Over the years I have discovered different methods and tricks for keeping a Saltwater Aquariums. Todays article is about all the “secrets of keeping reefs” that probably nobody told you about. Either you will finally discover these by yourself or maybe eventually be told my someone.
1. Store your Golden Pearls in a fully sealable salt and pepper shaker.
2. Start your siphons by placing the submerged end of the hose in front of a powerhead.
3. Want to vacuum the tank without having to do a water change?? Just get some 3/8″ flex tubing….or whatever size you want and put a fine mesh bag on the end of it and rubberband/tie it on. Then stick the end w/ the bag into your sump. Start the siphon as mentioned above and vacuum away! The bag will filter all detritus/flatworms/valonia/whatever and let the water pass right thru.
4. Two shish ka bob sticks with the thick ends slid into a piece of airline tubing makes a fine feeding stick.
5. Arm &Hammer baking soda 6 parts + Arm & Hammer washing soda 1 part = DIY buffer 1 tsp/25 gal raises DKH 1 point.
6. Pickling lime is the same thing as kalk powder, but a lot cheaper.
7. Use cheap plastic tongs or plastic salad tongs for picking up things from the bottom of the tank.
8. Use shoulder length aquarium gloves when moving rocks to avoid Bristleworm stings.
9. If you do get “Bristlewormed”, keep some Elmers School Glue on hand…..spread it on the stuck bristles; peel it off when dry and Bristles will come with it.
10. New chop sticks (still in the paper wrapper) make good sticks for poking around in the tank or turning over snails.
11. Flashlight with red lens lets you look at the night critters in the tank with all the lights out without spooking the fish.