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Bicolor Blenny Care: Ecsenius bicolor

The bicolor blenny (Ecsenius bicolor) won’t surprise anyone regarding names. With a clear line down the middle, you get two delightful colors for the price of one! But bicolor blennies are more than just another pretty face. With their habit of snacking on algae in a saltwater aquarium, they also …

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Saltwater Aquarium Set Up: Definitive Step-by-Step Guide

Do you long for your own saltwater aquarium set up? Are you worried you’ll end up creating a dynamic display but need to eat ramen for the rest of your life? No worries! You can enjoy the beauty and relaxation of a saltwater tank in your own home WITHOUT breaking …

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Ricordea Care: The Flower Mushroom Corals

The Ricordea, or flower mushroom corals, are popular choices among saltwater aquarium enthusiasts due to their ease of keeping and those amazing colorations. Once you’ve set your eyes on these corallimorphs (don’t worry, we’ll get around to defining that word in a minute), you’ll jump headfirst into wanting to have …

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Scooter Blenny Care: Synchiropus spp.

The scooter blenny (Synchiropus spp.) gets its name from the behavior of “scooting” around the sand on the ventral fins. Combine the activity with vibrant colors, and they’re a favorite with aquarists – at least those that can cope with the blenny’s demanding needs. Because while they’re labeled blennies, they …

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The Ultimate Live Rock Hitchhikers Guide to the Aquarium

How do you make a discussion of live rock hitchhikers exciting and novel? By taking your cues from one of the best books in the world, of course. For instance, if you start by checking for an entry on “live rock,” in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, you find …

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5 Ways Vinegar Keeps Your Saltwater Aquarium in Top Shape

If you’re like me, your aquarium needs a thorough cleaning to get back into shape. But before you groan about needing to break out the heavy-duty cleansers, look in your kitchen cabinets. Because one of the most versatile weapons in your saltwater aquarium arsenal is vinegar. That’s right, good old …

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Majestic Angelfish Care: Pomacanthus navarchus

Majestic angelfish (Pomacanthus navarchus) earn their name with dramatic colors of yellow set off with a “girdle” of navy blue. They look stunning in any marine aquarium. And while they’re challenging to manage and keep happy, plenty of aquarists hunt them down as additions to their reef tanks. (Well, CERTAIN …

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Lyretail Anthias Care: Pseudanthias squamipinnis

Lyretail anthias (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) are some of the most attractive and active saltwater fish an aquarist can covet. They rarely cause problems with their management – earning bonus points. And their habits of swimming throughout the water column can even draw out shier species you might have in your aquarium. …

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5 Saltwater Aquarium Books Every Hobbyist Should Read

Every hobbyist begins by seeking information. And while internet searches work well (thank you for visiting), it also helps to have saltwater aquarium books around that you can grab and reference whenever you find yourself with a problem. (For instance, in case a power outage happens and you CAN’T reach …