Category Archives: Marine Aquarium

Protein Skimmer DT-1516

Boyu Protein Skimmer DT-1516

Protein Skimmer DT-1516Heres another dry review of a piece of equipment sent from www.allpondsolutions.co.uk. Firstly the Boyu DT-1516 is so much bigger than i expected but then it is rated for tanks upto 600 litres, i figure my 2ft cube will be around 275 plus say 100 litres in the sump  so this Boyu DT-1516 Protein Skimmer should easily handle my tank, stocking wise it will be taken slow and steady, probably with Clowns at first and then Gobies with larger fish later on like a Fox Face.

I have had some brief experience with protein skimmers before but it was a small hang on the back type, in fact it was a TMC V2 Nano. With this been an in sump protein skimmer it might take a little more fiddling with to setup, but hopefully it won’t be anything to complicated.

The only let down that i could find with the Boyu Protein Skimmer DT-1516 was the instructions, with the been a Protein Skimmer DT-1516 Box InstructionsChinese manufactured piece of equipment the instructions where in what i’d class as broken English, this shouldn’t really slow me down to much in setting it up, but if your someone that likes to read the instructions then you might find it a hard read.

Protein Skimmer DT-1516 Needle Wheel
The pump comes with a needle wheel for the pump which should help with bubble creation.
The Pump also had a nice feel to it and attached easily and quickly to the main body of the protein skimmer.

Protein Skimmer DT-1516 PumpI’ve got a close up of the pump just in case your reading this review wanting to know a little more about the pump which is rated at 1400LPH. This felt like a really nice little pump.

I was slightly worried when i saw the size of the protein skimmer as its big, but I’ve got a couple of in sump shots which you can see below.
Protein Skimmer DT-1516 In Sump

I’ll be re visiting this skimmer a few months down the line when there is some bio load in the tank and i can do a review on the product performance.  You can checkout the range of protein skimmers from All Pond Solutions Here, see below for a video from All Pond Solutions.

All Pond Solutions WM3000 Powerhead

I’ve recently been sent a All Pond Solutions WM3000 Powerhead direct from them to review.

On the website they call them wavemakers and they call a pump a powerhead. But since I’ve always referred to them as a powerhead this is what I’ll call them in this review.

All Pond Solutions WM3000 BoxThe WM3000 Powerhead retails for £27.99 on www.allpondsolutions.co.uk which is pretty cheap when you compare it to a relevant Hydor Koralia 3 3200L/H will cost around £45 online. So these Powerheads are pretty cheap compared to other leading brands that you can buy online.

All Pond Solutions WM3000 AttachmentsIn the box you’ll get a sucker attachment and a more popular magnet attachment. If it was me i would advise using the magnet attachment as the suckers are only small and there’s only 3 on the holder, and the last thing you need is to come home to find a small sand storm in your tank due to the suckers un attaching themselves from the glass of the tank, I’ve had this with more expensive brands.  Of course one thing to bare in mind is children maybe not your own but other family members kids may accidentally be drawn to to the outer magnet attachment and if they are strong enough maybe able to pull it off, so remember to place out of reach.

All Pond Solutions WM3000Another thing that really impressed me was the thickness of the electricity cable, usually with cheaper products you’ll find a cheaper cable has been used but not with these powerheads. You can probably see in the picture to the left.

 

All Pond Solutions WM3000 PartsShould you run into any issues the then the casing just twists in half and you can inspect your impeller. You do need to be careful when re assembling though as the top of the impeller sits in the front of the powerhead in a small casing, so don’t force the front back on if there is resistance.

All Pond Solutions WM3000 ImpellerI’ve done a close up shot of the impeller to the left it doesn’t feel as well made as other popular brands, but if it performs well then I’m not that bothered.

 

 

My tank isn’t quite ready to be filled yet so there’s no performance reports yet, but I’ll be back with a report when this has been in the tank and been running for a month or so, i then feel i can give a more honest review of the product performance of the WM3000 from All Pond Solutions

Here’s a video showing the varying models that All Pond Solutions do and there performance.

2ft cube Marine aquarium

Marine Aquarium On A Budget : The Aquarium

This will be my third marine aquarium but only my second from new as my 2nd to 3rd was a tank down size.

I’m looking to do this setup on a limited budget but without cutting any major corners, must of the stuff i’m hoping to get 2nd hand so it should only cost a fraction of the price.

I’ve been looking for a 2ft cube aquarium which is quite a popular size and these don’t come up for sale often and when they do then they are bought pretty quickly.

I’d been looking daily on 3 main sources for the aquarium

Ebay
www.ultimatereef.net
www.aquarist-classifieds.co.uk

2ft cube Marine aquariumI got mine through the last website www.aquarist-classifieds.co.uk, after around 3/4 weeks of looking a 2ft cube aquarium came up for £300, it was only 6 months old and was £699 new and its in a light oak colour.

It came with a light a clip on Metal Halide only 70w but it seems bright enough for what i need and its a good make a K2 Viper.

The only down side was that the tank was 2 hours away and a 4 hour trip in total which also cost me £70 in fuel. I can’t say whether the tank is water tight yet and this will be one of the last things i find out :(.
So there are a few downsides the tank needs  the below:

New Door Hinges, these rust easily and its pretty common on sumped marine aquariums

The SumpGlass & Perspex cover, glass for the tank this will stop a big loss of water from evaporation, also covering the sump with perspex, im choosing perspex as i can cut holes in the right places for the return pipe hose and the weir outlet, with glass this could prove a pain.

Plumbing I’ve currently spent around £13 on plumbing for the sump, there was no ball valve to control the flow of water out of the aquarium, its easier to sort this now than later, I’ve also bough a few jubilee clips and 2 new sections of hose.

My next job is to hover the remnants of the old sand out of the aquarium and the fully clean the inside of the glass with vinegar, ive already done 2 sides, and it looks a lot better already as most of the water marks have been removed. But when the tank was drained it was tipped on its side so the sand stayed on that side and has now dried on, this just needs brushing off and hoovering out.

Although buying a tank from a considerable way away does have draw backs, i feel that i couldn’t have bought one close to me in the same quality or age, or i’d of had a long wait

Tank & Sump and Lighting £300

Plumbing £14

Fuel £70

Total cost so far £384

Marine Fish Choose Carefully

So my marine tank is pretty small as its a D-D24g making it around 100 ish litres. its been running now for around 1 year.

The water’s always been stable and it has 2 clowns, 1 Yellow Clown goby and Bi-Colour Blennie in.

I saw a Valentini Puffer Fish probably over 1 year ago now in my local LFS. But i steered clear even though it was a lovely example. Anyway i decided a few months back that i’d order on and try one out knowing that they can nipp fins.

So i got one and it fed straight away on flak and pellet and everything was fine for around a month and half, but then i came down one morning to notice that my female clown had have a fin missing and the male with a circle hole in his, a trade mark of a bite from a puffer. I put this down to the fact that its only the clowns that cant hid in the rocks due to there sizes.

Lesson learnt if they are known for fin nipping then you’ll probably encoutner it

Is Marine Fish Keeping Really That Hard

Well i kept both tropicals and marine fish and would say no.

Tropical I’ve kept numerous times. I’ve found that the water often smelt when i was younger and my last tank which was just over 1 yr ago seemed to be cursed and would only ever keep 3 mollies and more fish and they would simply perish. The last tank which an Interpet FishPod X 48litre it wasn’t a bad tank and was probably the best that i have kept, i found that algae was kept down with the use of some japanese moss ball. Water changes where frequent but when ever i went to my local fish shop I’ve always craved marines.

I decided to sell the Interpet FishPod X and jump into marines. My first marine tank was a Rio 180 which was setup on a budget of around £500. I went for this after numerous people saying bigger is better. As if you have any water issues it will take more time to take affect, on the other hand you have more water to change and address should anything go wrong.

My current D-D 24G has been a god send, and has never given me any issues. When i moved the water over from my Jewel aquarium Rio 180 there was a slight Phosphate issue which did carry over slightly, but with frequent water changes and a hand full of cheato in the rear chamber seem to sort this and i now have a lovely clean tank.

fortnightly water changes of around 3/4 gallons take place and with this i also change my RowaPhos using a 2 heaped tea spoons worth. Ok changing it fortnightly is more than advised but the sight of hair algae is worse in my eyes, so i’ll pay the extra.

The tank really requires little maintenance over the water changes, maybe a trim back of the cheato every few months, but that’s really it.

So keeping marine fish in my eyes is no more difficult than keeping tropicals

Maidenhead Aquatics York

Maidenhead Aquatics have over 30 when you look on their website, and when i saw that there was one only 30 minutes away i thought it was worth the drive to go and visit.

Their magazine adverts always seem really good so i thought this would be a worthy trip turns out it was a waste of around 1 hr of my time that i’ll never regain.

Firstly the store isn’t even sign posted outside the garden centre that its located in. its locatred just of the A59 road within the Wyevale Garden Centre York. When i got parked up i found my self double checking this due to the lack of signage for Maidenhead Aquatics.

It isn’t until you get into the entrance of the garden centre that you see a tiny sign at the other end of the corridor mentioning Maidenhead Aquatics. even when you within the garden centre there where no signs or directions to the shop.

OK finding it wasn’t hard but i could easily of given up and not bothered going.

Since i’m into marine fish keeping freshwater really holds little value to me, although i do like looknig through the tanks.

Bit of a let down since there where no marine fish and it was full of tropicals and cold-waters.

There where some good cheap starter tanks their that i saw i think it was £180 for a 160 litre tank suitable for tropicals or even marine with some legwork, they even sold Interpet River Reefs.

If i kept tropicals then i would probably of bought from the York store of Maidenhead Aquatics. The tanks however where clean on the front which is always nice to see and encourages people to purchase over having display tanks covered in algae.

There where a few marine things like PH buffers and test kits, but nothing i don’t have or had any intention of purchasing.

Overall i think that that the Maidenhead Aquatics York store needs better signage and to offer some marine fish. Without a sign on the main road no one is going to know your there that’s a pretty basic cock up in my opinion. offering more fish gives you a better customer base.

Ultimate Reef Hacked

i’m i a big fan of ultimatereef.net/forums/ and can be found 0n there as carvaletingpro.

But over the past few days it looks like someones hacked the site and installed some spyware on there that will install onto your PC currently if you try to access the forums you get.

Google Warning

Exampl

Heres the list of what google says is wrong

“What is the current listing status for www.ultimatereef.net?

Site is listed as suspicious – visiting this web site may harm your computer.

Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 2 time(s) over the past 90 days.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 24 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 13 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2010-09-16, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2010-09-15.Malicious software includes 1 exploit(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 2 new process(es) on the target machine.

Malicious software is hosted on 4 domain(s), including demparten.com/, blamesllek.com/, cnjug.com/.

This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS29550 (EUROCONNEX).

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?

Over the past 90 days, www.ultimatereef.net did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?

No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

How did this happen?

In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message.

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