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Reef tank blunders: my painful lesson about wearing gloves

I started this blog in 2009, with the goal of helping you (or other people like you) get up to speed quickly with your reef tanks and avoid making the same mistakes I did. Well, the good news is that there’s a lot of learning going on these days, as I continue to make mistakes.Last night, I was painfully reminded …

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What is the best aquarium chiller for a saltwater reef tank?

What is the best aquarium chiller for a saltwater aquarium in 2018? Read on to find out more. Last year, I had a major setback with my display tank. While working on my tank, I messed up the temperature my heater was set at…unfortunately at the same time I was leaving for vacation, which was also during a heat wave. …

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Four Reasons Why Saltwater Tank Owners Burn Out

4 Reasons why saltwater tank owners burn out I started this blog in 2009 as an experiment to see if I could help people who were starting their own saltwater tanks. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to meet (most of them virtually) a lot of great people. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to help all of them. It still bums …

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Two common questions about starting a saltwater aquarium

The two most common questions I get about starting a saltwater aquarium are: Isn’t it a lot of work? Aren’t they really expensive? I tend to get these questions when someone first sees my tank–or finds out I’m a big fish nerd. Do you get the same questions? What do you say? I usually say, it depends. I know, that’s …

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How to make saltwater from reef salt mix

How do you make the saltwater for a saltwater reef tank? Have you ever looked at a saltwater tank at a city aquarium, or even a dentist’s office and thought, “I wish I could have one of those!” but don’t even know where to begin? For example, where do they even get the saltwater for that reef tank from? Do you want to …

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Are deep sand beds just a thing of the past?

When I started in the hobby, deep sand beds were trending towards the end of being in vogue…that is, I guess if one could ever consider deep sand beds to ever have been in vogue. As a side note here, I don’t think I’ve ever used the phrase in vogue before, but now I’ve done it three times in the …

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Lessons from jar reef aquariums to apply to a display tank

I enjoyed reading this month’s CORAL magazine. This issue was dedicated to jar reefing. Like the name implies, jar reefing is when you keep a reef…well…in a jar. The old-school advice always stated that you wanted a bigger aquarium because it provided advantages in terms of stability—but the popularity of these pico reefs in jars runs smack in the face …