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Saturday, September 29, 2012
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Monday, July 23, 2012
I changed out my crushed coral sand bed with a finer grade sand this past week. I changed out the sand bed for the benefits of the new sand and to alleviate the hassle of the crushed coral sand bed.
I like a deep sand bed and with a crushed coral sand bed its very loose and can't hold the proper bacteria used in a deep sand bed that breaks down the nitrites and nitrates in the aquarium. Because of this you need to shake up the crushed coral sand bed to sturr up the bacteria so that the filter can then pick it up and remove it from your tank.
Now there's many ways to replace your sand in your sand bed but there is a more prefered method which is.
first remove all live rock fish and 90% of your water
i normally put them all into a bunch of 5 gallon buckets
then remove the sand bed that you dont want..
then add new sand bed and add the same water back in..
put live rock and run the filter/sump/pump again for a few hours before putting corals and fish back into the tank. this in my opinion is the best way to do a sand bed change. This time i made the change to my sand bed i didnt do all these steps due to lack of buckets and lack of time to complete this project so i was in a little rush and this pic shows how cloudy the water is. if you do the steps correctly then your water will clear up a lot easier than it will take me to get rid of this cloud.
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Monday, July 2, 2012
My chaeto has more than doubled in size in probably about 2 weeks. Here is the progress of that..
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I realized that I was going to start having a tempature problem when I bought my 3 175w metal halides for my 125 gal aquarium so I started to look at chillers but then I was even more shocked at how much they cost. especially for something that I was hoping to not even need. But then I built a 55 gal refugium to replace the very tiny 29 gal refugium I made before. Ever since I made this switch I have knowticed that I no longer have a problem with my water temp. I guess for the large amount of water under the aquarium where it actually has time to cool off before it runs back into my tank actually keeps the water where it needs to be. right around 78.5 durring the day (AC stays at 75) so it actually works out great and saves me a few dollars. im not sure how well this will work for people with higher wats on there metal halides but its food for thought if your trying to save a little money.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
I have Made Many changes to my 125gallon aquarium. If you watched my video that I posted in my last blog then you would have seen my 29 gallon tank that I turned into my Wet dry/ Refugium. well I have recently invested in a 55 gallon tank that I bought used so that I could turn that into my refugium because the 29 gallon tank just wasn't big enough to fit my protein skimmer and my UV Sterilizer in it. Though this process wasn't as easy as I had hoped. I will walk you through the process and explain it the best I can.
The first 2 pieces of glass weren't cut right for some reason so they ended up not being level.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
So ever since i got rid of my powder blue tang i have had an out break with ICK. It started out only on my powder blue tang for a while but when I traded it out for 2 regal blue tangs the ICK covered those two along with some spots on my black and white clown fish. I have added vitamins and garlic extract into their food diet about a week ago but hasn't had any positive affect yet so o decided to get a UV sterilized in hopes that it will kill off one stage of the ICK there for eliminating ICK all together. I have already lost one blue regal tang as of this point and will keep posting on my progress with this problem of mine.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
So today u have decided to build a new stand for my 125 gallon salt water aquarium. I don't have a lot of experience in wood building so i am taking this as a learning experience. The reason i want to build a new stand is because the one that i have sits very low to the ground making myself and other people have to Benson over when looking at it. I think by raising the tank just 1 foot will make the world a difference. I will post pictures and progress along with pics of the finished product.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
I have recently had to get rid of my Powder Blue Tang. He looked great in my aquarium but he was becoming way to much of a problem, with the constant problem with ick on him then to his aggression. The Powder Blue Tang would attack anything that I put into the tank. About a week ago I put in a new FoxFace Rabbit Fish and for 2 days straight the Powder Blue wouldn’t leave him alone. Since the Foxface has poisons spines on him I wasn’t too worried. The Powder Blue eventually let off of him but then I added a Corral Beauty Angel Fish and the Powder Blue tore him up so bad I had to take him out so that he wouldn’t kill the Coral Beauty Angel Fish. I figured that I needed to bring him to a local fish store to trade him out because he just wouldn’t chill out. Even rearranging the rocks in the tank didn’t help.
Now I have two beautiful Regal Blue Tangs to replace the one Powder Blue Tang and I am happy with the decision. Check it out. =)
Friday, April 27, 2012
and extravagant but defiantly looks worth it. check it out!
I have been doing a lot of research on the benefits and the negatives of having bio-balls in a salt water aquarium and what I am finding isnt what I expected. From what I am finding is that the bio-balls are good and even essential in a fish only aquarium. But when adding the benefits of live rock and live sand then the bio-balls serve only as another element contaminating the water with nitrates. When having a lot of live rock and live sand that add to the naturally accruing beneficial bacteria you should lean more towards a refugium with a deep sand bed for a filter component.
For my aquarium, sence I have only about 50 lbs of live rock in a 125 gal aquarium i made a refugium that utilizes both bio-balls and a live refiguim. so far so good. no problems with it and all of my fish are thriving perfectly.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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Monday, April 9, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Theres this show on The Animal Planet called "Tanked" this show is prety much the reason I have decided to finish out my Military enlistment and start a buisness building custom aquariums in Florida.
I have been amazed by aquariums for as long as I can remember. I had my first salt water aquarium in grade school and was very successful. This is why I know that this is the only thing i would truly be happy doing.