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Six Simple Words for Aquarium Success:

Six Simple Words for Aquarium Success: Water changes, water changes, water changes…      Perform 10-20% partial water changes weekly   When I was younger, I used to play basketball—and I remember my Uncle telling me that the most important things to practice on my own came down to five simple words: “run, run, run, run, run.” While the life …

How to Culture Rotifers: Batch Culturing Protocol

Culturing rotifers at home is fairly easy to do.  Rotifers are a great food source for newly hatched fish larvae and for some filter feeding invertebrates.  Ironically, the rotifers organism itself provides very little nutritional value to the animals that eat them. It is the content of their guts (the food they eat) that provides the nutrition.  As such, it …

Rotifer Batch Cultures

Rotifer Batch Cultures Culturing rotifers with a batch culture technique is akin to a manufacturing process.  Instead of focusing on creating a stable environment to keep a relatively low-density culture thriving over a long period of time, the objective of a batch-produced culture is to maximize the yield of the culture over a short period of time.  With a batch …

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Equipment Needed to Culture Saltwater Rotifers

The first step to culturing saltwater rotifers at home is to obtain a starter culture.  If you can’t find a hobbyist (or breeder) growing rotifers locally, you can find them online—just type ‘rotifer cultures’ or ‘live rotifers’ into the GOOGLE search bar on the bottom left margin of this page, and you’ll find a number of listings.  The advantage of buying …

Culturing Saltwater Rotifers–Introduction

Culturing Saltwater Rotifers: How to Culture Live Rotifers at Home for Your Saltwater Aquarium Culturing rotifers is easy to do at home. In order to get started, you have to obtain a starter culture. If you don’t find automatic success with your homegrown rotifer culture, don’t worry. It took me a few weeks (and several crashed cultures) to get the hang …

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Quarantine Tank for Saltwater Fish

Next to the protein skimmer, the quarantine tank is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can purchase. Adding fish to a tank without the proper quarantine period is like playing Russian Roulette with your fish tank. You can get away with it for a few rounds, but after a while the odds stack up against you, and your fish will pay the price.

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Cleaner Fish Reduce Aggression in Captive Aquaria

Cleaner Fish Reduce Aggression in Captive Aquaria Aggression among fish is a natural behavior. Competition for resources like food, territory and suitable mates is literally a matter of life and death for many fish. This natural, even instinctual behavior can become exacerbated in the confines of captive aquaria (um…in your fish tank, for short). Aggression can escalate in an aquarium because of …