Even in the Wonderful World of Marine Worms, there are The Good (Featherduster), The Bad (Lined Fireworm) and The Ugly (Spaghetti Worm). You may already have some of these in your tank and not even know it.
MORE: Bristleworm Control Tells you how to eliminate Bristleworms from your reef tank.
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Saltwater aquarium technology has come a long ways in the last few years. Plug N' Play nano tanks and cubes from 2 to 34 gallons, complete with built in filtration and reef grade lighting systems are available at prices never seen before.
Top 7 Aquarium Kits Make a great gift (even to yourself ;-))
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Shopping for the perfect gift for someone who is a saltwater aquarium fanatic can seem difficult. But there are terrific saltwater aquarium equipment gifts that could improve anyone's fish habitat.
Understanding the nitrogen cycle, also referred to as the biological cycle, is essential knowledge for not only cycling a new tank, but also for preventing dangerous ammonia and nitrite spikes in established tanks, commonly known as New Tank Syndrome. Here is an easily understood explanation of what the nitrogen or biological cycle is and how it works to keep your aquarium functioning properly.
More: Rapid Nitrate Reduction Water Change Method Reducing your nitrates from 100 ppm to 5 ppm can be accomplished in a few hours and uses far less water than doing repeated 20% water changes over time.
More: Top Nitrate Absorbing Products can reduce your nitrate levels to near zero without repetitive water changes. These products are easy to use and very cost effective.
More: The Vodka Method For Nitrate & Phosphate Reduction actually works. Share a vodka martini with your marine aquarium and watch your nitrate and phosphate levels drop to nothing in a short period of time.
Contrary to popular belief, a vast majority of corals are not autotrophic, requiring only light to survive. Autotrophs produce their own food from inorganic material they extract from their surrounding environment, usually using sunlight to synthesize it with the aid of zooxanthellae algae. Giving your corals some extra food can really perk them up and increase their reproduction rate.
More: Exactly What Do Corals Eat?? Corals, for the most part, are carnivorous, feeding mostly on small animals (zooplankton) suspended in the water column of the ocean ...
More: When Do Corals Eat?? You might be surprised... While you are sleeping, guess what your corals are doing?
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Is it really possible that sharing a very dry Vodka Martini with your saltwater aquarium can reduce your nitrate (NO3) and phosphate (PO4) levels? Charles Delbeek (Marine Biologist currently at the Steinhart Aquarium in San Fransisco, CA) says you can. Here's how...
More: Long Term Nitrate (NO3) Reduction Here is a method to easily, inexpensively and permanently reduce or eliminate Nitrates (NO3) in a Saltwater Aquarium.
More: Rapid Nitrate (NO3) Reduction Water Change Method is water change method that can reduce high accumulated nitrate (NO3) in saltwater aquariums quickly and safely, and includes an animated graphic of the process.
Some aquarists believe a QT is a waste of time and money, thinking that fish can stave off disease, parasites or infections on their own. Most experienced aquarists would disagree, having seen entire aquarium systems wiped out by the introduction of a new critter which brought a disease with it. You can decide for yourself if a QT is worth it.
More: Cheap, Easy DIY Quarantine Tanks. QT's don't need to be fancy or cost a lot of money, they just need to work.
More: DIY Aquariums are terrific Quarantine Tanks. Inexpensive, easy to build and they can be designed to any size you want.
With all of the possibilities out there, choosing a filtration system for your tank can seem like a daunting task. Fortunately, there is a fairly simple method for selecting the right filter system for your tank.
More: About Using Canister Filters Used for mechanical, chemical, and/or biological filtration in saltwater aquarium systems, these compact units can efficiently handle all of your aquarium filtration needs.
More About Canister Filters: Regular tank maintenance becomes a whole lot easier when you use these filters. Read the information in the Top Canister Filter Picks to see which one will work best for your tank.
You hardly ever see Head-and-Lateral-Line-Erosion (HLLE) in the wild. It is almost exclusively seen in some marine aquariums. Now, thanks to a study performed by Jay F. Hemdal, the Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates at the Toledo Zoological Society, we now understand the major reason for this. Do you have one or more fish (probably a surgeonfish) showing signs of this disease? Here is the reason why and what you can do to prevent HLLE
More: Hyposalinity or Osmotic Shock Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for a number of parasite infestations. Before you start spending money of chemical treatments, you might want to look into it.
Get started early, making your own greeting cards to send out to friends and loved ones this holiday season! To make things even easier, I've added this new delightful Yellow Tang Santa with Ho-Ho-Ho greeting, which I designed using another one of my original watercolor paintings.
That's not all. Here are more Christmas fish art pictures that were also just added.
- Santa Yellow Tangs with Happy Holidays! Greeting
- Santa Yellow Tangs with Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Greeting
- Santa Yellow Tangs - No Text, Add Your Own Message Design
Aside from these new items, any of the free for personal use designs in my Yellow Tang Santa and Humu-Humu Ho-Ho Christmas Triggerfish collections can be combined when making cards and applied to make other items, so have fun being creative, or try these quick and easy to print specialty items.
- Santa Yellow Tangs Wrapping Paper (Template 1)
- Santa Yellow Tangs Wrapping Paper (Template 2)
- Santa Yellow Tang Gift Package Name Tags
-- MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HANUKKAH! from Debbie and Stan