?
    7. After a water change, my fish is gasping and/or breathing heavily, why is this happening?
    8. I have high ammonia levels in my tank, what should I do?
    9. What Is the Nitrogen Cycle?
    10. How do I know when the Nitrogen Cycle is complete?

    How do I safely clean an aquarium before setting it up?

    If you purchased a new aquarium, simply rinsing it out with water will be enough.

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    Should I rinse my gravel before adding it to the aquarium?

    Yes, you should remove the gravel from the bag and place it in a clean bucket. Run water over the gravel to remove any dust that may be on it.

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    How many hours do I run the hood light?

    Generally speaking, you want to replicate a natural day and night time cycle. Turn on the light when you get up in the morning and turn off the light in the late evening.

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    How often should I clean my aquarium?

    This depends on the size and type of aquarium, the filtration, and the number of fish that are kept. For most aquariums, 10% water change, once a week is ideal.

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    How often should I test my aquarium water?

    For all aquariums, we recommend testing every week, or at least every two weeks.

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    What temperature should I maintain in my aquarium?

    Most freshwater tropical and marine aquariums should be between 74 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperate (cold-water) freshwater aquariums, such as those used for goldfish should be kept at 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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    After a water change, my fish is gasping and/or breathing heavily?

    This can sometime be attributed to chlorine or chloramine in tap water. Chlorine stresses fish by attacking their gills, causing them to gasp and breathe heavily and can affect the entire aquarium system. Our Wardley® Safe2O® is a one-step solution that takes care of chlorine and chloramines, neutralizing these harmful chemicals, in addition to neutralizing ammonia and regulating pH to a 7.0.

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    I have high ammonia levels in my tank, what should I do?

    High ammonia levels can sometimes be caused by a decrease in your aquarium's bacteria population. These bacteria are necessary to the nitrogen cycle, in which ammonia is broken down. High ammonia levels usually occur with new systems where too many fish are added before a healthy bacteria colony is established. However, this can also happen with established aquariums. Our Wardley® Safe2O® is a one-step solution that takes care of chlorine and chloramines, neutralizing these harmful chemicals, in addition to neutralizing ammonia and regulating pH to a 7.0.

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    What Is the Nitrogen Cycle?

    The Nitrogen Cycle is a biological process that converts ammonia (from fish waste, and uneaten food) into nitrogen compounds, through the establishment of bacterial colonies.
    Bacteria do this conversion for us, converting ammonia (NH3) to nitrite (N02-) and nitrite to nitrate (NO3-). In aquariums, the nitrogen cycle is very important as ammonia levels can reach toxic levels in a matter of hours.
    Bacteria do this conversion for us, converting ammonia (NH3) to nitrite (N02-) and nitrite to nitrate (NO3-). In aquariums, the nitrogen cycle is very important as ammonia levels can reach toxic levels in a matter of hours.

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    How do I know when the Nitrogen Cycle is complete?

    Your tank is fully cycled once nitrates are being produced and the ammonia and nitrite levels are zero. It is best to buy a test kit, such as our Wardley® Jr. ph Test Kit and measure the levels to ensure the Nitrogen Cycle is complete The cycling process normally takes 4-6 weeks. For tanks with temperatures below 70F, it can take longer. It is best to avoid adding more fish until after the tank has fully cycled.

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    Reptile

    1. Are turtle products safe for all amphibians?
    Are turtle products safe for all amphibians?

    Wardley Reptile sticks are nutritionally balanced floating sticks that are great for turtles and all amphibians including frogs and newts.

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