Marine Aquarium Blog, Resources And Information

The Colt Coral

I need to state straight away that the title of ‘Colt Coral’ is a commonly used name and misleading. There are other coral species that are also called colt corals, so identity by the common name alone when ordering is likely to end up with the wrong

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The Cabbage Coral

There are a good number of the so-called leather corals that are acceptable in a beginner’s aquarium and some are of sufficient interest, colour and/or impact to be present in experienced aquarist’s systems as well. Many (or most?) are hardy and are not over demanding of light

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Guest Post On The Reef Tank

We have been priviliged to write another article for The Reef Tank. This article is in relation to aquarium care and maintenance for the subject matter of lighting and we would like to invite you to go an have a read. http://www.thereeftank.com/blog/look-after-the-lighting/ Whilst you there why not

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The Toadstool Coral

There are about 30+ toadstool coral types. Other common names could be leather coral or mushroom coral. They are all misleading though toadstool is, to me, the most descriptive of the common names. The proper name is Sarcophyton sp. As far as the aquarist is concerned, they

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The Blue Coral

This coral falls into the ‘soft coral’ group, an octocoral, but it is a little strange for that grouping. This is because it is a reef building coral. The coral is also a little misleading to the eye with its common name. It would be very understandable

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Are There Any Disadvantages In Using Reverse Osmosis Water?

Marine aquarists, particularly those running a reef aquarium, in the main tend to avoid the use of tap water. This is because tap water quality varies quite a lot depending on where the aquarist lives. In agricultural and/or industrial areas the water may be affected by nitrates,

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Are Rotating Powerheads Any Good?

There are several important factors that should be present if a marine aquarium is to be a success. In both fish only and reef aquariums seawater movement is one of them. One reason for the importance of movement is oxygen intake, if it is adequate the seawater

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How Do UV Sterilizers Work?

There are all sorts of equipment that could be used to assist maintain the aquarium, each designed for a specific purpose. Some of this equipment is essential and there is no debate about its need, for example heaters. Other equipment could be cause for debate. A piece

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Coral Propagation And Fish Breeding

The home aquarist is often faced with a coral that is increasing in size and threatening to overshadow corals lower down the reef. To ensure the lower corals remain healthy they need light and it is usually not practical to move the overgrown specimen. It is easier

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Watch The Heat From That Metal Halide

Metal halide lighting is very popular with reef keepers, particularly those who keep hard (SPS) corals. This is because it is a very powerful light that can penetrate deep into the aquarium provided that the bulb wattage has been correctly selected. Metal halide is likely to be

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