Archive for August 2008

Hands In The Aquarium – We All Do It

Whatever aquarium type it might be, fish only or reef, large or nano, aquarists put their hands into the seawater. Maybe a rock is out of place and needs to be adjusted, or a coral is crowded and needs to be moved. Perhaps the aquarist is having […]

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Aquarium Water Is Just Water Right – Wrong!

When keeping an aquarium – be this coldwater, freshwater, marine etc then there is one thing you are definitely going to need other than the aquarium – water! Sound obvious doesn’t it? Well let’s face it if we don’t put water in the aquarium nothing is going […]

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Is It All Doom And Gloom? Total Impending Disaster?

Whatever we read in newspapers or watch on TV there seems to be an element of impending disaster somewhere in the natural world. Is it that bad? First of all it should be remembered that newspapers and elements of TV thrive on ‘doomsday.’ Without bad news there […]

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The Plenum – Could It Work For You

The word plenum is not a term which the majority of beginners have actually heard of especially when it comes to filtering the aquarium. The plenum however is very similar to that of a deep sand bed however both the creation and design are entirely different. So […]

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Show Off!

I’ve had my soft coral reef now for quite a while. In October this year it will have its 6th birthday. Everything is fine, corals show good growth, there is some beautiful encrusting algae (I’ve just got a new bit which looks like multiple snowflakes stuck together […]

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What Is Natural Aquarium Filtration

There is one thing that I have learnt in all my years of keeping aquariums – do not underestimate nature! It still amazes me today how powerful natural aquarium filtration actually is and how many ways there are to actually filter an aquarium or provide additional nutrient […]

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Cryptic Zones – Another Filtration Possibility

There is a scientific term used which is called ‘the gradient concept’. This term basically describes how various marine organisms can be graded according to the amount of light which they receive. There are two zonal categories which are most commonly used, these are the exposed and […]

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Remember To Listen To And Give Advice

There are a lot of so called ‘experts’ in this hobby. There are quite a lot who are obviously quite knowledgeable and are willing to share their experiences with others – be these good or bad, they are willing to offer advice when asked and are always […]

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How To Acclimitise Corals Correctly To Aquarium Lighting

Too often do I hear of people who go to an aquarium shop, see a coral, think to themselves ‘that would fit great in x position’, purchase it, take it home and put it straight into position. To me this is wrong. Corals when collected, propagated or […]

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Aquarium Care Is Important

There is a common saying which goes ‘good things take time yet bad things happen quickly’. This is a saying which is very true in the aquarium hobby. An important aspect of the aquarium hobby is performing the correct care and maintenance. This aspect is also quite […]

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