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11 Great Low Light Corals

Here is a list of 11 great low light corals that can thrive in a home aquarium that has low-to-moderate lighting, or in the darker corners of an otherwise well-lit tank. Mushroom corals Mushroom corals are great low light corals. They are available in many different colors, are genuinely low …

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5 Best Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Beginners

What makes fish species great saltwater aquarium fish for beginners?  These are all tropical fish, meaning they come from tropical waters (generally with a temperature around 78-80F/25.5-26.6C). But – to be clear – these fish will NOT survive in a freshwater aquarium. You have to keep them in a marine …

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Torch Coral: A Large Polyp Stony (LPS) Beginner Coral

The Torch coral, Euphyllia glabrescens, is a large polyp stony (LPS) coral that originates from Indo-Pacific reefs. The torch coral has long, flowing, fleshy polyps that extend from a calcified (stony) base. In moderate water flow, these corals look a bit like a torch (where they get their common name). …

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Two common questions about starting a saltwater aquarium

The two most common questions I get about starting a saltwater aquarium are: Isn’t it a lot of work? Aren’t they expensive? I tend to get these questions when someone first sees my tank–or finds out I’m a big fish nerd. Do you get the same questions? What do you …

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Green Star Polyps Coral Care

Green star polyps (GSPs) are an excellent beginner soft coral and may work best as an ideal first coral choice. Why? Because they’re: Extremely hardy Easy to care for Tolerant of a range of water conditions Fast-growing Don’t need strong light to grow Sound intriguing? Then let’s dive deeper into …

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51 Great gifts for saltwater aquarium lovers

Prime Day is on June 21-22 in 2021, so it’s that time we all look for great deals and bargains. Whether you are looking for a great gift for the saltwater aquarium lover on your list or just trying to score some great deals on Prime Day, you are bound …

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Garden Eel Care: Heteroconger hassi

Garden eels (Heteroconger hassi) often escape the notice of snorkelers and divers. Swaying among beds of seagrass on the sandy bottom, they blend seamlessly in with the plants. You need to look closely to pick out the fish from the foliage. You won’t have the same trouble in your home …

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Clownfish Breeding Journal: Clownfish Egg and Larvae Development

Do you currently have clownfish breeding in your tank? Or perhaps you want to learn how to breed clownfish and raise clownfish eggs to help your baby clownfish survive and thrive. Either way, I hope you’ll enjoy learning about clownfish breeding, egg-laying, and some of the lessons I learned from …

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9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

Everyone loves adding fish, coral, and other invertebrates to their reef tanks. But before you can jump into that fun, you need to make sure you have your water on point. Reef tank water parameters are crucial for the health and well-being of EVERYTHING you add to the aquarium. And …

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Aiptasia: Proven Pest or Unjustly Persecuted?

Last night, I performed a little surgery in my reef tank to eradicate a notorious pest in the saltwater aquarium world–I found the dreaded aiptasia anemone (sometimes spelled aptasia on forums) on a coral I recently purchased. After carefully inspecting the subject (a piece of live rock with mushroom corals …