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Zoanthid Gardens

If you have a reef tank, odds are you have a zoanthid or two. Or ten. Zoas get addicting. They’re a hobbyist favorite courtesy of the hundreds of potential colors and ease of keeping. And the popularity of these “corals” has prompted the move toward cultivating zoanthid gardens. If you …

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Best saltwater fish for a 15 gallon tank

Setting up a saltwater tank is a hobby you can enjoy for years and years. One important aspect of having a successful aquarium is picking fish that are the right size for the tank and are compatible with each other. This guide will help you get started by sharing the …

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Removing diatoms and brown algae from a reef tank

Have you spotted clusters of unwanted patches of brown growth in your tank? Brown algae probably come to mind first. (Quick-growing, plant-like, covering EVERY surface) What if I told you those growths were a particular group of algae known as diatoms. And eradicating them from your saltwater aquarium can get …

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Yellowhead Jawfish Care Guide: Opistognathus aurifrons

The yellowhead jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) is one of the most personable of the jawfish group. Hobbyists get the best of both worlds: a burrowing species that happens to enjoy people-watching. And if you provide the best conditions for your little excavator, you can expect it to “spy hop” throughout the …

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Sohal Tang Care Guide: Acanthurus sohal

The Sohal tang (Acanthurus sohal) captures the eye with its striking array of vibrant stripes. In any saltwater aquarium, they’re hard to miss. Of course, part of that’s due to their impressive size. If you’re interested in acquiring one of these beauties, you’ll want to prepare yourself for a brute …

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Red Coris Wrasse Care Guide: Coris gaimard

The red coris wrasse (Coris gaimard) looks stunning – something you could probably guess with additional common names of rainbow wrasse and clown wrasse. But this popular saltwater species also provides a beneficial service of rooting out unwanted bristle worms. (Who doesn’t love form and function fish?) There are one …

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Maxima Clam Care Guide: Tridacna maxima

The maxima clam (Tridacna maxima) earns the title of Holy Grail of Aquarium Clams. And you don’t even need to undertake a quest to find one! All you need is a proper setup within your saltwater aquarium. Easy, right? As it turns out, these stunning clams require a bit more …

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Saltwater Fish Compatibility Chart: Saltwater Aquarium Blog

Every saltwater fish species has their own minimum tank size requirements and compatibility/incompatibility profile when added to a tank with certain other species. That’s why I created the Saltwater Aquarium Blog Interactive Saltwater Fish Compatibility Chart and Tool. Saltwater fish compatibility is as easy as 1, 2, 3 Select 1 …

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Galaxea Coral Care Guide: Galaxea fascicularis

The galaxea coral (Galaxea fascicularis) attracts hobbyists with its stunning arrangement of tentacles. Regardless of your color choice, you’ll end up with a beautiful display of waving white tips. And in no time, your saltwater aquarium will have a thriving colony. But galaxea corals aren’t the easiest species to manage. …

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Mimic Tang Care Guide: Acanthurus pyroferus

The mimic tang (Acanthurus pyroferus) stands out from the crowd – well, by NOT standing out. No, really. One of the coolest aspects of this species is the ability to don the colors and patterns of local angelfish while they’re juveniles. The mimicry keeps them safe, sound, and thriving until …