Archive for the Care Category

Magnesium – Why Is It Required In A Reef Tank

Magnesium is an element in the aquarium which is often neglected, however it is very important.

The topic of magnesium can be a very large and at times complex subject however in this short post I hope to provide only the information you need at present so you will know why magnesium is required and what levels you need to aim at maintaining it at.

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Quick Tip – Help Maintain Stability By Keeping Your Hydrometer Clean

When you start a saltwater aquarium one of the things which you must do is maintain stability.

The hydrometer is an essential item when it comes to saltwater aquariums. A hydrometer allows you to measure and record the salinity of the saltwater. The saltwater which is both in your aquarium and which is prepared for water changes.

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Water Testing – And Not Just The Water In The Aquarium

There is an area which I belive at lot of aquarists either do not know they need to do or in some case forget to do.

Aquarists should test the water in the aquarium on a regular basis to ensure that everything is correct and stability is mainteined, however there is another area which needs to be tested periodically.

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Reef Janitors – Essential In A Saltwater Aquarium

Stability in the saltwater aquarium is key to success (as well as research and patience). Stability is created by the aquarist and the filtration within the aquarium.

The aquarist provides assistance in this area by ensuring that the correct care and maintenance is provided to the aquarium.

The filtration within the aquarium allows for pollutants within the water to be processed, therefore producing a pollutant free environment.

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How To Clean A Fish Tank

When the aquarium is clean it can look amazing to the eye – both for yourself and for anyone who see’s it.

The trouble is they don’t keep themselves clean do they.

Fish, like humans produce waste. This waste along with the aspects which we introduce into the aquarium (uneaten food etc) all helps to increase the pollution in the water.

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Tap Water – Is It Ok To Be Used

The new or not so new aquarist may be puzzled by the repeated advice to use purified tap water. So tap water is purified, use that. No.

The water coming out of the tap is purified by the local water authority. Regulations advise the amount of additional substances that are permitted, and, hopefully, the water authority meets that criteria. However, this is for human consumption. We can tolerate an amount of nitrate, phosphate, heavy metal such as copper etc. Obviously we can, we drink it, and clean our teeth with it. Our children do likewise. So what is this need for purification of the tap water for use in a salt water aquarium?

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Denitrator, Where’s The Flow Gone? Update

I run a sulphur based denitrator on my reef. It has been running continuously for years without problem, though it has needed some adjustment of flow from time to time. That is to be expected. However, a while ago the flow went wrong, it slowed down considerably. There isn’t a lot of flow anyway on a denitrator, so the flow became almost non existent.

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