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AQUARIUM HEATERS: WORTH THE INVESTMENT

by Tom Sarac Tropical fish: what happens in the wild? Most fish and invertebrates are ectothermic poikilotherms, meaning their environment dictates their internal body temperature - more generally, they are known as cold-blooded creatures. Considering the stable but still slowly changing nature of tropical climates, native aquatic life requires a consistent temperature, with any changes taking place gradually and in small increments. Speaking of slight changes, the tropical rainy season is exactly that type [...]

2022-01-10T16:22:41-04:00January 5, 2021|Equipment, Freshwater, Saltwater|

CLOWNFISH, MOST POPULAR MARINE FISH

by Tom Sarac If there was a marine aquarium fish that could be said to be the most popular, it would have to be the Clownfish. Clowns (aka anemone fish) consist of 30 species all belonging to the genus Amphiprion, with one exception being the Maroon (species biaculeatus), which belongs to the genus Premnas. Part of a sub-family of damselfish, the little Clownfish is as feisty and tough as they come. I once personally [...]

2022-01-08T15:23:18-04:00August 6, 2020|Fish, Plants & Corals, Saltwater|

CIRCULATION PUMPS IN AQUARIUMS

by Tom Sarac While circulation pumps are almost always present in marine aquariums, they are often overlooked in freshwater tanks, despite having the potential to benefit a number of species commonly kept in the hobby. Many popular freshwater species live in fast-flowing river environments and tend to do better in aquariums when strong water currents are present. Bodies of water characterized by stronger water movement typically feature greater concentrations of dissolved oxygen: providing species [...]

2022-01-11T14:57:07-04:00July 3, 2020|Filtration & Pumps, Saltwater|

HOW TO STABILIZE CONDITIONS IN A REEF AQUARIUM

by Tom Sarac It's no secret that the oceans dominate our planet. They are a huge fascination for many of us, especially when it comes to tropical marine reefs. As the saltwater segment of the home aquatic hobby continues to steadily grow each and every year, I've composed some helpful Do's, Don'ts and How To's to help aspiring reef aquarists successfully recreate a stabile and healthy environment. THE WATER With the ocean containing approximately [...]

2022-01-13T14:40:18-04:00December 13, 2018|Saltwater|

WHY SALT IS IMPORTANT IN AN AQUARIUM

by Tom Sarac SALT TYPES In nature, there are three categories of fish: freshwater, brackish & saltwater. Each has evolved to thrive in their natural habitats, and so when recreating a habitat in your aquarium, it's important to create water conditions that are as close as possible to the natural conditions (or biotopes) that occur in nature. Depending on the type of biotope you want to create, the addition of salt may be required. [...]

2022-01-13T14:43:24-04:00December 13, 2018|Saltwater|