Salltwater & Reef Aquariums
Started to get into the hobby and MAN does it take a lot of money. Also, you can find 50 sites that tell you something is good and 50 more that say the exact opposite. I have found some sites that I really like to follow. I started to follow a form, Reef Scanctuary, it is really cool and the people there are great. I kinda just drop by every few days and check out the post that look interesting. Here is a great link if you are just starting to cycle your saltwater tank.
Another site that I recently found is Aquarium Advice, seems to be really cool and have information about fresh water as well as saltwater tanks.
Here is a couple of YouTube sites that I like to follow. The first site is NewYorkSteelo's channel. There is a tremendous amount of information and if you don't have a local club or friends that are in the hobby, take a look. The 2nd channel is LA Fishguys, fun stuff.
Now here is a great link, have you ever looked into your tank after adding some new rock or a new coral and noticed a new inhabitant. Well take a look at this visual HitchHiker Guide.
Algae problems? Here is a great nuisance algae identification page over at ReefCleaners.org. Here is another thread I found on Cyano it seems be reather complete, check it out. How to pick a cleanup crew, some good information and it explains what the different member of the cleanup crew do. OK, just a quick note here, I have had some very bad algae issues with my tank, NOTHING has helped, then I found Dr Tim's Waste Away. If you are having issues, definately give it a try. I has made a world of difference in my tank.
I have had my tank for over 4 years now and STILL don't have a large population of Amphpods or Copepods, so I am going to have to purchase them online, since I don't have any friends in the hobby locally and the two local pet shops doesn't seem to have any. Here are a few links: Live Copepods, Detritivore Kit. OK, I just (09-08-12) got an order from Reef22Go, this is THE ONLY place you want to order from if you are looking for some amphipods\copepods. Order came and there was a bag with a filter pad COVERED in amphipods (can't really see copepods), every time I clean my tank now, I find them. So... what are you waiting for give them a try. I was afraid to order at first, but don't be, quality company.
Ok, I was looking for a light for my sump and found this link, 19w 5100k compact fluorescent. I ended up going with the Macro Glo setup, haven't used it yet, but when I do I will give some feed back. Speaking of sumps, here is one of the best articles that I have found explaing a sump.
So I started looking into tank controls, and there are a lot of options other there, here are some links to the more common ones, ReefKeeper, Apex Aquacontroller, I even found one called the Reef Angel Controller, it is an Open Source controls, the price looks right.
I am about to break down one of my tanks, a 25 gallon hex in my home office. I don't know what I got but, I am sure it was becuase I didn't quarentine, let that be a lesson. So try and find information about cleaning and or disinfecting a tank, I got about 12 different options and combinations. So.... I am just going to provid link one and link two here and tell you that checking out NewYorkSteelo's channel is the information that I ended up using.
This stuff is getting to long, I think I am going to have to seperate this into sections. Here are some link to online companies, if you have any experience with them please drop me an email so that I can post it here for every one to learn from.