Easy to use refractometer

The Amazingly Simple Aquarium Refractometer

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One of the items on my wish list this past year was a refractometer. For years and years, I have always used one of those swing-arm style hydrometers (specific gravity meters)…and I was convinced that refractometers weren’t worth all the hassle. Well, this year I put the old refractometer on …

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refugium by Sean McGrath

Why you should add a refugium to your aquarium

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Why you should add a refugium to your aquarium…if you can A refugium is a great thing to add to your aquarium set-up…if you can. Think of the refugium as a nature preserve within the confines of your aquarium system. It’s a small area set aside for macroalgae and tiny invertebrates to …

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Hagen model aquarium powerhead

Why water movement is important in a saltwater aquarium

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Maintaining high quality saltwater is arguably the most important thing you can do for your reef aquarium. But I bet if I asked you what the most important water parameters, you would list things like temperature, pH and nutrient/contaminant levels, right? Well one important water parameter is often ignored, neglected, …

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aquarium powerhead costs

Aquarium Powerhead Costs

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Over the past few posts, I’ve broken down some of the biggest electricity costs associated with my saltwater aquarium. Your lights and return pump (if you have one) probably consume the most electricity (and therefore create the biggest cost). Next on the list are the aquarium powerhead costs. Some aquarists …

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Aquarium Return Pump Costs

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Ever since I wrote the post last week about whether switching to reef LED lighting will save money, I have been almost obsessed with trying to understand how much electricity my saltwater aquariums are consuming. Next to the lights, the next most energy-intensive piece of equipment is the aquarium return pump–the electrical pump that …

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Will switching to reef LED aquarium lights save money?

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I found myself asking the question: “Will switching to reef LED aquarium lights save money?” a lot lately–mostly because I’m overdue to change out my light bulbs. So now that it is time to fork over the ~$110 to replace my lights (to purchase a new metal halide lamp and 2 power …

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Reef Aquarium Lighting

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Reef Aquarium Lighting One of the most common questions I hear from new saltwater aquarium hobbyists about reef aquarium lighting is, “How much light do I need? Is there a minimum wattage I should consider to keep coral in a reef tank?” I have heard aquarists offer up the advice …

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Rotifer culture equipment

Equipment Needed to Culture Saltwater Rotifers

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The first step to culturing saltwater rotifers at home is to obtain a starter culture.  If you can’t find a hobbyist (or breeder) growing rotifers locally, you can find them online—just type ‘rotifer cultures’ or ‘live rotifers’ into the GOOGLE search bar on the bottom left margin of this page, and …

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