Controlling Algae In Your Aquarium

What is Algae? Algae are a very diverse group of simple mostly unicellular organisms. Many of the various groups of algae types are not even closely related so it’s easier to understand why they can take such a wide array of growth forms, patterns and reproductive strategies among other differences. They are not plants, as even multicellular species lack the organization and specialization typical of plant cells. Algae typically function in much the same way, however- by gathering simple nutrients from their surrounds and converting them to food through photosynthesis, releasing oxygen as a byproduct. Overall algae’s needs are pretty … Continue reading

003: Saltwater Aquarium Equipment Part Three: Lighting

When it comes to lighting for a saltwater aquarium there are lots of choices, probably more so than for any other item you’ll need. Options include various types of florescent, metal halide, and LED lights. For a setup without any corals or other light craving invertebrates lighting can be pretty basic, even a simple florescent fixture with a few full spectrum bulbs will do. However, for full reef setups proper high power lighting is crucial.   The first category of high intensity lighting we’ll explore is florescent. Florescent lights come in a couple different sizes. Let’s look at the two … Continue reading