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Live Rock, It’s Expensive So Why Not Prepare Your Own?

Live Rock, It’s Expensive So Why Not Prepare Your Own?

Live rock is generally agreed as being the best filtration medium for the marine aquarium. It’s a natural method which at the same time produces a natural looking decoration. The major downside is cost. One way of keeping the cost down is to obtain  so-called base rock

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I Can’t Afford Live Rock, Am I Being Cruel?

I Can’t Afford Live Rock, Am I Being Cruel?

It’s exciting, setting up a new marine aquarium and at the same time it can be frustrating as there is a fair amount to sort out. Initially it can be confusing obtaining the information on this and that and what is actually needed followed by the actual

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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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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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First Introduction – Fish Or Invertebrate

The majority of aquarists decide that the first introduction to their aquariums should be a fish yet does it need to be this way. I fully understand why this happens and perhaps this is due to historic reasons where aquarists used hardy fish to assist in the

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Can Decorative Sand Be Used For Filtration

This is a very good question which I was asked recently via email and I thought that I would detail it here for others to read and hopefully benefit from. A lot of aquarists decide to put a small amount of decorative sand in the bottom of

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What Is Natural Aquarium Filtration

There is one thing that I have learnt in all my years of keeping aquariums – do not underestimate nature! It still amazes me today how powerful natural aquarium filtration actually is and how many ways there are to actually filter an aquarium or provide additional nutrient

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The Canister Filter – A Thing Of The Past Or Still Useful?

Technology marches on and there are quite a few devices that are available for use with a marine system. The canister filter is not new and has been with us for a considerable period. Canister filters are made by quite a few manufacturers. They are usually shaped,

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