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OATA position on the risks associated with LED lighting

LED lighting products are subject to European safety standards regarding eye safety and classified into 4 risk groups. Lighting products falling into the top two groups can be harmful if stared at directly and must be clearly labelled with the warnings. We are not aware that the use of LED lighting products in home aquariums has caused any problems but would nonetheless advise aquarists to be aware of the risks, only use LEDs for the purpose for which they are intended, and avoid staring directly at the light source for any length of time. Reducing a light’s brightness when...

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Christmas office hours

We’d like to say a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year to everyone in the industry! Our office will close at midday on Friday 23 December and open again on Tuesday 3 January 2017....

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Importing Gars – Action Required

15 December 2016 All importers should ensure that only specimens of pure bred Florida and Cuban gars are imported into the England and Wales. If importers have any doubt as to the identity of any gars from the trade description provided they should speak to Fish Health Inspectorate before importing them. There is more information at the end of this article about Scotland and Northern Ireland. Background The Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) is responsible for enforcing the Import of Live Fish Act (ILFA). FHI has raised concerns about the import of hybrid and/or colour morphs of gars because they...

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