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Acan Coral Care Guide

Acanthastrea corals, commonly known as acan coral or acan lords, are large polyp stony (LPS) corals and one of the most beautifully colored coral species. They come in purple, red, green, blue, orange, brown, rust, pale tan, and pale grey. The family includes many species with different names. And many …

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Toadstool Coral Care

The toadstool coral is a perfect beginner coral for saltwater aquariums. They are soft corals and require conditions typical for success in any reef tank. Toadstool corals belong to the leather coral group and are often sold in different varieties based on their color or the size of their polyps. …

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Aquarium Sump Tanks

Thinking about adding aquarium sump tanks to your display? This article will help you better understand what aquarium sump tanks, why you may want one, and where to buy them online – with handy product reviews of the best setups. Table of Contents Already have a hang on what aquarium …

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5 Starter Fish Every Saltwater Hobbyist Should Avoid

What’s the best part of setting up a saltwater aquarium? Picking our you fish! And while you have the entire ocean (okay, not the ENTIRE ocean) to choose from, some fish make better starter fish than others. Because if you’ve never managed a marine tank before, you could find yourself struggling …

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French Angelfish Care: Pomacanthus paru

French angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) are a favorite with snorkelers and divers. Not only do they stand out in their natural reef environment, but they also have personalities that drive them to investigate any visitors. And that natural curiosity makes them every bit as enjoyable to house in a marine aquarium …

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Quarantine Tank Setup

A quarantine tank setup is a crucial part of owning and maintaining a saltwater aquarium. You’ll ensure the safety of every fish and invertebrate you add to a tank. Not to mention you’ll save yourself hefty medication bills down the road. But how do go about making sure your quarantine …

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5 Best Soft Corals for Beginners to Reef Tanks

Looking for an easy-to-grow coral species to add to your new reef tank? Here are the five best soft corals for beginners. They’re hardy, tolerant, and even help keep problem algae from being too much of a pest in your tank. Table of Contents If you’re eager to figure out which …

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Elegance Coral: Catalaphyllia jardinei

Elegance coral (Catalaphyllia jardinei) is an awesome large polyp stony (LPS) coral for the mixed reef tank. This elegant coral is an anemone look-alike and has long, flowing tentacles, although it is more closely related to frogspawn, torch, and hammer corals than it is to sea anemones. Several different color …

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Harlequin Shrimp Care Guide

Harlequin shrimp (Hymenocera picta), in my opinion, are one of the most beautiful marine invertebrates in the world. Just take a look! They are mostly white with colorful spots all over their mantis-shaped body. In general, they grow to a maximum size of 2 inches. (Females come out significantly larger …

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Zoanthid Coral Care Guide

Zoanthid corals, affectionately called zoas by aquarium hobbyists in online forums (I guess because “zoanthid corals” is too long to type), are a trendy type of coral kept in reef tanks. Why? Because they are relatively easy to grow, maintain, frag,  AND they are available in amazing, brilliant, fluorescent colors. They …