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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:11 pm Post subject: How to check if your TetraBits are original ? Reply with quote

 How  to  check  if  your  TetraBits  are  original  ?
 Most  of  us  hobbyists  seem  to  have  doubts  on  the  TetraBits  if  they  are  original  or  not.  Some  say  the  pellets  float,  some  say  they  sink;  some  say  they  emit  a  red  colour  in  the  water  but  no  one  has  definite  proven  answers.  Doubts  still  remain.
 
 I  wrote  to  the  company  directly  on  this  issue  providing  them  will  all  the  details  of  the  product  I  purchased  
 and  received  favorable  replies  with  direction  where  you  can  order  your  original  TetraBits  from.
 
 First  read  the  mail  received  from  them  and  their  responses  and  then  you  can  view  pictures  and  videos  
 explained  below
 
 The  Correspondence
 
 QUOTE
 Dear  Mr.  Pio,
   
 Thank  you  very  much  for  your  mail.  Based  on  the  details  given  I  confirm  that  you  bought  an  original  Tetra  Product.  
 We  are  able  to  follow  up  each  batch  number  in  Melle.   Maybe  Aquazona  can  give  information  on  retailer  sales  price  in  India.  
 Normally  you  can  identify  the  original  Tetra  products  by  the  help  of  the  EAN  Code  as  the  first  figures  refer  to  the  country,  state  and  company.  
 Furthermore  Tetra  foods  always  have  an  original  sealing  with  Tetra  printed  or  punched  on  the  sealing  foil.  
   
 Best  regards  and  have  a  nice  weekend
   
 Ursula  Kirchhoff
 Supervisor  Affiliate  Coordination
 TetraEurope
 Melle  -  Germany
 Phone:  +49  (0)  5422  105-380
 Fax:     +49  (0)  5422  105-77380
 eMail:  ursula.kirchhoff  [at]  eu.spectrumbrands  [dot]  com
 www.tetra.net
   
 Tetra  GmbH,  Herrenteich  78,  49324  Melle
 eingetragen  beim  Amtsgericht  Osnabrück,  HRB  19028
 Geschäftsführer:  Jochem  van  Rietschoten,  Dr.  Andreas  Rouvé,  Anja  Krüger
 ------------------------------------
 
 The  India  counterpart  responded
 
 Company  Name                                               M/s  Aakar  Aquarium
 Contact  Person                                                  Mr.  Sandeep
 Contact  no.                                                         09967981592
 
 Company  name                                                M/s  Aquaria
 Contact  Person                                                  Ms.  Bella
 Contact  no.                                                         022-26421400
 
 Please  do  not  hesitate  to  contact  us,  if  any  products  are  not  available  with  the  dealer,  so  we  can  arrange  
 from  Delhi  without  any  courier  charges.
 
 Mamta
 For  AQUAZONA  EXPORTS
 aquazona  [at]  nda  [dot]  vsnl
 UNQUOTE
 
 Heres  my  explanation
 
 The  Product
 Each  Product  has  a  barcode.  See  Picture  as  indicated  below.
 
   
 You  can  type  the  barcode  in  this  site  
 http://gepir.gs1.org/v32/xx/default.aspx?Lang=en-US/
 
 
 
 
 After  you  enter  the  barcode  online  you  will  get  information  of  the  company
 
   
 
 As  you  can  see  the  barcode  is  linked  and  registered  to  Tetra  –  Germany
 
 Your  Tetra  container  will  have  the  Lid  with  a  Tetra  Logo  at  the  top  and  at  the  bottom  there  will  be  batch  
 number  and  expiry  date  of  the  product  printed
 
   
 
 As  the  company  mentions,  the  sealing  foil  will  carry  the  Tetra  logo  in  either  printed  or  embossed  form
 Left  picture  is  from  online.  Right  picture  is  what  I  have.
 
   
 
 Note  :  TetraBits  Complete  pellets  sink.  No  doubt  about  it.  And  they  do  not  emit  any  colouration…
 
   
 
 Video  link  :  http://tinypic.com/r/2i6l4s0/5
 
 …Neither  do  they  breakup  in  the  water  unless  you  churn  the  whole  thing  up  like  I  did  below  to  feed  smaller  fish.
 
   
 
 Should  you  have  any  doubts  contact  the  above  representatives  to  clarify  with  them  on  other  types  of  Tetra  products,  since  I’ve  covered  only  TetraBits  Complete  here  :)
 
 
 Edit  :  After  Posting  the  above
 
 I  realised  that  some  hobbyists  have  genuinely  got  duped  and  theres  no  way  of  stopping  it  because  only  after  you  buy  and  spend  you  money  the  deed  is  done.  
 
 However  we  can  take  some  precautions  and  provide  suggestions  to  the  Tetra  Company
 
 Precautions
 1)  Buy  from  the  dealer/retailer  suggested  by  them
 2)  Destroy  your  label  and  container.  Or  use  your  containers  to  store  your  Micros  and  Macros.  But  ensure  that  this  container  if  its  out  in  the  trash  it  is  destroyed  completely.  Just  like  how  you  would  destroy  a  foreign  perfume  or  liquor  bottle.  That  way  its  not  available  to  use  or  reuse  at  all  for  fake  products.
 There's  no  stopping  a  local  LFS  from  creating  his  own  can,  forging  the  logo  and  foil  but  he  has  to  incur  these  costs  and  may  think  twice  before  venturing.
 
 Suggestions
 1)  The  Tetra  company  should  insert  a  small  unique  code  in  the  fish-food  which  should  then  be  checked  online.  In  this  way  it  will  be  securitized.
 2)  If  you  have  been  duped  report  the  shop  name  with  complete  address  back  to  Germany  or  India  about  it.  Don't  remain  silent  about  it.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:25 pm Post subject: Re: How to check if your TetraBits are original ? Reply with quote

 Thanks,  mate,  this  is  good  information
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:44 pm Post subject: Re: How to check if your TetraBits are original ? Reply with quote

 Thanks  a  lot  Superbsite.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:56 pm Post subject: Re: How to check if your TetraBits are original ? Reply with quote

 Is  the  EAN  code  is  Barcode  !!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:14 pm Post subject: Re: How to check if your TetraBits are original ? Reply with quote

 Yes  Abhis9
 There  is  more  information  in  the  same  site  on  barcodes
 http://www.gs1.org/barcodes/technical/bar_code_types
 Which  is  a  separate  topic  altogether  
 So  please  keep  this  post  restricted  to  Genuine-ity  of  TetraBits  only
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 Thanks  Superbsite.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:08 pm Post subject: Re: How to check if your TetraBits are original ? Reply with quote

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 Thanks  Kuna
 
 Everyone  reading  this
 After  some  time  the  pictures  and  links  will  not  work  any  more  so  if  you  need  the  document  send  me  a  PM  with  your  email  id  and  I'll  send  it  to  you   Thumb Up
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 Very  good  work  Pio.  Thumb Up
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 Thanks  a  lot  Pio,  appreciate  the  efforts.
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 Thats  a  lot  of  effort   Thumb Up  great  job  Pio.
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 Real  good  info.
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