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Why you should add a refugium to your aquarium

Why you should add a refugium to your aquarium…if you can A refugium is a great thing to add to your aquarium set-up…if you can. Think of the refugium as a nature preserve within the confines of your aquarium system. It’s a small area set aside for macroalgae and tiny invertebrates to flourish. Adding a refugium to your aquarium can provide the …

Aquarium cooling fan: Aquacool

Aquarium cooling fan: Aquacool This summer, I installed an aquarium cooling fan for my display tank.  When the metal halide lamp warms up, my tank and the area around it really warms up.  The cooling fan in the metal halide light is noisy and insufficient, so I decided to try the Aquacool fan from ZooMed Laboratories.  The first thing I noticed …

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DIY Larvae Snagger

The role of a DIY larvae snagger Here is a question I have heard a few times: Help! I have clownfish laying eggs in my tank. How do I raise the young? Have you ever had this happen to you? The best and easiest thing you can do is take the rock that they laid the eggs on and remove …

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Reef Aquarium Lighting

Reef Aquarium Lighting One of the most common questions I hear from new saltwater aquarium hobbyists about reef aquarium lighting is, “How much light do I need? Is there a minimum wattage I should consider to keep coral in a reef tank?” I have heard aquarists offer up the advice that to keep coral, they should have between 2 and …

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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 …