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“Old Tank Syndrome” Pt 2; Enter the Dragon

As I was saying, I got a dragon gobi to work on my substrate. It seems that after about 15 years of use, the sand-bed had become too full of debris that was decaying at a rate fast enough to feed the Cyanobacteria, but not enough to pollute the water. I say this because all parameters were good, filter bags/socks relatively clean, and all looked well.

The fist thing the Dragon Gobi after acclimation was to start eating Cyano by…

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Added by Greg Watkins on January 13, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

“Old Tank Syndrome”; Experienced; and Resolved?

Old Tank Syndrome Pt. 1

This blog is obviously about old tank syndrome, but more importantly, it is about a fish.

Bird

 

A while back I posted a query about “old tank syndrome”. Something I had heard of, but never really understood why it occurred, or when.  I have heard that 20 years is about the “life span of a reef tank”. I never really have heard an explanation…

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Added by Greg Watkins on January 13, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Great Way to Catch Fish in Any Aquarium!

A fish trap!

 

I have used and had excellent success with this trap. Designed to catch fresh or saltwater fish, the trigger release keeps the trap hands free up to the time the aquarist is ready to catch the fish. The trap can be operated from across a room with only a…

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Added by Greg Watkins on January 12, 2013 at 9:50pm — No Comments

What’s Trending: Buzz on Free Saltwater Aquarium App

Now available for a free download is the newest release of the Saltwater Aquarium app; Aquarium ID.  You can find it on the Apple store at : https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aquarium-i.d./id501326148?mt=8 , or do a search for aquariumid on Google Play.  This is a free,fully functional, all inclusive, multi-platform…

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Added by Greg Watkins on January 12, 2013 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Aquarium Lighting 101 - Metal Halides

Metal Halide lamps are members of the high-intensity…

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Added by AquariumID on January 11, 2013 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish Flashing

I've seen some cool videos of saltwater flasher wrasses flashing before but I've never seen anything like it in the freshwater world until now :woohoo:  . Shortly after "lights on" I saw two of my six blue rainbow fish flashing! It was really amazing to see how fast they could change their color. Not only did their main blue…
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Added by Skipper on July 27, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments

On-line Store Ethics and WYSIWYG "Enhanced" Photos

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After a recent blog post on another site, and a comment by a good friend of mine, I started thinking about the ethics, or lack there of, involved in selling corals on-line as "wysiwyg" but at the same time using editing software or blue lights to enhance the look of the coral.  Take for example the coral above, it is very obvious that this photo was either taken under very blue light (safe to assume LED lights) or edited using a program like Photoshop.  This coral is…

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Added by Skipper on February 9, 2012 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

ReadyAquatics 75% OFF STOREWIDE SALE!!!

If you or ANYONE you know has an aquarium of ony kind I suggest you let them know about this sale.…

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Added by ReadyAquatics on February 7, 2012 at 9:23am — No Comments

Switch to Ecoxotic LEDs

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Although I love new technology and how it changes our lives, sometimes I hesitate to just jump right in with the newest tech.  In our hobby one of the biggest changes has been the move to LED lighting.  When I first started this addiction of a hobby the only options we had were metal halides (Mh) and VHO lights.  After several years of running Mh lights I made the switch to T-5 lighting.  T-5 lighting worked great on the tank I had, a 120g mixed reef, and I was able to keep…

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Added by Skipper on January 13, 2012 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

LFS Oddities

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One of the cool things I like about this hobby is visiting the LFS (local fish stores) and just browsing the store and seeing some of the odditites that they get in.  Since I had some time off I got a chance to visit…

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Added by Skipper on November 21, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Using a Hanna Phosphate Tester

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Even though the Hanna checkers have been out for awhile I thought since I just got one at MACNA 2011 I would do a little review on using one.  Unlike some of the other Phosphate test kits out there I've found the Hanna tester to be very easy to use and very easy to read.  Ever since I started this hobby I've never been a fan of the test kits that use a color strip.  Maybe its just me but I've always had a hard time comparing the color of my test…

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Added by Skipper on October 24, 2011 at 5:48pm — No Comments

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Added by ReadyAquatics on October 20, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Maxi-Jet 900 Propeller Review

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Since the good people at Marineland decided to give me a new Maxi-jet 900 pump (free contest give away, not a promotion) I thought I would do a quick review about the new style MJ pump.

I'm sure everyone has either seen or owned a MJ pump at one point.  MJ pumps have been an inexpensive work horse pump for many different applications.  Fairly recently Marineland changed the design of the MJ pumps to match a common trend of people modding them with a propeller.…

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Added by Skipper on September 12, 2011 at 8:38pm — 2 Comments

Great White Shark Goes on Display at Monterey Bay Aquarium!

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The only time most people get to see great white sharks is on TV or in movies.  Well for the lucky people who get to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium they will get a chance to see a live, juvenile male great white shark!  This is the 6th time a great white has been on display at Monterey Bay.  The 4', 7" shark was collected by aquarium staff in waters off southern California,…

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Added by Skipper on September 6, 2011 at 9:19am — No Comments

The Rare Sunset Wrasse (Bodianus sanguines) Arrives in the Heartland!

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Well it looks like our newest local fish store, Nebraska Aquatic Supply, is going to start off with a bang featuring a pair of the rare Sunset Wrasse (Bodianus sanguines)!  The Bodianus sanguines wrasses are beautiful, deepwater fish.  To catch these fish divers have to use re-breathers to get down to 400ft!  With that kind of risk involved you can be sure these won't be cheap to buy.  If you can't make it down to…

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Added by Skipper on August 29, 2011 at 6:35pm — 1 Comment

1500g Tank Build at Iowa LFS

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(*Note: I actually wrote this back in June, but with MACNA right around the corner in Des Moines I thought it would be interesting for people visiting the lfs while in town to see this tank and compare how much progress they have made on it)

Since I traveled to Des Moines today I decided to check out one of the local fish stores, Iowa Pet Foods & Seascapes.  While I was there I saw that they were in the…

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Added by Skipper on August 24, 2011 at 3:07pm — 9 Comments

Fish Collector Pleads Guilty to Collecting Rare Clipperton Angelfish

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Even though we, the hobbiests, are a little more educated about the collection of fish the general public really isn't.  The general public sometimes gets their information from the same people who dispise keeping fish in aquariums and stirve to shut down the collection of reef fish.  So when someone gives these activists more ammo to bash our hobby I get a little steamed.  Such is the case of Steven Robinson.  Robinson, a tropical fish dealer in Hayward, has just plead…

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Added by Skipper on August 24, 2011 at 2:57pm — 3 Comments

Fiddler Crab Care (Keeping Fiddler Crabs as Pets)

 

Fiddler Crabs Care:

 

Brackish Water - Fiddler Crab

 

Common Name: Fiddler Crab, Calling Crab

Scientific Name: Uca pugnax

Maximum Size: 1-2 inches

Origin:…

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Added by Haloist on August 24, 2011 at 2:00am — 1 Comment

Anthelia, my Enemy to the End!

I remember back when I first started this hobby any coral that I could keep alive and grow was a cool coral.  I would buy these corals and just love the fact that I had real corals growing in my tank!  Now that I'm a little wiser I know there are some corals that just create problems.…

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Added by Skipper on August 21, 2011 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

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