LED Lighting Overview
LED Lighting has become very popular in the marine aquarium. The best LED lights for growing coral have higher wattage and improved functionality over cheaper LED fixtures. LED technology improved significantly over the last decade, 2017 has some great LED options for the coral hobbyist.
Gone are the days of hot and expensive Halide lighting that required frequent bulb changes. Spectrum and intensity are often adjusted via a remote control. LED’s have won the marine coral lighting war for three main reasons:
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An aquarium heater is necessary for keeping almost any tropical fish. It is becoming a popular practice to use two aquarium heaters rather than just one. There are many species of marine and freshwater fish that live in warmer climates of the world.
The Amazon and the Great Barrier Reef are two locations in which the water temperature rarely falls below 25 degrees. Aquarium heaters replicate these environments. However, using a single heater is never recommended. Using two heaters in the aquarium have a number of advantages.
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Saltwater fish are often perceived as difficult to care for. They can be challenging as saltwater fish require stable conditions. Marine fish are more difficult than freshwater fish . However, choosing the right fish can be very important. Easy marine aquarium fish are recommended for beginners. Some saltwater fish are extremely difficult to keep. This list runs through the best choices for the beginner saltwater fish keeper.
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How to Increase Aquarium pH Naturally
The aquarium pH is key to a functioning healthy environment. Different species of fish thrive in different ranges of pH. Cichlids, marine fish and growing spirulina need higher pH to function and remain healthy. Sometimes tap water is not at the appropriate pH level required for keeping these fish. Many hobbyists immediately jump to use commercial additives, however these more often than not have a short term effect.
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High quality fish food is the key to healthy and brightly colored fish. However, high quality commercial fish food can be more expensive than DIY fish food and is often packed with numerous preservatives and even growth hormones. In nature fish eat a variety of plants and organisms in a balanced diet. Far different from the flakes they are fed each day.
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