Many SW aquarists consider protein skimmers essential equipment for a SW aquarium. Before you buy a skimmer, knowing what makes the different types work can help you decide which one is best for your tank and your wallet. It can also help you to fine tune your skimmer to get the most gunk out of your tank.
More: Protein Skimming Ain't Rocket Science In spite of what some aquarium product manufacturers would like you to believe, protein skimming ain't rocket science. Protein skimming is simply using air bubbles to... Read More
Compare Prices: Of the Top Hang In/On Tank Protein Skimmers. See the latest in protein skimmers for micro/nano/mini aquariums. The low prices will amaze you.
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"Tank Janitors" are the critters (fish and invertebrates) that crawl and/or swim around your tank, cleaning up the crud (detritus, uneaten food, undesirable microalgae, etc.) that builds up in a saltwater aquarium, disrupting the biological balance and appearance. "Reef Tank Safe Janitors" do it without destroying your corals and other tank mates.
More: Reef Tank Safe Hermit Crabs may be the best investment you can make for your reef tank. They clean your tank 24/7 without harming your valuable corals.
More: Reef Safe Rock & Glass Cleaners Looking for something to get rid of all that algae that keeps showing up on your aquarium glass and the Live Rock in your reef tank? These critters are Reef Safe and will do a great job getting rid of that algae.
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Many marine aquarists don't give it much thought (tho they should) but the biological filter is the very heart of every aquarium. No aquarium, fresh or saltwater, could survive for long without a healthy one. It wasn't all that long ago (shows you my age) that few aquarists even knew what nitrosoma bacteria was, let alone its value or how to cultivate it. The evolution of biological filtration, from the controversial Under Gravel Filter, to the , to canister filters, to Science of Biological Filtration in Marine Aquariums is quite interesting.
Great project for the whole family which will be enjoyed for years to come!! You can build the popular 55 gallon aquarium in just an hour or 2 or you can build the custom aquarium you always wanted in less time than you thought and save BIG $$$! If you can stick a stamp on an envelope, you can build your own tank. Aquarium Glass Thickness Calculator and detailed instructions.
More: DIY Cabinet & Stand Plans Custom design your own tank cabinet or stand.
More: DIY Refugium Plans Many different designs with both glass and acrylic materials.
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Have you been thinking about starting an aquarium or wanting to set up another one, but find you can't afford it? It is much easier than you might think to build your own glass tank. By following these simple Do It Yourself aquarium plans and instructions from your Guides you can do it, and save $$ in the process. What are you waiting for?
More DIY Info: Glass Thickness Calculator Determine the glass thickness which will work best for your DIY tank. You may be able to use a thickness which is less expensive with the same results.
More DIY's: DIY Refugium Plans & Setups Easy to build refugiums with many uses (grow your own copepods or algae).
More DIY's: DIY Seahorse Tank Seahorses prefer a different type of tank (taller, rather than wider) than you normally find in your LFS or online. Here are complete plans and instructions for a terrific DIY Seahorse Tank which will cost you about $25 to build.
Keeping nitrates in check can be one of the most frustrating (and expensive) long term tasks a saltwater aquarist faces. Considering the price of a bag of sea salts, the cost in dollars (let alone the time) of repetitive water changes can add up to a tidy sum over time. Here is a simple, inexpensive, permanent method which quickly reduces nitrates to near zero on a long term basis.
More: Reducing NO3 & PO4 in Your Marine Aquarium With Vodka - Sharing a very dry vodka martini with your marine reef tank can reduce the nitrate (NO3) and phosphate (PO4) levels in your tank.
Are air stone bubbles a sufficient source of oxygen? Just how efficient are those little bubbles that come out of air stones, or diffusers? Many aquarists believe they play an important role in an aquarium when it comes to oxygenation and aeration of the water, and that this air source is adequate. Not always so! Low DO (Dissolved Oxygen) levels in your tank water can cause a myriad of subtle problems. Fortunately, it isn't hard to increase your DO with little to no money.
More: Top Air Pump Picks Compare prices on aquarium air pumps your Guides consider to be some of the best choices on the market.
More: How To Use Powerheads for Water Circulation Increase the dissolved Oxygen in your aquarium with the use of a powerhead.
Planning to add some Live Rock to your tank? Do you want "cured" or "uncured" rock? Knowing which questions to ask your Live Rock supplier and understanding the answers can save you a lot of money and headaches.
Forums: How much live rock? I have a 30 gallon tank... What is a suitable amount of live rock??
Forums: Transportation Would it be wise when purchasing live rock to keep it submerged in water?
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So... You finally installed that new light fixture or new bulbs your tank, increasing the wattage and spectrum that was supposed to make your corals grow like crazy. Instead of growing, your expensive corals shriveled up even more than before you upgraded your lights. Isn't more light supposed to be better for your corals? Yes.... But....
MORE: Reef System Lighting - What To Buy & Why Using Pre-Manufactured Hoods on Reefs, the pros and cons of using Metal Halides and Power Compacts.
MORE: Tank Lighting - Reef Systems Tips and information about choosing lights for a reef tank system.
MORE: Compare Prices on the Top Aquarium Lights & Lighting Products - From Power Compacts to Metal Halide to T-5's to the newest in LED reef tank lighting.
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Some aquarists believe they help eliminate bacteria, parasitic, fungal, viral, algae, and other unfriendly pathogens in an aquarium, others believe that they are a waste of money. Here is a description of what they are and what they are "supposed" to do.
More:UV Sterilizers won't be effective for what you are trying to accomplish (parasite, disease or algae control) if your watts/gallon flow rate in not right. Here is how to tell if your watts/gal. flow rate is right.
More: Read Top UV Sterilizers and Compare Prices.
Forums: UV's - Anyone using them? I have heard they are a waste of money because the dwell time ...
Forums: UV Sterilizers I have a UV Sterilizer that I will be starting up in a week or so and I am wondering how long ...
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