Posts Tagged Equipment

If Seawater Tests Are Fine But…

We are often going on about the quality of seawater and we believe quite rightly so. Seawater quality is the number one priority, no matter what type of aquarium it could be, fish only, coral only, or mixed reef. Of course, even if seawater quality is correct

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The Constituents Of Seawater

The seas and oceans cover the majority of the planet surface. Within those seas the wild reefs have grown and all of their needs are met, be that calcium or whatever. The life on the wild reef has had a very long time to adapt to the

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Equipment – The Refractometer

The refractometer is a very useful tool in the aquarists arsenal. It is a very accurate device which is used to measure the amount of salt in the water i.e. the specific gravity. A tool which is quite often used is the hydrometer however one of the

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My Diminutive Algae Scrubber

I had my glass aquarium built for me with a few additions inside. At the left end is a small triangular area which contains four pumps and also the intakes for canister filters, an anti-phosphate filter, a denitrator (not now in use), and a protein skimmer. The

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Aquarium Care Is Important

There is a common saying which goes ‘good things take time yet bad things happen quickly’. This is a saying which is very true in the aquarium hobby. An important aspect of the aquarium hobby is performing the correct care and maintenance. This aspect is also quite

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The Seahorse – Should You Put One In A Reef Aquarium

Seahorses come in different types and they are all endearing, interesting and super to keep. In the wild they are, unfortunately, under intense pressure from collection. They are gathered by the millions; some are for the aquarium hobby but most are for alleged medicinal purposes or dried

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Water Salinity

Everyone who goes to the seaside for a day out or a holiday and has a paddle or a swim knows that a mouthful of water is salty. This saltiness is important, and the level of it. Livestock that comes from the wild reefs is used to

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The Hydrometer

Aquarists can use a small arsenal of tests to assure themselves that the seawater quality in their fish only aquariums or reef aquariums is high enough. One of these tests is carried out using a hydrometer. The hydrometer measures the Specific Gravity (SG) of seawater. SG is

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Aquarium Lighting Advance

In years gone by aquarists lit their aquariums with tungsten lights. They probably had no idea of spectrum, probably had lots of algae growth, and I would imagine the heat output would have caused problems too. Methods advance. Nowadays there are two main lighting systems, fluorescent tubes

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At What Times Should The Lighting Be On Above The Refugium

In the refugium we are attempting to grow macro algae. The reason for this is that as they grow they remove nutrients like nitrate and phosphate out of the water. In a previous post I have discussed what type of lighting should be used so that you

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