Picking A Filter For Your Aquarium Setup

Every aquarium needs a filter- it seems to be pretty common knowledge. But beyond that the confusion starts. One glance at the options available at the local pet store or online retailer can leave the beginning aquarist lost in a sea of possibilities. And the manufacturers tend to not make it any easier. No matter what type or size of filter they’re selling it’s the right one for you as far as they’re concerned. This leaves it up to you to pick the best option for your aquarium setup yourself. To do so, you’re going to need a bit of … Continue reading

What Is A Protein Skimmer And Why Do You Need One?

If you’ve even considered setting up a saltwater aquarium you’ve probably already heard the words “protein skimmer”. But what is a protein skimmer anyway? Essentially it’s a type filter. It removes organic compounds before they have a chance to break down and further degrade the water quality or fuel algae growth. But instead of using a filter pad or something like that it employs something know as foam fractionation. Basically, the waste molecules that a protein skimmer excels at removing are bipolar, meaning they have an unbalanced charge. In the context of the aquarium this leads to one end of … Continue reading

What Is An Aquarium Sump And Why Do You Need One?

A sump, when related to an aquarium, is basically just a secondary tank positioned somewhere below the main tank and that is fed with water by way of gravity. The water is returned to the main tank with a pump once it has been processed in the sump. Generally, the volume of the main tank will pass through the sump a couple of times an hour. The sump itself can be configured in a number of different ways to provide specific functions that benefit the main tank in some way.   First and foremost a sump, even in it’s simplest … Continue reading

001: Saltwater Aquarium Equipment Part One: Filtration

The equipment necessary to run a saltwater aquarium is much the same as what is required for a freshwater aquarium, along with a few additional items. The biggest addition that’s required is a protein skimmer. You may not be familiar with protein skimmers even if you’ve kept a freshwater tank, as they only function properly with saltwater. Sumps, chillers, powerheads, and high output lighting are also more common on saltwater tanks and may be required. We’ll start by looking at filtration.   When first planning out your setup you need to decide if you’re going to want a sump or … Continue reading