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Equipment (19)

Information and articles on the pieces of equipment and components that are fundamental for setting up and running a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.

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Automation / Controllers

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Information and articles on the types of automation and controller equipment and components that can be used to automate functions in setting up and running a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.

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Heating and Cooling

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Information and articles on heating and cooling equipment and components that are fundamental for setting up and running a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.

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Lighting

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Information and articles on the types of lighting equipment and components that are fundamental for setting up and running a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.

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Protein Skimmers (1)

Information and articles on the types of protein skimmer equipment and components that are fundamental for setting up and running a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.

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Pumps and Water flow (2)

Information and articles on the types of pumps and water flow equipment and components that are fundamental for setting up and running a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.

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Reactors (3)

Information and articles on the types of reactors and components for setting up and running a saltwater aquarium or reef tank system.

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Sumps and Refugiums

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Information and articles on sumps and refugiums.

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Tanks

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Information and articles on the variety of aquariums and tanks.

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Monday, 16 February 2015 16:05

An Airstone Bubble Trap

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  Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   For those who do not have a sump or any other efficient means of providing aeration , as is the case with most smaller tanks, I have found that using an air stone is the best way to accomplish that task. Of course in saltwater, those bubbles tend to be very small and end up all over the tank making…
Monday, 05 January 2015 20:35

An inexpensive Refugium Bulb Featured

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Submitted by Marc on Thu, 08/14/2014 - 4:07pm For over a year, I'd been using a small spiral compact fluorescent bulb that only cost $7, with an output that was 75w of 6500K lighting. Under this 'daylight' color, my macro algae grew steadily. While shopping at Home Depot, I came across a new sealed-floodlight bulb that caught my interest. This new bulb costs $10, and also uses 19w. The one thing the package didn't mention…
Monday, 16 February 2015 10:04

Aquarium Chillers

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    Right after we have spent the kid's college funds on setting everything up, from the lights to the sumps, its only then that we discover that we forgot one last thing, keeping the tank cool enough with having all those heat producing pieces of equipment including those small thermo nuclear devices that we call "reef lights".   For reef aquariums, including fish only systems, An average water temperature maintained at 82 degrees will provide…
Monday, 16 February 2015 10:01

Aquarium Pumps

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      POWERHEADS  -  Their most common use is to provide extra water movement within an aquarium. For Reef aquariums, this is vital since a great many of the corals need a good deal more water flow than what can usually be provided for by a sump's return line. A few powerheads located strategically will solve that problem. Due to their being easily moved, I find them to be a good choice since I can direct…
Monday, 16 February 2015 10:10

Aquarium Reactors

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       While I believe these units are not so much of a needed item, they do have their use in providing a steady calcium supply to your aquarium. Although, most, if not all aquariums calcium level can be maintained through dripping in lime water (kalkwasser), there are those hobbyists who enjoy having various equipment components to automate their systems as much as possible, that and it can add enjoyment to the hobby for…
Monday, 16 February 2015 09:53

Aquarium Sumps

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       It was not long ago that a sump was merely a place to have a pump to send water to the main tank and to provide surface skimming by having an overflow system. Of course it did not take long for a number of hobbyists to figure out that such a space could be put to many other good uses. The linked articles below provide a multitude of great ideas that you…
Monday, 16 February 2015 09:42

Aquariums

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There are really only a few concerns when deciding upon your new aquarium, the material it is made from, its size, and to have it predrilled for reef equipment such as a sump. Material: You will have either a choice of glass or acrylic tanks, for tanks in the 200 gal and below range I would prefer glass, it is more durable, not as easily scratched. The only benefit I see to acrylic is in…
Monday, 05 January 2015 22:38

Biopellets Featured

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For nitrate and phoshpate control, I'm using a NextReef reactor. Model SMR1 XL, this reactor holds 2 liters of Vertex NP biopellets. Plumbed to the manifold, a ball valve is used to control the flow rate through the pellets. I've been running biopellets since February 6, 2011, and it appears to be working well: water-testing The Nextreef reactor is the blue acrylic one. The valve is very easy to turn, compared to the kind purchased…
Monday, 05 January 2015 20:55

Cooling with Fans Featured

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I'm based in Texas and have been in the hobby since 1998. In all that time, I've never used a chiller for my tanks. I prefer to keep the room temperature comfortable for me around the clock, and thus my aquariums have never gotten overheated. However, in the summer months it always helps to use cooling fans. They are economical, relatively silent and take up little space. The typical reason for a chiller is because…
Monday, 05 January 2015 22:29

How to set up a Calcium Reactor Featured

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A calcium reactor is a piece of equipment that helps maintain alkalinity and calcium in a reef tank. For years, I didn't buy one mainly because they are expensive, and dosed my tank with B-Ionic daily. That worked fine for a 29 gallon and a 55 gallon reef, but if your tank is larger than those, you may decide that a calcium reactor is the better choice long term. Many companies build reactors, some better…
Monday, 05 January 2015 22:34

Make a Sump using a 20g Long Featured

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Do It Yourself sump using glass or acrylic baffles: Building your own sump using a glass tank isn't hard, nor does it have to be expensive. Many hobbyists choose to use a glass aquarium, and then insert 1/4" (glass or acrylic) baffles, bonding these into place. Below is merely an example. You may tailor the design to your particular needs and space. Prior Layout: The 20g Long aquarium above had some baffles wedged in place…
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:09

Marine Aquarium Sump Design

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  SUMP & REFUGIUM DESIGNS SUMP ARTICLES   Basic sump design     A Usual Sump Setup Note: Any of these setups can use drilled tanks for overflows instead of the usual overflow boxes as well as using external pumps instead of submersable types.     Sump with a side refuge setup This design is well suited for growing mangroves in the refuge to allow for overhead room as well as to provide for a…
Monday, 16 February 2015 10:07

Power Filters

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      While I personaly do not use any of the power filters, they can and do serve a purpose depending on the type of marine aquarium kept. For reef aquariums I do not like the idea of any filtration that traps larger particles, which includes all of the planktonic life that is able to reproduce within my system. Keeping with the theme of being a reef, I like the idea that all the…
Monday, 16 February 2015 09:45

Reef Aquarium Lighting

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  This area of reef keeping is of course extremely important, every coral species that we normally see within an aquarium depends upon its source of light to maintain its symbiotic algae that live within its tissues and can provide a good bit, but not all of its nutrients, which is why coral reefs flourish in water zones that are devoid of almost all dissolved nutrients. To recreate the light conditions that a reef is subjected to…
Monday, 16 February 2015 09:57

Refugiums

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    As the name implies, a refuge is meant to be a place where other animals and plants can be kept away from the main tank and given refuge from the main tank's inhabitants, most of the time though, they are used more as algae scrubbers, in that macro algaes are grown to absorb nutrients out of the water and when trimmed and thrown away, the nutrients are exported from the tanks water.  This…
Monday, 16 February 2015 09:49

Skimmers

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    Quote: Eric Borneman : " Skimmers are good at removing hydrophobic organic compounds, but are the organics really the reason that a tank would crash or things fail to thrive, and how effective are they at removing truly detrimental compounds, whatever they might be, and to what extent do they vary between tanks and in what amounts do they occur? We call them protein skimmers, but how much dissolved protein is there in water,…
Friday, 16 October 2015 10:26

The Refugium

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THE REFUGIUM The popularity of marine plants in the aquarium is no more evident today than in the addition of a “refugium”. The use of a refugium is a natural, beneficial way to balance and promote a healthier marine aquarium. A refugium can be defined as any separate system that is connected to another tank for the purpose of creating a protected environment for beneficial marine flora and fauna to grow without predation by fish…
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:06

UV Sterilizing Units

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UV STERILIZING UNITS Even after twenty plus years, I still see these units being touted as a miracle cure all for parasites, disease and algae problems / preventions. They are nothing more than a symptom cure at best, and a false sense of security at worst. I have had extensive experience with these units ranging from single tank units up to industrial room sized units used within entire warehousing and shop tank systems. All of…
Monday, 05 January 2015 21:34

What is a sump? Featured

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A sump gives you greater control over your reef or fish-only display tank. The benefits far exceed the risks, and thus most successful aquariums you'll see utilize a sump. Some even incorporate a refugium as well. Here are the numerous benefits derived from incorporating a sump into your current setup: Increased total water volume - This dilutes your water of accumulating pollutants, and helps avoid issues that occur quickly in sumpless tanks. Skims the surface…

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