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About

You clicked on that link to learn more about me? Now you’re in for it. Hope you’re comfortable. Because I’m getting older, and I keep making mistakes, which means this story keeps getting longer. I’ve been an “aquarium-nerd” for a very long time. I hope you’re not offended by the term. I wear that badge with honor. The origin story …

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7 Biggest Aquarium Mistakes I’ve Made in the Hobby

I was chatting with a friend and Saltwater Aquarium Blog Newsletter subscriber the other day who was bummed because he made a mistake that ended causing some pretty significant damage to his tank. In the end, he decided to take a break from the hobby. It bums me out to see this happen, and unfortunately, it happens a lot. The …

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Acan Coral Care Guide

Acanthastrea corals, commonly known as the Acan Coral or Acan Lords, are Large Polyp Stony corals, and one of the most beautifully colored soft coral species. They come in various shades of purple, red, green, blue, orange, brown, rust or pale tan to pale grey. The family includes many species, which have a lot of different names and are touted by many …

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Green Star Polyps Coral Care

Introduction to Green Star Polyps Coral Care Green star polyps are an excellent beginner soft coral and might be the ideal first coral choice because they are: extremely hardy easy to care for tolerant of a range of water conditions fast-growing don’t need a lot of light to grow Green star polyps will grow on just about any aquarium surface, including …

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Five Starter Fish Every Saltwater Hobbyist Should Avoid

What is a saltwater starter fish? When you set up a saltwater fish tank, the first fish you put in the tank (the fish you start with) could be considered starter fish. When applied broadly, the term starter fish probably refers to a fish that is good to add when setting up a saltwater tank. An unfortunate reality when setting …

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Kenya Tree Coral Care

Kenya Tree Coral Care Guide The Kenya Tree coral, Capnella sp., is a hardy soft coral species that is tolerant of a range of living conditions, which makes it great for beginner aquarists. In terms of color, this rapidly growing soft corals species is somewhat drab and is generally available as a brown/pink frag or colony. The more rare and …

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Elegance coral–Catalaphyllia jardinei

Elegance Coral Care Guide Introduction The Elegance Coral, Catalaphyllia jardinei, also known as the Ridge Coral, Wonder Coral or Elegant Coral, is an awesome LPS coral for the mixed reef tank. This elegant coral is an anemone look-alike and has long, flowing tentacles, although it is more closely related to the frogspawn, torch and hammer corals than it is to …