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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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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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How to prepare your aquarium for a hurricane or winter storm

How to prepare your aquarium for a hurricane or severe winter storm or summer storm It seems like severe storms are becoming the norm, rather than the exception around here. We’ve been hit with a severe storm of some sort, losing power for days at a time. As the intensity of the storms has increased (from my perspective) and the power outages have …

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Fish Antibiotics, antifungals and other aquarium grade fish meds

One question that came up recently for a friend of mine (and newsletter subscriber) was what to do about two fish that had cloudy eyes. The person was already using one popular product and wasn’t seeing any improvement, and they wanted to know what fish antibiotics they should get to clear up the symptoms. Unfortunately, this friend’s dilemma (which will …

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Red Slime Algae Cyanobacteria

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. It does have a reddish tint …