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Buying saltwater fish and corals online

Introduction to buying saltwater fish and corals online The advice and support you can get from a local fish store can sometimes be worth its weight in gold, but if you are like some of us in the hobby, you either aren’t located in an area with a lot of good local fish store options or you are looking for a …

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Drip acclimate or not

To drip acclimate or not to drip? That is the question. A few weeks back, I published an article about a small piece of equipment that I use to help make it easier to drip acclimate your new arrivals. I was surprised when a loyal and helpful reader sent me a link to a thread on Reef Central that was …

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Saltwater Fish Compatibility Chart

Thought I’d share this fish compatibility infographic, published by Petco. I didn’t create it, I’m just sharing it, because I think it is pretty good. Save it to your phone so you can scan quickly the next time you’re in a local fish store. Update 10/24: As with any summary, this is no substitute for detailed research. Anytime advice is …

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5 Saltwater Aquarium Tips to Help You Save Money

5 Saltwater Aquarium Tips to Help You Save Money The saltwater aquarium hobby is an expensive hobby–there is no hiding or avoiding that. But that doesn’t mean you have to waste money to enjoy it. Here are 5 tried-and-true saltwater aquarium tips to help you save money. 5. Switch to LED lights (or start out that way) If you are still …

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This is why you don’t try to keep two tangs in the same tank

This is why you don’t try to keep two tangs in the same tank. I took a trip to (what used to be) my favorite local fish store today. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I arrived at the store 10 minutes early and waited, in anticipation, for the manager to unlock the door. Technically, they opened the store …

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Bicolor Angelfish: Centropyge bicolor

Bicolor Angelfish Guide Thinking about adding the Bicolor Angelfish to your mixed reef tank? You may want to think again. I had seen a beautiful specimen in a local fish store recently and set out to understand the husbandry needs to determine if it is a good addition to the tank. If you are thinking about keeping this species in …