Archive for the Filtration Category

Instead Of A Quarantine Tank I’ll Use A UV Sterilizer

This to a newcomer seems like a good idea, applying some extra protection equipment to the display aquarium and avoiding the need for a separate tank with the consequent need for extra heating, power heads and the like. Closer examination seems to be in order. What is a

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How Did I Know The Rock Had Become Live?

All marine aquarists are aware of live rock. It’s the stuff that perhaps the majority use for bio- filtration and it’s also excellent as décor, be it a reef or a fish only system. Good mature live rock has the usual bacteria present, those that convert the

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The Move to Natural Methods

Many modern marine aquariums use ‘natural’ methods as much as possible. This has been achieved by the advances in knowledge that have been made over the last few years. Some aquarists argue that it is impossible to keep an aquarium without using natural methods and I can

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Bio-Media Removed

When I first started my current reef aquarium over six years ago I didn’t use any live rock. Instead, for the bio-filtration I used canister filters. There are two Eheim Ecco canister filters installed and I have to say that they are good, well constructed and to

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Live Rock A ‘Different’ Way

Live rock is quite rightly highly rated by marine aquarists, particularly by those with a reef, for both its filtration capabilities and its appearance. It is natural, what could be better than that? Well, nothing really, but nevertheless there are drawbacks in its use. The first negative

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Mud Bed Aquarium Filtration

Mud bed filtration is similar to that of other sand based aquarium filtration systems, however the substrate is made of such a small grain size that it is very much like mud. A good filtration method to equate a mud bed to is the refugium. In the

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The Plenum – Could It Work For You

The word plenum is not a term which the majority of beginners have actually heard of especially when it comes to filtering the aquarium. The plenum however is very similar to that of a deep sand bed however both the creation and design are entirely different. So

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What Is Natural Aquarium Filtration

There is one thing that I have learnt in all my years of keeping aquariums – do not underestimate nature! It still amazes me today how powerful natural aquarium filtration actually is and how many ways there are to actually filter an aquarium or provide additional nutrient

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Cryptic Zones – Another Filtration Possibility

There is a scientific term used which is called ‘the gradient concept’. This term basically describes how various marine organisms can be graded according to the amount of light which they receive. There are two zonal categories which are most commonly used, these are the exposed and

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Understand The Nitrogen Cycle – Your Livestock Depend On It

Modern reef aquariums try to be as natural as possible. The modern day captive reef would make yesterdays marine aquarists eyes water – they are so beautiful in total and in detail. Fish only systems house fish that would have been impossible to keep not that long

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