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Is Seawater Quality Affected By Fish And Corals To The Same Extent?

Is Seawater Quality Affected By Fish And Corals To The Same Extent?

Seawater quality is the number one requirement for a marine aquarium. The close number two for corals is suitable lighting. Given that both of these needs have been met where both fish and corals are present then the aquarist should have a beautiful healthy aquarium population. How

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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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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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Why Should Alkalinity Be Higher In The Aquarium?

The marine aquarium can be so beautiful if the aquarist does straightforward routine maintenance as required, and doing this maintenance includes attention to the all important seawater quality. Seawater quality is maintained by routine changes of sufficient quantity, and at the same time tests are completed to

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The Long One

Like the majority of aquarists I have a schedule for maintaining my aquarium. With the commitments I have and the time available I’ve found that this schedule saves time – usually. Saving time doesn’t always occur, sometimes, and it is infrequent, something occurs which takes up a

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A Question About Algae

Algae could be the aquarist’s friend and at the same time an enemy, it all depends on what type it is. A question arose recently about algae and my immediate reaction was ‘Oh no, not again, algae!’’ In fact it wasn’t so bad. The question came from

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How Gallonage Matters

No matter how big or small an aquarium is they all have a gallonage which is often stated in the manufacturer’s documents. Some aquariums are of a standard size and are known as a ‘fifty’ or whatever. The gallonage quoted in the aquarium name or manufacturer’s documents

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Algae – Friend Or Foe?

Mention the word ‘algae’ to different marine aquarists and the reaction could be mainly one of two, a look of horror perhaps bordering on panic or a smile and a nod. It all depends. To some aquarists algae is most definitely a foe. These aquarists are, in

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Cool It

The most popular lighting for reef aquariums, or to be more specific SPS reef aquariums, continues to be metal halide. This is because metal halides emit a very intense light that has considerable seawater penetration strength as far as aquariums are concerned. Metal halide bulbs are also

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I Know About Seawater Quality, But…

Marine aquarists aim to maintain seawater which is of the highest quality. The reward for doing so is a vibrant aquarium, be it a fish only, corals only or mixed reef, and without the intrusion of nuisance algae. ‘Quality’ means the seawater is stable, the pH in

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