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    by Published on 03-28-2013 12:55 AM
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    Sometimes I just get an urge to buy a new measuring device for my reef's needs. I've been using a refractometer for probably a decade, and while it still works it surely is approaching the point of needing to be replaced. For the past 24 months I've seen more and more digital products come to market, and last September the new Milwaukee Digital Refractometer caught my eye.

    There are three ways to measure salinity, primarily. You can measure it with a floating or swing arm hydrometer to determine the specific gravity of the water. You can use a refractometer, which is the preferred method for accuracy. And now you can measure saltwater electronically and view the digital readout with greater ease. ...
    by Published on 03-20-2013 07:03 PM
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    When visiting Las Vegas, you might want to enjoy an hour or two at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. Be sure to check the hours of operation prior to visiting to assure gaining entrance. While the aquarium hours may state they are open, no further admissions are permitted one hour prior to closing. Here is the link to their official page: http://www.mandalaybay.com/shark-reef/aquarium



    To get to the aquarium, you must walk all the way through the Mandalay Bay to the convention section at the opposite end. It's a very long walk, probably close to a mile from the main doors. The lobby of the hotel does have this huge aquarium, which can be viewed free of charge. ...
    by Published on 02-21-2013 10:29 PM

    3/2/2013: The images are are temporarily hosted on my other site.

    I was contacted via Facebook to try out a new product designed for coral dipping. I had a coral that has been questionably acting like it is being bothered by a pest of some type, and I was happy to try out the product as it was labeled to remove Acropora-eating Flatworms (AEFW). I've been studying this coral for the past couple of months, flooding it with flow from a maxijet to blow off any flatworms, but not seeing any. Why not try out All Out, produced by Reef Pest Solutions?



    According to the label, this product will safely eradicate Red Bugs, Nudibranchs, Spiders, Pods, Bristleworms, Flatworms, Invertebrates, Algae, and Eggs. Eggs? According to Matt Reed, he's been developing this product specifically to target egg strands with a penetrating chemical. The website states that it also removes Asterinas, ...
    by Published on 02-12-2013 11:54 PM
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    When I first heard about Safety Stop by Blue Life USA, I was intrigued. A small package containing two solutions to help fish shake off external parasites sounded very practical. So I made a call to Blue Life and asked more questions.

    Right off the bat, the contents are Formalin (Part A) and Methylene Blue (Part B). These active ingredients are known useful solutions to bathe fish in to remove parasites. So if it isn't new, why the write up? The fact is, the majority of hobbyists do not quarantine their new fish. Every new acquisition dumped into your tank is the equivalent of playing Russian Roulette in that you may be lucky several times, but it only takes one widespread outbreak that kills off your beautiful and expensive fish to make you realize what a risk you've taken. For years, I told hobbyists "You don't want to put AIDS in your tank." That continues to be the most clear way I can ...
    by Published on 12-31-2012 08:00 AM
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    Quite a few people recommended Warner Marine's EcoBak media when it comes to nitrate & phosphate reduction in the aquarium. This was one of the first brands to come to market initially, and for a period it was almost always out of stock. If you've been on the fence, unsure if it is worth the effort, let me assure you that it replaces other choices like vodka dosing... and it does so nicely.



    Biopellets need to be run in a specially designed reactor. Two that I've used are by NextReef and by AquaMaxx. These reactors force water to flow strongly through the media, causing it to tumble at all times. Water shouldn't channel or flow through clumped media, ...
    by Published on 12-29-2012 11:53 PM
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    When I first got the AquaMaxx Biopellet Reactor, I was very interested in how it worked because the demonstration unit on display showcased something unseen by other similar devices. Unlike its counterparts, this one causes the media to spin at a strong rate -- the pellets orbiting a vertical riser tube provide one-way directional flow. It looked really neat, but I didn't know how the media would do under such conditions.

    The reactor itself is made of acrylic and PVC fittings. The inlet and outlets are glued into place, ...
    Published on 12-10-2012 03:57 PM
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    I havenít been involved in this hobby very long compared to other folks but learned very quickly how much of a pain it can be to eradicate, or try to eradicate pests such as Aiptasia, Majanos, Bubble Algae, zoa eating asterinas, and Marine Ich. When I started, I did what Iím sure all of us have done at one time or another: just drop things in the tank and hope for the best. I recently upgraded from a 70g to a 260g tank and decided never again! Unfortunately, everything I found online regarding QT setups mainly dealt with fish only setups, bare bones systems, or that were more of a temporary solution. ...

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