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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 …

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Create an Emergency Kit

Welcome to Day 18 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. To build a better aquarium, you want to build something for the long haul, something that can survive the ups and downs of reef keeping. When bad things happen in your tank, they can spiral out of control relatively quickly. One of the biggest downs you …