Random Aquarium Topics

(Finally) A How-To on Angelfish Reef Aquariums

Marine Fish - Angelfish
In creating a truly sustainable and enduring marine environment, it’s not uncommon for a reef aquarium owner to feel suddenly besieged.  Looking at all the filtration setups, pumps, bubble machines, heaters, coolers, fish tank stands and fish tanks out there – it’s easy to get knocked back on your heels.  If only someone could consolidate the dos-and-don’ts of reef tank maintenance. Then maybe frazzled aquarists could get some rest at night.  Well here to diminish those dark circles, your very own lullaby: an Ode to Angelfish Reef Aquarium maintenance.

Ossie Vs Mr Plec

Freshwater Topics - General
Those of us blessed with children would recognise the situation perfectly. Take two semi-adolescent children - brothers, sisters, one of each and put them on the sofa. One way or another a squabble begins and always ends in tears. Sometimes it's nice to come to work and leave all that behind...

Mantis Shrimps and Pistol Shrimps

Marine Topics - Marine Pests
Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus spp.) Like its terrestrial neighbour, The Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus spp.) is a dangerous and cunning predator. It secretes itself in holes within living rock and more often than not finds its way into the aquarium via that same route. Indeed, some consignments of living rock can be so dense with them that one can be found in almost every hole. The adult size of this shrimp can vary widely within a range 2-12" (5-30cm), depending on species.
Whilst hovering at the entrance to its resident hole, the mantis shrimp can flash out club-like appendages at anything considered edible passing within range. Fish, crustaceans, molluscs, aquarist's fingers(!), all can fall foul of this voracious hunter.

Coral Reefs An Endangered Ecosystem

Marine Topics - Conservation
Coral reefs are among the world's most fragile and endangered ecosystems. They host an extraordinary variety of marine plants and animals and are one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. They are a significant source of food to low-income coastal communities, a source of income and employment through tourism and marine recreation, and offer countless other benefits to humans, including unique chemicals with medicinal properties. Despite this, coral reefs around the world are rapidly being degraded by a number of human activities including over-fishing, coastal development, and the introduction of sewage fertilizer and sediment. Trade in reef species is a strong additional pressure on this already highly threatened ecosystem.

Big Fish for The Marine Aquarium!

Clown Trigger Fish (Balistoides conspicillum) One type of marine aquarium never fails to create a stir, the fish-only tank containing BIG fish! The sight of large slices of brightly coloured piscine flesh cruising around an equally spacious aquarium is enough to make anyone's heart beat a little quicker.


The Micro Shrimp Tank

Blood Shrimp (Lysmata debelius) Most of my regular readers will already be aware that, on the whole, I do not condone small marine tanks; that is, tanks with a nett volume of less than 20 gallons (91 litres). They are usually very unstable as far as water parameters are concerned and subsequently exert...


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