Moving Your Aquarium: Part 2

Moving Your Aquarium—Part 2 Moving the most important thing(s) In the last blog post, I introduced the idea of the aquarium move, the need for planning and the need to set aside time to do all the tasks necessary to move your aquarium. Next I want you to think through how you are going to move the most important thing(s) …

What does PAR stand for?

What does PAR stand for? PAR is one of the more important factors to consider when considering, comparing, or otherwise evaluating aquarium lighting. The term PAR is an abbreviation for a more scientific-sounding term: Photosythetically Active Radiation. You will convince your friends and family of your ‘fish nerd’ status if you drop that little nugget at dinner. You may be …

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Breeding the Banggai Cardinalfish

A while back, I wrote an article about Breeding the Banggai cardinalfish that was published in Aquarium Fish International. This is the article is written the way I originally intended it and includes my intended (bad) humor. I was pretty fortunate to have success breeding this awesome saltwater fish. You will see that I made lots of mistakes, but these …

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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, …