Posts Tagged saltwater-aquarium-filter

Live Rock Rubble – What’s That Then?

Live rock as we know is excellent at filtration within the aquarium as well as looking very natural.

Live rock rubble is a term which is heard of again and again and quite often people don’t really understand what it is and what it can be used for.

So what is it?

In the large containers either at the LFS or at the distributors where the live rock is cured prior to being made available for sale there are loads and loads of bits of live rock at the bottom of the containers.

This comes from bits of rock either becoming loosed and falling off, being knocked off during cleaning or some other method but over time there is quite a lot of rubble at the bottom of the container.

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DIY Hang-On Aquarium Filtration To Assist Water Quality

Water quality is at the top of reef aquarium requirements, and also important for fish only aquariums. In any text, emphasis is always given to the need for excellent water parameters. Aquarists take care to ensure that this quality is as high as it can be and the level is maintained.

At the same time one of the fears of the marine aquarist is the appearance of algae. Certain algae are welcome, they enhance the appearance of the reef considerably. Others are certainly not welcome, such as green hair algae, or dark algae creeping over rocks and sand suffocating life if allowed to continue.

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Feeding a Deep Sand Bed

In the salt water aquarium a deep sand bed (DSB) is a very positive addition to the system. In addition to its filtration capabilities, it is interesting in its own right.

Why so interesting? This is because, if the DSB is functioning properly, it will have a population of tiny life forms that have made it their home. In fact, a population of these creatures is important as this assists the DSB to function correctly.

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Cryptic Zones

There is a scientific term used which is called ‘the [tag-tec]gradient concept[/tag-tec]’. This term basically describes how various marine organisms can be graded according to the amount of light which they receive. There are two zonal categories which are most commonly used, these are the exposed and

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The Deep Sand Bed – One Of The Most Effective Filtration Methods.

A deep sand bed is probably one of the most common additions to live rock filtration utilised within the marine aquarist world at the moment. The other is called a plenum which I will cover in a future post.

A lot has been discovered over the years in relation to sand beds perhaps the biggest of which is the importance of the sand particle size and the depth of the bed.

Let’s concentrate on the sand particle size first of all.

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Man made aquarium filtration

Man made aquarium filtration is a term I use when describing filtration devices which are not naturally occurring. This is equipment which is used to grow or culture the bacteria required to provide an efficient aquarium filter.

Good examples of man made filtration are but not limited to :

1 External Canister Filters
2 Internal Filters
3 Fluidised Filters.

The majority of man made filters effectively follow the same principal and the majority of them utilise both mechanical filtration and biological filtration.

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The aquarium filter – how does it work then

Since yesterdays post we have had a few people contact us saying that it is all well and good talking about aquarium filtration and different methods etc when there are a lot of visitors to this site who are thinking about starting a salt water aquarium and do not fully understand how an aquarium filter actually works.

So here we go, this is the first of a couple of posts to touch upon the basics of aquarium filtration (what it is, how it works, methods etc)

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Marine aquarium filtration – why must you

During my hours lunch break at work I decided to pop to my local fish shop to have a look around and have a cup of coffee with the owner and have a break from the pressures of work – it’s amazing how looking at salt water aquariums can take all the stress and pressure away.

Anyway whilst I was there chatting to the owner I overheard a couple of people talking – one of them was obviously thinking about starting a reef tank and they were chatting about marine aquarium filtration.

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