The Five Dumbest Things I’ve Done as an Aquarium Hobbyist

I’ve done my fair share of dumb things, and I thought maybe sharing them with you will help start the healing…or at least help me get half-way to the ten dumbest things I’ve done list. 5) Siphoned gallons of water onto the floor  Don’t pretend like you haven’t done that …

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Aquarium cooling fan: Aquacool

Aquarium cooling fan: Aquacool This summer, I installed an aquarium cooling fan for my display tank.  When the metal halide lamp warms up, my tank and the area around it really warms up.  The cooling fan in the metal halide light is noisy and insufficient, so I decided to try the …

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Plumbing Your DIY Aquarium Rack in Your Fish Room

Once you decide to connect multiple tanks together – either for breeding or to have a sump – you need an aquarium rack. And once you have the rack? It’s time to worry about plumbing. The drains and lines allow you to streamline water flow throughout the tanks and the …

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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 like 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 …

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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 …

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DIY Aquarium Rack for Fish Room: The design

Over the next few blog entries, I will walk through the steps for a DIY (Do-IT-Yourself) aquarium rack for a fish room.  This will allow you to use multiple tanks all linked together to a central filtration and circulation system.  It’s a pretty big rack, so you will need some …

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DIY Larvae Snagger

The role of a DIY larvae snagger Here is a question I have heard a few times: Help! I have clownfish laying eggs in my tank. How do I raise the young? Have you ever had this happen to you? The best and easiest thing you can do is take …

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Reef Aquarium Lighting

Reef Aquarium Lighting One of the most common questions I hear from new saltwater aquarium hobbyists about reef aquarium lighting is, “How much light do I need? Is there a minimum wattage I should consider to keep coral in a reef tank?” I have heard aquarists offer up the advice …

Reef Aquarium Lighting: Color Temperature Experiment Results

Reef Aquarium Lighting: Color Temperature Results  This experiment in reef aquarium lighting was a visual, subjective exercise.  Rather than ramble on describing the differences between the combinations, I will let the pictures do the talking.  You can enlarge any of the pictures by clicking the thumbnail and viewing the full-sized …

Reef Aquarium Lighting: Color Temperature Experiment Continued

  Reef Aquarium Lighting: Color Temperature Experiment Continued     A continuation of the reef aquarium lighting experiment detailed in the last thread: The color temperature of aquarium lighting is sometimes described in relative terms of ‘warm’ vs. ‘cool’.  Lamps that appear to be subjectively redder or orange are considered …