Captive bred fish


I just wanted to put up an update that we have lots of captive bred fish in stock. We are setting up our captive bred only section of our store and its an exciting time for us. We also just got in 50 more Captive bred Hawaiian Flame Angels. Here are some videos for you.


This is a latest shipment of fish we got in on 8-25-18


Updates after Reefapalooza New York

The dust is settling after Reefapalooza New York and I have started to plan the rest of 2018.

  • We are going to Aquatic Experience in New Jersey to visit my friends at Rising Tide Conservation in October.
  • We have started to work on our 2019 Calendar for Rising Tide by gathering sponsors and amazing pictures.
  • We are working hard to bring even more captive bred fish into the store
  • we have started to ship our captive bred fish and will continue to put more  and more on the site.
  • we started up the Friday Flog (fish-video-blog) again.
  • We had our website professionally made for ease of use and ease of updates.
  • Look for more articles of mine at
  • We are helping to get more Aquariums in Classrooms

These are all reasons to come in and see us at Colchester Pet for all your pet needs



Aquariums in Classrooms

boy standing in front of jelly fish aquarium with purple light
Photo by Jeswin Thomas on

We started aquariums for classrooms to educate our youth about the importance of aquaculture and ocean conservation.

Aquariums enchant us all and its no surprise that kids will learn better when they are enchanted by something. We currently have one school that we are working with but are looking for others that want to help kids learn in new ways. We want to have aquariums become part of the curriculum and have workbooks, txt books and educational videos.

We are working with a few manufacturers to help make this a reality. We are in a new age where technology is grabbing everyone’s attention and making it more difficult to get and keep kids attention then ever.  We need new ways to connect to them and this is it. It has already been proven that aquariums help ease anxiety and can re focus our attention. The future is here, lets put aquariums in classrooms!

For more info on our first aquarium in a classroom join our facebook group

If you work at a school and would like to talk about our aquariums for classrooms programs please contact us or come see us.

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Saving Bubbles

Walking around anywhere that has a saltwater aquarium you will hear excited little voices say “Look, I found Nemo” and “There is Dory”! The next fish they will recognize is Bubbles the yellow tang. He was the one in the the aquarium obsessed with the bubbling ornament.

The yellow tang is one of the most recognized saltwater fish by children and adults alike. That bright yellow color is what makes them a staple in most home aquariums. What most people dont realize is that there are very few captive bred saltwater fish, most of them come right from the ocean. Luckily there are aquariums and research facilities out there working very hard to change this. The most recent triumph was 10 years in the making, they have successfully bred yellow tangs in captivity. The Oceanic Institute in Hawaii won the prize.

After months of special care and love the captive bred babies were ready to go to their new homes. Most of them went to public aquariums and research centers. 3 swam their way to their new home at Colchester Pet.  We are so honored and excited to have these special and historic fish at our store. They live in a 150 gallon reef tank with Jock (the shrimp) and Nemo.

If we keep taking these popular fish out of the ocean for our own aquariums then someday there wont be any left. There is still a long way to go until we have captive bred yellow tangs in every fish store, but at least its a start on the way to “Saving Bubbles”.

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Flipper Magnet Review


There are many ways to clean your aquarium glass. You can use an algae pad, an algae pad with a handle, a scraper with a handle, a razor blade, your hand, or a magnet cleaner. The least expensive is of course your hand but if you are reading this post then you probably want something else.

The next least expensive is an algae pad, they usually come in a small square in blue white or green and cost a few bucks. That sounds great right? It is, until you get that first patch of stubborn algae and you are vigorously using lots of muscle to get this tiny piece of algae that won’t come off, all while losing water out of your aquarium due to the wave you are making. You also have your hand in the tank, with your killer betta.

Once you catch your breath and get a glass of water from your arm workout, you look on your phone, or trek to your local fish store and seek a better option. There are a plethora of options from an algae scrapper on a handle to the razor blade on a handle. You really don’t want to get a workout from your aquarium again and really don’t like sticking your hand in to the aquarium, (you swear your betta is out to get you).

You have decided on the $10.00 generic scrapper with handle and a razor blade attachment. You’ll show that algae who is boss when you get home, without Mr. Betta plotting his attack. When you are at the checkout counter there is an aquarium with a peculiar gadget attached to the side. It has a sign that reads “ask me how to get a spotless aquarium with little effort”. You ask the clerk for a demo on this gadget. She tells you it’s a flipper magnet aquarium cleaner. Really?? They make those? How cool is that?

The clerk starts to dance with this magnet cleaner with ease, using one finger she glides it all over the tank. Then, in one flowing dance move the magnet flips over. She explains that there are two sides to this magnet cleaner. One gets everyday algae that builds up, the other (she flips it again as she explains) gets all the hard to get stuff. You are just amazed with this awesome product, and the ease of use it has. It solves all your aquarium cleaning problems in one awesome flip! You throw money on the counter and tell her you have to have one. You go home and laugh at your algae and your betta as you dance and flip your way to the most pristine aquarium glass ever.

Its such a chore to clean the aquarium glass. Why not make it fun and easy?

There are a good amount of magnet glass cleaners out there and they all work. They range in prices and sizes but this is the best I’ve seen with dual use. The magnets are very strong and durable and the blades are replaceable. Another nice feature is the slim profile. This is perfect for getting the front glass without disturbing live plants, live rock, or corals. The flipping part takes some finesse. I tried it for the first time today and had some success. After about ten tries I was flipping with my 17 month old daughter on my hip.

One nice thing is that the package comes with a blade for glass and a blade for acrylic aquariums. The Glass blade is very sturdy and it does work very well. We were doing a complete change on our rimless 57 gallon show tank and I used the flipper aquarium magnet to get rid of the hair algae and some coraline algae (pink calcium). It surprised me how well it took the algae off with not too much effort. We did have coraline that was on the aquarium with two or three layers on it and that did not come off easy at all. I would not recommend, using it for massive amounts of coraline for two reasons:

  1. It would take a lot of elbow grease to get the caked on coraline from years and years of buildup. If you aren’t careful then the water in the tank could create a wave and overflow all over your beautiful floor, I would bet someone in your house would not find it impressive or funny, and you would have a floor to clean after your aquarium. And really, who has the time or wants more work, right?
  2. If you do decide to mess up the floor with your feat of strength and defeat that massive amount of algae, then you will dull your blade. Now not only are you wasting time, cleaning the floors but you are wasting money with needing a new flipper magnet blade. I don’t know about you but I don’t have the time (between chasing after my toddler and running my own business) or money to waste all on a silly patch of algae in the back corner that no one will ever see.

What you will love about this flipper aquarium magnet is the ease of use for weekly and even monthly maintenance on the war against algae. It will make you want to use it because its fun and easy. I was pretty impressed by the scrubby side of the flipper magnet. There is really no downside to daily use. You can scrub anytime with no fear of scratching. Its so nice to have an all in one magnet that really works. It saves you time and effort by having both of the components on the magnet and the fact that you flip it is pure genius. I said earlier that it takes a bit of finesse to flip, but its not hard at all. I have fun and demo it to pretty much every customer I talk to. My daughter loves to watch it flip while sitting on my hip.

The flipper aquarium magnet comes in 3 sizes. One for nano tanks which I sell for my many customers with Bio cubes. One for medium tanks, which it the one I use for all my demos on my 57 rimless aquarium. The last one is a huge flipper for use on huge aquariums. Its good for my 150 gallon that houses our 3 captive bred yellow tangs (read about them here).

Here is a rundown on Flipping the flipper aquarium magnet cleaner.


Do have the flipper up near the top of the aquarium when you want to flip

Do pull the magnet away from the aquarium and flip it over

Do put the flipped over magnet right next to the magnet inside aquarium and watch in awe as the inside magnet gently and slowly flips over and reconnects to your magnet

Do practice a lot and impress your friends with a flipping show

Do have fun cleaning your aquarium

Do try flipping in the corner over to the other side, it’s the easiest way to flip, plus the fact that you can get it to the next side is pretty cool too


Don’t try to flip near the sand because you can get the sand between the magnet and glass and scratch the glass

Don’t try to get it to flip without flipping magnet first

Don’t get frustrated and throw it at the tv

Don’t forget to buy your new flipper magnet aquarium cleaner right here

Don’t forget to comment on this review with your flipping stories

If you do live near Colchester Pet, in Connecticut you can always buy one at our store.

Thank You!

Happy Flipping!