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Organize and label your wires

Welcome to Day 17 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Take a look behind and under your tank. Do you have wires going everywhere? Look at your powerstrip(s). Can you tell which plugs go to each piece of equipment? Chances are…no, you can’t. Well, today, we’re going to get organized. Here is what I want …

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Deep Clean the Protein Skimmer

Welcome to Day 16 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Your protein skimmer is a hard-working piece of equipment. It creates tiny, scrubbing bubbles that magically remove impurities from the water. Over time, your protein skimmer will become coated with a biofilm, that’s a fancy word for covered in bacteria and gunk. If you recall, …

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Improve the Aquascape

Welcome to Day 15 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today, I want to challenge you to improve the way your aquarium looks. Your task is to look critically at and improve the aquascape. What is the aquascape? Aquascape is a fancy word to describe the way the rock work, corals or other decorations, if …

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Another weekly water change

Welcome to Day 14 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. You made it a full 2 weeks. Congratulations. Because it is Day 14, that means it has been 7 days since your last partial water change. Today’s task is to complete another partial water change. But let’s spice it up a little. If your tank …

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Add some macro algae

Welcome to Day 13 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. One of the simplest and best things I ever did to build a better saltwater aquarium was to Add Some Macro Algae to my sump.  I added chaetomorpha algae,(affectionately called “chateo”),  but you could certainly add any other species you can find at your local …