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Missing out on looking back

Do you ever get bored with your reef tank? Truth be told, I feel a little bit bored with mine. For a while there, I had a streak going, where I moved ever couple of years–but I’ve been in my current house for about 9 years now and have had basically the same reef tank for about 8 of those 9 …

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The importance of being consistent with your saltwater aquarium

Consistency is one of the most important concepts when it comes to having a successful saltwater aquarium. The animals we keep in our tanks tend to do best when the water quality is high and the conditions are stable. That’s why it is so important to create a routine and stick with it. Consistency means creating good habits. Testing your …

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Emergency Situation # 3: Aquarium Power Failure

This is the third article in the Emergency Situation series. Click here to see Emergency Situation # 1 or Emergency Situation # 2. The basic premise is that I’m simulating a saltwater aquarium emergency, in order to figure out how I would handle it and if I need to get any equipment to help myself be more prepared. In Emergency …

Emergency Simulation # 2: Equipment failure

As a follow up to last week’s blog post, I am trying to pressure test my aquarium set-up and prepare for an emergency. This series was inspired by the book, The Martian, a book turned major motion picture about an astronaut stranded on Mars who deals with one emergency after another to survive. The story resonated with me, because a …

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Tap Water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper?

Tap water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper? For many aquarists tap water is just “water.” You add it to the tank and never give it another thought. But for the reef aquarist tap water is the lifeblood of the aquarium. The purity of the water we use to mix our saltwater or just top off our tanks is …

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New Tank Syndrome

New Tank Syndrome What is New Tank Syndrome? Let’s start at the beginning. Starting up a reef aquarium is exciting. You’ve got your lighting and filtration running and the tank is full of water. Now the fun of building the reef begins – right? Not so fast! Before you add hundreds or thousands of dollars of marine life to your …

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A Simple Reef Aquarium Maintenance Schedule

A Simple Reef Aquarium Maintenance Schedule Many aquarists view themselves as stewards of the marine life in their aquariums. Not only is it fun building a reef, we feel a responsibility to properly care for the fish, corals and other invertebrates that live in our home. Proper care means having a plan to maintain the aquarium health, and the best way …