Category Archives: Marine Aquarium

Orange Fan Sponge

I got this small Orange Fan Sponge Coral in Pets At Home in Harrogate, i usually get the majority of my marine stuff from Cascade, then incase of an out break i can pin point the issue. But i sore this Orange Sponge Coral and it just looked so cool.

It turns out that the prettier your coral the more work and looking after they need. The Sponge coral is a filter feeder which in layman’s terms it takes its food from the water that passes over it. So it needs a good strong indirect flow so that its getting enough water passing on to it. Well i’ve  placed it near a Star Polyp which is always waving around so it should get a good flow.

Also it needs Nanno Phytoplankton (Nannochloropsis Phytoplankton) to feed on and i doubt my tank gets loads if any so i’m having to buy some, its not to expensive at £7 per 5ooml, that should be fed every day at around 10ml per daily dose. So it should last me around 7 weeks (if my maths is right), its recommended for it to be used within 10 weeks although it will freeze and last for upto 2 years.

Star Polyp Coral

I’ve got 2 Star Polyp Coral frag in my tank and they seem really easy to look after.

They look great with some flow going past them, they usually close up on a night time. I don’t feed them or anything they really do look after them self’s.

They are classed as a beginners coral as they aren’t that fussy about water parameters or anything so they are rather hardy.


Star Polyp Coral from rory lofthouse on Vimeo.

star polyp

Marine Fish Trap

I’ve been having problems with all 3 damsels that i have so decided that they needed to come out and go to the local fish shop. Netting them proved to be a pain as they just shot into the rocks, and i didn’t want to have to move all the rock and cause stress to other fish just to get these buggers out.

So i cut a 3 litre Robinson bottle along the wavey line above the label, which allows you to push the lid reversed into the bottom part of the bottle, cause a minnow style trap.

I put some frozen food into the bottle and left over night and presto 1 yellow tail damsel into the bottle over night

Robinsons Juice

SunSun Powerheads

I currently have 2 Nu Wave 22ooLHr  power heads in my tank, and i knew that i could probably do with one more.

Both of the Nu Waves where at the back of the tank pushing water to the front creating a ripple affect on the top of the water. But this after a while allowed all the shit to gather at the back of the tank.

Reluctant to spend and other £44 on a Nu Wave powerhead i decided to look for a cheaper alternative. I found some 3000LHr power heads on eBay for £15.

So a few days my new power head came long story short it came from this link All Pond Solutions. They call them wave makers and have a different category for power heads but the wave makers is where you need to be.

These SunSun powerheads are identical to Hydor Koralia powerheads which are very popular with Marine Aquariums.

The only few niggles i have is that the cable is slightly short so it needs to be near my electric 6 way gang, and its still slightly noisy. after 2 days of running.

SunSun 3000 Powerhead

Practical FishKeeping Hacked / Down Part 2

I’ve been keeping a close eye on Practical FishKeeping since my last post about Practical FishKeeping Hacked.

Anyway on first glance it appears to be back but when you look closer you go to the following web address

You also get the following message

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