The marine aquarium hobby was once viewed as very hard, very expensive, and needing a touch of magic. The first two were correct, but not the latter, that simply being how it probably appeared to anyone not in the hobby but perhaps with a spattering of knowledge. There was little knowledge of the needs of captive marine life, and for the most part (the biggest most part) only very hardy life in very small numbers survived for any length of time, and that was usually measured in months.Read more →
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The canister filter has been in use for decades. Freshwater aquarists were the first to make use of them and they still do. Then along came the marine aquarium and the canister filter was employed to support those to. Canister filters have been around for so long that they are now very dependable and failures are rare.Read more →
If you have a saltwater aquarium and lighting is provided by metal halide lighting then potentially you could have quite a large aquarium hood.
As we all know there are times when we need to access the aquarium in order to feed the fish, introduce new corals or fish, move rocks around etc and if you have a large aquarium hood then they can become quite bulky and hard to lift.Read more →
With keeping a saltwater aquarium there is one thing that you are definitely going to need to do :
Keep the water warm.
Not just warm but at a constant level with as few fluctuations as possible. Fish do not like fluctuations in temperature and corals are even more sensitive to it.Read more →
I have to admit that I personally do not use a computer on my aquarium. This is not to say that they are not very good because trust me – I really would love to have one.
The truth is that at the moment I cannot both afford to have one or warrant the expenditure.Read more →
After water quality and then lighting water circulation, in my opinion comes next.
Not just any water circulation though – you can’t just chuck powerheads left right and centre into the aquarium and turn it into a washing machine – you have to create the right water flow.Read more →
A UV filter glass is normally used on a metal halide lighting unit. The reason for this is that it prevents any harmful rays from ‘hurting’ the corals.
However do you really need to use one?Read more →
In a saltwater aquarium stability is one of the aquarists prime concerns and numerous devices are uses to measure various aspects of the aquarium.
One of the aspects which aquarists measure is salinity/specific gravity – ie the amount of salt in the water.Read more →