Every week I like to pop into my local fish shop, even if it is not to purchase something just to have a look about and have a chat with the owner. Over the years we have built up a bit of a friendship and over a cup of coffeeRead more →
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In the marine aquarium, be it a reef tank or a fish only aquarium, the nitrogen cycle is of paramount importance. It is the life support function for all the livestock. Without it, or with a serious deficiency, the livestock will be in serious difficulty and face death. In anRead more →
Canister filters have been around for decades. They’re usually shaped like a canister (strange that) but can also be square. The media sits in the canister under the ’lid‘, and it is in or on the lid that an electric motor is placed. Water to the filter arrives via aRead more →
Live rock has become a widely used media for filtration. It is a natural way to filter and it deals, within reason, with the full [tag-self]nitrogen cycle[/tag-self]. It is suitable for all marine aquarium systems, and is usually very successful if the quality and quantity are correct. In addition, itRead more →
A great deal of fun and excitement is caused by the planning and building of a new marine aquarium. All the equipment to consider and choose, and the controlled excitement of when the first live stock will appear. Provided the aquarist has chosen and set up the equipment with care,Read more →
Filtration is at the heart of the aquarium system. It is essential for the well being of the livestock. Modern filtration systems usually involve [tag-self]live rock[/tag-self] perhaps with a deep sand bed (DSB). The trend is towards more natural filtration, and often macro algae such as [tag-self]Caulerpa[/tag-self] is used toRead more →
Live rock as we know is excellent at filtration within the aquarium as well as looking very natural.
Live rock rubble is a term which is heard of again and again and quite often people don’t really understand what it is and what it can be used for.
So what is it?
In the large containers either at the LFS or at the distributors where the live rock is cured prior to being made available for sale there are loads and loads of bits of live rock at the bottom of the containers.
This comes from bits of rock either becoming loosed and falling off, being knocked off during cleaning or some other method but over time there is quite a lot of rubble at the bottom of the container.Read more →
The construction of a deep sand bed (DSB) is very simple and straightforward with only a few requirements.
Many marine aquarists undertake this job as they wish to maintain high water quality and at the same time have additional interest in the aquarium, which takes the form of the tiny, and sometimes not so tiny, life forms which hopefully will make the DSB their home.
Dr Ron Shimek is a very well known aquarist who undertakes research. Following is a link which provides all the information needed – sand type, depth etc – in the making of a DSB. In addition, some of the life forms that may inhabit the sand are given. It is very well worth a visit if a DSB is being considered.
http://www.ronshimek.com/Deep%20Sand%20Beds.htmRead 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 →
As we know live rock is an extremely effective filtration media to use within the saltwater aquarium. Not only does it provide filtration it also makes the aquarium look more natural.
With so many different types of live rock available however which one should you choose and how much do you need.
When setting up your aquarium you should have an idea as to what you want to keep and also what you hope it to look like. During the planning stage you should have looked into the following as well as numerous other aspects :Read more →