Pregnancy and Reefkeeping

In honor of Mother’s Day this year in the United States, this post covers the risks of becoming a mother while keeping a reef aquarium.  Last year, I was pregnant with my first child, and I was appalled at the little amount of information available on the topic.  If you’re a male reading this post …

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DIY Sulfur Denitrate Reactor

Life happens to the best of us, and algae outbreaks usually follow.  Within the last year, I had a kid, started back to school, and worked full time.  Needless to say, my aquariums (and this site!) felt the neglect.  To add to the pain, both of my Vortech MP-40 pumps, Apex controller, two heaters, and …

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LEDs – How To

This is the last portion of the series on LEDs (and is probably the most useful).  Below is the step-by-step build for my LED lighting system for my 150g SPS-dominant reef.  As with any DIY (especially electrical), great care must be taken for personal and material safety. CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION CHAPTER II – LITERATURE …

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How to Make a CO2 Scrubber to Raise pH

It’s that time of year, when it’s freezing outside and toasty inside.  That means many houses (especially newer ones) start to accumulate carbon dioxide (CO2).  For aquarists, this often translates into a reduced pH during the winter.  Rather than opening a nearby window or adding potentially troublesome supplements, here’s an inexpensive and easy solution! Supplies: …

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Rescuing Dying Corals: Lithophyllon

I received a call one day that a local fish store (LFS) employee had overdosed the reef tanks with a chemical used to treat flatworms (I was not told what chemical it was).  They asked if I wanted to try to save some of the corals.  When I arrived, honestly, I was shocked at how …

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LEDs – Conclusions (Part VI)

CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION CHAPTER II – LITERATURE REVIEW CHAPTER III – DATA COLLECTION CHAPTER IV – METHODOLOGY CHAPTER V – ANALYSIS AND RESULTS CHAPTER VI – CONCLUSIONS The LED fixture system has met nearly all of its requirements on schedule and below budget.  It will enter Phase 3 on 10 December 2013, at which …

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LEDs – Analysis and Results (Part V)

CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION CHAPTER II – LITERATURE REVIEW CHAPTER III – DATA COLLECTION CHAPTER IV – METHODOLOGY CHAPTER V – ANALYSIS AND RESULTS Analysis Environmental Analysis Humidity Exposed bodies of water evaporate toward equilibrium, and aquariums are no different.  In humid environments (such as Florida), the excess humidity from an aquarium can cause mildew …

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LEDs – Methodology (Part IV)

CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION CHAPTER II – LITERATURE REVIEW CHAPTER III – DATA COLLECTION CHAPTER IV – METHODOLOGY The objective of this project was to follow the system engineering process, research the field, complete a requirements analysis, design a fixture, complete the first article build, and conduct test and evaluation.  Particularly, the project must determine …

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LEDs – Data Collection (Part III)

CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION CHAPTER II – LITERATURE REVIEW CHAPTER III – DATA COLLECTION The primary user of this lighting system was determined to be a male of age 25-34 years located in the United States.  Figure 2 shows a sample of 112 reefkeepers, their age, and their gender.  This data was obtained from the …

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LEDs – The Introduction (Part I)

For my graduate engineering thesis, I decided to attack a known problem in my biggest hobby rather than in my actual career field (let’s face it, writing about aquariums is a lot more fun for me!)  Coincidentally (or maybe it was fate?), the metal halides on my display aquarium died at the same time.  So, …

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