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  1. Featured System - November 2016 - Gil

    INTRODUCTION My name is Gilberto Di Siena, (Gil). I am very excited to have the opportunity to showcase my obsession. I started keeping tropical fish many years ago and then progressed to Discus, which I still have and love. Once I decided to try marines I was hooked in a big way. DESCRIPTION I’m lucky enough to have a big fish room, which resulted in “1 more tank”. I prefer larger tanks and therefore most of my tanks are large including the two I sneaked into my house. I have two SPS dominated tanks, some mixed hard and soft coral tanks, a softies only tank and some fish and FOWLR tanks. My latest project is a NPS tank. My tanks all have different methods of filtration which grow and...
  2. Reef Pearls Tested / Review

    Okey guys, Dorry Pets in PTA has asked me to test and review a new product that is available in South Africa called Reef Pearls. This product has been used by many reefers abroad, but here we have no known knowledge of it. Dorry Pets' reasoning for allowing me to test the food, is that I have a dedicated NPS tank, and how better to test food than on corals that requires food as a sole form of nutrition. Other photosynthetic coral would open up with other factors and the test may not be as accurate. So the NPS test was the best way, as they will not react if food is not to their liking. The manufacturer of Reef Pearls are the same guys that manufacture NP Reducing Bio Pellets....
  3. Chemical Control of Aiptasia

    Guys, I thought I would write this thread to assist guys that is not sure about which of the three most known chemical treatments for aiptasia to use. **Please just remember that this is from my personal experience, so many may differ, and if you have any further advice to add please post here. I am not going to discuss any fish, nudi or shrimp treatment here, this is purely chemical controll. Okey, so over the last few weeks I drastically had to do something about my aiptasia "farm" that was rapidly growing all over. I had them growin on my corals, glass, pumps and of course rock. I used three different products from three different manufacturers to try and bring them under...
  4. Aqua-Medic OceanProp 15000lph review

    Aqua-Medic OceanProp 15000lph review Ok so i just recieved 2 oceanprop 15000lph pumps to play with and all i can say is WOW!!! They are super powerful and exceptionally silent for the size, the suction cup mounting bracket attaches nicley and the pump is well balanced. pre-programmed wave functions from a straight 5000 and 15000lph consistent flow to swapping from the 5000-15000lph on various wave sequences it also sports a night time mode where it shuts the pumps flow down to its lowest flow rate (5000lph) which is controlled by a light on the controller box sensor that reacts when to your tank lights go out. Advantages Silent/powerful/9-20w power consumption and controllable...
  5. Tunze 9002 Skimmer review

    My tunze 9002 :slayer::slayer::slayer:
  6. Tunze Hydrofoamer 9420.040

    Introduction Well time for another review. I remember a few years ago when skimmers were all the rage with the launching of new innovative ideas. The arguments then were concentrated around contact time, amount of air being sucked up, how fine the bubbles were, etc. Anyway one of the top end skimmers that became available to us here in SA was the Bubble Master with its thread wheel Sicce pumps, man what a skimmer. Now being a skimmer addict I had to have one. Unfortunately the down fall of the skimmer was the thread wheel itself not that it didn’t pump large amounts of air, but the Enkomat used for this thread wheel was not available to us and the impellors were very expensive to...
  7. LED's explained + review

    Okey, I must just note that I wrote an entire 30 minutes on this thread, then got the "page can not be displayd" error when I clicked on submit... Also, I have just learned that my wife thought it will to put an Opel badge onto the back of another car... :( So, with that wind out of my sails, I will just write a much shorter version of what I was trying to say;) Alot of unanswered questions are making the rounds on MASA about whether LED's are better or even just close the the likes of MH or T5's. The pricetag on LED does not make anyone willing to put LED's to the test, for if we fail, we lose many many $$$... I, fortunately / unfortunately had no other choice than LED with my...
  8. JAD WG-310 Protein Skimmer Review

    JAD WG-310 Protein Skimmer Review :thumbup:
  9. Heaters

    Aquarium Heaters Heaters are used to keep temperatures stable above ambient temperature. Heaters are considered a cheap addition in general. Most used are glass immersion heaters and they have a temperature range of about 20-30 degrees celcius. Power A heaters strength is determined by its wattage, the larger the tank, and the colder ambient temperature the higher the wattage needed to heat the aquarium. Heaters generally come in the following wattages - 50w, 75w, 100w, 150w, 200w, 250w, 300w. Control New Heaters have a control to set the required temperature at, an internal thermostat keeps the water at a constant level. Heaters can also be connected to some chillers....
  10. Chillers

    Aquarium Chillers Chillers are used to keep an aquarium's temperature below ambient temperature. Chillers usually have a built in temperature controller and switch on when they detect the temperature of the water is higher than what you have set it to. They are basically a compressor (makes one side cold and the other really hot) and a radiator (cools down the hot side of the compressor by having a fan blow over metal fins). Chillers need to be well ventilated as they blow out a lot of hot air and function better with cold air. Because of this if you have them with the tank in an unventilated room the room can get extremely hot. Size In South Africa we usually need to use a chiller...
  11. Canister Filters

    What is a canister filter? A canister filter is a plastic unit which holds the filter media with a motor unit attached on top. Canister filters needs to be under the tank water level as it is a gravity fed system with a return pump. If you buy a proper (read more expensive) brand of canister filter you will only have to clean the filter once every 3 months, some of the top units come with an indicator which alerts the user when it is time to clean it. Some canister filters comes with a heating element built into the motor housing to heat the tank to a constant temperature. These filter units are great for chemically altering your water quality as they allow a large volume of filter...
  12. Anemone's

    It is strongly advised that anemones only be added after your tank has reached a certain level of maturity, since most ornamental anemones prefer crystal clear water, stable water parameters, strong flow and strong illumination. If everything was done correctly, this can be as soon as 6-9 months. Before purchasing an anemone, a couple of things should be kept in mind (see The Anemone FAQ). Anemones collected from the reef are central to the symbiotic relationship with clown fish. Clown fish do not naturally survive long in the wild without their host anemone, thus it is preferable to not buy them. Anemones tend to wander in the aquarium - especially if they are not happy with their...
  13. Hobby Brine shrimp hatchery!

    So, I went on to an international forum and they said they used this thing to hatch brine shrimp. Needs no power, no heater and no air pumps or movement at all. This is what I got... The instructions say to add 3 slightly heaped teaspoons of salt (aquarium not table salt) to 500ml of fresh water. Pour the water into the tray. Then place 1/4 teaspoon of the brine shrimp eggs into the tray spread evenly over the waters surface.... Check. Put the lid on... You can also see the size of the whole thing. That round blue thing is a standard size of plumbers tape... Waiting.... So, after about 24 hours I took the lid off to check... You can see in the above pic, the small orange patch in the...
  14. Breeding information about Banggai Cardinals

    Is it that what you want? 26 tiny banggais´s after their first "breakfast". Dane was actually the one, who made me write this thread. Pterapogon kauderni-Banggai cardinal this species lives around the banggai islands (Indonesia) and is only found there in an area of 9.500 square kilometers. To provide as much information as possible in one thread, here is the link again, which was posted originally by Dane. Pterapogon kauderni (Banggai Cardinalfish) This is the link to an article written by Matthew Wittenrich Boycotting the Wild Banggai Cardinalfish - Microcosm Aquarium Explorer Almost all the following informations are based on my experiences. All the posted pictures in this...
  15. Breeding Clarkii Clownfish

    Clownfish are probably the easiest marine fish to breed and successfully rear to adulthood. The same principles should apply to most Clowns and Damselfish who do not scatter their eggs. If you succeed in rearing other species of this Family, I would be most interested in learning from your experience. Sexing the fish: Actually, that's the easiest part--just take any two fish, and give them enough time….. Clownfish are all born as males, believe it or not. Then, the largest (and most dominant) of any group undergoes a sex change, and becomes the female. The second largest fish usually becomes the breeding male, and all the other fish remain "sexless" drones. Should the...
  16. Starting With Marines

    So, you want to start a Marine tank…. A word of warning: starting a marine tank cause a serious change in human behavioral patterns - looking dreamy eyed at your tank for hours on end; phoning your loved ones (or anyone!) in the middle of the night to tell them about a new polyp, worm, glowing thingy about 1mm long, ... which you have just discovered; not buying new clothes, furniture etc. because your tank REALLY needs that new light, filter, ROCK, etc.... Oh well, maybe you won't get hooked so badly. Firstly, get some advice. Most people’s main source of advice is the Local Fish Store (LFS). Pet shops, LFS's, call them what you like, these shops all exist primarily to...
  17. Deep Sand Beds (DSB)

    Deep Sand Bed (DSB) The correct term should actually be a Deep Live Sand Bed (DLSB), because the sand bed can only operate properly if it is populated with appropriate sand-living organisms. But I'm jumping ahead of myself, so lets start at the beginning... Aim of a DLSB The aim of all filtration systems is to reduce potentially toxic biological waste produced by our tank inhabitants to less harmful, or even better - totally non-toxic, products. In our tanks the waste from our fish and corals, and uneaten food, is quickly converted to ammonia/ammonium (depending on pH), which is highly toxic even in very low concentration. Aerobic (oxygen loving) bacteria in the tank can fortunately...
  18. Basic Marine Aquarium Setup

    Standard setup There are many possibilities of setting up a marine aquarium however a basic setup would consist of a display tank, with an overflow running down to a second tank, called a sump. Water then returns via a return pump to the display tank. Display Tank This, as the name suggests is the actual display in which the fish and the corals are housed. Flow pumps such as Seios and Tunzes will be placed in here as well. Overflow Water flows over this pane and creates surface skimming, water then goes down standpipes to the sump In the Overflow a Durso standpipe will quieten the gurgling noises from the water flowing down the pipe to the sump Durso Standpipe - Durso...
  19. Tunze 6125 Stream Review

    Introduction When a new pump is released to the reef keeping community few will create as much stir world wide as a new model Tunze stream. When visiting any board or talking to any reef keeper, the one thing that is synonymous with the Tunze brand is Quality. My History with Tunze Well my experience with Tunze was off to a rocky start. A bit of back ground here for those that don’t know – I had always heard about and seen Tunze pumps in action and had always been told about the quality of the pump, but was never able to afford these pumps in the past. Finally I was lucky enough to acquire 4 of the Nano streams [used] when they were first launched. To cut a long story short, they...
  20. Rock and Sand in the Reefers World, A geologists Perspective.

    Much has been said on this and other marine forums on the subject of rocks and sand in various forms in the reefing hobby…. I thought it may interest some of you to have a more in-depth perspective on this subject. All views expressed are in my opinion and experience. :razz: Three major rock types occur on the face of the earth these are igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and sedimentary rocks. Typical igneous rocks are formed as a result magmatic activity… simply put these rocks are formed by volcanic activity, a typical examples of this type of rock is Granite. What you see in this rock is that there are no real gaps between the individual crystals, the crystals are large, indicating...
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