Comments for Aquarists Online http://www.aquaristsonline.com Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:22:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Comment on Do We Really Need Seawater Changes? by Johnhttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-care/do-we-really-need-seawater-changes/#comment-393096 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:22:00 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/?p=2871#comment-393096 Hello Pete.
How times have changed. I remember my early aquariums – dead white coral (much frowned on now and rightly so), the use of tap water as you mention, and getting really advanced with under gravel filtration! I did water changes about once a fortnight for the fish only system and everything seemed fine.
How things have changed though. Most aquarists (this is a guess, I’m assuming most systems are reefs) have reefs and the need for high quality seawater is paramount because of the corals. All of the livestock in our care deserve and require high quality seawater, but it is the corals that really dictate. Seawater quality is effected by the fish load and for example the feeding habits of the aquarist (no, not cornflakes, how the fish are fed or overfed).
I have to say that at my partial seawater change, done once a fortnight, the aquarium seawater has readings no different from the new seawater going in. However, this is stated from what I test for, the basics, so trace elements for example could well be dropping. Overall, it is better to do partial seawater changes even at the suggested minimum of 10%, freshening things up.
Thanks so much for your comment.

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Comment on Do We Really Need Seawater Changes? by P A Pagehttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-care/do-we-really-need-seawater-changes/#comment-393047 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 09:01:26 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/?p=2871#comment-393047 Hi John Cunningham

In the 1980s I had an 80 gallon (tap water) marine aquarium with no sump (as they were not around then) and an Eheim submerged filter. I had a skimmer and trickle filter plus a section for a carbon bag and a primitive top-up box plus a water heater. All pumps were air-controlled. I had a few corals and fish with live rock. I had this set-up for ten years as I moved to down-size and passed the tank on to a relative. Two fish that I started with (a Percula Clownfish and a Pyjama wrasse) went back to the shop that I purchased them from. OK I was lucky! When I purchased this tank I did not used it for 18 months as I started to do my home work on marine set-ups. Yes in my spare time it took that long plus saving money for the fluorescent lights and such.

In all that time I only done 10% WATER CHANGES ONCE A MONTH. Three days before the water change I filled a barrel with water (which was in the garage), heated it and mixed in the appropriate amount of salt and used an air-filter to air it. What was in that barrel was almost the same as what was in the tank.

Take care
Pete Page

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Comment on The Best Accessory – A Sump by Johnhttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-equipment/the-best-accessory-a-sump/#comment-368006 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 15:48:32 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/?p=2844#comment-368006 Glad! If you haven’t got a sump maybe you’ll be tempted.

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Comment on The Best Accessory – A Sump by Anthonyhttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-equipment/the-best-accessory-a-sump/#comment-366608 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 09:30:48 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/?p=2844#comment-366608 Great Article! Really enjoyable read!

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Comment on Why Not Have A Hermit Crab? by Johnhttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/general/hermit-crab/#comment-361342 Sat, 30 May 2015 16:12:05 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/?p=2754#comment-361342 Ha, they’re like little aliens. I just find them interesting and cute, sometimes funny.

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Comment on Why Not Have A Hermit Crab? by John Davidhttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/general/hermit-crab/#comment-360810 Sat, 30 May 2015 05:42:43 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/?p=2754#comment-360810 As a kid we would spend summers in Cape cod where there is an abundance of hermit crabs. I was obsessed with them! Now they creep me out a bit but if you can get past that, they’re very cool.

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Comment on Dosing Kalkwasser by praohttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-care/water-quality/dosing-kalkwasser/#comment-334704 Mon, 11 May 2015 16:25:17 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/?p=1049#comment-334704 Hello! I want to say that this post is nicely written and includes
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Comment on Is A Curved Glass Aquarium A Good Idea? by Johnhttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-equipment/is-a-curved-glass-aquarium-a-good-idea/#comment-333448 Sat, 09 May 2015 11:26:47 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-equipment/is-a-curved-glass-aquarium-a-good-idea/#comment-333448 Oh dear, hard luck Don.
Cutting is perhaps the easiest way to remove the trim, though I suspect there could have been some glue, silicone or otherwise behind it to strengthen the grip. If this was the case then hammering, even moderately, would have put additional strain on the glass. Carefully prising the trim away from the glass before applying hammer pressure might have assisted, or might not. Basically I would consider it bad luck, glass is perfectly suitable for an aquarium (provided the correct thickness is used which depends on the height).
I hope you managed to get a replacement for the front of your aquarium without too much trouble.

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Comment on Is A Curved Glass Aquarium A Good Idea? by don harshawhttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-equipment/is-a-curved-glass-aquarium-a-good-idea/#comment-330660 Thu, 07 May 2015 18:22:17 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-equipment/is-a-curved-glass-aquarium-a-good-idea/#comment-330660 I was trying to take the trim off the top of my 72 gallon tank and the bow front glass shattered into a million pieces. the tank was 12 years old. the center part of the frame had broke from the back part of the tank frame… I ordered a new border frame and was advised to drain my tank and to cut the frame with a hack saw in pieces and to use a piece of wood and rubber mallet to hammer it off of the glass tank.. I had cut 3 pieces of the trim/frame with a hack saw and when I started hitting the first piece of trim to get it off of the glass the bow front shattered.. Was I given wrong instructs to remove this trim, or was the glass old and weak and this was bound to happen?

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Comment on Aiptasia, Majano Anemones And Joes Juice by Dennishttp://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-care/aiptasia-majano-anemones-and-joes-juice/#comment-319537 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 23:42:12 +0000 http://www.aquaristsonline.com/blog/aquarium-care/aiptasia-majano-anemones-and-joes-juice/#comment-319537 Thank you for sharing this blog packed with so much information. Stopping by assisted me.

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