Tips and Tricks

7 May 2007
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Just some tips and tricks to make our hobby (passion) easier.

Maybe everyone can add to the list:

Mixing up artificial seawater

When mixing up a new batch of saltwater, always add the salt to the body of water that you are preparing. If you add water to the dry salt at the bottom of your container some of the calcium will precipitate to form relatively insoluble calcium carbonate. This is one reason that some aquarists find a significant amount of residue at the bottom of their mixing container.

Removing a fish from a reef

If you have a few days leeway in removing the fish, the easiest method is to simply place the food you'd feed your fish inside a deep-bodies fish net. Put the net into the tank so the fish can feed, walk away and leave it there for maybe 20 minutes before removing it. It will take your fish time to overcome their fear of the net, but if you don't feed them in any other manner most fish already used to aquarium life will become bold enough to feed from the net within a few days. Once that point is reached, it's an easy matter to remove the fish you're after. This trick does not work as well with shy feeders like comets, but it still is often successful if given enough time.

Using an in-sump skimmer.... without a sump

Want an in-sump protein skimmer but don’t have a sump and don't want to set one up? There's an easy solution that will work with many in-sump skimmers. Purchase a hang-on refugium. Most of the commercially available ones feature a minimum 4-inch front-to-back dimension, which allows you to place many pumps directly in the refugium. Sit the skimmer on top of the refugium or set up a small shelf near to it, and make sure the skimmer’s exhaust returns the effluent into the refugium, not the tank directly. Of course, you should check the size of the pump of any skimmer you're interested in, in order to ensure that it will indeed fit.


4 May 2007
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LOL that signature is too funny, i dont see how the insump skimmer tip would work.
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