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Is It Easier To Purchase A Second Hand Aquarium System Or To Set One Up From Scratch

To be honest there are benefits to both methods and realistically it is up to yourself as the aquarist to decide which one is best for both you and your bank balance. Let’s look at each option in turn: Purchasing A Second Hand Aquarium System The immediate benefit for choosing

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The Nano Reef Tank – Is It Suitable For The Beginner

When a beginner starts to research this hobby cost obviously becomes a factor and for very good reason. The larger the aquarium which is chosen the more equipment which is required, more water, more lighting, more salt etc. The list goes on and on. For this reason the potential saltwater

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Glass Thickness And Why It Is Important

There are many very competent DIY’ers about, doing all sorts of jobs from putting up a new shelf to building a house. The marine hobby is an excellent area for DIY.

Many aquarists have completed DIY projects very successfully. These projects might be a filter using acrylic tube, a protein skimmer, a lighting system etc. Some go a step further than that and design and build their own aquarium.

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The Metal Halide Reflector – Are They All The Same

Choosing aquarium lighting primarily depends upon what you hope to keep in your aquarium. If you are keeping a fish only aquarium then you can provide effective lighting using fluorescent tubes. If you are hoping to keep a reef tank then the corals you hope to keep as well as the depth of the aquarium will determine what lighting requirements you will need.

The majority of soft corals do very well under fluorescent lighting (T5, T8 etc), however if you are serious about keeping a tank full of hard corals then probably metal halide is the best for you. LED lighting is another alternative however for this post will not be covered.

No matter what type of lighting you choose to use there is one thing which you must be using.

A reflector.

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Small Aquarium, Large Aquarium – Which Do You Choose

After the decision has been made that you want to keep a saltwater aquarium of your own then the researching phase begins.

Part of this research is to ascertain what size aquarium you actually want to have.

There are a lot of factors to be taken into consideration when choosing the size of the aquarium – one of these is the space available to you.

There are a lot of places (and people) who state that you must choose the biggest aquarium which you can afford and fit in. This is true to a degree as the larger the aquarium the easier it is to maintain excellent water quality and the more room for expansion (and corals) you have in the future.

There is a point which I in my opinion I believe is forgotten when choosing the aquarium size and that is that it is not the size of the display aquarium which is important – it is the volume of water in the entire system.

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Remember To Water Test Your Aquarium

When you set up an aquarium, be this the display aquarium, sump, refugium or any other type of aquarium one thing you must do prior to mixing the expensive salt with the again expensive reverse osmosis water is to test that the aquarium does not leak.

This is exceptionally simple to do. All you do is fill the relevant aquarium with tap water and leave it for a while.

I know that this may sound like a waste of water but doing so allows you to test the seals in the aquarium. How would you feel if you filled the aquarium with reverse osmosis water, mixed in the salt only to find out that it leaked and that you would need to remove all of this water, store it somehow or even worse have to throw it away.

Filling it with tap water allows you to test the seals. There is no guarantee that the aquarium will not leak. Whilst the manufacturer will make every effort to ensure that it does not they cannot guarantee it. Or if they do provide a guarantee it will be that they either repair or replace it. Either way you have lost valuable water and salt.

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Remember To Protect Your Reverse Osmosis Membrane

Water quality in the aquarium is of upmost importance and the aquarist needs to do everything they can to ensure that the water qualty does not drop to below par levels.

Water quality is measured in many ways with probably one of the most important being the water which is used to mix with the salt – in this instance reverse osmosis water.

The majority of reverse osmosis units are made up of numerous stages. Each of these stages has a function the main one of which is the membrane.

The other stages used are normally along the lines of a pre-filter (sometimes called a sediment filter), a carbon filter and a DI stage.

The pre-filter and the carbon filter are normally located prior to the membrane and the DI unit located after the membrane.

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