Chalice Coral

Chalice Coral Ready for some eye candy? Take a look at some of these awesome chalice corals. Chalice corals are stony corals that are best kept by intermediate hobbyists—those who have already mastered the basics of coral husbandry. They are available in a dizzying array of colors and go by names like: Hell’s Eye Chalice Hollywood Stunner Chalice Miami Hurricane …

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Serpent starfish

Serpent Starfish Serpent starfish belong to the family Ophiuridae (one of the five Echinoderm families), which also includes basket and brittle sea stars. These species are very popular in the aquarium trade for their bright and exotic colors and hardiness in the tank. The serpent and brittle starfish are closely related species. The difference is that the brittle star has …

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How to prepare your aquarium for a hurricane or winter storm

How to prepare your aquarium for a hurricane or winter storm News coverage of the hurricanes has flooded the TV, internet and social media channels, whipping us all into a frenzy. My heart goes out to all of those who were in the direct path of destruction. The videos and photos are humbling. If you are like me, your saltwater aquarium is almost …

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What is live sand?

A new saltwater aquarium is a somewhat sterile, harsh environment for those first few animals to colonize. As a result, some of those first fish and invertebrates we add to our tanks don’t survive. It can be challenging to nail down exactly what this new tank syndrome is, but the bottom line is that it can take a little time to …

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4 types of macroalgae that can help keep your phosphates and nitrates down

Here are 4 types of macroalgae that can help get your phosphates and nitrates down: Halimeda Halimeda is a macroalgae that you can actually use as a decorative plant. It is generally hardy in a saltwater tank, growing well under most appropriate aquarium conditions. It is relatively hungry for light (thriving under moderate to strong levels of light). One thing …

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9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

Here are the 9 MOST IMPORTANT Reef Tank Parameters Here are the 9 MOST IMPORTANT Reef Tank Parameters: Alkalinity Ammonia Calcium Nitrate Nitrite pH Phosphate Salinity Temperature     Let’s dive a little deeper into each individual water parameter as well as the value considered to be ideal for a reef tank: Alkalinity Alkalinity is a complex concept/thing to contemplate. As …