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Mr. Saltwater Tank’s 448 Gallon Tank Build

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Reef Threads Podcast #203

reefthreads1 Reef Threads Podcast #203 Gary’s maintenance tools drying in the sun.We return for the 203rd time, this week to talk about Gary’s maintenance toolbox, listener Don Davis visiting Snorkel Bob, group buys, saving filtration wastewater, and milk and honey and PB&J as carbon sources. We hope you enjoy the podcast and urge you to not use PB&J as a carbon source. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine More: Reef Threads Podcast #203More:

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Turning Fish Poop Into Produce

 Aquaponics combines both aquaculture (raising marine life) and hydroponics (growing plants). Bill Carlson, the co-owner of Mountainside Lavender Farm, along with his wife, Lori Carlson, utilizes this concept. Carlson has a greenhouse aquaponic system in which fish waste provides nutrients for plants, the plants help clean the water, which is then cycled back to the fish tanks.When Carlson first started out, he was more interested in growing fish rather than produce, but realized how the two could easily intertwine. His fish tanks include tilapia, goldfish, catfish and bluegill.  Carlson states that the system seems more complex than it really is. Carlson, with the help of his older brother, built the existing system in a greenhouse. There are three fish tanks, with a single, underground tank that pushes the water into the three tanks.The fish waste creates ammonia, which later turns into nitrates, which is absorbed by the plants to grow. Carlson has started the Portland Metro Aquaponics Meetup Group, which would be a great starting point for anyone interesting in learning more. This an awesome example of green living at its best….if only I had a greenhouse. Watch the video to learn more. MOREMore:

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The Many Possible Purposes of the Saltwater Refugium

refugium2 The Many Possible Purposes of the Saltwater Refugium“Refugium” is a hobby term that resists easy definition. This is probably so because, unlike most aquarium accoutrements—heaters, powerheads, protein skimmers, lights, etc.—there’s no single, readily identifiable purpose for a refugium. Ask 10 different hobbyists what a refugium is for, and you’re apt to get 10 different answers. Essentially, a refugium is some sort of tank, chamber, or reservoir that is isolated from the main display tank but shares the same system water. It could be another tank located under the display aquarium, a compartment within a sump system, a box that hangs on or inside the display tank, or one of many other possible configurations. In broad terms, and as the name implies, a refugium can be said to serve as a place of refuge for an organism that is sequestered from the livestock in the main aquarium for one reason or another—but even that definition doesn’t exactly apply in every circumstance. So let’s take a look at some of the more common uses for refugiums (refugia?) to get a better sense of what one is and why you might want to consider adding one to your aquarium system: Isolating an injured/bullied specimen A refugium is the perfect place to move a fish or coral specimen that has been injured/nibbled upon by a tankmate and needs a stress-free place to rest and recuperate in isolation More: The Many Possible Purposes of the Saltwater RefugiumMore:

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Winter is Coming…

reefs.comHeaters3 Winter is Coming...As winter approaches many of us in cooler climates must prepare our aquariums for inevitable cold ambient temperatures. This generally means the introduction of one of the hobby’s most evil pieces of equipment, the dreaded heater. If you’ve been around the aquarium hobby in any capacity for more than a few months chances are you’ve heard a heater horror story. Most heaters on the market are absolute garbage. Yeah I said it, garbage! However there are a few that have been put through the paces over the years and proven themselves noteworthy, dare I say trustworthy? When coupling a good heater with some amount of redundancy you can sleep easier knowing that even if a heater should fail, chances are it won’t lead to any catastrophic animal losses. Should you decide to skimp out and go cheap in this area chances are your entire system is a ticking time bomb. Now if you’re one of the lucky few that has a fish room kept at a constant ambient temperature, or live in a region that stays stable enough to avoid heaters… the rest of us are jealous and you can go on living your stress-free lives without heaters at all, and skip this post completely.… More:

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5 Myths About Marine Quarantine Tanks

quarantine tank myths1 5 Myths About Marine Quarantine TanksQuarantine tanks are often discussed/written about as though they require very little effort, planning, or expense. Just dust off that 10-gallon plastic “critter keeper” sitting on the shelf, fill it with salt water, drop in a heater and sponge filter, and you’re good to go, right? Unfortunately, it’s not really that simple. One could argue that in their justifiable zeal to encourage marine aquarium hobbyists to quarantine all their livestock, some aquarium authors (myself included, admittedly) and others with a voice in the hobby have created some false impressions about the practice. Here are a few of the quarantine tank myths I’ve noted over the years—and probably even perpetuated to some degree: 1. A 10-gallon tank will do ya! More: 5 Myths About Marine Quarantine TanksMore:

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Sea & Reef Debut Their New Wide Bar Mocha Gladiator Clownfish

0035Sea Reef Wide Bar Mocha Gladiator Clownfish Sea & Reef Debut Their New Wide Bar Mocha Gladiator Clownfish
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The Digital Reefs Black Tank – Passing 18 Months

IMG 2776web The Digital Reefs Black Tank – Passing 18 Months
As an update to the feature on our test tank in issue 43 of UltraMarine magazine way back in December 2013, we thought it was high time we put together another of our ‘black tank updates’ as the system has also recently passed the minor milestone of 18 months old. Plenty has happened since we wrote that update for UltraMarine, let alone over the last 12 months since our last update on here, so let’s dive right in before anything else happens! OK, so in terms of equipment, without doubt the biggest change has been the installation of a new acrylic sump. We made this change because we wanted to try out a new skimmer and unfortunately the water level in the original sump was too high to allow for headroom of this new model, given the water depth required. So, after having used the Hydor Performer recirculating skimmer for a few months, we’ve now got a Vertex Omega 150 running on the system. Running smoothly for several months, this skimmer sits in a More: The Digital Reefs Black Tank – Passing 18 Months.More:

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