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Winter Edition 2012

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WHO'S WHO of WAMAS

Welcome to the "Who's Who of WAMAS"! Each issue of WAMAS Waves introduces you to the more personal side of some of our members. Please help to keep this column alive by answering our call for submissions CLICK HERE.CHAD, Newsletter Committee Organizer

treesprite

treesprite

 

The Watched Pot (sometimes boils over) - Mark (armydoc)

My worst aquarium hobby purchase was an aquarium controller. Contrary to its promise, it made my tank more unreliable, less stable, and led to several near disasters.I started out in marine aquaria about a year and a half ago. I purchased a running 26 gallon FOWLR from craigslist. Nothing complicated; everything was HOB. It was easy to take care of. The previous owner gave me a test kit I used for pH and nitrate without any issues. I topped off the water the old fashioned way and ran my tests we

Chad

Chad

 

DIY Automatic Feeder for Aquacontroller

Eheim 3581 Automatic Feeder   DIY Automatic Feeder for Aquacontroller One of my goals in designing my aquarium was to make things as automated a possible so that I could spend less time working to maintain the tank, and more time enjoying it. I use an Aquacontroller to control the lighting, temperature, cooling, and alarms, but feeding still requires manual intervention. I enjoy feeding my fish whenever I can, and believe that fish benefit greatly from a diet that includes more than just fl

Jon Lazar

Jon Lazar

 

A Closer Look: Mysids

Mysid Shrimp - are they in your tank?Often confused with larval offspring of many popular ornamental shrimp, some of the more interesting creatures that populate marine aquariums are from the order Mysidacea, the mysid shrimp. Much like other beneficial microfauna in our aquariums, they seem to spring up out of nowhere and represent a valuable natural food source for fish and invertebrates in our systems as well as occupying the important niche of helping to keep our systems clean.Without ventur

davelin315

davelin315

 

Marine Aquarium Disasters and How to Prevent Them (Part 3) - Scott L. Moore

The Great Tank BurstPoorly constructed homemade tanks or tanks not placed on a level surface, when filled with water, will put undue stress on the joints and seals causing a burst. Also, the seals in some very old tanks can weaken. More than one aquarist has had to deal with a hundred gallons of salt water in their living room. Consider that one gallon of water weighs 8.5 pounds (2.2 liters weigh 1 kilogram).Prevention: Buy from quality tank manufacturers! There are too many cheaply made tanks o

Chad

Chad

 

Mixed Reef - Failure as a Design Consideration

We have all heard the stories. We at WAMAS Waves have told them in our last three issues of the Marine Disasters series. Tank catastrophes caused by a myriad of problems that led to the loss of thousands of dollars livestock, damage to equipment, damage to our homes, hits to our pride, and hasty exits from the hobby. It is a risk that we accept in order to have these serene creatures, vivid colors, and part of the ocean in our homes. Right? Wrong.Errors are a part of every human endeavor. We all

Chad

Chad

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