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  1. How to wire a GFCI outlet

    Disclaimer: I am a licensed electrician, my way of doing electrical work is just my interpretation of the National Electrical Code and what I feel is good workmanship. Every electrician has their own interpretation of the code and in some cases do electrical work in other ways than I do. I am not saying my way is the only way, but it is how I have done it for eleven years now. The most important thing to remember when doing electrical work is to make very good connections. Loose wires cause...
  2. Reef Spotlight - December 2010 - "ReefBum"

    My father indirectly planted the reef keeping bug inside me when I was a youngster. He kept a couple of rather large saltwater tanks when I was a kid, and I fondly remember accompanying him on many trips to the fish store. He did get back into the hobby for a few years after my obsession took off but now is tank free, although he is always willing to join me every now and then on my jaunts to the fish store. I actually didn't have a tank to call my own until I graduated college and was...
  3. Reef Spotlight - July 2010 - "Aquabacs"

    Reef Aquarium of Michael Lukaczyn Introduction and History For those who know me and those who don't, my name is Michael Lukaczyn and go by the name Aquabacs on the aquarium forums. My father indoctrinated me in marine aquariums at an early age and I have been addicted ever since. Over the years, I have had many types of aquariums from fish only to SPS aquariums. My latest venturehas been for the last 3 + years, in which I have been keeping strictly only non-photosynthetic corals and...
  4. Reef Spotlight - June 2010 - "Brad Syphus"

    First and foremost, I would like to thank everyone for giving me the opportunity to showcase my tank. I'm honored to be asked to do this from my peers who I admire and respect in this hobby. It all started for me about 11 years ago. My wife (Vickie) and my 2 daughters (Natalie & Megan) decided to buy me a 29g freshwater setup for Christmas. I had no experience with this and decided to jump in the world of aquatics. Right off the bat I loved fish, people must of thought I was crazy because I...
  5. Reef Spotlight - May 2010 - "NVTE"

    Daniel Nguyens' (NVTE) Reef Aquarium Introduction and History First of all, I like to thank all who vote for me, my reefer friends, and Reef2Reef staff Austin (aka Stunreefer).My name is Daniel Nguyen, I got into reef keeping about 5 years ago. I was keeping freshwater fishes since I was a kid, until I had a chance to meet a local reefer, Kevin Luu, who had 90 gallon in-wall reef tank which encouraged me to set up a saltwater tank. At first I started with a 60 gallon soft coral tank and...
  6. Do I Need Floor Supporting?!?

    One of the questions that is inevitably asked in every aquarium chat room, newsgroup and bulletin board is "just how large an aquarium can my floor support." Then the answers follow from people who usually use basically correct structural principles to come to often incorrect conclusions. Unfortunately, I then jump into the fray and try to explain in just a few words, what cannot possibly be explained in just a few words. So the result is that no one fully understands my...
  7. Care of Large Polyp Non-Photosynthetic Corals

    This is a brief description in "Laymans Terms" of how to feed and keep large polyp non-photosynthetic corals (NPS coral). I see countless threads and questions regarding "how to feed my new sun coral", or "how do I get the polyps on my new sun coral to open?" They're honestly a relatively easy coral to keep, some just require a little TLC. The following process can be followed for any large polyp non-photosynthetic coral Genus, such as Tubastrea ("Sun Coral"), Dendrophyllia ("Dendros"),...
  8. Depth of Field???? DOF

    Depth of FIELD (or Focus)!!!! Most simply stated depth of field is term used to describe how much or how little of your picture is in focus. There are several factors that determine the depth of field, but none is more profound then the aperture used to capture the image. A large aperture will result in LESS depth of field then a small one will. There are other factors as well, focal length, and the distance from the camera to the subject, but neither of these are as dramatic as...
  9. What extension tubes do.

    Okay, this is my first photo how to thread in a while, so please bear with me. Extension tubes are available in a variety of sizes for SLR cameras, there are 3rd party brands and there are ones made by the OEM, but they all have the same purpose, to reduce the minimum focus distance of a given lens. All of my examples are taken with the same camera, the same lens, and the same aperture, so that depth of field was not affected in that way. The camera is a 1D from Canon, the lens is a...
  10. Cephalopod Basic Care

    Cephalopods are a very interesting family of mollusks. They can change color and texture in the blink of an eye, spray ink at the face of predators, and eat things three times their size. There are four living cephalopod groups - Nautilus, Squid, Cuttlefish, and Octopus. Of those four, cuttlefish and octopuses are most suited for aquarium life. Cephalopods are naturally short-lived. Their lifespans are governed by the species' maximum size and surrounding water temperature. Aquarium-friendly...
  11. Junior's Aquatic Photography How-To (The Basics)

    Over the last year I have become overwhelmed with the amount photographic opportunities that this hobby provides. I have upgraded my hardware 3 times, and spent far too much money than I care to talk about. A lot of this spending was not necessary, and could have been avoided with a little know how, and a bit more experience. I hope this How-to can help my fellow reefers better understand the ins and outs of photographing their aquariums and its inhabitants...
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