Monthly Archives: February 2012

What is a Filter Sock and How to Change it?

What is a filter sock and how to change it? A filter sock is a fine mesh filter that removes any large detritus (non-living particulate organic matter) as water filters from the main tank to the sump. Andy custom made … Continue reading

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Choose the Best Substrate for Your Reef Aquarium

To choose the best substrate for your reef aquarium is more than just choosing what is pleasing to the eye and covers up the PVC framing used in aquascaping. Reef sand contains carbonate which helps to keep a high alkalinity … Continue reading

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What salt to use in a saltwater aquarium?

What salt to use in a saltwater aquarium? I have found when reading forums on the topic that many people use whatever salt is cheapest, or whatever salt works best in their tank with their fish and corals. There are quite a few … Continue reading

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How to Aquascape an Aquarium

Learning how to aquascape an aquarium has been my least favorite part of this whole project. Aquascaping in a reef aquarium is arranging the live and base rocks in a way that is ascetically pleasing. Looking at other hobbyist and … Continue reading

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Buying Live Rock

After hours online looking at different types of live rock and calculating how much we wanted to spend, we ended up buying live rock at Preuss Pets in Lansing instead of ordering online.  What we liked about their live rock … Continue reading

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What is Live Rock?

What is Live Rock? Live rock is rock from the ocean made from carbonate minerals such as aragonite. Most live rock is harvested from reefs in the Caribbean or South Pacific areas. These rocks contain coralline algae, bacteria, and small … Continue reading

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Getting A Saltwater Aquarium Up and Running

Getting a Saltwater Aquarium Up and Running: Once the stand was built and put into place, we put the tank on top (which was quite heavy I might add), and leveled it using composite shims. We used composite shims so … Continue reading

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DIY Aquarium Stand And Canopy

DIY Aquarium Stand and Canopy: After shopping around for new and used aquarium stands at pet stores, Craigslist, ebay and other online stores, we decided to build our own. This way we could customize it to our liking for less than … Continue reading

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