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Seawater – The Most Important Thing

Seawater – The Most Important Thing

Just about everyone will stop and look with admiration at a marine aquarium. Marine aquarists will of course, but those who do not possess one will also gaze. It’s a very magnetic picture, Mother Nature’s lifeforms within such a confined space. It’s an achievement for the aquarist without doubt, but

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Seawater, The Real Stuff

Seawater, The Real Stuff

It doesn’t matter what the aquarium is for (as long as it isn’t housing freshwater fish!).  Be it a reef system, large or small or a fish only type there has to be seawater. Not any old rubbish either, it has to be high quality or the aquarist will soon

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Do We Really Need Seawater Changes?

Do We Really Need Seawater Changes?

A while ago on a marine aquarists forum I saw a comment that the writer never did any seawater changes. The response was generally hostile with a few reasonable and helpful replies. I thought that the hostile replies were incorrect or at least too early. No question was put about

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An Algae Reducer And Oxygenator?

An Algae Reducer And Oxygenator?

Ah, now the picture above is the way we should feel when we view our aquariums: peaceful, relaxing, colourful and any other fitting words that can be thought of. Many aquarists do get this, including myself. Just sitting and looking, a great stress destroyer. Maintenance becomes more enjoyable, feeding the

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I Can’t Afford Live Rock, Am I Being Cruel?

I Can’t Afford Live Rock, Am I Being Cruel?

It’s exciting, setting up a new marine aquarium and at the same time it can be frustrating as there is a fair amount to sort out. Initially it can be confusing obtaining the information on this and that and what is actually needed followed by the actual size required. We

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Marine Aquarium Total Breakdown

Marine Aquarium Total Breakdown

Oh no, this sounds really serious! Sounds like everything has failed, all pumps refusing to pump and the like. What a nightmare that would be. But no, the nearest thing to that would be a power failure as equipment nowadays is generally reliable. What this is all about is the

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Have A Successful Marine Aquarium, Don’t Skimp

Have A Successful Marine Aquarium, Don’t Skimp

We more experienced aquarists tend to go on a bit about starting a new marine aquarium. This isn’t because we’re showing off our knowledge though there’s no doubt a bit of that arises occasionally, it’s because we’ve done things in the past that new aquarists often do – that is

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The Aquarium Shop Can Advise Everything?

The Aquarium Shop Can Advise Everything?

Any potential marine aquarist could easily consider that the best source for advice when a marine aquarium is being considered is the dealer. This is completely understandable – who do we ask when there’s a problem with the car or TV or we want advice on a new kitchen? This

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Using Cover Glasses On A Marine Aquarium

Using Cover Glasses On A Marine Aquarium

  Some ready built aquarium systems are sold complete with cover glasses fitted, often of the sliding type. There could be two or three, perhaps more on a large aquarium. A standard aquarium would need them added. However, when considering a marine system are cover glasses actually required? They do

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