Gallon Clam Lagoon

Large Polyp Stony

Overhead view of a shallow-water clam and coral nursery, typical of an Indo-Pacific patch reef in a lagoon area, featuring cap-tive-propagated Tridacna clams, young stony coral colonies, neon-green and orange zoanthids, and a scattering of fishes.

ere is an eyecatching aquarium that reflects by Gerald Heslinga's Indo-Pacific Reef Farms. The rela-

a small patch of Indo-Pacific back reef or shallow la- tively small foam fractionator suits a system that should goon where baby Tridacna clams and various stony not be overskimmed, according to clam experts. Regular cal-

coral colonies have settled out. It demands intense cium supplementation is a must, lighting and excellent water conditions, but returns Aquarium: All-Glass (36 x 18 x 19 inches)

the investment in a display that is equally captivating when Lighting: Coralife metal halide pendant fixtures: two 175-

viewed from front or top — the full coloration of the clams watt 10,000 K

is best seen from above. All clams, corals, and most of the Temperature Control: two Ebo-Jager 100-watt heaters other stock in this tank were propagated in Palau or Hawaii Skimming: CPR SR2 in-sump skimmer

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Metal Halide Pendant Reef

Metal halide pendants provide intense illumination while permitting easy top-down viewing of the clam reef. A convenient acrylic sump houses the skimmer, heaters, pouches of activated carbon, and phosphate remover,

A dazzling spectrum of colors in the fast-growing coral fragments and young clams compensates for a small fish population. The small size of this system dictates that some specimens be relocated to larger aquariums as they develop.

Primary Circulation: Eheim 1060 pump

Other Circulation: Accurate Acrylic O s ci-Wave with

Maxi-Jet 1000 pump (as powerhead)

Sump: Amiracle Maxi-Reef 200 (biomedia removed)

Control Devices: Intermatic Time-All light timer;

Ocean Motion wavemaker

Plenum: Reef Renovators' Eco-Sand Filter Plate used under the bed of aragonite sand

Reefscaping: 30 pounds Marshall Islands live rock (Aquatic Specialists); 50 pounds aragonite sand (CaribSea)

Livestock: Invertebrates: giant clam species Tridacna maxima, T. squamosa, T. crocea, T. derasay T. gigas', various species of Acropora started from fragments; neon-green soft coral (Nephthea sp.); zoanthids on "polyp rock" (all clams and corals captive-propagated; from Reef Science Intl.). Fishes: small Clown Wrasse (Corisgaimard) for pyramidel-lid snail control; False Percula Clownfish (Amphiprion ocularis) captive-bred by C-Quest; Yellow Tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) for algae control. Aquascaping: 30 pounds Marshall Islands live rock; 50 pounds aragonite sand.

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The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The COMPLETE guide to Aquariums

The word aquarium originates from the ancient Latin language, aqua meaning water and the suffix rium meaning place or building. Aquariums are beautiful and look good anywhere! Home aquariums are becoming more and more popular, it is a hobby that many people are flocking too and fish shops are on the rise. Fish are generally easy to keep although do they need quite a bit of attention. Puppies and kittens were the typical pet but now fish are becoming more and more frequent in house holds. In recent years fish shops have noticed a great increase in the rise of people wanting to purchase aquariums and fish, the boom has been great for local shops as the fish industry hasnt been such a great industry before now.

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