Will switching to reef LED aquarium lights save money?

I found myself asking the question: “Will switching to reef LED aquarium lights save money?” a lot lately–mostly because I’m overdue to change out my light bulbs. So now that it is time to fork over the ~$110 to replace my lights (to purchase a new metal halide lamp and 2 power …

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Aquarium Maintenance Productivity Hack

I’ll get straight to the point–I don’t like to do aquarium maintenance, and I’m going to venture a guess that you don’t like it much either. The worst part about it–is that I’m usually not even honest with myself. I usually say, “I forgot.” But the truth is, subliminally, I want …

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Zooxanthellae: Symbiotic Coral Algae

Zooxanthellae: Symbiotic coral algae What are Zooxanthellae? Zooxanthellae are single-celled algae that live symbiotically with corals, clams and anemones. That was a mouthful and a bit nerdy, so let’s take a little bit deeper at each of the important terms there: Single-celled: Living things are made of cells. You are …

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Captive-bred Saltwater Fish: Four Recent Advances

Captive-bred Saltwater Fish: Four Recent Advances Recent advances in captive-bred saltwater fish took FOUR major steps forward recently. Captive-bred Marine Bettas, Calloplesiops altivelis,  became available from Sustainable Aquatics. 3,200 French Grunts were raised by a partnership between Disney and the Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (Matthew L. Wittenrich) Captive-bred Randall’s Assesors will …

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Zebra Danio Study Shows How Fish Evolved Limbs

Zebra Danio Study Shows How Fish Evolved Limbs Due to a recent study with the Zebra Danio, scientists are one step closer to figuring out how fish evolved limbs and took their first steps on land. Zebra Danios are a popular freshwater aquarium fish because of their: abundant energy general …

The Most Popular, Worst and My Favorite Blog Posts

As part of the Saltwater Aquarium Blog 3-year birthday celebration, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect back on some of the blog posts written over the past three years. Here are the most popular, worst and my favorite blog posts from the last three years. Most Popular Saltwater …

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Clownfish Use Sound to Reinforce Dominance

Clownfish Use Sound to Reinforce Dominance   Clownfish are probably the most common saltwater aquarium fish. They are beloved by almost every aquarist because of their striking coloration, hardiness and symbiotic relationship with their host anemones—which incidentally aren’t required to have success with clownfish in captivity. Who doesn’t love a …

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Aquarium Power Failure

After Hurricane Sandy blew through, I had my first real experience dealing with my aquarium during a power failure. In this post, I will take you through some of what I learned along the way. My heart goes out to those who were effected in a major way by this …

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Acclimating fish using drip method

Any time you buy a saltwater fish, it is important to slowly, gradually acclimate the fish to the specific conditions of your aquarium. There are a couple of reasons why you need to do this. This article will show you why and how you can start acclimating fish using drip method right away. …

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When should I change my saltwater aquarium lights

  Are you wondering: When should I change my saltwater aquarium lights? The answer, of course, is “that depends…” How often you need to change the lights for your saltwater aquarium will depend on a few things: 1)      Whether you have a fish-only or reef aquarium 2)      How many hours you …