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How to drill a glass aquarium

Introduction How to drill a glass aquarium With a little confidence, some patience and a variable speed drill, you can put a hole in your tank. I’m serious. Sure, you could buy a pre-drilled tank from your local fish store, or pay to have someone else do the job for you—but if you are the adventurous type, you can do the …

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The bristle worm

What is a bristle worm? A bristle worm is a nocturnal, segmented worm from the family polychaete, which means ‘many hairs’ in Latin. One glance at these critters and you’ll know where the scientists who discovered them came up with their name. Most of the bristle worms you will find in a saltwater reef aquarium are scavengers. Most of us will happily pay good …

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Why you should add a refugium to your aquarium

Why you should add a refugium to your aquarium…if you can A refugium is a great thing to add to your aquarium set-up…if you can. Think of the refugium as a nature preserve within the confines of your aquarium system. It’s a small area set aside for macroalgae and tiny invertebrates to flourish. Adding a refugium to your aquarium can provide the …

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Easiest DIY Saltwater Fish Food Ever

Introduction Have you ever wondered if it would be possible to make your own saltwater fish food? It’s easier than you think to make a highly nutritious food for the fish in your saltwater aquarium. Before investing a lot of time and energy, I encourage you to start off simply and try this recipe for the easiest DIY saltwater fish food ever. …

Broodstock for Fish Breeding Project

 In my fish room, I now have eight tanks all plumbed to a central sump.  There are four individual ten gallon tanks on the top row and four individual 20 gallon tanks in the bottom row.  I have the following broodstock pairs: 1 pair of Royal Gramma (Gramma loreto) 1 pair of Black Ocellaris (Amphiprion ocellaris) clownfish–these were caramel clowns that …

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DIY Aquarium Rack for Fish Room: Plumbing

DIY Aquarium Rack for Fish Room: Plumbing This article is part of a series. To start at the beginning of the series, click here: Each tank drains through a one-inch vertical standpipe connected to the bulkhead via a 90 degree elbow joint.  The tanks drain into a two-inch diameter PVC drain-line.    One drain line runs horizontally for each of …

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DIY Aquarium Rack for Fish Room: Design continued

DIY Aquarium Rack for Fish Room: Design Continued This is a partial view of what the DIY Aquarium rack looks when complete. To protect the wood from water damage, I used a deck stain/paint.  I’m happy with the wood protection, but do wonder a bit about whether or not it is leaching chemicals.  I have not noticed any ill effects yet, …