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43 articles submission by the Saltwaterfish.com community.

Balance in the Aquarium

Created on 2014-09-16 by candaceswf

Your aquarium is a closed ecosystem.  Every change that you make; whether it is adding new marine life to your tank, adding new filter media or equiment, delaying that water change or feeding, has an impact on that closed system and its inhabitants. For a new aquarist, getting the tank up and running quickly so you can add marine life is often the goal… but today I’d like to ask you to show some patience and enjoy the journey on your way to stocking your aquarium.  You see, those initial weeks after the tank has been set up and filled… Read more »

Blue Hippo Tang

Created on 2014-08-22 by candaceswf

The Blue Hippo Tang, Paracanthurus hepatus, is also known by many other names including Regal Tang, Palette Surgeonfish, Pacific Blue Tang, and -thanks to Pixar- Dory.  No matter what you call this fish, most people would agree that the Blue Hippo Tang is one of the most remarkable looking tangs available in this hobby.  At first glance, one will notice the briliant blue coloration the Blue Hippo Tang gets its name from.  Contrasting the blue of the tang, is the intense black marking similar to a painter’s palette, hence the name “Palette Surgeonfish”, as well as bright yellow pectoral and… Read more »

Aquarium

Created on 2014-06-24 by awesomefish

An aquarium (plural aquariums or aquaria) is a vivarium consisting of at least one transparent side in which water-dwelling plants or animals are kept. Fishkeepers use aquaria to keep fish, invertebrates, amphibians, marine mammals, turtles, and aquatic plants. The term combines the Latin root aqua, meaning water, with the suffix -arium, meaning “a place for relating to”.[1] An aquarist owns fish or maintains an aquarium, typically constructed of glass or high-strength acrylic plastic. Cuboid aquaria are also known as fish tanks or simply tanks, while bowl-shaped aquaria are also known as fish bowls. Size can range from a small glass… Read more »

Broomtail wrasse

Created on 2013-02-20 by tuskfish06

Has anyone seen a Broomtail wrasse offered for sale recently in the trade? I have been looking for one for quite sometime without any luck., I was fortunate enough to find a Triple tail and have a Rose Breasted . The BROOMTAIL is becoming a thorn in my side , been looking for a couple of years now.At one time they were available going back probably 10 years when I think about it , not a common fish then but you would see one from time to time. I am located in th close to Tampa in Florida , but would be… Read more »

Lymphocystis

Created on 2012-09-30 by beth

Lymphocystis is a chronic viral infection effecting susceptible fish resulting in the cauliflower or ward-like appearance of lesions on the afflicted fish’s fins and even the body. The size of these lesions can range from small irregular shaped spots as see in this blue hippo tang [not to be confused with ich],  to large wart-like growths.  Lymphocystis does not have to be a death sentence, however, and, in fact, it usually is not. Many fish with this condition may remain symptom-free; others will suffer significant disfigurement if the condition is not adequately addressed. Most typically, the effected fish will have minor spot symptoms… Read more »

Metal Halide Lighting Technologies

Created on 2012-06-01 by scsinet

Considerable confusion exists in the hobby relating to metal halide (MH) lighting.    This article serves to explain some of the fundamentals of halide systems and provide the hobbyist with useful information to be used in pre-purchase research.   This article is not intended to debate the use of halides versus other technologies, but rather to explain the fundamental differences and the pros/cons, allowing the hobbyists researching lightings systems to be armed with all the facts about halide systems.  What is Metal Halide?    Metal halide is a type of High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting.  HID lighting systems pass an electric current… Read more »

light spectrums and photosynthesis

Created on 2012-05-18 by manta

Describe ‘light spectrums and photosynthesis’ here I have been reading quite a bit about a company that came together with some horticulture experts and they did some serious research about what specific light wavelengths plants use almost entirely to accomplish photosynthesis very efficiently-and it turns out that they use the blue spectrum and the red spectrum pretty much exclusively for photosynthesis as far as light is concerned. They have given the specific wavelengths that plants use there are 4 of the major ones-2 in the blue and 2 in the red in specific nanometers-I don’t remember them exactly so I… Read more »

Cost Cutting And Tank Placement Prt2

Created on 2011-08-13 by michaeltx

so you have answered some of the questions here and were totally confused.So youve decided to create your own tank This is a good place to start having a lot of questions that you need to ask yourself to start out with.alright so you decided to setup the tank. Now you need to figure out where to put this tank!weight is going to be a major factor on where you put it look at it this way a 100 gallon tank weighs about 100# give or take estimate. Now once you add water to the tank its going to weigh 900#… Read more »

3rd Installment Of Setting Up A Reeftank And Cost Cutting Tips

Created on 2011-08-13 by michaeltx

3rd installment for SWF.comThe first installment so you decided to setup a tank is here http://www.saltwaterfish.com/vb/showthread.php?t=293520The second installment here is the cost cutting tips post http://www.saltwaterfish.com/vb/showthread.php?t=293907First after figuring out where you want the tank and using the cost saving tips now you are ready to begin actually setting up the tank.Now the fun begins.Did you remember the Ro filter? if not you will need to find a water source to fill your tank. contrary to some beliefs tap water is not all right. especially since recently they have found elements of medical drugs that we take for our illness’ is showing up… Read more »

Macroalgae Identification

Created on 2011-02-10 by btldreef

http://forums.saltwaterfish.com/t/373943/algae-identification-thread  Hair algae, for the most part another of the invasive varieties. With the noted exception of Chaetomorpha.Derbesia sp.Bryopsis sp. Read more »