Sweeper Tentacle Epiphany

I’m not sure how you feel about it, but whenever I imagine the ‘ideal’ reef aquarium, I conjure a vision in my mind of a bountiful, reef tank chock full of corals. The hypothetical aquarium is an aquatic cornucopia with SPS, LPS, leather coral, mushrooms and more all living together, filling nearly every square inch of rock work, cascading in …

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Six Simple Words for Aquarium Success:

Six Simple Words for Aquarium Success: Water changes, water changes, water changes…      Perform 10-20% partial water changes weekly   When I was younger, I used to play basketball—and I remember my Uncle telling me that the most important things to practice on my own came down to five simple words: “run, run, run, run, run.” While the life …

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How to Keep the Moorish Idol

How to Keep the Moorish Idol Bob Fenner wrote an interesting article, posted on Fishchannel.com , about keeping the Moorish Idol, Zanclus cornutus, in captivity. Bob presents some helpful advice on keeping the fish. For one thing, he mentions that the fish are found mostly in pairs in the wild–and therefore recommends that aquarists interested in keeping these fish also attempt …

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 too. I’ve done this more times than I care to …

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 Aquacool fan from ZooMed Laboratories. Installing a fan to blow …

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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 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 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, …