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Easiest DIY Saltwater Fish Food Ever

Have you ever wondered if you could make your own saltwater fish food? Think about it: no need to contemplate which commercial food to pick up from the store. And you retain full control over all the ingredients. If the thought’s ever passed through your mind, this is the post for …

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6 Reasons to Add Sponge Filters to Your Aquarium

When you start thinking about ALL of the equipment you need for your saltwater aquarium, it’s easy to overlook the little things – for instance, sponge filters. Everyone needs them around – and knows they’re necessary in the back of their mind – but the handy pieces of filter media …

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Serpent Starfish Care: Ophiuroidea

When people think of starfish, they call to mind the five-pointed echinoderms you learn to recognize as a kid. So you might overlook serpent starfish at first glance. These brightly colored members of the group trade in those “stubby” arms for long, snake-like limbs. It’s the perfect touch to a saltwater …

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Flame Hawkfish Care: Neocirrhitus armatus

The flame hawkfish (Neocirrhitus armatus) stands out in even the best reef crowds. They’re genuine charmers for aquarists looking for the perfect touch of RED to add to their tanks. But they’ll also make ideal choices for anyone who appreciates a bit of excitement. Because as members of the hawkfish …

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Best Nano Protein Skimmer: Product Reviews for 2018

Ever wonder how experienced aquarium owners manage to keep the water in their nano tanks so pristine? Designed specifically for these challenges, they credit one of the best nano protein skimmer models as a big step to keeping that water clean and their nano tank thriving. Depending on the type of …

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Sea Hares: Facts, Eggs, Ink, and Care

If you’re looking for a challenging, unusual invertebrate to add to your tank, take a look at the sea hares. Due to the possible toxins these sea hares can release and their specific care requirements, the species are considered difficult to keep. It’s recommended that only expert-level hobbyists attempt to …

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Hobby brine shrimp hatchery dish: so much fun for under $30

A few weeks back, I was listening to the Reef Therapy podcast—shout out to Jake and Mark, where they talked about their aquarium hacks—and mentioned live baby brine shrimp as a hack for replacing live copepod or zooplankton supplement feeding. I’ve had a can of brine shrimp cysts in my …

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Why You Should Add a Refugium to Your Saltwater Aquarium

As you start to explore the saltwater aquarium hobby, you’ll probably encounter a recommendation to add a refugium to your tank. This simple equipment addition doesn’t seem like much (it doesn’t even take up a ton of real estate), and you may wonder what all the hype’s about. Or you may …

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Deep Sand Beds: Are They Just a Thing of the Past?

When I started with this hobby, deep sand beds were trending downward on the aquarium “in vogue” list. At least, if one ever considers deep sand beds “in vogue,” anyway. (As a side note, I don’t think I’ve ever used the phrase “in vogue” before. But now I’ve done it …

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To Drip Acclimate or Not Drip? That is the Question

Everyone wants their new fish to enter a tank safe and sound, and many hobbyists will drip acclimate the arrivals to accomplish a smooth introduction. The process has been around for – well, forever. It’s simple, you’ll find plenty of guides to teach you the method, and the creatures respond well. …