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Did pulsing xenia coral cause palytoxin poisoning in the UK?

The aquarium world has been buzzing about recent reports of palytoxin poisoning. It seems to be swirling because of some news reports like this one: From The Independent In that article, the report was that Chris Matthews, age 27, was taken to the hospital, along with a slew of other family members and rescue workers, because they had come down …

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Pulsing Xenia Coral Care: Xenia Elongata

Introduction to the pulsing xenia coral The pulsing xenia coral is a popular, fast-growing, easy to frag soft corals species. This easy to care for coral gets its name because of the rhythmic pulsing action of the coral polyps that look like a hand opening and closing. This activity, which is relatively uncommon among the sessile invertebrates we keep in the …

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Palytoxin

The dangers of palytoxin and why you need to read this article Palytoxin is one of the most toxic marine chemicals and it might be in your home right now. I hope that caught your attention. One way to determine how toxic a chemical is to give it to a lab mouse and see what happens. 6 grams of palytoxin …

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Favorite Saltwater Fish Foods

This may sound obvious, once you read this, but feeding the animals in your tank is one of the most important things you will do for them. Surprisingly, however, people don’t talk much about food in this hobby, and I don’t see a lot written about the topic. Since I love awkward conversations, I thought, this would be great to …

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7 Reasons to keep the Melanurus Wrasse

Are you looking for a great saltwater fish to add to your saltwater tank? Ask your local fish store to order you a male Melanurus wrasse, the best-kept secret in the saltwater aquarium hobby Why? How about this list of these 7 reasons to keep the Melanurus wrasse: Stunning coloration Hardy Eats well and acclimates to life in an aquarium …

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Engineer Goby: Cichlid of the Sea

The engineer goby is one of my absolutely favorite saltwater fish. I’ve kept them in my display tank for years. They are one of the most inexpensive fish in the saltwater aquarium hobby, most of the time with a cost below $10 for a small juvenile fish. Why do I like them so much? They look awesome As a juvenile …

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A big disaster? Or a chance to start over?

The recent Nor’easter took out power to my house. The power went out on Friday, while I was away on business travel, and as of Sunday, the power was still out. The temperature outside was 36 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature inside the house dropped to 48 degrees by Sunday morning. This is me, in sunny San Diego, before my tank …