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Magnetic aquarium algae cleaners are tools used for cleaning the walls of aquariums. They consist of two magnets, one inside the aquarium and the other outside, with a scrubber pad attached to the inside magnet. The two magnets are attracted to each other, which allows the scrubber pad to move around on the inside of the tank while the user controls the outside magnet.

Magnetic aquarium algae cleaners are typically used to remove algae, debris, and other contaminants from the walls of an aquarium. They are especially useful for cleaning the walls of larger tanks, as they allow the user to clean the entire surface without having to reach into the tank.

When using a magnetic aquarium algae cleaner, it's important to choose the right size and strength for your tank. A cleaner that's too small or weak may not be effective, while one that's too strong could damage the glass or acrylic of your tank.

Magnetic aquarium algae cleaners are a convenient and effective tool for maintaining the cleanliness of your aquarium. However, it's important to use them properly and to follow all safety precautions to avoid harming your fish or damaging your tank.

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Gyre flow is a type of water flow that is commonly used in marine aquariums to simulate natural ocean currents. It involves creating a circular flow pattern in the aquarium that helps to distribute nutrients and oxygen evenly throughout the tank, and also helps to remove waste and debris.

The gyre flow is typically achieved by using a specialized water pump that can produce a strong, laminar flow of water that creates a circular pattern in the tank. The flow is then directed in such a way that it creates a gentle, yet powerful current that moves water from one side of the aquarium to the other, creating a continuous circular motion.

One of the benefits of using gyre flow in marine aquariums is that it can help to reduce dead spots and stagnant areas where debris and waste can accumulate. It can also help to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms that are essential for maintaining a healthy aquatic ecosystem.

However, it's important to note that gyre flow may not be suitable for all types of marine organisms. Some species may prefer a gentler flow of water, while others may require a stronger current to thrive. Additionally, some types of aquarium setups may not be able to accommodate the specific needs of a gyre flow system.

Overall, if you're considering using gyre flow in your marine aquarium, it's important to do your research and consult with an experienced aquarium professional to determine whether it's the right choice for your specific needs and goals.

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Gerwin takes a first look at the new Aqueon Quiet Flow UV Sterilizer.

Ultraviolet (UV) sterilizers are commonly used in marine aquaria as a method of controlling and reducing the growth of harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These organisms can cause diseases and infections that can be harmful or even fatal to the marine animals living in the aquarium.

UV sterilizers work by exposing the water flowing through them to high-intensity UV light, which destroys the genetic material of the microorganisms, preventing them from reproducing and causing harm. This can help to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the marine animals in the aquarium.

UV sterilizers are often used in conjunction with other forms of filtration and water treatment, such as protein skimmers and mechanical filters. It is important to note that UV sterilizers do not replace the need for regular maintenance and water changes, but rather serve as an additional tool to help maintain a healthy aquarium environment.

When selecting a UV sterilizer for a marine aquarium, it is important to choose one that is appropriate for the size of the tank and the flow rate of the water. It is also important to regularly clean and maintain the UV sterilizer to ensure that it is working properly and effectively.

Overall, the use of UV sterilizers can be a beneficial addition to a marine aquarium, helping to maintain a healthy and thriving environment for the marine animals living within it.

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In this video, Gerwin explains preferred methods for trapping fish.

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Media reactors and GFO reactors are commonly used in marine aquariums to help maintain water quality.

Media reactors are typically used to house various types of filter media, such as activated carbon or GFO (granular ferric oxide). The reactor is connected to the aquarium's filtration system and water is forced through the filter media, which helps remove impurities from the water. Media reactors can be beneficial in reducing nitrate and phosphate levels, which can lead to algae growth and other water quality issues.

GFO reactors, on the other hand, are designed specifically to house granular ferric oxide, a high-capacity phosphate removal media. They work by binding phosphate from the water, which helps to prevent algae growth and maintain water quality.

Both types of reactors are effective tools for maintaining a healthy marine aquarium, but they do require regular maintenance. The filter media inside the reactors needs to be periodically replaced or cleaned to prevent clogging and maintain efficiency. It's also important to ensure that the flow rate through the reactor is appropriate for the type of media being used, as excessive flow can decrease its effectiveness.

Overall, using a media reactor or GFO reactor in a marine aquarium can be an effective way to improve water quality and reduce the risk of common aquarium issues. However, it's important to properly research and maintain these devices to ensure their effectiveness and longevity.

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I figure it's time I put thoughts to keyboard in a feeble attempt to relay my feelings about Facebook, the internet etc.

So, when I initiated a Facebook group page, I figured it would be a place for some of the regulars to have a common interest point and more important, get questions answered when the shop was closed by either myself or one of the many knowledgeable folks who frequent the store. Never did I think it would attract almost 400 hobbyists as of this writing, nor did I anticipate the amount of questions and input we would get. Of course as the numbers of participants grow, the more diverse the discussions and inputs.

I appreciate all the patriot missiles that my loyal followers fire off to protect my business and their FFLFS (favorite freaking local fish store), I think its awesome and sometimes its needed. But at the end of the day if we wanna attract more folks to our group we must relax when we see others post up where or what they bought. We don't have it all , and some things I can't even get.

On that note, I will say we would always like the opportunity to get you an item you are considering, that I do not carry, or maybe better yet, have the chance to tell you why we do not carry that product.

Few places can tout their experience of being around for nearly 40 years. I get to see a lot of fish, products, and, unfortunately, people's fails as well as all the successes. It is for that fact that I have some ideas I have determined are best.

We will always be true to one goal: Treat you the customer as we would want to be treated.

If this is a value to you, then maybe when you have a choice between internet or us, you will choose to help us stick around another 40 years; if not, it's OK, as we will still attempt to follow the goal.

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