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Saturday, 06 July 2013 04:00

Brine Shrimp Decapsulation

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Intro:The kind folks here at cdmas have done some experimenting, and developed a decapsulation method that works consistently. There are many methods out there, but for this one you can talk to the developers first hand (Zook/ScottT).
Monday, 16 February 2015 21:39

Cryptocaryon irritans

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    Cryptocaryon irritans       This is, without a doubt, the most frequent and common problem that anyone who has a saltwater fish must eventually deal with, sooner or later. One would think that with the constant battle that we as hobbyist must endure with this creature, that there would be a great deal more detail available. As with anything concerning life within our systems, it is of great benefit to us in…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 03:17

Culture your own Phytoplankton Featured

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Live Phytoplankton is very expensive to buy, but growing your own is pretty easy and much cheaper. Flame*Angel from ReefCentral.com has an excellent page that I followed to get my own culture started. I store it in the fridge, shaking it once a day to avoid settling. New batches are ready on a weekly basis. 2013: This page has helped thousands of people over the past 10 years to grow their own, and all the…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 01:39

Fragging Tools Featured

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Fragging corals is a big part of the hobby. Being able to acquire frags from others has benefits. Corals are shared rather than the constant harvesting of wild colonies in the ocean, and they are already accustomed to dwelling in a closed ecosystem. The giver prunes the colonies in their reef, allowing for better flow. They are able to 'bank' a coral with you in case theirs perishes for whatever reason. The receiver enjoys watching…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 03:08

Hatch and Harvest Baby Brine Shrimp Featured

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rowing baby brine shrimp allows me to feed the smaller fish in a reef tank containing large voracious tangs. Every day, one batch is added to the tank while the pumps are off. The tangs swim through the tiny bits of live food, while the little fish have their meal. Hatching brine is easy, and doesn't cost much. The recipe is available on my site. Two hatching stations allow me to always have a new…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 03:12

Hatching Brine Shrimp easily Featured

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Brine Shrimp hatching recipe: 2 cups tank water 1/2 cup RO/DI 1 tsp brine shrimp eggs 2 days gentle bubbling, 24 hours a day. Keep it under a 100w light bulb the entire period, as this helps maintain the proper water temperature (78° F). Remove/Stop airflow and allow to settle. Siphon everything but the surface. Siphon the orangish stuff especially, and ignore the clearish water near the top. Half of the collected nauptili was portioned…
Saturday, 06 July 2013 04:00

Info for Phytoplankton Culturing

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The f2 media is the nutrients to grow the phyto. Some people use miracle grow, but this stuff isn't that expensive when the right stuff is found (Kent brand which only aquaticecosystems sells- custom made for them).
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 02:52

Make your own fishfood Featured

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Buying frozen foods at the local fish store can get pretty expensive over time. Fish need varied diets, so rotating through separate foods each day of the week can be routine, but ask a person to do this for you while you are away and suddenly it seems overly complex. I'd read of others making their own food, and one member showed me his. Man, it was great! Not only did he save money, but…
Monday, 16 February 2015 13:23

Pictorial Fish Disease Guide Featured

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  Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2011  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED   When seeking online help in diagnosing a fish disease or parasite, I have found that a great deal of time is spent trying to properly describe the problem to where others can be of help. Since a good many fish diseases do not give you, or the fish, a great deal of time to waste discussing for days what possible…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 02:49

Proper Feeding Methods Featured

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Feeding an aquarium seems simple enough. Buy a jar of flake food, and toss some in, right? Actually, that really isn’t a good idea for a variety of reasons. Hopefully you’ll find the following information helpful for your own specific needs. Foods come in many forms, including sheets, flakes, pellets, frozen, refrigerated, liquid, and live. Flake food is convenient, easy to dose, and relatively inexpensive. A few things to keep in mind are that it…
Monday, 16 February 2015 21:11

Quarantine Systems & Methods

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 Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   With the vast numbers of parasites and diseases that can be brought into our systems, our only real defense against any pathogens is through the use of a preventative quarantine procedure. Yet, I have not heard of a new hobbyist stating that his local fish shop is suggesting a quarantine set up to go along with any new aquarium purchases, or…
Monday, 16 February 2015 15:24

Reef Collection Techniques - Part One

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   I have been blessed with having been able to move to a tropical island and fully retire. This gives me more free time and collecting opportunities than any reef aquarium and scuba diving fanatic should be allowed to have. As such, over the course of the last year I have collected and stocked my current reef tank from two local reef…
Monday, 16 February 2015 15:28

Reef Collection Techniques - Part Two

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved    So now that you have lost a few pounds by carrying home hundreds of pounds of rock, sand and water, been through the cycle period and with much anticipation are looking forward to being able to stock your aquarium. Once again, I must stress the importance of checking the local laws concerning of what you can collect, and where you can…
Monday, 16 February 2015 21:42

The Brooklynella Parasite

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The Brooklynella Parasite Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   A compilation of available information concerning the parasitic protozoa brooklynella hostilis. While trying to help a fellow hobbyist find information on how to treat for this parasite, it became quickly apparent that detailed information was not to be found within a singleonline search, many hours were spent to find answers to what should be considered basic questions. As…
Monday, 16 February 2015 21:29

The Pods

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   Please see the zooplankton section within the Hitch Hikers Page for more details     Although the majority of "bugs" first noticed within a new tank are one or another of the "pods" there are actualy many types of "bugs" that somehow find their way into our tanks. Most of them are a benefit to our tanks and usualy only get…

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