For a fish only aquarium or reef aquarium to look at its best there is one area that needs constant and careful attention. That area is water quality. What is water quality? I’ll mention water movement first, because I tend to include this with water quality. ManyRead more →
Keeping the aquarium clean is imperative to maintaining excellent water quality but should you clean the sand? Well this depends upon what type of sand bed you have implemented into your aquarium. If you have installed a deep sand bed to aid with aquarium filtration then noRead more →
These charts are available for download and will hopefully assist in the methodical testing of the seawater, the timeous changing of lighting and filter medias, and also offer a means of keeping track of aquarium livestock additions.
The Test Chart: this of course is very easily adaptable to a fish only system by using only the tests that are applicable.
By using a test chart and testing routinely, the aquarist can see that the seawater parameters are stable. On the other hand, any trend, such as falling calcium levels, changing pH etc can be spotted. Trends often show up, allowing the aquarist to accurately calculate, for example, the amount of an additive that is required at intervals.Read more →
No work at all! Just view and enjoy the coral colours and the various reef fish. Many or perhaps all aquarists would tend to call that aquatic heaven – maybe.
Is it possible though? Is there a way that the aquarist can design a marine system where, once all is settled and mature, there is nothing else to do?Read more →
A while ago my reef showed clear signs of a sizeable reduction in the tiny creatures that inhabited the deep sand bed (DSB) and also the reef rocks. I noticed this most at night. I wondered if this might be the so called ‘Old Tank Syndrome.’ See ‘Old Tank Syndrome’Read more →
I run a sulphur based denitrator on my reef. It has been running continuously for years without problem, though it has needed some adjustment of flow from time to time. That is to be expected. However, a while ago the flow went wrong, it slowed down considerably. There isn’t a lot of flow anyway on a denitrator, so the flow became almost non existent.Read more →
Running a marine aquarium means being on the lookout for trouble. That’s not to say that a marine aquarium is trouble, it simply means that, as with most things, trouble can arise despite the best efforts and diligence of the aquarist.
I’d already found an intruder in my aquarium. It was identified, considered and eventually action taken to control it. This invader was eventually overcome, controlled and nearly eliminated so that it was no longer a problem. Its name was bubble algae, or sailor’s eyeballs (Ventricaria ventricosa).
Peace reigned once again. The reef was splendid, routine maintenance was done, and much quiet observation and appreciation took place.Read more →
Peter (being Peter) a few months ago agreed to care for a [tag-tec]saltwater aquarium[/tag-tec], as the aquarist who owned it had to move house. The aquarium is of fairly sizeable proportions and has a sump.
The system arrived and was off-loaded. With quite a bit of staggering the aquarium was placed on a stand pre-prepared by Peter. The sump was placed underneath. The main aquarium had a DSB ([tag-tec]deep sand bed[/tag-tec]), I assume that was the intention, maybe it was just meant to be decorative. The sump also had a DSB. Some of the original water was placed back in. The live rock, which had travelled separately, also went in. The fish, seven in all, mainly small with one medium sized surgeon also went in. Additional water was made up, heaters turned on and also the skimmer started up. Everything went well, considering.Read more →