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Vodka dosing in a reef tank

Vodka dosing in a reef tank This sounds like a strange concept–and it is–but it works. Vodka dosing in a reef tank is a proven method to improve the water quality by removing nitrates and phosphates from the water. Let me share some of the benefits of vodka dosing in a reef aquarium with you by answering some common questions: …

Book Review: Your First Marine Aquarium

I picked up a new aquarium book in the bargain bin of a bookstore the other day, titled: Your First Marine Aquarium.  The book, written by John H. Tullock, and published by Barron’s (an educational publisher) covers the basics for a new saltwater aquarist. I would consider the book to be small, by saltwater aquarium book standards. The book is about …

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How to Frag Your First Coral

Do you keep soft corals in your aquarium? Have you ever bought a coral frag from your local fish store, or a fellow hobbyist and wondered just how exactly they did it? Have you thought about fragging coral in your aquarium, but weren’t sure where to start?   This article is written to show you how to have success fragging …

Bare Bottom Reefing

Bare bottom reefing If you are setting up an aquarium in the near future, one of the decisions you will have to make is whether you want to go with a bare bottom. I’m not kidding. Bare bottom reefing is the rage these days—so if you don’t want people to make fun of your DSB, you should take note. Alright, …

Sweeper Tentacle Epiphany

I’m not sure how you feel about it, but whenever I imagine the ‘ideal’ reef aquarium, I conjure a vision in my mind of a bountiful, reef tank chock full of corals. The hypothetical aquarium is an aquatic cornucopia with SPS, LPS, leather coral, mushrooms and more all living together, filling nearly every square inch of rock work, cascading in …

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Six Simple Words for Aquarium Success:

Six Simple Words for Aquarium Success: Water changes, water changes, water changes…      Perform 10-20% partial water changes weekly   When I was younger, I used to play basketball—and I remember my Uncle telling me that the most important things to practice on my own came down to five simple words: “run, run, run, run, run.” While the life …

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How to Keep the Moorish Idol

How to Keep the Moorish Idol Bob Fenner wrote an interesting article, posted on Fishchannel.com , about keeping the Moorish Idol, Zanclus cornutus, in captivity. Bob presents some helpful advice on keeping the fish. For one thing, he mentions that the fish are found mostly in pairs in the wild–and therefore recommends that aquarists interested in keeping these fish also attempt …