9 most important reef aquarium water parameters

9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

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I was flipping through a copy of the Doctors Foster and Smith catalog, and was inspired by a simple, yet helpful article titled “Ideal Marine Aquarium Water Parameters: Key to Continued Inhabitant Health”. The article was short, simple and communicated a lot of information in single catalog page–but I found it also …

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what is the best aquarium salt mix?

What is the best aquarium salt mix? A product review of popular reef salt mix options

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Ask the question: “What is the best aquarium salt mix?” on any aquarium forum, and you are likely to get a whole host of answers.  Forums are littered with complaints and praises about nearly every brand of aquarium salt mix, with each person holding firm beliefs about perceived benefits a …

Albert B Ulrich IIIWhat is the best aquarium salt mix? A product review of popular reef salt mix options
aquarium reactor media

Aquarium reactor media

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There are three popular types of aquarium reactor media: Activated carbon Granulated Ferric Oxide (GFO) Biopellets What is activated carbon? Activated carbon is an old-school filtration media that’s been around since the dinosaurs.  It is one of the purifying agents inside a Brita brand water filter, if you are familiar with …

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how to dose kalkwasser

How to dose kalkwasser in a reef tank saltwater aquarium

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What is kalkwasser? Kalkwasser is the German word for calcium hydroxide, a relatively inexpensive reef tank additive that will help you keep your calcium and pH levels nice and high in your tank. For some reason, the term kalkwasser has become part of the mainstream vernacular in the saltwater aquarium …

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how to make saltwater step 2

How to make saltwater from reef salt mix

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How do you make the saltwater for a saltwater reef tank? Have you ever looked at a saltwater tank at a city aquarium, or even a dentist’s office and thought, “I wish I could have one of those!” but don’t even know where to begin? For example, where do they even get the …

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tap water

Tap Water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper?

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Tap water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper? For many aquarists tap water is just “water.” You add it to the tank and never give it another thought. But for the reef aquarist tap water is the lifeblood of the aquarium. The purity of the water we use to …

Albert B Ulrich IIITap Water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper?
aquarium water testing

Aquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think!

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Aquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think! Concerned that aquarium water testing will be too complicated? Do you wonder if you need a chemistry degree to do your own aquarium water testing? Don’t despair. Aquarium water testing is easier than you think! Every marine aquarists knows good water …

Albert B Ulrich IIIAquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think!

Saltwater aquarium reactors and contactors

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Saltwater aquarium reactors and contactors If you’ve spent any time online exploring reef discussion groups, shopping online or hanging out at a good reef shop, you’ve heard about or seen alien-looking devices called “aquarium reactors” or “contactors.” Depending on your temperament, your first response to reactors might be “COOL! I want one…or …

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even if you do 10% weekly water changes

Paradox of the partial water change…do you ever get it all?

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I rolled my sleeves up tonight and did a water change. While I was elbow deep in tank-water I found myself wondering if it was possible to calculate exactly what the perfect water change frequency was. To keep things simple, I will just focus on a single parameter–nitrates. I know …

Albert B Ulrich IIIParadox of the partial water change…do you ever get it all?
Jersey Shore Water parameter

Jersey Shore Ocean Water Experiment

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I went to the beach off the Jersey Shore this week and took a water sample to test. I was curious to see how the water would stack up. With hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of sunscreen covered tourists running into and out of the ocean—doing who knows what …

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