There’s a lot of aquarists around who like DIY. Not surprising really – anything can be built in this hobby from a stand and canopy to various devices, such as protein skimmers, calcium reactors, sand beds etc., even the aquarium itself. One of the biggest problems is the pre-work. ByRead more →
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Aquarists aquascaping a reef aquarium, or fish only aquarium with live rock, carefully consider design options, with careful regard for efficiency and visual acceptability. A properly researched marine aquarium will run very well with just a fairly small input from the aquarist – routine water changes are an example. ThereRead more →
There are one or two things that are an aquarists nightmare. A good example is an outbreak of so-called marine velvet, often called [tag-tec]Oodinium[/tag-ice] because it is caused by the dinoflagellate Oodinium ocellatum. This is where a few tiny white spots appear on fish and without treatment they increase untilRead more →
Planning and researching your saltwater aquarium is an important and at times very frustrating stage.
One of these areas is what to place the aquarium on.
There are many ways in which to do this. You can purhcase an aquarium which is sold with an aquarium stand. If you are not interested in DIY then you can have someone make a stand for you, however a lot of people, like me, prefer to make their own aquarium stand.
At first the idea of making your own stand appears quite straight forward, however when you start to think about it it becomes apparant that it is not as simple as your first thought. You have to take into consideration the strength of the wood so that it can hold the weight, the type of wood so that it does not rot, the plan of the design so that any plumbing can fit and sumps can be installed and accessed plus many more details which need to be considered.Read more →
Live rock is a fantastic tool to use as a method of filtration in the saltwater aquarium. Another good thing about live rock is that it looks so natural in the aquarium.
There are a couple of issues however:
1. Live rock, dependant upon the amount required is not that cheap
2. You never quite get the shapes and sizes you need to create the rock structure you hoped for.
For these reasons and some others which I have not mentioned there are some people in this hobby who are now looking at making their own live rock.Read more →
Personally I like DIY. I have done a bit of aquarium diy in relation to plumbing, stands, hoods etc however I have to say that I have not done anything that adventurous.
Doing a spot of aquarium diy is a great way to save some money, money which you can spend on corals etc!Read more →
Water quality is at the top of reef aquarium requirements, and also important for fish only aquariums. In any text, emphasis is always given to the need for excellent water parameters. Aquarists take care to ensure that this quality is as high as it can be and the level is maintained.
At the same time one of the fears of the marine aquarist is the appearance of algae. Certain algae are welcome, they enhance the appearance of the reef considerably. Others are certainly not welcome, such as green hair algae, or dark algae creeping over rocks and sand suffocating life if allowed to continue.Read more →
This post is aimed more for the do it yourself orientated people or for people who are rather brave and want to give it a go.
So why would you need to drill your aquarium in the first place. If you run a sump or another type of external aquarium then you need to get the water to them. It is much easier to get water to flow through a hole in the glass than attempting to get the water to go up and over it.Read more →
Sumps are being used more and more in the salt water aquarium hobby nowadays. The reason is that a lot of the required equipment can be hidden from view in the [tag-tec]aquarium sump[/tag-tec]. Equipment such as protein skimmers, heaters, calcium reactors etc. A lot of people nowadays are also usingRead more →