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By admin - Posted Jan 14, 2002 07:00 PM
A listing of all the Feature Articles published in the magazine.
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Feature Article: Advanced Water Quality Analyses: LaMotte's 'Smart 2' Colorimeter And a Quick Comparison to the Hach 890 Colorimeter

By Dana Riddle on Nov 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

The LaMotte Smart 2 colorimeter is a powerful tool for advanced hobbyists. Many results generated by this instrument are acceptable to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Its accuracy and precision is remarkable for a relatively inexpensive device.

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Feature Article: Types of Phosphorus in a Reef Aquarium and Comments and Observations of Removal by Protein Skimming

By Dana Riddle on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

This testing makes it clear this protein skimmer did remove phosphorus, although the process may not be particularly effective as a sole method of P control, and phosphate could accumulate in the system if other removal mechanisms are not used.

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Feature Article: Tunze Wavebox, Turbelle Stream Pump, and Wave Controller

By Dana Riddle on Sep 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

Tunze makes many claims about the Wavebox - a pump producing 'high speed' currents while using little power, wave heights of 3 cm (1.18 inches) with oscillations corresponding 'precisely' to wave action seen on natural reefs. How do these claims hold up under scrutiny?

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Feature Article: Actinic Lamps at Home Depot?

By Dana Riddle on Aug 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

However, these specialty lamps should lend themselves well to applications devised by an enterprising hobbyist. Replacing these lamps every six months (~2,000 hours of operation) should not be a difficult or expensive endeavor.

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Feature Article: The Innovative Aquarium Products of InterZoo 2010

By Jake Adams on Jun 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

Jake highlights numerous products seen at InterZoo 2010.

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Feature Article: LED Lighting Tests: Aquaillumination, Blue Moon, Eco-Lamp KR-91, Ecoxotic Panorama

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on May 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

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.

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Feature Article: An Affordable LED Luminaire for Reef Aquaria: Blue Moon Aquatic's 90-watt Fixture

By Dana Riddle on May 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

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.

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Feature Article: Parasitic Copepods: Enemies of Soft Corals, False Corals, Gorgonians, Anemones, Zoanthids, and Tridacna Clams

By Dana Riddle on Apr 14, 2010 at 08:00 PM

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'.

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Feature Article: Quantitative Comparison of Lighting Technologies: Metal Halide, T5 Fluorescent and LED

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on Feb 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

Based on this quantitative data, is its quite obvious that the LEDs have come of age in providing a viable solution to lighting reef aquaria.

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Feature Article: Elemental Analysis of Skimmate: What Does a Protein Skimmer Actually Remove from Aquarium Water?

By Ken S. Feldman on Feb 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. The chemical/elemental composition of skimmate generated by an H&S 200-1260 skimmer on a 175-gallon reef tank over the course of several days or a week had some surprises.

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Feature Article: Spectral Analysis of Metal Halide Lamps: AquaMaxx 14000K Series

By Sanjay Joshi, Ph.D. on Jan 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

This article presents a review of the spectral analysis and light output of these lamps when used with a wide variety of ballasts.

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Feature Article: Further Studies on Protein Skimmer Performance

By Ken S. Feldman, Kelly M. Maers on Jan 14, 2010 at 07:00 PM

Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802. Many factors contribute to the 'value' of a skimmer to an aquarist, including quality of construction, size, footprint, noise level, ease of cleaning, energy efficiency of the pump, and of course, the ability to remove organic waste from aquarium water.

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Feature Article: Potential Dangers of Water Changes

By Dana Riddle on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:00 PM

Here, we report the effects observed before and after two monthly water exchanges and discussion the results' implications.

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Feature Article: Dots on the Glass: Collumbellid Snail Reproduction in the Aquarium

By Andrew Berry on Nov 14, 2009 at 07:00 PM

Hopefully, as the knowledge base grows, more easily raised species will be found and protocols will be added for harder species so that the foundation's list of captive-bred species available to hobbyists will continue to grow.

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Feature Article: Algae: Sometimes Both Beautiful and Useful, Part 2

By Christopher Paparo on Oct 14, 2009 at 08:00 PM

Although a tank with temperate marine macro algae as the primary focus may be unheard of in the aquarium hobby, all of the equipment required is readily available, and as you may have noticed, many of the techniques involved are strikingly similar to common reef-keeping techniques already being employed.

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Feature Article: An Evaluation of Current Aquarium-related Conservation Efforts

By Jay Hemdal on Sep 14, 2009 at 08:00 PM

This article discusses conservation methods designed to protect species, not necessarily ecosystems.

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Feature Article: Do It Yourself: A Guide to Making Gadgets for Your Aquarium, Part One

By Dana Riddle on Aug 14, 2009 at 08:00 PM

The information presented in this installment should get you started in properly planning a project.

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Feature Article: Heat Transfer in Aquariums Part 1 - Basic Theory

By Frank Boldissar on Jul 14, 2009 at 08:00 PM

In Part 1 of this article, we go over the basics of heat transfer theory as applied to aquariums.

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Feature Article: Environmental Stability: Nature v. Aquarium: Photosynthetically Active Radiation, Ultraviolet Radiation, Dissolved Oxygen, and ORP, Part 2

By Dana Riddle on Jul 14, 2009 at 08:00 PM

We'll resume our discussion of various physical parameters beginning with Photosynthetically Active Radiation, or PAR, followed by UV Radiation, Dissolved Oxygen, and finally ORP.

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Feature Article: Environmental Stability: A Comparison of a Natural Reef and an Aquarium

By Dana Riddle on Jun 14, 2009 at 08:00 PM

In this article, we'll compare some physical parameters of various types of reef biotopes to those observed in a small aquarium. How does the stability of this 140 gallon system stack up to various natural environments? What are the long term effects of the varying conditions seen in an aquarium?

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