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Banggai Cardinalfish care guide

Let’s talk a little about caring for the Banggai Cardinalfish–one of my absolute, all-time favorite saltwater fish. Banggai’s are commonly available as aquacultured saltwater fish. Banggai cardinalfish are the easiest saltwater fish to breed once you get them paired up, but pairing them up certainly is a challenge.  Banggai Cardinalfish Latin …

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Bumblebee Snail Care Guide: Engina mendicaria

The bumblebee snail (Engina mendicaria) checks off all of the popular categories: They’re colorful (if you couldn’t guess from their name). You won’t have trouble caring for them. And they provide multiple benefits to your saltwater aquarium. Not too shabby for a little gastropod! Of course, there are a few …

Plating corals

One of the most amazing aspects of reef keeping is that there are nearly endless combinations of color and shape/growth forms we can use to create our ideal and individualized home reef. The plating corals are particularly useful in creating a focus point among all the branching sticks. This article …

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Best reef safe angelfish (with caution)

Saltwater angelfish are some of the most beautiful, vibrant and active fish you can add to your aquarium. But not all angelfish are reef safe or appropriate for a mixed saltwater tank. Here is a list of the 13 best reef safe angelfish for a saltwater tank. There are two …

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Best saltwater fish tank cleaners

Let’s face it, keeping any aquarium clean can be a pain. There is no perfect biological solution that will make your tank completely maintenance-free, but adding a few of the best saltwater fish tank cleaners can help add some interesting dynamics to your tank and lend a helping hand. Here …

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Best saltwater aquarium tips for beginners

Creating and maintaining your own saltwater aquarium is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Here are the 9 Best saltwater aquarium tips for beginners to help you on your journey. 1. Install a grounding probe to avoid shocking yourself and your fish A grounding probe is an inexpensive device that will …

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Pineapple Sponges: reef aquarium guide

“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?” Okay, yes, everyone knows the iconic line from SpongeBob. But do you know you CAN find such a thing? Pineapple sponges, I mean. However, they’re not as easy to spot as a certain pants-wearing character. And some hobbyists aren’t fans of these …

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Majano Anemone: Identification and Removal

Hobbyists know the look of the dreaded Aiptasia anemone. Spotting this plague of saltwater aquariums is an acquired skill (not to mention learning to route the invader). But what about the similar majano anemone? You need to look close to tell the two species apart. And, yes, it matters. Because …

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Stomatella Snail Care Guide: Stomatella spp.

The stomatella snail (Stomatella spp.) often pops up in saltwater aquariums unannounced. And – depending on the species – it can cause confusion. Is it a slug? A nudibranch? Or is it really the snail everyone claims? You need to take a close look to appreciate these little gastropods. And …

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Bubble Algae: Removing the Bubbles From Your Tank

You walk past your tank and notice a pearly green sphere tucked among the live rock. It looks attractive, so you leave it alone. Then more appear. And MORE. Before you know it, you’re combatting dreaded bubble algae. As pretty as those colorful colonies may be, it doesn’t take much …