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Reef Aquarium Clubs

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Reef aquarium clubs One of the best ways to increase your reef aquarium knowledge is to join a local saltwater aquarium or reef aquarium club.  Most clubs exchange information in three popular ways.   Online forums: Most saltwater aquarium clubs and reef aquarium clubs have internet forums where members interact with …

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Small Polyp Stony Corals (SPS)

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Small Polyp Stony Corals Small polyp stony corals (SPS) are what many people think of as the conventional reef-building corals.  As a group, they are some of the most beautiful and some of the most difficult to keep, often requiring high flow rates, intense lighting and optimal, stable water chemistry. …

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Large Polyp Stony Corals

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Large Polyp Stony Corals Coral husbandry is best studied on an individual species basis—because there are exceptions to every rule and generalizations (like the one I’m about to make) often oversimplify the information. Putting my desire for precision and my inner-scientist aside, however, the value of generalizations is that they …

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Mushroom Coral: Rhodactis sp.

Mushroom Corals

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Mushroom Corals Mushroom Corals, or Corallimorphs are great beginner corals because they are some of the easiest species to care for. I recommend mushroom corals for hobbyists at any level. The corallimorphs get their name because the individual polyps are large and fleshy. In lower light environments, the polyps seem to stretch upward in …

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Quarantine Tank for Saltwater Fish

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Next to the protein skimmer, the quarantine tank is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can purchase. Adding fish to a tank without the proper quarantine period is like playing Russian Roulette with your fish tank. You can get away with it for a few rounds, but after a while the odds stack up against you, and your fish will pay the price.

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Establishing the Phytoplankton Culture

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Establishing the CultureAdd enough media to the culture to double the volume.  Insert a rigid airline and start a moderate flow of bubbles.  Watch the culture over the next few days.  Diluting the culture should make it lighter in color–when the culture returns to the original color, or darker, dilute …

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Phytoplankton Equipment Set-up

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This post will cover the instructions for setting up the equipment for your phytoplankton culture station: 1) Mount the fluorescent light horizontally on a wall about table-height2) Slide the table up against the wall, just under the light3) Spread your culture bottles out to maximize surface area exposed to the light4) Cut …

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Equipment List for Phytoplankton Culture

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Here is a list of the equipment you will need to culture a phytoplankton species such as Nannochloropsis occulata at homeEquipment List 48″ Shop light 2 x 48″, 40 Watt fluorescent bulbs On/off Timer Air pump ~10 ft. Flexible airline tubing ~ 3 ft. Rigid airline tubing Multi-outlet airline splitter/valve …

Albert B Ulrich IIIEquipment List for Phytoplankton Culture