Reef aquarium – The Art and Science combined

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The only limit is what you can imagine.
The practice of creating realistic nature aquariums is known as aquascaping. Not only does aquascaping utilize nature and artistic composition but also science, biology, and water chemistry. This profound relationship between nature, artistic design, and science mesh to form beautiful aquatic landscapes perfect for any home.
Aquarium science greatly evolved in the past few decades. It started by an eager pioneer researcher and paleobiologist Walter Adey who built the first research tank in late 1970. His goal was to build a tank that would make it possible to monitor and experiment on a coral reef ecosystem in the laboratory.
Experimental tanks today offer immeasurable value to the scientific community, especially as researchers and environmentalists work to save coral in the wild by breeding it in captivity.
Coral reef Awareness is more-than-ever important today because it serves as a call to action for consumers, businesses and organizations to reflect on the delicate ecosystem of our ocean’s coral reefs.
Two main categories are:
– Freshwater aquariums
– Saltwater aquariums
which often become imitations of ocean environments.
The more artistic types of aquariums use natural elements to create an aquatic landscape. In the absence of artificial decorations, these natural aquariums look to our environment as a source of inspiration. Whether it’s an underwater Amazon jungle, Japanese-style “Iwagumi” rock formations or a tropical coral reef, owning a living work of art in your home has never been easier and more exciting!
Water quality is very important in aquaristics as poor water quality can effect the health and growth of the fish. It is important that farmers pay attention to the water’s chemical and physical factors.
pH is a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration in your water; the higher the concentration, the more acidic the water is. A neutral pH is 7; most fish can live in a general range between 6 and 8. Keeping the pH stable and in optimal ranges reduces stress on your fish and aquatic animals, helping them resist disease and tolerate other stressors. Maintaining an ideal pH can also dramatically improve growth, behavior, and overall appearance.
pH

Keeping your aquarium pH stable and in optimal ranges reduces stress on your fish, helping them resist disease and tolerate other stressors.

HI780

Marine
pH Checker
Range:
6.3 to 8.6 pH
Testers that
Fit in your Pocket
Turn Your Phone Into A
Professional pH Meter

HI98103

pH Tester with 0.1 pH
Resolution Checker®
Take accurate and reliable measurements with our portable testers that go where you go.

HI9810422

HALO2 Wireless
pH Tester for Field
Laboratory grade pH measurements are simple and convenient with a Bluetooth®5.0 Wireless Tester paired with your Apple or Android Device.
HI9810422 HALO2 Wireless pH Tester for Field
Our HALO2 Wireless Field pH Tester has a durable PEI body and spherical sensing bulb, perfect for use in the field.
  • Open-source Bluetooth allows easy integration into current data logging systems
  • IP65 water-resistant protection
  • Equipped with everything you need for successful testing right out of the box
Alkalinity is measured in degrees of carbonate hardness, commonly abbreviated as dKH. Critical to marine environments, alkalinity not only provides the carbonate ion required for calcium carbonate skeletal regeneration of coral reefs, but it also acts as a pH buffer against large changes in acidity. Designed as a more accurate alternative to chemical test kits, the HI772 provides quick, accurate results in a few easy steps.
Alkalinity
Whether you are maintaining your main reef tank or trying to give your frag tank the proper calcium dosage, our Marine Line of Checkers makes testing your tank levels so much easier.

HI772

Saltwater alkalinity
colorimeter (dKH)
Checker

Range: 0.0 to 20.0 dKH

HI755

Saltwater Alkalinity colorimeter (ppm)
Checker

Range: 0 to 300 ppm CaCO3

Required for the development of calcium carbonate skeletons of coral reefs, calcium is a crucial component of marine waters.
Calcium

HI758

Saltwater calcium
checker

Range: 200 to 600 ppm

Nitrate is a by-product of the Nitrogen cycle. Excessive amounts of nitrates promote the growth of undesirable organisms including algae and dinoflagellates while insufficient amounts can lead to starvation in which SPS and other corals will show signs including the loss of color and paleness.
Nitrate

HI781

Saltwater Nitrate
Low Range Checker

Range: 0.00 to 5.00 ppm
(as NO3-); 0.0 to 50.0 ppm
(calculated) using dilution

HI782

Marine Nitrate
High Range Checker HC

Range: 0.0 to 75.0 ppm (as NO3-)

Nitrification is the biological oxidation of ammonia (ammonium ion) into nitrite followed by the oxidation of the nitrites to nitrates. The first step of this 2-step process is carried out by nitrifying bacteria. During this quick process, the ammonium levels drop while the nitrite levels increase. Since nitrite is just as harmful as ammonia, nitrite levels should be maintained at immeasurable levels. A mature biological filter should be able to keep nitrite levels low.
Nitrite

HI764

Saltwater
Ultra Low Range
Nitrite checker

Range: 0 to 200 ppb

Testing for phosphates is standard practice for saltwater environment and provides valuable insight into your water chemistry to help ensure long-term coral health. Phosphates are one of the many forms of phosphorus compounds found in marine waters. Excessive phosphate levels can prevent calcification, skeletal formation, and growth of many coral species, particularly those referred to as SPS or small-polyp stony. In addition, high phosphate levels can cause nuisance algae growth. This can become problematic because algae often outcompetes sessile organisms for light, nutrients, and space, jeopardizing long term balance & health.
Phosphate

HI774

Marine Phosphate
Ultra Low Range
Checker

Range: 0.00 to 0:90 ppm

Meet our NEW Marine Checkers!
We’re excited to welcome not 1, but 2 NEW Checkers® to our Marine Checker® family!
Introducing our Marine Magnesium Checker® & Marine Ammonia Checker®
Designed to accurately and quickly determine the magnesium level in marine (saltwater) samples.

HI783

Marine Magnesium
Checker® HC
Magnesium

Vital parameter in saltwater environments as it allows calcium and carbonate to be bioavailable for corals and invertebrates.

Designed to accurately and quickly determine the ammonia level in marine (saltwater) samples.

HI784

Marine Ammonia
Checker® HC
Ammonia
Ammonia is naturally found as part of the nitrogen cycle of a tank as aquarium organisms produce it as waste. In a balanced tank, the majority of ammonia is consumed by bacteria and the nitrogen cycle continues. When out of balance, ammonia toxicity can wreak havoc on tank inhabitants. It is important to monitor ammonia levels to ensure they remain steady and low.
Take the guesswork out of your
salinity readings.

Monitoring the salinity of artificial seawater is crucial so as not to create saltwater with an improper salinity level, as it could stress marine life.

Salinity

HI96822

Digital Refractometer
for Seawater Analysis
HI96822 offers a simple way to quantify the concentration of dissolved solids in your saltwater aquarium – a measurement that can influence the health of your fish. It only takes one device, a small sample, and two seconds to measure your salt water.

HI98319

Marine
Salinity Tester
Advanced Tool for Aquarists
Do all of your essential measurements on one device!

HI97105

Marine Master Photometer

Waterproof Multiparameter Photometer

– pH
– Alkalinity
– Calcium
– Nitrate
– Nitrite
– Phosphate level
The HI97105 Marine Master Photometer combines accuracy and ease of use in a simple, portable design. The advanced optical system provides lab-quality accuracy while its user-friendly design makes it the perfect photometer for your water quality testing needs.
The HI97105 is designed to accurately determine pH, Alkalinity, Calcium, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Phosphate level in marine biology applications.
  • No warm up time needed before taking a measurement.
  • Tutorial mode for easy step-by-step instructions.
  • CAL CheckTMfor performance verification and calibration.
*Each HI97105 is supplied with: Sample cuvettes(2 pcs.), Sample caps (2 pcs.) Plastic stoppers (2 pcs.), Alkaline batteries: 1.5V AA (3 pcs.), Instruction manual & Meter quality certificate.
Upgrade to the Marine Master Photometer Kit (includes the CAL CheckTM Standards) for the most economical option for testing.
Each HI97105C is supplied with:
  • Sample cuvette (2 pcs.)
  • Sample cuvette cap (2 pcs.)
  • Marine pH reagent, 30 mL dropper (1 pc.)
  • Marine Alkalinity reagent, 30 mL (1 pc.)
  • Marine Calcium reagent A, 30 mL (1 pc.)
  • Marine Calcium reagent B starter kit (reagent for 25 tests)
  • Marine Nitrate High Range starter kit (reagent for 25 tests)
  • Marine Nitrite Ultra Low Range starter kit (reagent for 25 tests)
  • Marine Phosphate Ultra Low Range starter kit (reagent for 25 tests)
  • 1 mL graduated syringe with tip (2 pcs.)
  • Minipipette with tip (1 pc.)
  • 3 mL Pasteur pipette (2 pcs.)
  • 1.5V AA Alkaline batteries (3 pcs.)
  • Cloth for wiping cuvettes
  • Scissors
  • Instrument quality certificate
  • Instruction manual

Author:

Nives Vinceković Budor, mag.ing.chem.ing.

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