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Seio Super Flow Prop Review

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments

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The Seio Super Flow Prop is a mighty little forex trading powerhead that is small, sleek, compact and is perfect for smaller aquariums.  This powerhead comes in four different sizes and from what I have read the largest can handle an aquarium of 100gallons. I am currently using the smallest version of this pump (the Seio P320) and I must admit even in my 46gallon reef aquarium this little pump out shines my current maxi-jet 1200′s.  The flow rate is pretty high however unlike the maxi-jets it does not create a small powerful stream but yet a nice multi directional current.  Another added bonus is the use of a magnetic mount which in most cases the company would charge for it as an accessory however Taam gives it to you.  This little magnetic mount is very strong and holds the Powerhead in place without any problems.

Now with just about every product on the market these days there are a couple of flaws with this powerhead. The first one is that it is designed to have the power cord right in the back of the unit which impedes the unit of some directionality when backed up on the glass of the aquarium.  A better design would have been to place the power cord on the top of the unit broker .  Another issue which has always been an issue with Seio pumps is that they can not be used with a wave maker, a sudden stop or power outage will cause a loud rattling/grinding noise.

All in all I have purchased two of the smaller Seio Super Flow Props and one is in use right now and the other one is still in the box and will be used for a backup pump should I ever need one.  I am impressed with the small yet powerful design and I would recommend at least trying one for smaller aquariums.

Here are the specs taken from the Taam website:

Magnet Mount
Magnet Mount support system makes mounting of the pump quick and easy allowing the pump to be secured virtually anywhere in the aquarium.
Note:
MM50 is for glass thickness up to 1/4in (7mm) investing in stocks
MM100 is for glass thickness up to 3/8in (10mm)
MM200 is for glass thickness up to 1/2in (12mm)
• 160° Directional Discharge
160° directional discharge enables the pump to be directed and secured at different angles.
• Prop Impeller
Prop impeller creates high water volume output with low pressure making the pump energy efficient with low heat emissions.

• Magnet mount included
• Ceramic Shaft
• Ceramic rotor bearing
• High flow rate

• Energy efficient
• Prop impeller rotor
• UL listed

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Halimeda Informational Video

January 10th, 2010 · No Comments

A nice video presentation from a Hawaiian scientist on Halimeda.  I found this video on Youtube and the presenter gives a very insightful view on Hawaiian Halimeda, its life cycle and general ecology.  Worth the watch if you are interested in keeping this certain macro-algae.

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Halimeda

December 28th, 2009 · No Comments

 Halimeda which is sometimes referred to as the cactus algae is generally an accepted macro algae for reef aquariums. While this type of slow growing aquatic plant is often sought after for its growth rate, ease of pruning and aesthetic looks it also serves as a nutrient export for the reef aquarium.

A couple of months ago I have noticed some new growth in my reef aquarium that I have not noticed before in the four or five years that I have owned this aquarium.  Keep in mind that I built this mini ecosystem from scratch collecting rocks from the Caribbean to Fiji. I noticed that new plant life was developing, this new plant life which I now know as Halimeda opuntia.  At first I was pleasantly surprised that I acquired this sought after reef aquarium macro algae even though I did not delebritly purchase or trade for it, It just showed up.  I usually show most uninvited guests the door as soon as I find out that they have shown up but this wasnt the case with Halimeda.  Halimeda is a flat leaved marine plant that is build on calcium. It is a good sign for reef aquariums becouse it is a indicator of proper alklinity and calcium levels.  I have pruned my Halimeda a couple of times since it has shown up and It has a very frim grip on the live rocks it is growing out of.  This Macro algae will turn white (due to its calcium carbonite skeleton) when it is dying or after it has been pruned.

Halimeda

Halimeda Long Strands

Halimeda with Plate coral

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Using Copper to treat Reef Aquarium Fish

May 18th, 2009 · No Comments

For anyone who does not know I have an article here on Brett’s Reef pertaining to Marine Ich and it includes two treatment types one bieng hyposalinity and using Copper to Treat Marine Ich.  This article has helped many reef aquarists and it is my number two sought after article on Brett’s Reef, mainly becouse of the vast comment section where I give help to those aquarists battling Ich.  A number of questions arrise about the use of copper treating reef aquarium fish and how to go about doing so.  Let’s face it using copper is not safe for the reef aquarium and will kill any invertabres as well as the parasite you are tring to erradicate.  So here are some pointers when using Copper to treat your reef aquarium fish.

Copper as most reef aquarium owners know can wreck havok to a full blown reef aquarium even in small amounts.  The copper that we use to treat our salt water fish is diluted with water and even if some brands claim to be “reef safe” eventually the copper will kill your tanks invertebres and beneficial bacteria, as well as marine Ich.  This is where the quarantine tank comes into play, Copper should only be used in a controlled environment and only if your fish shows signs of an ich infestaion or if other fish in your main reef aquarium show signs of Ich.  When fish are in quaranteen its important to keep an eye on the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate as you would with your main reef tank, Chances are you will be doing water changes and a lot of them becouse the quarantine tank will generally not be cycled if you are cought off guard and the tank is not set up.  Since you will be changing out water from this tank you will ned to check the copper levels as well and adjusting the copper levels as per the manufacters directions.  You will need to do this after every water change.

Once your fish are in the copper treated quarantine tank and have been in there for the copper treatment as per the manufacter’s directions (some copper treatments last up to 14days)you will want to change out water to reduce the levels of copper.  Your main tank should be fish free if fighting ich for nearly 1 month (sometimes longer) so your fish will need to stay in quarantine until your main reef aquarium is free of Ich.  This gives the fish some time in quarantine to acclimate to copper free water (remember your changing out the copper treated water for fresh saltwater after the treatment) and for you to watch to see how your fish is acting and see if it’s feeding well.

After your main reef tank is Ich free and your quarantine reef fish are free of infection you will need to acclimate them in a seperate container with your main reef aquarium’s saltwater. After acclimation to prevent any residual copper it is best to net the fish into your main reef tank.  This will prevent any residual copper treated water from getting into your main reef aquarium.  Remember, even though you changed out the copper treated water for fresh saltwater in your quarantine tank there still will be a small amount of copper left in the water which is why you net the fish instead of dumping it in.

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Reef Aquarium Aquascaping

April 14th, 2009 · 1 Comment

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Out of all the difficult choices a reef aquarist has to endure when setting up a Reef Aquarium is deciding on what their aquarium will look like.  Reef aquarium aquascaping  is a pleasure to some and a pain to others, for me its a little bit of both.  I have changed the look of my aquarium several (dozen?) times over the last five years and endured the pleasure and pain of the aquascaping experience.

If I had to tell a new reef aquarium hobbyist how to plan and change there reef aquascaping I probably couldn’t, after all beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I could, however, give some pointers on what should be done to provide a safe living environment for the new owners livestock.

First, Consider your coral and fish’s water flow needs, so that you can get a better understanding on how your live rock placement will effect your reef tank’s water movement.  Live rock comes in all different shapes and sizes and if you are fortunate enough to live near a good fish store then you can usually hand pick the pieces that you want.  But before you do all the live rock picking, you should come up with a plan for your rock placement.  Live Rock should not be obtrusive in that it will block water movement but should be placed so that it will assist it, creating canyons, slopes, valleys and pillars will help assist this.  To assist holding your live rock in place it is recommended that you superglue, putty (aquarium safe) or drill in PVC or plastic dowels into your rock work.  While this is recommended by many reefers it is somewhat permanent and not necessary in most cases.

Keep in mind that certain corals have specific requirements that have to be met for the welfare of the coral, this usually include height and substrate placement.  Also if you are going to have corals with sweeping tentacles then its important that they can not reach other corals.  Always research your corals and make sure that they will fit your reef environment.

Here are a few examples of reef aquarium aquascaping.

Reef Aquarium Aquascaping 1

Reef Aquarium Aquascaping 2

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Notice how on the above picture the rock work is not entirely laying on the sand.

Arcadia Stand

Bonzia Tree Aquascaping

Nano Reef

Reef Tank 2

Rock Canyon

The Valley

The above picture I like to refer to as the Valley, this is an actual hobbyists reef aquarium and not an imaged picture.

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