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FishDB's Virtual Tanks Manual

This is, as always, a free service to members. All you have to do is register and you can begin creating your own Virtual Tank today.

How does it work?

Once you register an account, you will have the option to create up to three Virtual Tanks. On your Profile page (which can be accessed by selecting "Profile" under the user-menu located in the top right corner of every page) you will have a link on the left hand side of the screen called "Create a Virtual Tank". Obviously, the tank you create can duplicate the inhabitants you may already have at home or simply create a scenario for a future tank you are planning. The Virtual Tank creation process is as simple as it gets. First you will need to fill in the parameters of your tank. This includes the size of the tank, type of lighting, filtration and the environment features of your tank. Once you have entered in this information, your tank name will automatically appear on the left hand side of your Profile page with three options.

"Edit Contents" will send you to the database so you can begin populating you Virtual Tank. "Edit Setup" will take you back to the initial creation screen, so you may alter any parameters you entered. This allows your Virtual Tank to grow as your tank at home does. Finally, there is a "Delete" option, just in case you want to start over from the beginning. Being that the last two need no further explanation, let's move straight to the "Edit Contents" feature.

Populating the Virtual Tank

Once you have created your tanks and you have logged in, it will then be available to you in other areas on the site. When you are viewing a particular specimen, you will see four options under your Virtual Tank name.

The "+" symbol will allow you to add that specimen straight to your Virtual Tank. The "-", obviously will remove that specimen from your Virtual Tank, if you already have one in it. The "eyeball" symbol will allow you to view the entire contents of that Virtual Tank.

Now the "checkmark" symbol is the heart of the entire Virtual Tank process. By clicking this symbol anytime you are viewing a specimen in the database the compatibility analysis will begin.

The setup information and inhabitants you have added for that Virtual Tank will be checked against that specimen's environment and compatibility requirements. Hopefully, you will find that the animal you are interested in will be compatible with your tank and its inhabitants, but this will all be displayed for you. This applies to EVERYTHING in the database. It does not matter if you are checking a coral, fish or invert, either way this powerful tool will be able to assess whether or not the specimen in question is compatible with your Virtual Tank.

And no, it will not give you just a yes or no answer. The Virtual Tank has been developed and continues to be honed to be the most comprehensive guide for compatibility. If there is a reason for incompatibility, the results will tell you to what degree, why it is incompatible and, in some cases, if anything can be done to help the situation.

It's really that simple. We have done all of the work for you. All you need to do is register and begin working with your own Virtual Tank.

The FishDB staff

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