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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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Aquarium cleaning MA – A necessary chore

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in aquarium installation ma, aquarium service ma, freshwater, General Information, Installation, pH, testing | 0 comments

  If you’re a regular reader of our blog or Facebook posts you’ll have noticed that we tend to post a lot of aquarium installations like this one, this one, and this one. These can be interesting and a great way to view a tank’s progress and evolution from the beginning. Aquarium installation is a one-time deal however and most of our time is spent on aquarium service and maintenance.     Keeping a healthy tank, like the one pictured above, requires diligence and...

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Clarifying Alkalinity, pH and Buffering

Posted by on Jun 7, 2011 in pH, testing | Comments Off on Clarifying Alkalinity, pH and Buffering

As we disussed in previous posts, the key to successfully maintaining an aquatic environment is stability. One of the most important concepts for the aquarist to grasp is that of pH-what it is, how it affects life in the aquarium and how it is maintained. The acidity or basicity of a solution is determined by its relative concentration of hydrogen ions (H+) and hydroxyl ions (OH-). This is measured on a logarithmic scale from 0-14, with 7 as the midpoint. Pure H2O has a pH of 7, as it...

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