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Saltwater firefish goby: quick facts, care guide, diet and more

You will probably agree with me that the saltwater firefish goby, Nemateleotris magnifica, is a gorgeous saltwater fish, right? It is inexpensive, commonly available in the trade and might be at your local fish store right now. If you’re thinking about adding one to your reef tank, check out the rest of this article to see what it takes to care …

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Sometimes…your fish just die

Here is something you don’t see written about this hobby very often.  Sometimes your fish just die. You can care for them the same way you care for everything else in your tank but despite your best efforts, the fish might just die. While I’m pretty sure it’s worse for them then it is for us…(pretty sure?)…I certainly don’t love when it …

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Bluestreak cleaner wrasse: care guide, quick facts

The bluestreak cleaner wrasse is a tropical fish with beautiful, distinct markings and the adaptation that it makes a living on the reef or in a saltwater aquarium by eating the dead scales and parasites off the outside of the other fish in your tank. Some of my favorite underwater images are of a fearless Labroides dimidiatus searching for parasites …

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6 Sensational Saltwater Shrimp

Looking for an interesting invertebrate that will add some elegance and character to your tank? Take a look at these 6 sensational saltwater shrimp 6. Coral banded Probably the first shrimp I owned, because of the price, the coral banded shrimp comes in at # 6 on the list. The position of their claws makes them look a bit like …

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Mandarin Goby, Synchiropus splendidus, in the Reef Aquarium

Do you agree that the Mandarin fish dragonet, also called the mandarin goby, psychedelic fish or mandarin dragonet is one of the most vibrantly colored reef fishes you’ve seen? a very popular but fragile saltwater fish. The scientific names for the two most commonly kept species in the reef aquarium hobby are Synchiropus splendidus, and Synchiropus picturatus. Splendid, and picturesque …

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Royal gramma

Introduction Are you thinking about adding a Royal gramma fairy basslet to your saltwater tank? If so, you’ll be in good company, because Gramma loreto, is a great beginner fish and is one of the most popular fish in the hobby. For good reason! This is one of the first animals I added to my reef tank and I have had one in …

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The bristle worm

If you have seen a bristle worm in your reef tank, you’ll probably agree they are ugly little creatures. I’m pretty sure we’re genetically programmed to be creeped out by millipede-looking creatures. There is a lot of energy and discussion about this lowly polychaete in reef aquarium circles. This is a live rock hitchhiker that reef tank owners love to …