All live rock should only be handled while wearing gloves. There
are many animals that can be hiding in and on the live rock that can
cause a lot of harm to the person handling it. Animals such as Sea
urchins, some snails and Zoanthids can be toxic to the touch, mantis
or pistol shrimp can slash a finger down to the bone and open wounds
can easily become infected from contact with the live rock
How do you cure live
I guess for most people this is not what I would call an exciting subject. Just remember, there are people out there entering the hobby who really don't know about any type of tank upkeep, and really need to know, before they buy their first fish. This may help them know what they are in for. So here it is, in all its glory!
In my case, its a bit more complicated as the systems are linked to a common sump. Pi...
Just how does an overflow box work, and why doesn't it overflow on my carpet? Well here I will explain the general principals of how an overflow works, and how it controls itself. After all, if they were that unreliable, nobody would use them!
Here is a typical overflow device for a "non-drilled tank". When you buy one of these, this is basically what you get. They are made of either some kind of Plexiglas or acrylic variant, and are usually clear.
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An Internet Guide to Reefkeeping Abbreviations, Terminology and Shorthand.
I'm sure you've seen them, and perhaps they have left y...
Propagated corals can easily be placed within the main system from which they are propagated. There they can be allowed to grow out, to be sold or traded at a later date. However, for the more serious coral propagation farmer finding room within the main display system may quickly become a problem. The sump is another option, but that would require intense lighting usually under the display system which caused additional challenges, not to mention dealing with equipment and other obs...
The practice of keeping mangroves in captivity as applied to marine aquariums is nothing new. However, it has become increasingly popular as of late. This more than likely has to do with the keeping of mangroves in captivity being mentioned in several publications and popular books by leading authorities as well as advanced hobbyists.
Julian Sprung was among the first to gain notoriety in this practice, keeping several mangroves successfully in a refugium attached to his...
Here's what we need to start: a Marineland Eclipse 1TL (we use the TL - twin light version because it has ample room for the bulbs. It might be possible to do a similar mod with the single light version, but we haven't tried it), an Advance REL-2P-32 ballast, two 28W Custom
Sea Life compact fluorescent bulbs - one 6700K daylight and one 7100K
blue, two compact fluorescent bulb clips, an Advance RS-22-32 ballast
(or a Magnetek 449-LR-WS-TC-P, see step 1 below), and a power cord with
a grounded plug.
This stand was built using nothing more than a hammer, screw-driver hand-saw and sand paper. Ok, I used a paint brush to put on the stand and varnish. Trust me when I say that I'm not very skilled when it comes to working with tools. Heck, my wife is the one who changes the oil in the car!
What makes this particular stand so unique? Well, I built it of course! But other than that, this design enables you to stack heavy equipment, bo...
There are many basic recipes available for creating your own foods for your fish and invertebrates, even the filter-feeding ones. Some are more practical than others. In general, a good recipe should provide a well-rounded diet for various life-forms in the aquarium. Most filter-feeding invertebrates are omnivorous (they require both meat and plant-matter to survive) as are many fishes. Here is a good example for a fish/invertebrate ration. Feel free to modify it as you see fit.
5 oz shrimp, peeled
3 oz shellfish (shelled)
This surge bucket was designed to provide a periodic surge of water motion in holding systems or aquariums which contain small polyp stony corals. It operates through the use of two floats which open a toilet bowl flapper. The larger float is used to power the opening of the flapper and the smaller float is used to trigger the rising of the larger float. The larger float falls to a position perpendicular to the waters surface when the bucket is emptied. It stays in this position until the water le...
I often get asked what silicone is safe to use in a reef tank. I have personally used three types of silicone with no ill effects at all. The important thing to consider when selecting a silicone for use in a reef tank is to make sure that it is 100% silicone with no additives to eliminate mildew. Do NOT use a kitchen or bath silicone. I have never seen a kitchen or bath silicone that does not contain mildew protection.
What silicone brands are reef safe?
Project by Erik and Joann from Appalacian Reef
1 ea 45 Qt. Rubbermaid Tub from Wal-Mart
1 ea 1' Bulkhead from Premium Aquatics
1 LOA model 6065 from Wal-Mart
6' of 1' Tubing @ $1.30 ft from Home Depot
6' of 1/2' Tubing @ $0...