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5 Things you need to know about fighting bryopsis algae

Nothing is more frustrating than dealing with a problem algae and no problem algae are more frustrating than bryopsis algae, the scourge of the reef aquarium hobby. 1. Looks like Hair algae, but it is not Bryopsis is a problem alga that looks like hair algae, but it’s not. If you look closely at hair algae, you will see very …

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Maroon Clownfish: What you need to know before you buy

The Maroon Clownfish, Premnas biaculeatus, is one of the most popular and iconic reef tank fish. They are one of the top 20 most popular saltwater fish species because of their awesome maroon red coloration and 3 white or gold stripes. There is also a few “designer” variety of this fish available from ORA Farms called Lightning Maroon or Gold …

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6 Reasons why I love the saltwater aquarium hobby

Do you love the saltwater aquarium hobby as much as I do? I hope so. Over the years, I’ve obsessed about different aspects of the hobby, but I absolutely love it. Here is why I love it–when you get to the bottom, leave a comment and let me know why you love it. 1. There is always something to learn …

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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 …