Articles

Articles written by members about the hobby.

  1. 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,...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. Proper Acclimatisation

    Hey guys,figured this article might help our newbies. ACCLIMATION METHODS Proper acclimation actually helps reduce the stress animals face after relocation. In fact, the acclimation procedure itself is fairly simple—although it does vary slightly for different species of animals. Sensitive fish, corals and invertebrates, such as snails, crabs and shrimp take longer to acclimate than hardier fish, corals and inverts. Temperature The temperature inside the package or bag your livestock...
  12. Breeding Clownfish: An Introduction

    Breeding Clownfish by Gideon Griebenow Introduction The (family of fish that are called) Clownfish are probably the world's favourite marine fish species. When it comes to breeding, they are also the most frequently and most easily bred marine fish (their eggs are quite large and the fry are more easily fed). That being said, it still is quite an accomplishment to get clowns to spawn, the eggs to hatch and the fry to survive. Most marine fish are much harder to breed than most freshwater...
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