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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Best Nano Aquarium for Saltwater

A large aquarium positioned prominently as a display is a stunning addition to any room. But despite what you may have heard, big reef tanks don’t have to have all the fun. A Nano Aquarium, by comparison, is a comparatively pint-sized tank, typically around 20 gallons or less that packs a big punch in a small package. This reduced capacity offers …

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What are your other hobbies?

One thing we all share in common here is our love for saltwater fish, corals, and other invertebrates–educating and having fun around that hobby is core to the mission of SaltwaterAquariumblog.com, but it certainly isn’t my only hobby. Which made me wonder–what else might we have in common? Are there other hobbies and interests we share? The inspiration for this …

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Mandarin Goby, Synchiropus splendidus, in the Reef Aquarium

The mandarin goby is arguably one of the most beautiful reef fish you will ever see. You may have also seen them listed as a mandarin: fish, dragonet, or even the psychedelic fish, They are a small saltwater fish, generally reaching only about 3-4 inches in total length. Mandarin fish have a captivating swimming and hunting style to observe, which only adds to …

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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 …