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How much live rock do I need?

How much live rock do I need? How much live rock do I need? That’s one of the most common questions when setting up a new saltwater aquarium. You might be surprised to find out you really only need 10-20 pounds of live rock, no matter how big of an aquarium you have.  I will explain why in a moment. …

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Best protein skimmer reviews

Best Protein Skimmer Reviews-2017 A product review of the most popular brands of saltwater protein skimmer available for a reef tank As technology continues to improve, it becomes a little bit easier for us to maintain ideal conditions for our reef tanks. But as our reef aquarium equipment improves, our options seem to be multiplying too. Having choices, as a consumer …

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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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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 …

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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 …