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Add a dose of live phytoplankton

Welcome to Day 25 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Phytoplankton are the first link in the food chain. They are a basic, plant-like food that many organisms eat, including copepods, rotifers, zooplankton and even some corals. Today’s challenge is to boost the biodiversity in your tank when you add a dose of live phytoplankton. Add …

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Invest in your saltwater aquarium education

Welcome to Day 24 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. One of the most rewarding aspects of this hobby is that your saltwater aquarium always changing (evolving), equipment and technologies continue to improve, there are breakthroughs in the husbandry techniques with keeping or breeding certain species, and there are always opportunities to learn more and grow. …

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Never forget a water change again: Set a Reminder

Thanks for sticking with me to Day 22 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge Are you ever late in performing some of your aquarium duties—like water changes, cleaning pumps, replacing expired test kits, heaters or light bulbs? One way to never forget is to set a reminder to email yourself. Your challenge for today is …

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Join a Reef Club

Welcome to Day 22 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today’s challenge is to join a reef club. I’ve written about this a few times, so I won’t belabor the point too badly here (you can read my belabored points here, if you have time). I joined a club when I first started out in …

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Day 21: Weekly Partial Water Change

Welcome to Day 21 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge Today’s task (you might have guessed it already) is to Perform a weekly partial water change. This is a simple, predictable task, but it is one of the most important things you can do. How is your siphon/gravel vacuum? Does it need upgrading? Here’s the one …

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Add some live copepods

Welcome to Day 20 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Fish go cuckoo for copepods. Your task today is to purchase and add some live copepods to your tank. Copepods are tiny invertebrates that are a natural food for many fish species. Careful attention paid to growing copepods out as a food source for newborn …

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Trim back overgrown corals

Welcome to Day 19 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Thanks for sticking with me so far. I can’t believe we’ve reached Day 19 already. How do you feel about the aquarium you’re building? Today’s Challenge As your tank matures, the corals in your aquarium will begin to fill in all available space. But as …