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Posts made in October, 2013

What is PAR?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in aquarium service ma, Aquatic Community, Equipment, General Information, Lighting, PAR, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spend any time researching or discussing lighting options for your aquarium and the subject of PAR is bound to come up. But what exactly is PAR and why is it important?   PAR stand for photosynthetic active radiation. This is the spectrum of wavelengths whose energy is able to be used by photosynthetic cells in plants, corals, and algae. The wavelengths available for photosynthesis (which is the easiest way to think of PAR) are those between 400-700 nanometers.   table courtesy of...

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Cyanobacteria (Red Slime Algae) and the importance of regular aquarium maintenance

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in aquarium service ma, Aquatic Community, customer service, General Information, Live Rock, medical, pH, Problems, Red Slime Algae (cyanobacteria), testing, Uncategorized, vacation care | 0 comments

  Many reefkeepers are unfortunate enough to have encountered red slime algae in their aquariums and fish tanks. Many of us have encountered red slime but what is it and what causes it to grow?     Red slime algae is not actually an algae at all, but rather an ancient form of bacteria called cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria are marine, unicellular, photosynthetic organisms that have the distinction of being the oldest fossil on record at 3.5 billion years! Though they are...

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180 gal Aquarium makeover and maintenance: Part 3

Posted by on Oct 6, 2013 in aquarium design, aquarium installation ma, aquarium service ma, Equipment, Hyperion SMT, Installation, Lighting, Lighting mount installation, Pacific Sun LED, REFUGIUM, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We’ve already posted two entries about the makeover and system redesign on this 180 gallon aquarium. You can read them here  and here. Notice that empty refugium in the”after” pic? It’s not empty anymore…   We were able to get this light from the customer’s reef tank upstairs.       This tank looks great already but this reef keeper was ready for to upgrade his lighting. His sps coral should thrive under his new Pacific Sun Hyperion S 4x 145W LED aquarium...

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Fishinformation vol. 2: The Flasher Wrasse

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in aquarium service ma, Featured, Fish, fish acclimation, Fishinformation, Flasher Wrasse, General Information, Live, Live Rock, Triton S, Tropical Fish | 0 comments

  It’s Fish Friday at Imagine an Ocean and today we’re be taking a brief look at the colorful and entertaining flasher wrasse.   The term Flasher wrasse is used to describe species in the genus Paracheilinus.  They are named for their brash, showy movements and bright, bold colors that the males use to attract mates.       Their natural habitats include Kenya, the Maldives, Bali, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They are a hardy fish and live quite long in home...

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Installing a Pacific Sun Triton aquarium LED on a ceiling mount in Boston’s Beacon Hill.

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 in aquarium installation ma, aquarium service ma, Equipment, For Sale, General Information, Installation, Lighting, Lighting mount installation, Pacific Sun LED, Triton S | 0 comments

We’ve shared this aquarium with you before. It is an acrylic 60 gallon 24” rimless cube from Zero Edge that supports many species of fish and coral.       This Pacific Sun Triton S 145W LED-only aquarium light was being suspended from this bracket mount. When the homeowner decided it was time for a ceiling mount, he called the same crew he always does for aquarium maintenance, Imagine an Ocean.         This ceiling mount requires minimal space to...

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