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The first Teco Open Day Reportage

Sunday, July 10th was held the First Teco Open Day at the Aquarium of Cattolica, Rimini, Italy. A beautiful day spent together passionately, in the morning we were entertained by Massimo Turci and Alice Risi who have talked about Teco and its products, especially the new E-Chill, while the afternoon was left free to visit the aquarium. Lunch was consumed at the restoraunt inside the building of the aquarium, incredibly cheap how incredibly good fish food!

Let’s see how the day went on

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How to take picture of our aquarium: photography course part II – The Pictures

After the great success of the previous section that talked about the general theory of photography and the basics to get great photos, and I recommend you to read if you had not yet done to better understand what I write in this article (you can do so by clicking here) I’m going to talk strictly about how to get good photos in aquarium, with many practical examples.

The photo is of the beautiful tank of Paolo Marzocchi

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How to take picture of our aquarium: photography course part I

During my visit to the eighth edition of Salento Aquarium, I did a lesson on a subject that I really like “Aquarium, how taking pictures“, and are therefore here, as promised, to propose a mini-course as a guideline how to photograph in the aquarium, getting the best with our equipment, obviously the course is open to all, since most of what is written applies to any photographic genre, even though the examples will focus on the photographs in the aquarium.

I hope that the course will be useful and that you enjoy reading it, and if you have any requests please leave your comments.

This is the first part that covers the basics of photography, the choice of lenses and the setting of the machine, the second part will address specifically the photographs in the aquarium, going into the details of how to photograph aquariums, fish and corals , and the last part will cover instead the development of the digital negative, the RAW file.

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How to deal with a changing tank without problems. Chronicle of a special day.

Changing the tank is a procedure that virtually all aquarists have done at least once in their life, or that in any case, they will do sooner or later .

The reasons are various but the most classic is certainly an upgrade especially in terms of available space, or to switch from one tank, adapted to be a marine aquarium, to one specifically made to be marine aquarium. Or for drastic reasons such a tank that is threatening to break.

In all these cases the important thing is to act very quickly, so that the water change could be done quickly and in a day. Taking advantage from my experience we had in April 2007 together with friends of AcquaPortal, I would try to draw an ideal protocol to be prepared in those agitated moments. To do this I will use many pictures and also several videos that we shot in that hectic day.

I begin by saying that I was totally lost… and then I can only thank all friends of the forum who came to help me. Without them I would not have accomplished the task, and thisi is also the reason for this guide, to help everybody to do it better. So a special applause goes mainly to them (in alphabetical order): Adp80 (Simone), Lumaz (Giorgio), MarcoAP (Marco), Max (Massimiliano), Mbenassi (Matteo), Pfft (Andrea), Zanna Bianca (Maurizio!) Thank you all guys!

Since we have to make a tank change we have to have ready all the equipments of the new tank, and especially the new tank and new support as well as all the equipment that we could change into our transition from one aquarium to another. In my case I changed tank, sump, calcium reactor and cabinet. Beyond that is a good idea to have at least a couple of teflon tape and a pack of Tangit, if the new tank will be glued PVC pipe like this you’ll see.

this is a picture of the old tank a few days before the change

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How to prepare our aquarium in case of absence

It’s a fact that all aquarists, sooner or later, take a holiday, maybe just going to immerse themselves in those fabulous tropical seas where taking inspiration for their beautiful aquariums.

But when we go on vacation our aquarium is all alone, waiting for our return.

All the time that the aquarium will be alone, it will be once infinitely long and infinitely dangerous. As Murphy’s Law teaches, if something can go wrong will do so inthe  worst time and in the worst way. And with many years of aquarium on the back I can say that I’ve seen that everything can happen.

Above you can see how my tank was reduced after 8 days of absence for a trip

To avoid unpleasant surprises, we must attend carefully to everything, even if the problem could still be lurking, regardless of our gigantic efforts.

So let us analyze the problem from all angles.

  1. Fish welfare
  2. Corals welfare
  3. Tank welfare
  4. Coverage in case of electrical blackout, both short-and long-term
  5. Methods to keep track of what happens in the aquarium at all times
  6. Summarize the tasks of our substitute

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Interzoo 2010 Nürnberg: Elos News

Also this year I will begin my description of Interzoo 2010 at Nuremberg starting from Elos, as was done for the last Interzoo 2008, this is due to a long time past into the Italian stand, both for the many new features, as always Elos is usual to disclose them during this very important International Fair.

Interzoo 2010 Elos

This year’s Elos wanted to surprise us with a space stand, lit with many new solutions led, and that gave a characteristic blue light to the whole complex. Under the “passage” there were two beautiful tanks, one fresh water and one marina, as well as skimmers and calcium reactors as a corollary. Outside instead are placed two rows of tanks on the right the new fantastic Elos Midi, and to the left the SystemMini with a juicy news represented in the new Paludarium. All around the many novelties.

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Salento Aquarium – 8° edition – 2010 april 16/18 – Reportage

As anticipated by now over a month ago, I was hosted in Lecce during the event “Salento Aquariums” , where I gave a lecture entitled “Aquarium, how taking pictures“, the presentation will be online soon for free consultation.

In this adventure, I was accompanied by Zanna Bianca, and I have also quote the legendary Maurizio Quarta, our guide for Lecce and Salento Aquariums, which has made us feel at ease and accompanied us inside of a culinary journey and showed us many fascinating sides of Lecce. Thanks Maurizio.

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Chiller Teco TR15 – the complete review

The chiller has now become an indispensable accessory for a Reef Aquarium, to host corals and to mantain them in good health even in summer, without risking the phenomena of bleaching, and even without going to affect the health of fish.

Eric H. Borneman in his book Aquarium Corals : Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History (which I recommend strongly to buy by clicking on the title) speaking about temperature, remembers some areas of the reef, which have averages 28°C, 30°C of maximum peak, and minimum of 21°C. In our house, in summer the temperature could have sudden increasing. If we consider that, physically, limits aquarium may not have temperatures below the ambient temperature, unless special arrangements, we get that is easy to reach temperatures well above 35°C, given by ambient temperatures above 30°C, strong lighting and all the heat induced from pumps.

Chiller Teco TR15

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