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Keeping a successful saltwater aquarium: check out these 5 tips

I asked members of the Saltwater Aquarium Blog Newsletter Community, “What is the best tip you ever received about keeping a successful saltwater aquarium?” You shared A LOT of tips–many of them were variations on a similar theme.   Here are the top 5 tips for keeping a successful saltwater aquarium These are the top tips that you shared about keeping …

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Saltwater ich treatment: A comprehensive guide

A lot has been written about saltwater ich treatment, one of the most important and most common challenges in the saltwater aquarium hobby. Articles on the topic, including those I’ve written in the past, are often littered with cliches like: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, because once the parasite gets in your tank, it is extremely …

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Red Slime Algae Cyanobacteria

What are Red Slime Algae? Red Slime Algae is the common name for an aquarium troublemaker otherwise known as red cyanobacteria. Since the term cyanobacteria sounds like either a bizarre Crayola Crayon color or the bacterial strain in a Michael Crichton novel (how’s that for a dated reference), the more popular term red slime algae tends to fit quite well. Red slime …

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Chasing perfection when good enough is good enough

Chasing perfection when good enough is good enough One  of the things I love the most about this hobby is that it is an art, as much as it is a science. However, inadequate success with the artful side of things can also be maddeningly frustrating. Our tanks are not just a comprehensive set of water parameters, they are living, breathing, imperfect things. …

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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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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 …