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The bristle worm

If you have ever seen a bristle worm in your reef tank, you would probably agree they can be ugly little creatures. I’m pretty sure we’re genetically programmed to be creeped out by millipede-looking creatures. There is a lot of energy and discussion about this lowly polychaete in reef aquarium circles. The bristle worm is a live rock hitchhiker that reef tank owners love to hate. Is there merit to the debate, or is it …

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Peppermint Shrimp Care Guide

Peppermint shrimp are a brightly colored, inexpensive saltwater reef shrimp species that are often recommended to help control aiptasia anemone populations. But they are also a fun, interesting, easy-to-care for  invertebrate that can add some color and variety to your reef tank. Let’s dive a bit deeper into what makes them interesting, how to care for them, what they are compatible with and whether or not you can add them to your reef tank safely. …

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Foxface rabbitfish comprehensive care guide: (but are they reef safe?)

The Foxface rabbitfish is a bold (personality and color) saltwater fish with a peaceful, almost confident temperament. This species is easy to feed and care for and has a brilliant yellow, white, and black coloring that will liven up just about any tank. Let’s dive deeper into the Foxface rabbitfish’s world to learn more about what it takes to care for them successfully in a reef tank. Foxface rabbitfish scientific and common names The scientific …

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Marine betta fish: care, feeding, breeding guide

The Marine betta, or Comet, is a strikingly beautiful, peaceful, and shy animal that will add stopping power to any reef aquarium. Their iconic black and white camouflage pattern (many tiny white spots on a black background), large, lobe-shaped caudal fin, and prominent posterior (rear-facing) eyespot are the sources of the most interesting visual and behavioral elements of this beautiful saltwater fish. Let’s dive a little bit deeper to see what it takes to care for …

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Trumpet coral

The Trumpet Coral is an easy-to-care-for LPS coral, great for beginner and advanced reef tank owners. It is a close cousin to the candy cane coral, and shares a lot of similarities, in terms of care, husbandry, and propagation. Read on to learn what it takes to care for the trumpet coral in a reef tank and recreate its natural habitat. Quick Facts About the Trumpet Coral Scientific Name: Caulastraea curvata or Caulastraea echinulata Common Names: Candy, …

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31 Saltwater Aquarium Books in My Library–and the 2 Magazines I Read

Acquiring and reading the best saltwater aquarium books in my library has helped me learn from the experience of others and has inspired me on my own journeys with my tanks, fragging, breeding, and blogging (you know, all the “ings”). Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to have added 33 saltwater aquarium books to my library–many of which are not in print anymore but can be picked up used. Sharing those books with you today in the …

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Pajama cardinalfish

The Pajama Cardinalfish is a small saltwater aquarium fish that is nearly perfect for almost any tank. Visitors may wonder if the colors and patterns are real. Beginners will appreciate how easy it is to take care of them. They will get along with just about any other fish (that won’t try to eat them) and may even pair up and breed in your tank. If you want to learn more about the very popular …