Embracing a plug and play aquarium for personal coral reefs

Cleanup Crew added to RSM 250

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 in Invertebrates | 0 comments

The Red Sea Max 250 has been running for 5 days now. I used a test kit to check ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels, but they were all at zero. I thought I should have seen a spike by now, but maybe the live sand and contents of the cycled Biocube cycled the tank faster and I missed the products of the nitrogen cycle. Time to add the cleanup crew that will eat algae, uneaten food, dead organisms and other edible products that will add ammonia to the tank if not removed! I already had 2 large hermit crabs in the Red Sea Max 250 tank from the Biocube. My readings on the web and the Red Sea Max 250 manual suggests that around suggested that I add about 65 members to my tank cleanup crew. Fish stored didn’t...

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Cycling Red Sea Max 250: Day 2

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After one night of running the tank with newly made sea water, I decided to add the contents of my 14 gallon BioCube tank that consisted of about 15 pounds of sand, 15 pounds of live rocks, a Spotted Cardinalfish (Sphaeramia nematoptera) and water. The BioCube had been running for about a year, disassembled and reassembled 4 months ago without much attention with the Spotted Cardinalfish added one moth ago. I know it seems cruel, but I added all of it, including the fish! The idea behind this is that the BioCube was an established tank (didn’t do so well after I moved to a new house) with the established nitrifying bacteria needed for the nitrogen cycle (hence, the term “cycling a tank” refers to establishing the nitrogen cycle). The bacteria would allow the Red Sea Max 250 to...

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Why start a big salt water aquarium?

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 in Equipment, Featured | 0 comments

Reason 1: The wife and I saw a beautiful, colorful Green Mandarin (Synchiropus splendidus) in an aquarium in the early 2000’s and we wanted to have one. Reason 2: I spent 8 years on the island of Abaco in the Bahamas and saltwater and corals reefs are in my blood. Reason 3: A reef tank requires so much daily attention and thought that I can obsess about it without affecting the world significantly. It also satisfies scientists. Reason 4: It’s a hobby my wife and I can enjoy together. Reason 5: I have had aquariums all my life and currently have a 14 gallon BioCube. Reason 5: It’s so damn relaxing to observe, especially reefs with fish. Compazine 5 mg propranolol dosing online levitra ratings side effects topamax onset of action side effects lisinopril other names...

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