Archive for the Care Category

Aquarium Cover Glasses

Cover glasses of course are those sheets of glass that rest on the strengthening straps at the top of the aquarium. Sometimes they are fitted in plastic holders so they will slide, sometimes they just lay straight on the straps.

The overall practice nowadays is not to use cover glasses, but leave the water surface completely open. This is generally good practice. Firstly, it allows maximum light to penetrate the seawater, which is of particular importance on a hard coral reef aquarium. Second, it allows a large area of open seawater surface for gas exchange to take place. Third, it is one less item to clean!

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Watching The Aquarium Is Important

Aquarists have all sorts of sizes of salt water aquariums. Square ones, rectangular ones, triangular ones and other shapes, sometimes a custom built aquarium.

Supporting these aquariums are various devices, such as skimmers, power heads, pumps, calcium reactors etc. The cost of many of these is pretty high.

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Aquarium care

Making the decision to start a salt water aquarium is a big decision and is certainly not a decision which should be taken lightly.

There are so many occasions that I see or hear about salt water aquarium’s being started because they have seen the colourful fish and corals in a pet shop or seen something on television and thought to themselves:

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Reef Aquarium Pests

As with most hobbies there are some things that are definitely undesirable. Keeping a saltwater reef aquarium or saltwater fish only aquarium is a most fulfilling hobby, but irritating problems can occur.

For example, outbreaks of filamentous green algae, brown/black/red smear algae, glass anemones and bubble algae (sailor’s eyeball algae) are four of the major culprits. These problems can develop into major headaches if proper action during setting-up and the following care and maintenance are not taken.

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