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Hold your hoses!

ista multi-function hose holder

Good morning all.

If you are like me, you have aquariums everywhere. Undoubtedly, you will have some aquariums where you cannot easily set up an automatic water change setup. You resort to using water pipes or hoses running across your rooms. If you do so, you may have already had a couple of ‘accidents’ and you can feel those not-so-happy pair of eyes on the back of your head!

This nifty little accessory has been a game changer for such situations. First of all, it comes as a twin-pack so you can use one at each end of the pipe.

ISTA Multi-function hose holder (twin pack)
ISTA Multi-function hose holder (twin pack)

More importantly, it mounts easily to the aquarium (and/or cover, a bucket, etc.). The clamping mechanism adapts flexibly to objects with a thickness of up to 20 mm.

The holder can be used to fix hoses from 13 mm (12/16 mm) to 17 mm (16/22 mm) thanks to the adjustable mechanism.

The ISTA Multi-function hose holder twin pack is available in our shop. You get a pack of two hose holders for €4!

I hope you find this useful!

Nathan, obo Aquasnails Team

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No more cashback? What?

Yes correct – there is no more cashback.

Why are you doing this?

Well, the cashback programme has been a very successful programme. However, we felt that we can do better! We have decided that customers should be rewarded with instant discounts as part of the order they are currently preparing to place and not receive a cashback for use during their next order!

How will this work?

Simple – you just need to add items to your cart. The more you add, the more discount you get! 🙂

Under the hood, this is a tad more complicated as it takes into consideration a lot of factors: the type of product, whether we are local distributors of the product, our margin (i.e. can we ‘afford’ to give you more discount), size of order and lots more!

As you add more items to your cart, you will notice that the pickup and delivery option costs change instantly and only in one direction: DOWNWARDS! You will also start seeing a banner at the top of the page – like the one below:

This banner is instantly updating and showing you the current level of savings on any of the pickup or delivery methods. In the case of delivery options, you will simply see the new (reduced) balance. In the case of pickups, we are rewarding your use of our website ordering process, by giving you a direct discount on the products in the cart!

What happened to the old delivery methods?

We had a long discussion and we opted to improve our delivery mechanisms. For more information on the current delivery options, take a look at the ‘Delivery Options’ page. The good news is that all fixed-pricing delivery methods (i.e. not distance-based) have a capped maximum cost of delivery to any location in Malta. For example, the maximum you will pay for Next Day Delivery is €3.50+VAT (i.e. €4.13 inc VAT). With the new discount mechanism, the more items you add, the less that delivery fee is and might eventually become FREE delivery.

Are all delivery methods a flat rate?

No – we have kept the distance-based Express Delivery method as this might be cheaper for locations that are close to any of our Hubs. For the time being, all orders leave from our Fgura Hub but watch the space for updates on this! 😉

What is going to happen to my wallet balance?

Nothing – you can continue using it and the funds will be deducted from your order total. At the same time, you will be getting the discount directly applied in that same order. In the future, we might still launch offers that give some form of cashback but for the time being, use the funds that you already have in the wallet towards paying your orders.

Can I still top up my website wallet?

Of course – you can still recharge your website wallet and add funds to it. You can then use these funds to pay for orders and you will still be able to get discounts like anyone else!

We tried to answer all questions that came to mind and we really hope that the new changes will make your Aquasnails.com shopping and delivery experience even better!

We welcome any feedback – stay safe and take care of each other!

Regards,

Nathan, obo Aquasnails Team

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Hello World!

Welcome to Aquasnails.com – I guess it’s never too late to start a blog! We have been operating since 2019 and have always had the idea of publishing a blog to keep all our friends and customers up-to-date with what’s going on! Two years have passed since then and it’s time we get this blog up and running.

The Aquasnails idea was born on the small island of Malta in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Our objective was to cater specifically for the needs of freshwater snails and their keepers/breeders. We always felt that this niche was not well served locally. The snails that the local shops used to carry were limited to the usual range (zebra nerites, ramshorn snails, tracked nerites and not much more). Also, we wanted to get to know the local snail keeping community because, as far as we were concerned, back then, we were a lost voice in the desert! We soon realised we were very wrong! 🙂

We started off by opening a Facebook page and a corresponding Facebook group. It is through these channels that we shared information on breeding/keeping. We also introduced own range of snail food and supplements and worked closely with local breeders and keepers.

Back in 2019, we realised that there was space for an online, local aquatic shop in Malta. None of the big players had invested into this and our small group of very loyal breeders and keepers kept mentioning this to us. We decided to dive headfirst and set up AquaSnails.com and the now well-known online shop!

Slowly but incessantly, we expanded our product offering and opened up to all other invertebrates as well (shrimps, crabs, clams, mussels, crayfish and more). Around Feb/Mar 2020, when the COVID pandemic started approaching the island, as certain shops started to close down, we continued to serve our customers through the online website. We put our back into making sure that our customers find whatever they needed in the Aquasnails.com website.

We started expanding in other areas: nano tanks and their nano inhabitants, planted tanks, aquascaping, aquascaping supplies, etc… We made a lot of friends along the way and our partner network of breeders, keepers and growers has expanded locally. We are very proud and thankful to be able to source some of the livestock and plants from our local partners.

We might not be able to cover all types of fishkeeping areas but we wanted to remain close to our favourites: invertebrates. However, we definitely make sure that we address the needs of all aquatic invertebrate keepers!

To commemorate the upcoming two years of the Aquasnails.com operation, we will be introducing some changes to our website which I am hoping you will all appreciate. We will be sharing these updates in the next posts!

I look forward to share more thoughts, ideas, news, stories and whatever the Aquasnails life throws at us in the next weeks, months and hopefully years!

Until then, stay safe and take care of one another!

Nathan, obo Aquasnails Team