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Calculating stocking level?

(i think my blog might turn into a reference section more than a blog.. go w/ it) On this trhead, a really good question came up: This got me thinking about it a bit more.  Over the years I've found the below "equation" to work pretty good for me: 1" of livestock (fish, coral, inverts, anything living) per 1gal actual system water. There are special situations where the 1" is too small (aggressive fish, or fish that need more space.. just add an inch or two.  Also, you shoul

Isaac

Isaac

 

Things are good!

Things seem to be going my way as of late in my new found aquaria hobby.  I've been able to keep my water levels good in the tank and everything seems to be prospering and on top of that I've been finding some good deals on some sweet corals through checking up my LFS and by making friends via these forums. Just tonight I was able to score a sweet green zoa, which I have dubbed the greene geek zoa after a close friend of mine, as well as a pretty amazing Jedi Mind Trick monti frag from some

z4ck38

z4ck38

 

What is Old is Old and What is New is New

I was chronicling my salty exploits over on the forum thread located here: http://www.austinreefclub.com/topic/38061-zackerys-nano-reef-aquarium/ It turns out that a thread like that doesn't work to the purposes I was trying to achieve, such as having posts remained editable and listed the things I wanted. So in that regards I am moving that to this blog. For those of you who fancy yourselves hip, everything posted here will also be syndicated to http://zackerytaylorswift.tumbler.com. That

z4ck38

z4ck38

 

226g Peninsula Tank Upgrade (current tank)

Sept 13, 2012 I've had my 90g tank for just over 3 years. Though I've loved it, and loved having it set up as a peninsula tank between my living room and breakfast nook, there have been some things I haven't liked about it. I custom built the stand for it and always expected to have a matching 2' wide X 7' tall accessory cabinet to go along with the tank to hold all my reefing equipment/tools/controllers/etc. So we left a 2' gap between the tank and the wall. Focus on the tank took pri

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mFrame

 

Moving On Up - first upgrade to 90g

Nov 5, 2009 (copied from our original entries at http://livingroomreef.blogspot.com/) So with my habit firmly in check, I convinced Laura that we needed a bigger aquarium and that it would be the perfect opportunity to finish the aquarium stand that I started building almost six years ago. In my last house I had a 29g freshwater aquarium much like our current setup but had decided to upgrade it to a 75g tank. Live got in the way, though, and after cutting out most of the pieces for the new

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It begins - our first marine tank (29g)

April 23, 2009 (copied from our original entries at http://livingroomreef.blogspot.com/) After diving the Great Barrier Reef on our honeymoon last month, we've decided to get back into aquariums. Stephen is handling the tropical fish side and beginning his experiment with breeding Blue Rams. Meanwhile we've been working on setting up a 29g (30x12x18) reef aquarium in our living room. We got a great deal on it used from craigslist, and it came with a stand and Emperor 400 filter. So far

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Where it started

Like many of us I had my first aquarium as a kid.  Fish from Walmart or local fish stores were the norm, but usually fell away due to neglect.  I got back in the hobby around 1998 running an African cichlid tank.  That lasted for about four years, and I miss the days of hitting all the fish stores in Austin to pick up new fish and exotic plecos (one of my favorites).  I was always too nervous about running marine tanks due to the perceived complexity.   That all changed several years later

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