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Tailspot blenny: reef safe care guide

Looking to learn more about a hardy, inexpensive smaller fish that gets along well with other reef fish and packs a ton of personality? Then you’re in the right place…I mean…spot. Whether you have a giant reef tank or a nano aquarium, you should seriously consider the Tailspot blenny. Quick Facts About the Tailspot Blenny: Scientific Name: Ecsenius stigmatura Common …

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Yellow longnose butterflyfish

The Yellow Longnose Butterflyfish is a beautiful, brightly-colored yellow fish, with a long, pointed snout that can simultaneously reinforce the competing notions of deliberate design and evolution for picking food items out of the deep recesses of reef rocks. They are hardy, docile creatures–but are they reef-safe? And are they appropriate for your saltwater aquarium? Let’s dive deeper and find …

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Powder brown tang

Looking for an amazing saltwater fish that is both amazingly beautiful, yet somehow subdued and less flagrantly colored than most? The white-faced powder brown tang fits that description and more. They are elegant and subtle and challenging to care for. Let’s talk a bit more about what makes them challenging after a few quick facts. Quick Facts About the White-faced …

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Hammer coral care: placement & feeding of Euphyllia ancora

Are you looking for a great coral that can jazz up your tank without being too difficult to care for? You might be in the market for a hammer coral, Euphyllia ancora. This popular large polyp stony coral species has all the right raw materials to make a great next coral for your tank–they build their own stony coral skeleton, …

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Blue devil damselfish

The Blue devil damselfish is a gorgeous and insanely popular saltwater fish. In fact, a few years back, it was the #2 most imported fish. They are small, beautifully colored and as inexpensive as saltwater fish get. It can be challenging, at times, to tell the difference between different species of damselfishes–and the blue devil damselfish can be particularly problematic, …

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Picasso Triggerfish

Would you agree with me that the Picasso triggerfish, or Humu Humu, is truly a work of art. The fish has markings that resemble an abstract painting. As an easy to care for triggerfish, the Picasso is a very popular saltwater fish species. Want to know how to care for one in your saltwater aquarium? Let’s dive right in. Quick Facts …

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Featherduster worm

Looking for an interesting invertebrate to add to your tank? Let’s take a look at the Feather duster worm, (also sometimes called a fan worm) to see if it’s a good fit.  Quick Facts About the Featherduster Worm: Scientific Name: Sabellidae sp. Common Species: Hawaiian, Dwarf, Royal, Yellow, Coco Other common names: Fan worm Max Size: 2.5 Inches Minimum tank …