Thursday, 26 October 2017

Saving money for your reef aquarium

It has been some time since I posted on this blog. But with most things everything goes in cycles and though I should keep it going maybe not reef related but a great opportunity to save money and get cash back in a great fun way.

 TopCashback  allows you to shop as normal but currently at time of publishing this post eBay are giving 4% cashback. All you need to to is click the TopCashback link  join and before making a purchase click through the cash back link on TopCashback and the money accumulates in your account. You then withdraw and spend it on whatever you like. There are hundreds of different shops and stores.

It really doesn’t take long to accumulate. Some very well known businesses/brands give really good rates. You really could be buying those new lights, aquarium, pumps before you realised. And it’s probably most likely things you will be buying anyway. 
It has been some time since I posted on this blog. But with most things everything goes in cycles and though I should keep it going maybe not reef related but a great opportunity to save money and get cash back in a great fun way.  TopCashback  allows you to shop as normal but currently at time of publishing this post eBay are giving 4% cashback. All you need to to is click the TopCashback link  join and before making a purchase click through the cash back link on TopCashback and the money accumulates in your account. You then withdraw and spend it on whatever you like. There are hundreds of different shops and stores. It really doesn’t take long to accumulate. Some very well known businesses/brands give really good rates. You really could be buying those new lights, aquarium, pumps before you realised. And it’s probably most likely things you will be buying anyway. 
It has been some time since I posted on this blog. But with most things everything goes in cycles and though I should keep it going maybe not reef related but a great opportunity to save money and get cash back in a great fun way.  TopCashback  allows you to shop as normal but currently at time of publishing this post eBay are giving 4% cashback. All you need to to is click the TopCashback link  join and before making a purchase click through the cash back link on TopCashback and the money accumulates in your account. You then withdraw and spend it on whatever you like. There are hundreds of different shops and stores. It really doesn’t take long to accumulate. Some very well known businesses/brands give really good rates. You really could be buying those new lights, aquarium, pumps before you realised. And it’s probably most likely things you will be buying anyway. 
It has been some time since I posted on this blog. But with most things everything goes in cycles and though I should keep it going maybe not reef related but a great opportunity to save money and get cash back in a great fun way.  TopCashback  allows you to shop as normal but currently at time of publishing this post eBay are giving 4% cashback. All you need to to is click the TopCashback link  join and before making a purchase click through the cash back link on TopCashback and the money accumulates in your account. You then withdraw and spend it on whatever you like. There are hundreds of different shops and stores. It really doesn’t take long to accumulate. Some very well known businesses/brands give really good rates. You really could be buying those new lights, aquarium, pumps before you realised. And it’s probably most likely things you will be buying anyway. 

Monday, 14 October 2013

Selling a reef aquarium. Questions and answers

My last post informed you of my temporary end to my reef aquarium. There are a couple of ways to close a reef aquarium both have advantages. This post explains selling as a complete aquarium. 

The first is to sell as a complete unit with everything in one go. A job lot so to speak. The good thing about this is, everything can be gone all in one go including a few items you may have struggled to sell. It's also much quicker and much less stressful. But this way may be enjoyable for some. Reasons such as a sudden house move for example may spur this method on. 

This method also has disadvantages. You won't get as much of a return on your investment, you may struggle selling your aquarium because your setup does not fulfill your buyers needs. Then they may start asking if you will split items.

Shipping can become either. You will only have one shipping fee if you decide to ship which I would not recommend. I would sell on a collection only basis. 

In my next post I will explain the advantages and disadvantages of selling items separately. 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Time to close my reef down.

After much time thinking and debating it has become time for me to close down my reef aquarium. 

Having two children, a full time job and many other hobbies something had to give. I feel my commitment at the moment to my reef is not as it should be.  
Don't get me wrong I still love this hobby but feel it right for the conservation of animals and my commitment to my family it be right to take a break. 

My plan is to sell everything for now. When ready I will at that time in the future purchase the latest technology and  adopt the latest techniques with maybe a custom built aquarium. 

So what will happen with my reef blog?

My reef blog will remain and I will still be spending time on forums and the internet  reefing sites. More importantly trying more to keep readers of this blog up to date with what is happening in the reefing world. 

I would love for the comments to keep coming, keeping the blog alive. Proving to me this blog helps its readers. 

Monday, 4 February 2013

Tmc Auto Top up update

As promised a while back I would review this auto top up unit. All I can can say is it is faultless, works with no problems. Just set and forget!! Just remember to keep your top up reserve tank topped every week or so, depending on it's capacity. The only indication of it been there is the small hum from the pump when it is activated. I would say though this top up unit would only be suitable for nano style aquariums and maybe a little bigger. For big aquariums maybe you would need something with a bigger, better pump.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

New V2 Auto top up from TMC

After needing an auto top up unit for some time, with quite high costs for a unit that function seems very minimal. I have always been put off until now. Whilst reading ultra marine I saw a review and advertisements for the TMC V2 auto top up and more surprising is it's very affordable price tag. After further investigation it seems to have really good reviews on forums and blogs. I have to say it is a real good, easy to set up and cheap unit that functions perfectly. This should give me more stability and time to enjoy the aquarium.I will in a few weeks report back any improvements that it will hopefully make.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Balling Lite mixes a Simple Reference guide

After mixing fauna Marin balling lite mixes for some time with confusion and no simple reference guide I have decided to add a small article to help me and fellow reefers. To simplify matters for all I am publishing this information in grams per litre not the confusing unit as used by fauna Marin. This is because myself and many others mix using smaller amounts.

Magnesium mix = magnesium chloride hexahydrate diluted to 500 grams per RO litre.

Alkalinity mix = Sodium Bicarbonate diluted to 125 grams per RO litre with 12ml of iodine added. A little tip to help dilute salts is to heat RO water in the microwave for a few minutes.

Calcium mix = Calcium chloride dehydrate diluted to 500 grams per litre with 12 ml of heavy metal complex and 12 ml strontium/barium complex. Warning, when mixing calcium it gets very hot very quickly, this is normal. Just be careful.

When mixing place half the amount of RO water needed into container then add balling salts to the container , then top up to litre unit. If you start with a litre of water then add salts you will end up with too much for your container.

Always mix salts into water, not water into salts.

I hope this guide will help you in the future feel free to bookmark or print and use as a quick reference guide in the future.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Plus one My Reef Blog if you like it

Google have created a new interface for it's users to vote/like websites or blogs. I felt it only right to integrate this to this blog and give you the opportunity to vote if you so wish to do so. The add on is found in the right hand user column. Don't forget to vote for all your other favourite sites and help other hobbyist find these great websites much easier.