Blog by Kraken Corals
Talk to any modern reefkeeper and very soon the subject of nitrate will arise. The bane of many a reefkeeper over the last thirty years, rising nitrate and ultimately uncontrollable nitrate levels have long been blamed for the browning of corals, and horrible, nuisance algae. But nitrate and its importance to the marine aquarium has now come full circle, and in three, recent back-to-back conversations with accomplished reefkeepers, all three complained that they didn’t have any nitrate, and were actively looking to create some! That’s the marine hobby...
Phosphorus is a nutrient, and can be in either organic or inorganic form. Plants, algae and phytoplankton actually require Phosphorus for photosynthesis, and it’s essential to all living things, but if there is too much Phosphorus in the marine aquarium, known more commonly as Phosphate, it will cause nuisance algae.
We have had some issues with invasive brown clove polyps in one of our display tanks. We read online about some success with treating the tank with Panacur a form of wormer. Our experiences was mixed, here's what happened when we tried it.
Its often confusing as a beginner with all the abbreviations people use when talking about their marine aquarium, Here we try and unravel some of this jargon for you.
So its been several months now (cant recall how many but its been a lot) since we got our Alkatronic but what do we think of it now after all this time testing.
Recently Ecotech Marine launched their new versions of the long standing Vectra return pumps. These pumps are the S2, M2 and L2 return pumps. For those of you who doesn't know that is... S for small, M for Medium and L for you guessed it Large. with 2 being the version of the pumps (version 2)