Posts Tagged Filtration

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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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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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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It Takes Time

Any experienced aquarist can understand why a newcomer to the hobby really wants to see some livestock in their aquarium, because those aquarists have been through the same process. Doing things properly is a patience tester. This isn’t a bad thing because patience is at or very

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I Did It On Purpose

This sounds a bit like a confession and in a way it is. I’ve done something that shouldn’t be done and did it knowingly. Fair confession! Now and again I try to find something out for myself by running an experiment. A scientist would advise that they

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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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Should You Go ‘Sumpless’ Or Not?

Many aquarists have a sump attached to their display aquarium. The numbers that have a sump seems to advise that the answer to the title question is ‘Don’t go without a sump’. In fact there isn’t a requirement to have a sump. There are a good number

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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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How Long Should You Leave Refugium Lights On For

Refugiums are becoming more and more popular nowadays as people are starting to realise the beneift that they can have upon the aquarium. Refugiums, as the name states are a refuge for animals to live without fear of predation. It is also an area where macro algae

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