For many years, there has been a debate as to whether or not UV (Ultraviolet) Sterilizers are really worthwhile in marine aquariums. Long thought to only neutralize freefloating algae and the occasional single-cell parasite, it is now understood that they have a number of beneficial effects in a marine aquarium.
From the experience of creating our own pet store, here are our mistakes and what we learned in the process. We cover the location, the back Room, office, SW and/or FW?, and filtration systems
When we go to an LFS that we haven't been to before, quite often we will receive some really weird advice or information. The reasons for this aren't really that complicated. The LFS employee probably doesn't have much experience with saltwater aquariums, so why are they even working at the store?
Thinking about opening your own Saltwater Aquarium LFS or pet shop? There might be a lot more to it than you might think. There are many things to consider: location, size, financing, demographics and what you will or will not carry just to name a few.
What are Mantis Shrimp, and are Mantis Shrimp good as a pet, or are Mantis Shrimp a pest in a saltwater aquarium?
Getting totally frustrated with the quality of service at your LFS? Think you can do a better job and still make a living? Don't give up your day job, but you might be able to provide a heck of a service to people in need while you get your feet on the ground in your own pet store.
Nuisance algae in a marine aquarium can quickly get out of hand if it is not treated. There are some simple things that you can do to control the algae in your saltwater aquarium.
It hasn't been until fairly recently that seahorses could be successfully kept in saltwater aquariums for any length of time. Since many seahorses are now aquacultered, the dream of keeping seahorses in a marine aquarium is now possible to fulfill.
Canister filters have been around for a while. Starting out as simple units with a pleated cartridge in them (used mostly for aquarium water polishing, they have advanced to complete filtration systems.
Collecting Your Own Saltwater Aquarium Fish - Part One Introduction
Just about every marine aquarist who has snorkeled or dove in tropical waters while on vacation has wanted to catch the fish they see and take them home with them.
After you have captured your fish, you will need to transport them to your holding tanks without damaging them. It's not all that hard, if you follow a few simple rules.
A simplified explanation about the relationship of pH to alkalinity in saltwater aquariums, and ways to remedy problems of high or low pH levels.
Green Hair Algae can become a real problem in saltwater aquariums if allowed to go unchecked. Fortunately, curing Green Hair Algae in marine aquariums is fairly simple: remove the food that the algae requires to live. There are a number of methods for doing this quickly and easily.
Curing Brown Algae in your Saltwater Aquarium. An easy, inexpensive method of getting rid of Brown Algae in your saltwater aquarium.
Red Slime Algae (Cyanobacteria) in saltwater aquariums: description, causes and cures. Red Slime Algae is one of the ugliest afflictions that can over run your marine aquarium in a matter of days. Once it is understood, it isn't really all that hard to get rid of.
Making Glass Aquarium Repairs - How To Repair Major Leaks or Replace a Broken Pane of Aquarium Glass - Here are step-by-step instructions from your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums on how to repair major leaks or replace a broken pane of aquarium glass.
Have you noticed that the corals in your reef tank are dying off? All of your water parameters are near perfect, so what's going on? The Rust Brown Flatworm or the Acropora-Eating Flatworm may be the cause of your problems.
Water movement (current) in saltwater aquariums is important, but particularly so in marine reef tanks. Water currents in a reef tank increases the dissolved oxygen in the water as well as stimulates coral growth.
Coral lighting - How corals grow. Explains the relationship between lighting and coral growth, how lighting changes affect corals.
What is the best temperature for your reef tank? How High is Too High? If your tank temperatures are too high, it can cause coral bleaching. It may be higher than you think.
From changes in ocean currents and temperatures, to sedimentation and pollution, the impact of these and other natural occurring events in nature that are suspected of causing coral bleaching on reefs around the world are those that effect reef tank corals. If you are having trouble with coral bleaching, take time to evaluate what situations arise in nature that can be considered plausible causes of why this is happening to your corals. Once diagnosed, you can then take steps to fix the problem.
Algae - The Chlorophyta Phylum - Part 4: Bubble Macroalgae - Valonia sp. About Saltwater Aquariums
Solving Leaky Glass Aquarium Problems - An introduction to why leaks occur in glass aquariums, and a list of common mistakes to avoid making repairs to a leaky fresh or saltwater glass aquarium, whether it be a minor or a major problem.
Your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums discuss all the components that pertain to aquascaping and decorating a saltwater aquarium.