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Saltwater Confessions: Bizarre Marine Aquarium Blunders

aquarium blunders1 Saltwater Confessions: Bizarre Marine Aquarium BlundersAfter many years in the marine aquarium hobby—I’m not talking Paul B years here, but let’s just say a reasonable length of time—I like to think I’ve acquired a certain degree of wisdom with respect to keeping saltwater organisms. What I don’t care to admit is how much of that wisdom was actually gained as a result of making really strange and downright inexplicable blunders from time to time. Some of these are too dark and horrifying to recount here, but I’d like to share a few of the less-mortifying ones so other salties out there can benefit from my experiences—or at least avoid making the same sorts of mistakes I’ve made. (Note: some details may have been changed to protect the innocent—or to make me look like less of a moron.) More: Saltwater Confessions: Bizarre Marine Aquarium BlundersMore:

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Tank Profile: Paul B’s 40+ Year Old Saltwater Aquarium

paulb aquarium main 300x182 Tank Profile: Paul B’s 40+ Year Old Saltwater AquariumWhen it comes to standing the test of time, few aquariums have more history than Paul Baldassano’s 100-gallon glass box. Ask any aquarist who has spent time on internet forums, and they’ve likely encountered Paul (more commonly known as Paul B) and his tank. While Paul’s “old school” approach might seem odd to some folks, his success speaks for itself. Any system that’s been up and running successfully for 40+ years must have a great aquarist, creative ideas, and good ol’ elbow grease behind it. The Aquarist Paul resides in Long Island, New York and has kept aquariums since the 1950s. Like many saltwater aquarists, he started his tenure on the freshwater side of the hobby. In 1971, after serving in the Army in Vietnam, Paul returned home and started what was to become the “40-year-old tank.” His impact on the hobby goes further than his own aquarium, as well. More: Tank Profile: Paul B’s 40+ Year Old Saltwater AquariumMore:

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Massive Glass Aquarium Cracks at Downtown Disney

Well it’s happened again. The T-Rex Cafe (part of Downtown Disney) in Buena Vista Florida had its dinner guests surprised as a massive saltwater tank burst Monday afternoon sending thousands of gallons of water onto the floor, leaving its fish high and dry. There were no reports of any injured guests and details on the break and the status of the fish are yet to be released.     … More:

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Lyretail Anthias: Ain’t That The Truth

13FEB12 LyretailHarem 375i CVATs 001 Lyretail Anthias: Ain’t That The Truth
So you want a fish who will brighten up your day?  If you have a 6 foot or larger tank like a 125 gallon you are open to a type fish that can actually benefit your reef’s community in a way you would never expect. Lyretail Anthias are a very popular fish for larger aquariums. Before you dump one or two into your tank there are some facts to look over first.  PERSONALITY & BEHAVIOR  These fish have a very outgoing personality.  They are the life of the party.  If they notice a fish that is shy or skittish they are known to give them the courage to join the rest of the fish in their daily…whatever it is fish do to pass the time. They spend most of the day swimming around the middle of the tank but do swim through the rocks as well so hiding spots are a must, besides, they do need a place to sleep. More: Lyretail Anthias: Ain’t That The TruthMore:

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Fish Are Pets: Take Care Of Them As Such!

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A lot of times you hear about aquariums as “display pieces” and are talked about like you would a painting or sculpture.  In some cases, the aquarium has replaced some peoples televisions all together.  One thing that may become lost in the process is the fact that no matter what your tank actually looks like you still have living animals that have individual personalities.  Ok, maybe your snail is a boring pet, but your clownfish, tangs, puffers, and even damsels are uniquely varied in attitudes and needs.  Sounds like a dog or a cat to me, right? en.wikipedia.org When you go to the LFS to buy your critters there is usually the same vibe you get from going to rescue dogs from the pound More: Fish Are Pets: Take Care Of Them As Such!More:

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How2Scrape: Glass And Acrylic Cleaning 101

easyblade lg How2Scrape:  Glass And Acrylic Cleaning 101We all get those days when our snails take too many breaks and our glass gets a nasty film blocking our view from our beautiful tanks.  Some have diatoms, others just have excess coralline algae.  Whatever is on your glass should not be there, so here are some tips for cleaning off your viewing hole. WARNING.  ACRYLIC AND GLASS REQUIRE DIFFERENT TOOLS.  A SCRAPER MADE FOR GLASS CAN AND WILL SCRATCH ACRYLIC.  GLASS IS A VERY HARD SUBSTANCE AND ACRYLIC IS SOFT IN COMPARISON. ALWAYS CHECK BEFORE YOU SCRAPE. Like the warning states, you should never use glass cleaning tools on acrylic. An acrylic scraper will work on glass, though glass only scrapers tend to work more efficiently. More: How2Scrape: Glass And Acrylic Cleaning 101More:

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Don’t Contaminate Your Saltwater Aquarium!

washing hands 300x169 Don’t Contaminate Your Saltwater Aquarium!Washing your hands is an easy way to help prevent contaminating an aquarium.When we think about toxins in a marine aquarium, the first thing that usually comes to mind is ammonia or a toxic allelopathic chemical released by a coral—in other words, a biologically produced toxin originating in the tank itself. But sometimes hobbyists are unwitting sources of harmful compounds or pathogens from outside the aquarium. As one might well imagine, accidental contamination of an aquarium can potentially harm or even kill valued specimens. The trouble is, there’s no practical way for hobbyists to test for most contaminants, so it’s often impossible to determine the cause of the “anomalous” illness or losses in such instances. The old proverb “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies here, so let’s look at some of the preventive measures you can take to keep your saltwater system free of external contaminants: Avoid toxic handiwork Hobbyists’ hands are probably the most common mode for transferring contaminants into aquariums. After applying lotion, handling garden chemicals, pumping gas, waxing your car, cleaning the tub, polishing the silverware, or otherwise contaminating your hands, it’s all to easy to completely forget and then absentmindedly reach right into your aquarium to rearrange or retrieve something. It’s wise to develop the habit of washing your hands (taking care to rinse the soap off thoroughly, of course) before reaching into the tank for any reason. If necessary, post a small reminder note on or near the tank that reads, “Have you washed your hands?” Ideally, you should avoid putting your hands in the tank unless it’s absolutely necessary anyway (whenever possible, use aquarium-safe tongs for righting or removing objects from the tank). If you must use your hands, it’s a good idea to wear protective gloves. Keep the spray at bay Cleaning sprays, cooking sprays, pesticides, room deodorizers, and other finely aerosolized products/chemicals can drift over your aquarium and then settle onto the water More: Don’t Contaminate Your Saltwater Aquarium!More:

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DOSING RULES: Dosing 101 For Your Reef Aquarium

ELU1115 2 DOSING RULES: Dosing 101 For Your Reef AquariumDOSING RULES! The ocean is a stew of nearly every element found on earth. Each part has its uses, each part has its problems. The biggest part of reef keeping is keeping these levels in their appropriate ranges. There is however no standard rule for all corals since Soft Corals do not consume anywhere close to the amount of calcium an Acropora would per cubic centimeter. The only two rules that hold true for everything is ONLY DOSE WHAT YOU TEST FOR and NEVER DOSE MULTIPLE THINGS SIMULTANEOUSLY! How are you supposed to know how much Cayenne Pepper to put in your taco meat if you do not do a taste test? WHAT DOES WHAT? (VAGUELY, DON’T WORRY) Calcium is the building block for most of the creatures in the ocean, especially LPS, SPS, Clams, Inverts, and even the rock More: DOSING RULES: Dosing 101 For Your Reef AquariumMore:

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