Terrible Advice Tuesdays

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: If you do this, a tank crash is inevitable

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: The easiest way to crash your tank is to feed your fish.

The rest of the story: The term “tank crash”, refers to a large die-off of coral or fish life. These tank crashes are usually caused …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Your Bivalve Friends Need Some Supplemental Calories

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Clams need to be spot fed regularly in order to thrive.

The Rest of The Story: Here’s one myth that just won’t go away, but really needs to.

Just like your corals giant clams (tridacnids – the …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays: The Most Misleading Part About LEDs

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: The wattage of LEDs doesn’t matter because half of the watts are for cooling fans.

The rest of the story: Let’s fact check this one:

1) A lot of LEDs for aquariums don’t use cooling fans. The …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays: The Ideal Water Parameters For Tangs

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Tangs need a pH of 8.2 to thrive

The rest of the story: Somehow I suspect a sale of pH buffer accompanied this advice.

I pay little attention to pH. Why? Because unless it is below 7.6 …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays: See Into Your Tank’s Future

Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): If your tank doesn’t break in the first 3 months of it’s life, it is good to go long-term.

The rest of the story: Perhaps tanks should come with a disclaimer like securities: “Past performance is …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Ich Is In The Water

Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): There is no need to quarantine your fish because ich is in your tap water.

The rest of the story: Look out! Not only will tap water make you pregnant, it’s going to give your fish …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays: It Skims, Stinks, and Can Hurt You?

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Cleaning your skimmer’s cup by hand is not safe. Chemicals in the skimmate can be absorbed by your skin which can make you sick. Use an spray nozzle instead of your hands.

The rest of the story:

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays: The Natural Ammonia Reducer

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Nitrates eat ammonia.

The rest of the story: Look out! Chemical compounds have morphed into biological organisms that consume other compounds! AAHHHH!!!

Ammonia (NH3) is a chemical compound that is digested by bacteria during the first step …

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays: What REALLY Kills Ich (Cryptocaryon irritants)

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: High temps kill ich. (Suggested in the context of cranking up a tank’s temp to kill the disease)

The rest of the story: To some extend, this advice is true. If you get your tank hot enough, …

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Terrible Advice Tuesday: Tap Water Is Just Like Saltwater

Terrible Advice Tuesdays: Tap water has the same quantities of elements as saltwater.

The Rest of the Story: I’m still laughing at the absurdity of this idea after reading it on a forum a couple of days ago as I …

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