LED lighting for reef tanks is on its way to becoming a reality. Different LED fixtures address the lighting problem in several different ways, small number of high power LEDs with optics or with large numbers of low power LEDs with no optics.
Based on personal observations of corals' minimum and maximum light requirements using a Pulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM) fluorometer, it appears that the Blue Moon Aquatic 90-watt LED unit is capable of meeting the maximum light requirements of the most demanding corals. Read more for the details.
Never forget, regardless of how difficult it may be, it's better to be patient and thoroughly check out a potential purchase, rather than acting hastily and having something die in your aquarium.
The description of this tanks sounds like a list of things not to do when setting up a reef tank: it has no live rock, no live sand, minimal filtration, no additives, the water is never tested, 100% water changes and yet this 5 gallon glass box is one of the most attractive, successful and least demanding reef tanks that I have ever set up.
Aquarist Courses: Marine Aquarist Courses Online (MACO) is proud to announce the first of 2010's offerings!
Classes include Marine Reef Fish Husbandry and Aquarium Photography!
Now that they have become available through normal marine aquarium supply channels, they are a potential species for home aquarists as well. While not a fish for every aquarist, they are a very colorful, hardy species that may interest the rare fish collector willing to meet its basic husbandry needs.
Feature Article: Parasitic Copepods: Enemies of Soft Corals, False Corals, Gorgonians, Anemones, Zoanthids, and Tridacna Clams
This article concludes our brief and incomplete look at copepods capable of potentially harming our captive animals. However, the series will continue with reports of other parasites, including nudibranchs, sea spiders and other 'creepy-crawlies'.
Terry discusses his 500 gallon freshwater aquarium as well as some thoughts on sustaining our hobby.
As predators become more adept at catching prey, the prey must find novel ways of evasion and predators that have not evolved the speed and agility posessed by their prey, they must find more stealthy methods of hunting. This has culminated in an amazing array of methods of camouflage and mimicry that has given aquarists and divers some beautiful and unusual organisms to look at.
Aquarists need to inspect their fish closely every day, for signs of impending health problems. It is much easier to resolve a problem when it first starts, than to attempt a drastic emergency treatment when the fish is close to dying.
Show off your tank! We know you want to!
Aquarium Corals: Stony Coral Parasites: Red and Black Bugs: Identification Guide, Preventive Measures, and a Review of Treatment Protocols
This article is but a small tool for use by serious hobbyists in answering many questions.
AmericanReef.com returns to the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium to meet with keeper, Rich Terrell, and to observe some freshwater Leopoldi and Pearl Rays from Brazil. Rich discusses ray nutrition and habits, demonstrates target feeding, and addresses concerns of the home hobbyist.
While you might never see a porcellanus for sale, there's always the chance you will, and hippopus is easy enough to acquire if you want one. So, keep all of this information in mind and do what it takes to keep them alive and well should you make a purchase.