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There’s something about being thousands of miles away from your aquarium that seems to spark tank emergenciesWhat is it about taking a vacation that seems to precipitate problems in a marine aquarium? My system can go for many months or even years without a significant glitch, but then as soon as my wife, Melissa, and I embark on a much-needed getaway, something always seems to go awry. A memorable example of this phenomenon occurred just a few summers back. Melissa and I were down in St. Augustine, Florida, enjoying dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, when her cell phone rang. At the other end of the line was her father, LeMoyne, who, despite being a non-hobbyist, is always kind enough to feed my fish and top off my tanks whenever we’re out of town. Now, LeMoyne has a pretty solid grasp on those particular duties and is not prone to making frivolous phone calls, so the fact that he was trying to reach us did not bode well.Lager interrupted My fears were confirmed when Melissa said, “I have no idea! Here, I’ll put him on” and then handed the phone across the table to me
When planning a holiday party, we tend to worry about things like an undercooked main entree, running out of “spirits” before the evening is over, lacking adequate seating for all the guests, little Billy’s tree nut allergy, etc., etc. What we may not fret over—but probably should—is what bizarre eventualities might befall our marine aquariums while the party is underway. Here are just some of the hazards holiday parties can pose to aquariums. Some of these may sound familiar, and you can probably add a few more based on your personal hosting experiences. #1: “Uncle Ed” Whether it’s Uncle Ed, Sister Susie, Brother John, or Auntie Gin, we all have that family member or friend who, after drinking too much eggnog, may decide to do a little freelance “vodka dosing” of the aquarium (and not in that good nitrate-reduction way, either) because, the fish and/or corals “look thirsty.” #2: Airborne toys For some reason, young kids don’t feel as though a toy has been truly played with until they’ve tested its aerodynamics. Once while hosting a Thanksgiving dinner party, I looked on in helpless horror from across the room as my then four-year-old nephew launched a hard plastic toy into the air, the arc of its trajectory ending right where my 125-gallon tank began. Watching this unfold in slow motion, all I could do was yell, hoping the shockwave of my voice would somehow alter the toy’s flight path. What came out was an incomprehensible “Myyyaaaaaa!” (My wife said she thought I was doing an Edward G
Doing work on your saltwater tank is fun or extremely frustrating if you can’t find the tools you are looking for. To make tool organization really easy, here’s how to kill two birds with one stone. Tagged as: friday am quick tip , tool organization
2012 has proved to be a up and down year for my 235g tank. After a rocky start that included a neglected rental house, a marine velvet outbreak and my tank was restarted in May and has been running successfully for 7 months. The tank is about to start a new chapter though and that chapter won’t be written around these parts. Links in this show: www.mrsaltwatertank.com/successstore Tagged as: blacker ice clownfish , blue throat trigger fish , captive bred clownfish , clown tang , coraline algae , designer clownfish , EcoTech Radion , Hydor recirculating skimmer , LPS coral , maxima clam , mr saltwater tank , mr saltwater tank tank update , mr saltwater tank tv , My reef creations biosump , neon dottyback , orchid dottyback , rimless tank , tank personality
Tweet We return from our holiday hiatus with our first podcast of 2012. We kick off the year with talk about upcoming events, a new way to handle cords, the latest from Papua New Guinea, heaters, thinking about coral sources, and our Noteworthy Tank. Download the podcast here , or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes .
Apolemichthys arcuatus Charge up your iPod battery. It’s time for another Reef Threads podcast. In podcast #62 we talk about a Reef Science Fair, newfound Lionfish poison, protected Australian waters, our holiday wishes, carbon dosing, and our Noteworthy Tank of the week.