Posts Tagged Care

Beautiful Encrusting Algae But There’s A Small Downside

Marine aquarists try very hard to create a beautiful aquarium – whether the system is fish only or reef that is the target. These attempts are generally successful and often the picture is enhanced by Mother Nature. Mother Nature obviously provides the ‘eye targets’, the colourful fish

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Enough Light? Must Be

Watching a marine aquarium is a great pleasure and probably one of the major reasons why so many keep them. With a reef system sometimes a new arrival is seen to appear, or a species of coral that is already present appears somewhere else. On a few

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Breeding Seahorses

Despite the fact that more advanced marine aquarists visit Aquaristsonline in increasing numbers the website was originally targeted at beginners. Nothing has changed, so why is anything being written about breeding which is in the area of the more advanced among us? The answer is that earlier,

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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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Remember The Lighting

What is the most important part of a marine system? Lighting? Well no, it isn’t, seawater quality is the number one with both fish only and reef aquariums. High seawater quality means there shouldn’t be any indication of ammonia or nitrite. Nitrate should be as low as

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Interesting Maybe, But It Doesn’t Matter

Interesting? O3        +  NO2 ………> O2         + NO3 (Ozone + Nitrite ………> Oxygen + Nitrate) Could be, but in the majority of cases the answer is no. A potential marine aquarist or even an existing one keeping a reef or fish only system is likely to shy

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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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Disease!

The very word can strike fear into any marine aquarist. Diseases, particularly ‘velvet’ and ‘white spot’ are real threats. The threat can be minimized of course. Careful selection of fish is the initial way, being careful to ensure the selected ones are as ‘clean’ as they should

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An Attached Quarantine Tank

Having a quarantine tank is generally accepted as ‘a good thing’. Strangely, the majority of marine aquarists don’t use one, instead throwing caution to the winds or at least relying on good luck. Perhaps they obtain their fish from sources where they are guaranteed to have been

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Things Change

Pretty obvious really! The weather is an example. But no, we’re concerned with marine aquariums of course. In a fish only aquarium the changes are usually, strangely enough, to do with fish. New additions, growth, the cave/hole they live in and the like. In a reef system

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