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  1. Just to be 1000x sure before I blow up my tank, pool salt is EXACTLY the same as Aquarium salt, yess? I even just ate some to test it, and despite the fact that my mouth tastes like yuck now, it seemed fine. Just going through everything I've done to my 6ft in the last week that could have possibly contributed to the tank crash, and the only options: Added 200g of pool salt Treated with Pimafix Waterchanges (this is definitely a contributing factor with the insane readings from the tap on friday) Help relieve my paranoia!
  2. So just checking out kasman, john and a few others talking about adding salt in and what salt you use. Is there ANY difference between aquarium, pool, and table salt at all? Am I paying 20x the price at the lfs for a container with a pretty fish on it. Maybe iodized is better I'm not sure if fish share the same iodine deficiency we humans do? Lol
  3. I was googling how to manually hatch fish eggs and found a video where they put some killifish eggs in a Petrie dish in a saline solution of some sort and they hatched within 30 seconds. I was just wondering if anyone else has experience with this? I got 60 fry naturally - the ones that got eaten I've been using a turkey baster to make them hatch for the last two days and I would say I have about 80 more (you can see a couple of 2-3 day old ones top right) There still seems to be plenty of sets of eyes They are attached to a log so I would have to get them off the log first. Any ideas? Or should I be more patient and just leave them to hatch? They are desert gobies Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Hey guys and girls I just wanted to get as much info as I can for starting up a salt water tank like the do's, dont's, what to keep an eye on/ look for, common mistakes, remedies for problems, how to set up a good salt water tank / system, what are good beginner salt water fish?, how long to run the tank before adding fish, the more information the better.. Thankyou everyone and sorry if it's been Answered a million times
  5. Hi. As some may have figured by now, i'm a great fan of Easylife and it's siblings. Trying to understand it has become almost something of a past time. To that end, i have a new curiosity. I am wondering about the use of Easylife in tanks with salt. Now before someone jumps on me, yes, right on the front of the bottle it says it's suitable for both freshwater and marine aquariums, of which i have no doubt. I've always had the nagging feeling however that something is missing to this. Unsurprisingly, the exact ingredients in Easylife are a trade secret. In spite of that, many have giving into speculating, some with better reasoning than others, that a key ingredient may be powdered zeolite. I'm not looking to debate that point, for the purposes of my curiosity i'm taking it as a given. Now, aquarium chemistry 101 tells us that zeolite is useful for helping reduce ammonia, and Easylife certainly exhibits a similar helpful benefit. Great, nice and simple! It's not until around aquarium chemistry 202 that it slips out that salt re-releases ammonia back out of zeolite. Ouch. What then, assuming Easylife does have some zeolite in it, does that mean in terms of Easylife use with salt? Theoretically it'd be toxic in marine environments. And yet it's not. I've heard first hand that corals can respond particularly well. I'm not up on the ins and outs of marine, but something i read recently jumped out at me. It's the assumption/presumption that marine environments should have 0 ammonia at all times. (Did i read that right?) That being the case, if Easylife is predicated on 0 ammonia in marine at all times, it makes perfect sense that zeolite would not cause an issue. But what about in mildly salty to brackish freshwater, where ammonia can very definately be an issue? Would zeolite potentially be absorbing then re-releasing ammonia? I realise that part of a counter mechanism to this would be one of Easylife's properties as a flocculant, presumably helping the zeolite to be more easily removed by mechanical filtration. Even so, the question remains - when using Easylife with salt in a non-marine environment, is ammonia potentially going to peak and trough? Or is the absense of peaks and troughs (as opposed to the absense of ways to feasibly measure the changes) perhaps evidence enough that isn't actually zeolite in Easylife? Any thoughts? Cheers.
  6. Effect of fluctuations in salinity on the growth of juvenile fish Havent read the whole paper, but looks interesting.
  7. So can I use marine salt to hatch BBS instead of rock salt/aquarium salt?
  8. Just after what is a good level of salt in African cichlid tank
  9. Hey guys I haven't been on here much in the last year or two, minimised alot and don't have much spare time for fish unfortunately. Over the weekend I was up in caloundra visiting family so the plan was to venture to some rock pools and try turn my empty LumiQ into something marine but really really basic, I plan on doing weekly water changes and that's probably it. Collected some sand / shell grit kind of substrate and water out of a healthy pool along with a couple snails/ hermit crabs, a Sergeant major, and some bad ass looking waratah anemomes. Pretty happy with it so far except for the fact the anemomes will not get off the hermit crab, and ride shotgun everywhere he goes. This photo should show the depth in the scape ive gone for a little better.
  10. I know it works for treating live stock, but could the same process be successful on say a piece of timber from a creek? Like if you were to soak it for a day or two in salt you reckon it would kill all the freshwater parasites bugs snails etc to a point that it would basically be a sterile bit of wood so to speak.... Thoughts?
  11. Can anyone provide some scientific evidence for the different uses of salt in the aquarium hobby. Salt | The Skeptical Aquarist Salt magic | The Skeptical Aquarist
  12. Hey guys, Will be picking up some ornate catfish In a few days and was wondering how well these fish tolerate aquarium salt? I only add about 5 table spoons of API aquarium salt into the 4x2x2 every water change.
  13. About to start gradually salting up a tank very slowly so as not to upset the bio-bacteria in the sump and am aiming to get it to brackish water condition, he be ok in it or best get rid of him? He's 30cm+
  14. Hi, Just wondering if it is wise for me to start a little saltwater aquarium with 2 clown fish and a sea anemone, in a little 11 litre tank or will it be cruel/hard to keep and if so what's the minimum number of litres. And is there any tricks to keeping an anemone ?? Thank you
  15. Hey guys and gals, Assuming I were to purchase the dry goods and salt necessary to run a Marine reef tank what else would I have to do to make the change over to marine? Would I have to sell all my lava rock I have or would I be able to use that as base rock for growing corals etc? What size sump would you recommend for a 4x2x2 and are there overflow boxes that don't require drilling the tank or is drilling the only way? Cheers, Adam
  16. Just wondering if anyone has ever had dramas with buying a salt water tank and changing it to fresh water. In know how stupid this may sound. But wondering if the salt affects the condition of the glass and silicon differently.
  17. Hi my partner and I have been looking at salt water setups and we are interested in doing one ourselfs. Just not sure where we should begin as we have never had any experience in saltwater setups. We don't know anything about them, so we were wanting to know of all the info that would be needed for us to start as bigginers and also the costs that would be involved and also time and maintenance required.
  18. Continuum Aquatics Halcyon Marine Reef Salt Now Available online & In store. $129.00 for a 20.1kg Bucket or $59.00 for a 6.7kg bag. Specs Below - Halcyon Marine Reef Salt Mix is a precisely formulated and manufactured mix of all of the necessary inorganic components of natural seawater in the proper ratios. It is manufactured in small batches in our own factory under tight quality controls and is not simply another company’s product labeled with our brand. It does not utilize any natural seawater desalinization residue or wastes, but is entirely manufactured from reagent grade, pharmaceutical grade, and tested and assayed ingredients. This assures the finest quality salt available anywhere in the world. Halcyon has been developed through decades of testing and experience manufacturing salt mixes, not merely months, as other salts claim. Halcyon combines the highest level of marine chemistry with the utmost knowledge of reef aquarium husbandry. Halcyon, when mixed as directed, is formulated to provide a salinity of 35 ppt or a specific gravity of 1.026 g/cm3 (temperature corrected), alkalinity of 2.7 meq/l or 7.5 dKH, pH of 8.3, a calcium level of 415 ppm, and a magnesium level of 1,290 ppm. These are perfect values for the keeping and propagating of stony, particularly small polyped stony, corals and other invertebrates and fishes in reef aquariums. Halcyon is well suited for use in all marine and brackish aquariums when specific gravity is adjusted for the needs of the inhabitants. Link - Age of Aquariums - Continuum Halcyon Marine Reef Salt Ben
  19. So after reading ALOT of articles about the use of salt in aquariums, I am very much confused. Everyone contradicts everyone. Do YOU use salt? And what are YOUR pros and cons? What dosage do YOU use? Is there really a negative aspect of salt use?
  20. When lowering PH in a tropical tank using epsom salt how much is a good starting dose per 100l of tank water?
  21. just a quick survey to see what everyone does differently, perhaps you do add salt, perhaps you dont ? i've done much reading both good and bad for the use of salt with freshwater fish, just want to know what everyone else does, thanks for any input on this subject, maybe even specify the amount you use if so, and species or type of fish you do use salt with, tank size etc. for&against are welcome : )
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  23. Deal of the Day - Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt 750L Bucket. Today only $120.00. Fantastic time to stock up on one of the best artificial salts on the market considering we only charge $7.50 delivery regardless of weight or quantity of items. Link - Age of Aquariums - Tropic Marin Pro Reef Salt 750L Bucket Ben
  24. Hey I'm looking at setting up a basic salt water tank for a mangrove jack, I'll be getting it in three weeks so I'd like to have a tank cycled by then its a 4x2x2 1/2 with a chamber sump but I have a wet and dry sump I could use also, I have fifteen kilos of coral pieces heaps of Jap mat, filter sponge, Dacron, Scoria, and sponge filters I can use. I've been reading on the internet all different ways and looking at all different setups but it seems everyone have there own opinions so I'd like to get a few opinions from you guys and see what I can come up with thanks in advance.
  25. Hey guys just bought a new tank that was setup previously for salt water but i have no idea on how it all works: Gear that came with it: - 3ft tank, stand and hood - red sea prizm protein skimmer - fluval 205 external filter - 2 lights 1 water plant aquarium plant and 1 coral blue lamp, coral and invertebrates both are YZ-20W - around 20kg of salt 10-15 in a big bag and about 5-10 in a red sea coral pro salt - testing kit (Ph, Nh, No, Alt, Ca) - dead coral and sand what else would i need to get a basic setup was wanting to put the classic clown fish in it as a starting point. The guy we got it off said all we should need is a hydrometer and that should get us started. also how do you make the salt water as i have seen people use a reverse osmosis which looks somewhat expensive and technical, Do i need one?
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