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    by Published on 03-30-2010 01:10 AM
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    Usually whenever I hear some new idea, I'm pretty cautious and resist the urge to proceed until I get more information. However, this time I just ran with it. Pretty out of character, right? Part of the reason is because the stuff recommended is no stranger to this professional stripper.

    So here's the premise. Mix up lye (Sodium hydroxide) with water, and attack those pest anemones. Sounds simple, and it's cheap!
    Published on 01-26-2010 01:36 PM
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    Submitted by Trido

    First, I'll start off with a small disclaimer - I did not create this idea on my own. It was an idea I elaborated on to suit my own needs. This tool is something plugged into your household outlet and put into your fish tank with open ended wires allowing electricity to pass through the water. I cant be held responsible for any injury to yourself or your livestock. Use at your own risk. With that said. Ive used this on several large reef tanks including one of the premier Seattle area LFS's display tank.

    Now a little history followed by step by step instructions to build one for yourself. If you're brave enough.

    Last summer ...
    by Published on 01-11-2010 02:48 PM

    I still remember in my early days of fish keeping as a teenager, walking into a LFS (local fish store) asking for "brighter lights". I was handed a couple dual 40w fluorescent fixtures for my 55g (quite expensive too I remember). I went home, installed it, and was disappointed that the light was not only not bright enough, it was lacking that (what I now know to be referred to as) "shimmer". This was before I knew of anything called metal halide. Since then (almost 20 years ago), I've learned a lot and that "shimmer" was something I could not do without. After experimenting with various combinations (CF/MH VHO/MH, T5/MH) I finally settled on using MH (metal halide) solely as my only lighting in all my various setups through my on and off years of reefkeeping.
    by Published on 01-01-2010 11:59 PM
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    Adding additional sand to an established reef isn't difficult nor does it have to be messy, but product choice should be considered. In the case of adding more sand, I preferred to purchase bagged sand from a local fish store specifically made for aquarium use. It is aragonite-based and pre-rinsed, which keeps the clouding issue to a minimum. In this article, I'm using the Tropic Eden brand, which has that nice white appearance I prefer, and has a grain size a little larger to prevent excessive movement by the Vortech pumps.

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