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The bristle worm

If you have seen a bristle worm in your reef tank, you’ll probably agree they are ugly little creatures. I’m pretty sure we’re genetically programmed to be creeped out by millipede-looking creatures. There is a lot of energy and discussion about this lowly polychaete in reef aquarium circles. This is a live rock hitchhiker that reef tank owners love to …

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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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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. …

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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, …

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DIY Aquarium Rack for Fish Room: Design Continued

  DIY Aquarium Rack for Fish Room: Design (continued)   This blog post is a continuation of the last entry where I showed you how to build the horizontal shelf for a DIY Aquarium Rack for your fish room. Please note that the horizontal shelf as described in the last post is represented now from the side view in the image to the …