We thought we were prepared when Hurricane Irene was bearing down on us. If we had lost power for only a few hours (or even one day), our preparation would have worked and our marine tanks would have been fine, but the outage lasted for 5 days. In the event of a power failure, the primary objective (both short and long term) for the aquarist is to supply oxygen to the tank and move water (even periodically) about in the tank. This is bare bones survival and some of your tank's filtration systems (wet/dry trickle, canister filter) will not be functioning. The nitrifying bacteria which resides in the tank (on the live rock, tanks walls, etc.) will live and continue to process ammonia, nitrites and nitrates if O2 is supplied at least... Read what we did and what we will do next time it happens
More: Reef Safe Rock & Glass Cleaners help keep your Live Rock and aquarium glass free of algae.
More: Keeping the phosphate level in your aquarium in check and you will go a long ways towards controlling your algae problem.
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Many saltwater aquarists have found that cultivating macroalgae either in their main tanks, or in refugiums and/or sumps can have a lot of benefits. Macroalgae can supply herbivores with natural, nutritious food while reducing NO3 & PO4 levels. Some macroalgae also provide a great media for copepod/amphipod reproduction.
Wet/dry trickle filters have been a popular choice in biological filtration for a long time in the saltwater aquarium hobby. Wet/Dry Trickle Filters have the added advantage of being an excellent method for raising the Dissolved Oxygen level in aquariums. However, as the technology in aquarium keeping has advanced and the desire to attain a "natural" reef system becomes ever popular, controversy surrounds this choice. ...
More: Top Wet-Dry/Trickle Filter Picks From a basic wet/dry only, to a wet/dry with sump, to a wet/dry with sump and built-in skimmer included, trickle filters are available in an array of styles and sizes to fit your particular saltwater aquarium's filtration needs. Designed to utilize biological, mechanical and chemical mediums, as well as a place to put a heater, skimmer or other additional aquarium equipment, these wet/dry filters can dramatically increase your aquarium's holding capacity.
(image) Need some help keeping your aquarium glass and live rock free from algae? These Reef Tank Safe Live Rock & Glass Cleaners will get the job done without disturbing your other tank occupants, including corals. Let's face it... It can be a giant pain having to keep your tank clean and in top shape. Why not let some tank critters do the job for you? Reef Tank Safe Hermit Crabs will keep your substrate clean and free from algae, uneaten food and detritus.
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Not all fish are "reef safe". Many of them will devour corals, consume fish and otherwise destroy other tank inhabitants. The fish species listed here are some (not all, by any means) generally considered by experienced reef tank keepers to be safe for reef tanks.
More: Reef Safe Invertebrates Many innocent looking invertebrates can ruin a beautiful reef tank faster than you might think possible. Here are some interesting critters which are more compatible with corals and other life in your tank.
More: Reef Safe Rock and Glass Cleaners Some critters spend all of their time sifting through sand, looking for food. Rock and Glass Cleaners spend their time browsing for algae on the aquarium walls and rocks, preferring to avoid the substrate. Reef Safe Algae Eaters do it without destroying your corals and other tank inhabitants.
Forums: Reef vs Fish?? ... but in asking further questions was told that the reef tank severely hindered the types of fish I can put in it ...
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Corals are stimulated to expand their polyps to feed by a number of influences. Temperature, the time of the day, oxygen content of the water, water movement, the presence of food or sediment are the influencing factors. So, morning, noon or night, when is the best time to feed the corals in your tank?
More: Top Coral and Invertebrate Foods Here are some of the top coral and invertebrate foods available on the market today. Compare the Ingredients, Guaranteed Analysis, Active Ingredients and prices of each of these foods before you buy.
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(image) Cultivating Your Own Copepods & Amphipods - Copepods and Amphipods... The ocean's primary source of essential fatty acids. A basic, many times essential food for a number of marine fish. Almost every healthy marine tank has a thriving population of the little "white bugs" in them. If your tank has a low or no Amphipod or Copepod population, Mandarins/Dragonettes and a number of other fish are almost impossible to keep alive. It's surprisingly easy and inexpensive to set up and maintain a small Amphipod/Copepod factory that will keep your fish healthy and happy... Here's how
(image) You can build this outstanding Oak Aquarium Cabinet for a small fraction of what it would cost to buy. Complete plans for a DIY Oak Aquarium Cabinet, including material and tool lists, photos and material lay-out templates. This cabinet looks terrific and is not difficult to build. These plans can be used to make any type of cabinet - Oak, Maple, Birch.
More: DIY Glass Aquarium Plans Build your dream aquarium in less than an hour.
More: Aquarium Glass Thickness Calculator Easy-to-use Glass Thickness Calculator helps you determine which glass thickness will work best for your DIY Aquarium.
Mini-Reef Tanks are particularly good candidates for Cheap, Easy DIY Sumps. A sump can dramatically increase the equipment you can utilize in your aquarium system. Why pay a ton of money for a simple sump if you don't have to?
Forums: Wet/Dry Filter overflowing Help! I have a 72 Gallon Bow front tank that has been set up for about 4 years. I will start by saying I have done nothing different recently, made no changes. The last 2 times I have done a water change I have experienced the following: I turn off my pump before starting the ...
More: DIY Cabinet & Stand Plans Easy to build and can save you a lot of money.
More: What is a Sump? Do You Need One? Handy for holding pumps, skimmers and for use as a refugium.
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