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Quarantine tank setup

This post explains the need for a quarantine tank setup and provides a checklist to help you get started. Why quarantine your fish? Saltwater fish, in the aquarium hobby, are prone to injury, disease, infection and parasites. The collection and transportation from the aquaculture facility or reef can cause damage and stress. The closed systems we keep the fish in …

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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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Aquarium sand: How to pick the right substrate for your saltwater aquarium

How to pick the best saltwater aquarium sand: decisions, decisions, decisions. When I first started in the aquarium hobby a thousand years ago, the decision about what aquarium sand to use was pretty simple. There were really two decisions: fine sand or coarse (crushed coral), deep sand bed, shallow sand bed/bare bottom. Those are still two of the more important …

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Best Saltwater Aquarium Setup Guide Tutorial

I started Saltwater Aquarium Blog in 2009, and despite the fact that I have written thousands of words on the topic and published a book on the subject, I realized that I never wrote a comprehensive blog post that simplifies the saltwater aquarium setup process. That was the inspiration for this blog post. If you have not set up a saltwater …

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How many fish in an aquarium?

How many fish in an aquarium? A few things to think about beyond the inches of fish per gallon rule The question: How do you decide how many fish to have in an aquarium is one of the oldest, but hardest to answer questions in the saltwater aquarium hobby. For years, reef enthusiasts have sought after the holy grail of answers …

Moving Your Aquarium–Part 4

Now that you have taken care to pack and care your fish, coral and equipment with care, the next stage is setting everything back up in your new home. Test for Leaks The first thing to do when you arrive at your new home (ok first fishy thing you want to do) is leak test your aquarium. Set the tank …

Bare Bottom Reefing

Bare bottom reefing If you are setting up an aquarium in the near future, one of the decisions you will have to make is whether you want to go with a bare bottom. I’m not kidding. Bare bottom reefing is the rage these days—so if you don’t want people to make fun of your DSB, you should take note. Alright, …