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Red Slime Algae Cyanobacteria

Red Slime Algae is the common name for an aquarium troublemaker otherwise known as red cyanobacteria. Since the term cyanobacteria sounds like either a bizarre Crayola Crayon color or the bacterial strain in a Michael Crichton novel (how’s that for a dated reference), the more popular term red slime algae tends to fit quite well. It does have a reddish tint …

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Skunk cleaner shrimp reef aquarium care guide

While the name, skunk cleaner shrimp might sound like one of the smelliest and least interesting things you could add to your tank, I can assure you, there is nothing ordinary…or smelly…about them. I think the Skunk Cleaner Shrimp Association of America should take out a marketing campaign to re-brand these amazing invertebrates because their name doesn’t do them justice. …

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Best Brine Shrimp Hatchery: Product Review

A brine shrimp hatchery is a very simple device. Since all it needs to do is provide a home for tiny brine shrimp eggs to hatch, many brine shrimp hatcheries are little more than a plastic water bottle. Yet this deceptively simple piece of equipment is a treasure among aquarists the world over. Being able to hatch your own brine …

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What do you do with your quarantine tank when it is empty?

One common question I get is this: What do you do with your quarantine tank in between fish or corals, when it is empty? It’s a great question–and it shows some progressive thinking. As responsible aquarium owners, we set up and use a quarantine tank and proper quarantine techniques and procedures to: Observe our new purchases to ensure they are …

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Best Nano Aquarium for Saltwater

A large aquarium positioned prominently as a display is a stunning addition to any room. But big tanks don’t have to have all the fun. A Nano Aquarium, on the other hand, is a comparatively pint-sized tank, typically around 20 gallons or less that packs a big punch in a small package. This reduced capacity offers aquarium hobbyists a broad range …

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Pipefish care guide

Introduction Beginners beware. Pipefish are cute and unassuming fish, but they can be quite difficult to keep in an aquarium. They are mostly wild caught (though some hobby breeders have seen some success and there is hope that this might change in the future). Because of their need for regular feedings and very fragile immune systems, they are at risk …

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6 Reasons to add sponge filters to your aquarium

Here are 6 reasons to put 2 simple sponge filters in your aquarium sump today. #1 Expand the capacity of your biological filter The sponge creates some extra surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow on. This additional surface area gives your tank additional biological filtration capacity. Never a bad thing. #2 Be ready to take care of a sick or …