Google Underwater Street View

Do you know what Google Underwater Street View is? Check this out. Would you agree with me that watching corals and saltwater fish is captivating? For me, the reason I set up my first saltwater aquarium was to bring that experience into my home. Did you know you could immerse yourself into 360 degrees of an underwater reef and fish …

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7 Biggest Aquarium Mistakes I’ve Made in the Hobby

I was chatting with a friend and Saltwater Aquarium Blog Newsletter subscriber the other day who was bummed because he made a mistake that ended causing some pretty significant damage to his tank. In the end, he decided to take a break from the hobby. It bums me out to see this happen, and unfortunately, it happens a lot. The …

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Live rock hitchhikers guide

If you were to look up the entry for “live rock”, in The Hitchhikers Guide, you would find the following entry: On earth, before it was destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, monkey mammals called humans sometimes enjoyed collecting fish and corals in a glass box. Inside that box, they would pile a bunch of expensive rock that …

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9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

The 9 MOST IMPORTANT Reef Tank Parameters are: Alkalinity Ammonia Calcium Nitrate Nitrite pH Phosphate Salinity Temperature Let’s dive a little deeper into each individual water parameter as well as the value considered to be ideal for a reef tank: Number 1: Alkalinity Alkalinity is a complex concept/thing to describe because it pretty much only has scientific explanations. As aquarists, …

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A list of the 20 most popular Saltwater Fish

What is your favorite Saltwater Fish? This article will start with an overview of the most popular saltwater fishes and then dive deeper (pun intended) into a few recommendations to help you make a good choice for your reef tank. Remember, just because it is popular doesn’t make it a good choice. This is an area where following the crowd …

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Dealing with an aquarium during a power failure

Guess who was dealing with an aquarium during a power failure again within the last few weeks? Yup, this guy here with the keyboard and the blog. Surprised you didn’t guess that. Grab a beverage, I’ll tell you the story. Wicked weather we’ve been having We have had some strange storms here, in Pennsylvania, lately. Two weeks ago, there were …

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Why does an aquarium need a biological filter?

Why does an aquarium need a biological filter? The biological filter is the solution to this wast management problem in your tank. Your fish and corals eat, drink pee and poop in the water in your tank. Also, the left-over food in the tank doesn’t ever get cleaned up and the only time you ‘take out the trash’ is when …