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Information and articles on salt water chemistry, including testing and dosing for the marine aquarist.

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Information and articles on dosing equipment, chemicals and process.

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Information and articles on the variety of testing equipment, processes and chemicals used in the marine aquarium hobby.

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Monday, 16 February 2015 15:50

Aquarium Filtration

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  Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Rights Reserved   This is yet another area which would be worthy of writing a book about, but I will refrain from doing that here and just stick to providing my own few thoughts on this subject along with what I feel are relevant links to great articles. Since equipment is a major part of filtration this area will only deal with methods…
Monday, 16 February 2015 16:02

Carbon use in the Reef Aquarium

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2009 All Rights Reserved Once again, while trying to find what should have been a simple answer to a question about carbon, I ended up having gathered far too much information to not feel the need to compile it within one area and since there is a vast abundance of material already put together by others with some letters attached to their names, I will not…
Monday, 16 February 2015 09:19

Chemistry & Water Quality

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Presented by Charles & Linda RaabeMactan Island, The Philippines© 2008 All Right Reserved   This subject alone is one of many concerns and methods, covering areas such as chemistry, filtration, biology and just about everything else we do to maintain our aquarium systems. Far to broad and in depth a topic for me to cover with a page such as this. As such, you will find many useful articles located at the bottom of this…
Monday, 05 January 2015 20:30

Don't Chase the Ph Featured

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Submitted by Marc on Wed, 09/03/2014 - 10:08pm A question that has been popping up a lot recently has been in regards to pH levels. Articles, books and even additives list recommended pH levels so it is only natural to be concerned if our tank isn't sitting at that particular number. pH rises in oxygen rich environments, and where O2 is lacking or excessive CO2 builds up, pH will drop. In addition, pH rises daily…
Monday, 16 February 2015 15:59

Dosing Suga and Vodka

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DOSING SUGAR AND VODKA, OR A GAME OF RUSSIAN ROULETTE?    I am going to quote Eric Borneman on this subject simply because his summarys are brief and to the point. This pretty much sums up a great many things we, as hobbyists are either guilty of, or have been persuaded to try.      Quote " You gotta love aquarists and their perpetual need to add things to tanks. What are people doing that they have such…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:06

Dosing Vodka: Why?

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ubmitted by Marc on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 12:42am For the past few years, I've been aware that some people were dosing their tanks with Vodka. Yes, the stuff that people drink from the liquor store. When I was at MACNA one year, the famous David Saxby was in attendance. He was in the beautiful Deltec booth, telling me that my nitrate and phosphate issues would be resolved if I were to use lots of RowaPHOS…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:10

Getting Nitrates Under Control

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  Getting Nitrates Under Control by Marc Levenson The good news is... They Can Be Beaten Down Into Submission. Nitrates are a part of nature in the ocean, and correspondingly in our tanks. As waste breaks down in your aquarium, it cycles from ammonia to nitrite to nitrates. The first two are highly toxic to marine life, and we make it a point to make sure our tanks test zero for these. However, nitrates aren’t…
Monday, 05 January 2015 20:46

How to mix & change saltwater correctly Featured

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Water changes are a task we rarely relish. Some swear by them, and others do them sporadically throughout the year. While water changing philosophies vary from hobbyist to hobbyist, the bottom line is that water changes can benefit your livestock. They are the easiest way to improve water quality and also are one of the most inexpensive solutions when trying to solve a chemistry problem in the system. Before I continue, I do have to…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 21:57

Maintaining Good Water Quality

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I have read countless threads on discussion forums asking for assistance with water quality issues. Considering how many forums are available to hobbyists everywhere, it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine that hundreds of queries are posted on a daily basis just in the United States. With the availability of search engines, the information is readily available having been answered time and time again. Why is it so hard to master this particular area of our…
Monday, 16 February 2015 10:19

Measuring Devices

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    Any of the below listed devices gains us the ability to further examine our water parameters and increases our knowledge of the many factors which can effect the quality of life for our aquatic pets. Some of the devices are "must haves" while others are meant to be used for monitoring other equipment such as when using ozone. Sadly it seems that the instructions that come with such devices are lacking much needed…
Monday, 16 February 2015 15:55

New Tank Cycle Methods

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NEW TANK CYCLE METHODS    There are, as is the case with every aspect of this hobby, numerous ways in which to accomplish a given task. Starting a biological filter is no different. As everyone has their personal preferences or method to accomplish this, I will do my best to list and explain the methods known to me. Before I do so, for those unfamiliar with the term "cycle", I will explain it as I know it.…
Monday, 16 February 2015 10:14

Reverse Osmosis Water Filters

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          For the majority of Reef Keeping Hobbyists, I feel this one piece of equipment is a must have. With the quality of water that we must maintain within our aquariums to keep our inhabitants thriving, it makes no sense to use anything less than the purest freshwater when we mix up a new batch of saltwater. There are very few of us that get the quality of freshwater we need…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:14

Various Chemicals Solutions

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Caring for our aquariums, we often run into any number of problems that may be resolved with time and water changes, but at times it may require a chemical solution instead. This webpage is designed to show you some of the products that I have used in the past 8 years, and what types of results I obtained, if any at all. Remember, what you choose to dose in your tank may produce negative results…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:02

Why should you use RO/DI water?

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When getting into the hobby of marine tanks, the basic consideration is water. Without it, nothing in your tank would live for long. Compared to freshwater tanks, marine tanks need excellent water quality to maintain success. So what water is available to the average person? Tap Water - anything can be in your tap water, and most are undesirable for your tank. Well Water - similar to above, with the risk of metals and high…

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