Reef Threads Podcast #303


Christine is an open-water SCUBA diver.

We return, refreshed from our holiday break. Gary stayed home and enjoyed family while Christine flew to St. Lucia, learned how to SCUBA dive, and visited some real reefs. This week we learn what it’s like as a beginner to earn an open-water SCUBA certification. It’s not as daunting as it appears. If SCUBA is in your dreams, this podcast will get you over the hump. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Inheriting an active reef aquarium
Living Reefs.com

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Reef Threads Podcast #298


Chris Aldrich (l) and Jeff Kurtz (r) of Saltwater Smarts.

This week we talk about several of the interesting posts offered by Jeff Kurtz and Chris Aldrich of the Saltwater Smarts website. Topics include downsizing your marine system, overdoing water changes, salt creep, and rock rubble. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

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Downsizing
Facing a Saltwater System Downsize? Try One of These 5 Setups, Jeff Kurtz, Saltwater Smarts

Water changes overdone?
Is It Possible to Overdo Marine Aquarium Water Changes?, Jeff Kurtz, Saltwater Smarts

Salt creep control
Salt Creep Control With 5 Simple Techniques, Jeff Kurtz, Saltwater Smarts

Rock rubble
5 Practical Uses for Rock Rubble in Marine Aquaria, Jeff Kurtz, Saltwater Smarts

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Astraea Snails Make Short Work of Algae

Astraea snail chowing down on nuisance algaeThis past year, I rediscovered how great an army of snails can be. At Tidal Gardens, we go pretty light on cleanup crews in general. For example, there really aren’t any hermit crabs to speak of in our systems. In 5,000 gallons of reef tanks, there may be only one or two hermit crabs. Most likely they arrived as refugees from local customers taking their tanks down who needed to re-home some of their inhabitants. I am not a fan of crabs because there is always a risk they might kill something they should not be killing, like another member of the cleanup crew or a coral. Long story short, I don’t trust them. I don’t have the same level of distrust for snails

Reef Threads Podcast #255


Toys for Kids at Reef2Reef

We’ve mostly recovered from illness and are back with another podcast. This week’s topics include the Reef2Reef Toys for Kids program, the Penn State Student Union tanks, the Vita aquarium, Kohler’s EnCube backup system, clean-up crews, and super-heated water changes. Download the podcast here, or subscribe to our podcasts at iTunes. Also, follow us on Twitter at reefthreads.—Gary and Christine

Sponsor: Rod’s Food
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Toys for Kids
Reef2Reef Toys for Kids

Vita aquarium
Vita aquarium Kickstarter page

Kohler enCUBE generator
Kohler enCUBE generator

Cleanup crews
4 Crabby Caveats to Keeping Clibanarius tricolor, Jeff Kurtz, Saltwater Smarts

Cleanup crews
Superheated water changes, Jeremy Gosnell, Reefs.com

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