Archive | March, 2012

Aquarium Tip Tank Podcast 004 | Aquarium Myths Debunked!

Aquarium Tip Tank Podcast 004

In this episode of Aquarium Tip Tank we debunk 5 myths of owning and maintaining a home aquarium. Included are tips and tricks to keeping your aquarium inexpensive, fun, easy, and maintaining a conservation type of mind.

Items Mentioned in this Episode:

  • Article: A story about how a couple are setting up the first public aquarium in Falmouth to educate people about marine conservation can be found here.

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TJ

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Tip of the Day | Start with Less Salt Mix

Today’s tip of the day from Aquarium Tip Tank will conserve some water and save some money on those water bills! It is much easier to add salt to your saltwater mixture than it is to add water or start all over. So, just start with less sea salt mix than the “recipe” on your salt mix calls for!

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Tip of the Day | Use Hydrometer to test Salinity

Today’s aquarium tip from Aquarium Tip Tank is just one way to test the saltwater that you are adding to your saltwater aquarium to make sure that it is the correct salinity (or has the right amount of salt)! It is also the cheaper way to test the salinity of your saltwater! Grab a hydrometer for $10 or less from your local fish store or That Fish Place and test your salinity!

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Tip of the Day | RO Filter your Tap Water

We’ve talked about DE-chlorinating your tap water at Aquarium Tip Tank, but this aquarium tip will help make sure that the water you put in your tank is clean and stable.  Fish, corals and invertebrates generally enjoy water conditions that match their natural environment. Well, water from your tap is most likely completely different than the water in your pet fish’s natural environment. The first step to matching natural water conditions is filtering all of the strange chemicals and minerals out of your tap water!

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Tip of the Day | Use Checklists!

Today’s aquarium tip will help keep things simple, remind you of tasks to perform, and help keep your aquarium clean and healthy! Ever top off the water in your tank, but forget to quickly check the temperature? Ever scrub some of the algae growth off of the sides of your tank, but forget to check the specific gravity of your aquarium water? Most of these tasks don’t take a long time to complete, but maybe they just slipped your mind. An easy way to remember these quick maintenance tasks and make sure everything is happy and healthy is to use checklists!

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Tip of the Day | Only One Angelfish!

Today’s aquarium tip from Aquarium Tip Tank is just to help you relax and not worry about fish fights! Angelfish are considered to be very territorial and aggressive fish especially toward species of their own kind and sex. Therefore, it would probably be best, especially if you’re a beginner, to keep only one angelfish in your tank!

Now, this does not mean that there aren’t some species of the Pomacanthidae family that can be kept together under the correct conditions. However, it is not unusual for many angelfish species to fight with their own kind and with others of similar shape, color, and size. Therefore choosing the correct angelfish for the community of fish that you already have, and plan to have in your tank is also important. Some of the medium size species do well with other non-aggressive fish of other non-related species such as Anthias, Blennies, Butterflies, Gobies, and Tile fish. A few of the larger species of angelfish do well with other less-aggressive fish such as Trigger, Hawks, Groupers, Eels, Damsels, and Surgeonfishes. Make note that all of these other species that were listed are either non-aggressive or less aggressive. If taunted, angelfish will normally not back down from a fight.

What other fish do you keep with your angelfish? Leave a comment!

TJ

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Tip of the Day | Clean your Substrate

Today’s aquarium tip will help you get keep your tank even cleaner. Do you know where all of that fish waste goes? What about the waste from your plants and invertebrates? That’s correct! All waste that doesn’t get sucked into the mechanical filter eventually succumbs to gravity and ends up in your substrate! In order to clean out your substrate, make sure you use a gravel cleaner and/or stick the end of your siphon tube as far down into your substrate as possible when performing your routine 20% water changes!

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Tip of the Day | Don’t Lift a Full Aquarium

Today’s aquarium tip will keep your back healthy for a longer time. It will also provide a way to move your aquarium without damaging your tank. It’s easy, just make sure that you don’t lift a full aquarium! While your at it, make sure you remove all rocks, substrate, decorations, and water and make sure your aquarium is empty if you decide to pick it up off of its stand.

I know, you might be thinking this is a little bit of overkill. But you’ll be happier removing all of the water, rocks, substrate, and decorations from your tank than you will be if you have to re-seal your tank. Re-sealing your tank may be what is necessary if you don’t empty your tank before lifting it. Any weight on the bottom of your tank will pull at the seams around the edges of the tank that hold the bottom to the sides of the aquarium. It is possible for this gravitational force, even if small, to create a tiny leak in the seam of the sealant that is round the edges and in the corners of your aquarium. If this happens, you’ll have to re-seal that spot, which means re-sealing the entire tank. You’ll end up having to remove everything that is in your aquarium to re-seal the tank anyway.

If you’re moving your aquarium tank, go ahead and empty it so that you don’t end up creating a leak and having to empty your aquarium anyway.

Moving soon? Tell us about it. Leave a comment below!

TJ

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Tip of the Day | Buy Healthy Fish!

Today’s aquarium tip from Aquarium Tip Tank seems pretty obvious doesn’t it? You wouldn’t walk into your Local Fish Store (LFS) and buy a fish that’s belly up and expect to nurse it back to life after putting it in a plastic bag and transporting it home right? Well, included below are a few more tips about selecting some healthy fish from your LFS that might save you some time, money and frustration.

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Tip of the Day | Don’t Overfeed your Fish!

Here at Aquarium Tip Tank we’re always trying to share aquarium tips that will help you keep your water clean, and your fish and invertebrates healthy. Simple tips are also great because they don’t take much time for you to accomplish and they let you relax and enjoy your aquarium. This one is really simple. Just don’t overfeed your fish!

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