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What is the best aquarium heater?

What is the best aquarium heater? Selecting the right aquarium heater is a critical decision because if it malfunctions, it could spell disaster for your tank. Heater thermostat on aquarium set to 79F, but temperature is 100F. Non survived the heater malfunction :*( — avansyn (@avansyn) April 10, 2009 My aquarium heater suffered a catastrophic malfunction last night and cooked …

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Why does an aquarium need a biological filter?

Why does an aquarium need a biological filter? The biological filter is the solution to this wast management problem in your tank. Your fish and corals eat, drink pee and poop in the water in your tank. Also, the left-over food in the tank doesn’t ever get cleaned up and the only time you ‘take out the trash’ is when …

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Brine shrimp: all about cysts and hatching

What are brine shrimp? The non-scientific short answer: brine shrimp are fish food that will drive your fish crazy. The more specific answer: brine shrimp are tiny invertebrates (arthropod crustaceans really), from the genus Artemia, that naturally grow in salt lakes. When fully grown, they are about 0.4-0.5 inches in length (about 1 centimeter)–which means they are totally bite-sized for …

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Chocolate chip starfish: reef safe?

Chocolate chip starfish are quirky-cool and easy to identify, but are they reef safe? That’s the question I set out to answer with this blog post. Introduction So, what is a chocolate chip starfish, anyway? Here’s one, take a look:   As you can see in the picture above, the chocolate chip starfish is a star-shaped marine invertebrate that gets …

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How to set up a saltwater aquarium

Do you want to know how to set up a saltwater aquarium? You can enjoy the beauty and relaxation of a saltwater tank in your own home without breaking the bank if you follow the steps in this how-to guide. A few questions designed to help you get started Before we jump right into the how-to section, take a moment …

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The Definitive Guide to Reef Aquarium Live Rock

What is live rock? What is live rock? Where should I start? The term itself is a bit awkward, which leads to some of the confusion. Technically speaking, live rock is not alive. Equally technically speaking, it very much is a rock. The living part of the rock is not the rock itself, but rather the tiny invertebrates, algae, and …