Archive for July, 2009
Aquarium Specialty has just added the new, not even released ATB 10.5 Deluxe Cone Skimmer to their website. The skimmer isn’t set to be released for another few weeks, but you can pre-order them now. *Image Taken from ATB 10.5 Deluxe Cone Skimmer Here’s the specs from Aquarium Specialty: ATB, known to the world for [...]
Vinegar goes a long way. If you ever need to remove coralline algae from equipment, give it a good soaking in a vinegar bath. It will be almost as clean as the day you bought it.
Hey AquaNerd Community, I will be featured on the upcoming August 3rd edition of Blue Zoo Radio. So be sure to tune in and hear what Frank and I have to chat about. Here’s some info about Blue Zoo Radio, direct from their website: A show dedicated to each and every aquarist making a difference [...]
When cleaning the glass or acrylic in your tank with a magnet cleaner, watch out for sand grains getting caught in the cleaner’s pads. It will scratch up your tank.
After cleaning your protein skimmer and turning it back on, be sure to monitor the skimmer’s performance. Occasionally the skimmer may act up and fill the collection cup up with water, and possibly flood.
Acclimate fish, corals, and inverts for approximately 2 hours. This can be done several ways, but I find the drip method to be the least “hands on” approach. Just set it and forget it. Two hours later, you’re ready to introduce the livestock to the tank.
If you have low pH problems, try dosing Kalkwasser. When properly dosed, Kalkwasser will raise your pH as well as increase calcium and alkalinity and precipitate out phosphate (which will help algae issues).
Picture of a Stunning Red Haddoni Carpet Anemone taken from Purely Captive Corals Photographed By: Matthew Knoll Permissions and Sources: Image is courtesy of Purely Captive Corals and originally taken by Matthew Knoll
Be sure to clean salt creep from your aquarium light fixtures regularly. Salt can build up and decrease the output of your light bulbs and even cause hot bulbs to crack.
Keep the intakes on your aquarium pumps clean. Rocks, algae, snails, and various other item can become lodged in the intake and drastically reduce the output of the pump. Additionally, the pump could burn up due to having to work harder to perform the same task.