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Wall Aquarium – A Good Idea?

Wall Aquarium – A Good Idea?

A wall aquarium, mmm. In itself it could seem a bit tricky and difficult to achieve but at the same time a really decorous way of doing things. Well, both of these thoughts are correct but installing a wall aquarium is not as difficult as it could

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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

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Making Live Rock

The major bio-filtration media in use by marine aquarists, whether they keep a reef or fish only system, is probably live rock and for good reason. Premium live rock is rock that has been fairly recently harvested from around the reefs, meaning it is ‘rubble’ rather than

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Acrylic Aquariums – Do It Yourself

Aquarists have a choice of aquarium construction material. There’s glass which is probably the most popular, then acrylic. Aquariums can also be constructed from plywood with a suitable lining. Glass is the material usually targeted when DIY is involved. However, is it possible to use acrylic? The

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Building Your own Calcium Reactor

Those aquarists that own a fish only system are not overly concerned with calcium levels as it is mainly the captive reef where the level needs monitoring. Even an aquarist with a reef aquarium could be able to maintain a sufficient calcium presence by the use of

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My Diminutive Algae Scrubber

I had my glass aquarium built for me with a few additions inside. At the left end is a small triangular area which contains four pumps and also the intakes for canister filters, an anti-phosphate filter, a denitrator (not now in use), and a protein skimmer. The

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DIY Metal Halide Lighting

Do It Yourself (DIY) with a project of any kind is not for everybody. However, there are large numbers of people who do complete various projects successfully, and there is a lot of satisfaction to be had never mind the financial saving. Often the only requirement to

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DIY Aquarium Stand Resources

There are quite a few reasons as to why an aquarist would consider building their own aquarium stand. The current financial climate is one that springs to mind. It is a lot cheaper to build your own than purchase ‘off the shelf’ The challenge and satisfaction of

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DIY Protein Skimmers

The protein skimmer is considered to be an essential piece of equipment nowadays and assists greatly in the maintenance of high quality seawater. The device removes much of the dissolved organic material (DOM) that could accumulate. Anyone who has seen the dark stinky ‘yuk’ in a protein

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Save Money and Have Fun By Making Your Own Live Rock

Live rock is a wonderful bio-filtration media. The shapes of the individual rocks are attractive and very useful in the construction of an ‘open’ reef structure. There is a disadvantage however, and that is cost. Though different types of live rock vary in weight, this weight causes

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