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What is live sand?

A new saltwater aquarium is a somewhat sterile, harsh environment for those first few animals to colonize. As a result, some of those first fish and invertebrates we add to our tanks don’t survive. It can be challenging to nail down exactly what this new tank syndrome is, but the bottom line is that it can take a little time to …

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4 types of macroalgae that can help keep your phosphates and nitrates down

Here are 4 types of macroalgae that can help get your phosphates and nitrates down: Halimeda Halimeda is a macroalgae that you can actually use as a decorative plant. It is generally hardy in a saltwater tank, growing well under most appropriate aquarium conditions. It is relatively hungry for light (thriving under moderate to strong levels of light). One thing …

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5 Bulletproof Soft Corals for a beginner saltwater tank

Looking for an easy-to-grow soft coral for your new saltwater tank? Here are 5 bulletproof soft corals for a beginner saltwater tank: Toadstool coral The toadstool coral is a great soft coral for the beginner saltwater tank. They are hardy and can grow quite large, becoming an impressive specimen over the years as the tank matures. Zoanthids Zoanthids are available …

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7 Aggressive Saltwater Fish

Danger–use caution when adding these 7 aggressive saltwater fish to your community tank–if you do, you may be asking for problems. Types of aggression shown by saltwater fish: Aggression between saltwater fish is often related to one of two major factors–a predator/prey relationship, where the fish treats the other animal as food–or because the fish is defending its territory. Preditor/Prey …

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Flame angelfish care guide

The Flame Angelfish, Centropyge loricula, is one of the most popular dwarf angelfish species. All you have to do is see one single specimen to realize why they are so popular. These fish get their name Flame (angel) from their striking fiery red bodies with an orange center, just like a fire core. They display vertical black bars on the …

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Aqua Illumination LED Product Review

Aqua Illumination LED Product Review Looking for a great, high-end LED Aquarium Light? You should take a serious look at the Aqua Illumination HD lights. Aqua Illumination offers 3 different models: Aqua Illumination Prime HD Aqua Illumination Hydra 26 HD Aqua Illumination Hydra FiftyTwo HD Already know what you want? If so, you can jump right to the product pages on …

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Converting to a saltwater aquarium

Converting to a saltwater aquarium: A comprehensive guide for anyone looking to upgrade their freshwater aquarium to a marine reef tank  When I was a kid, I got hooked into the aquarium hobby by starting out with a freshwater aquarium. As I have gotten to know many of the stories shared with me by subscribers of the saltwater aquarium blog …