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Top Ten Favorite Coral Things

1- Gravity. Use it where ever you can when you are designing your system. It will save electricity and pumps. We use one strong pump to pump the water up to the top tank, and let gravity pull it down through whatever tanks and sumps we want. Often times people try to make their systems too complicated. A common error I see is putting two pumps on one system and trying to keep them balanced. Its impossible. Better to use one good pump and design the systems with "fall" for the water to flow using gravity. Its free!!!

2-"Dollar Store" tools. Saltwater is so corrosive. Even rinsing with fresh water, tools will eventually rust. So buy the $1 pliers, cutters, etc and use them until they rust solid and then get new ones.

3-Straight Razor blades. These are typically $6.00 per 100, and great for cleaning the inside of glass. They are VERY SHARP, so watch your fingers. But they are disposable after one use, so each time you are using a clean one and not scratching your glass. Just be sure to close the container after each use, or they will all rust before you can take the paper off of them to use them. We made this mistake!

4- Plastic. Its great since it doesnt corrode. We have a page on the various type of plastics here.

5- Aluminum. For structures outside the aquarium, this even beats stainless steel. Aluminum typically doesn't rust in the presence of saltwater, although it may pit. When exposed to salt water, it will develop a dull finish over time. We don't recommend that you use aluminum underwater but it seems to be ok above water. It seems to work well and is very durable. We use it a lot as it is low cost, very strong, and structurally never seems to decay.

6- Acrylic. aka Plexiglass. This is easy to work with and when bonded properly, is as strong as the rest of the plexiglass. You can order it precut from various Plastics Dealers, (we use Piedmont Plastics in Tucker, GA), and then bond the edges with an organic solvent such as Methylene Chloride, which can also be bought from the dealer.

Be warned, the Methylene Chloride is a toxic organic solvent and should be used in a well ventillated area away from fire sources. Be sure to read the directions about using it safely.

And be sure to order a cheap applicator, which is a plastic bottle and a thin metal tip that looks like a hollow wire.

7- Refractometer. For measuring the salinity, or specific gravity of saltwater. The cheap plastic salinity measurers are SO innacurate, that they cant be relied on. Invest in a decent refractomer (about $60 if I recall) and be done with it.

8 - Conductivity Meter. This goes back to our number one mistake. Not measuring the purity of your RO water before you use it. This will give you piece of mind, knowing that your RO or DI filter is working properly and not exhausted. Be sure to use a Test valve after the carbon filter to take a sample for chlorine, before it burns through your RO filter

9-Algae eating fish and inverts. Hey they work for free!. We have thousands of these little employees, and they never go on strike, or complain, or call in sick. Make sure you supplementally feed them when all the algae is gone in your tank. A favorite of algae eating fish is Nori (Japanese Seaweed). Its great in that its low in Nitrogenous waste and high in fiber. So it doesnt add much to the nutrient load of your tank, but they love it and its healthy. Can be bought online at places like Asian Food Grocer, which is where we buy ours, in bulk.

10- A good LFS (Local Fish Store). These are hard to come by. So when you find one, talk to the fish or coral guy and share knowledge with them. Buy your equipment from then when possible, and yes even some corals, as long as the quality is high. Its a tough business. Educate yourself and then test the employees knowledge, but asking him questions that you already know the answer to.


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