We marine aquarists are lucky in more than one way, and a part of this luck is that our aquariums are always sunny, no matter what Mother Nature has to say about it, wherever the aquarist may live. Day in, day out on comes the lighting systemRead more →
Metal halide lighting is very popular with reef keepers, particularly those who keep hard (SPS) corals. This is because it is a very powerful light that can penetrate deep into the aquarium provided that the bulb wattage has been correctly selected. Metal halide is likely to beRead more →
Most marine systems are set up to house tropical livestock, which means that attention has to be given to maintaining a moderately high seawater temperature. The recommended temperature is 75 to 80 deg F, though some experienced aquarists run at a higher level to increase the metabolismRead more →
Those aquarists who purchased a ready built aquarium will possibly find that glass covers are built in. They will either be ‘lift-out’ or sliding. The aquarium that’s been individually assembled by the aquarist has covers or not – another decision to be made. If it is aRead more →
Aquarists keeping cold water systems very often employ chillers (coolers) to prevent the seawater warming up excessively. Warm water systems that are in naturally warm areas may well need to do the same to prevent overheating. Whatever the warm water system, be it a fish only aquariumRead more →
As with anything in the saltwater home aquarium hobby one of the areas which all aquarists must attempt to maintain is stability.
Temperature is one of these factors.
Allowing the temperature in the aquarium to fluctuate cause stress on the corals, fish etc which can bring out diseases etc or at worst even death.
When you are starting your home aquarium one of the factors which you need to research is how much heating wattage you will require. In a lot of cases where this has been worked out the aquarist goes out and purchases a heater to suit the desired wattage.Read more →