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Equipment Needed to Culture Saltwater Rotifers

The first step to culturing saltwater rotifers at home is to obtain a starter culture.  If you can’t find a hobbyist (or breeder) growing rotifers locally, you can find them online—just type ‘rotifer cultures’ or ‘live rotifers’ into the GOOGLE search bar on the bottom left margin of this page, and you’ll find a number of listings.  The advantage of buying …

Culturing Saltwater Rotifers–Introduction

Culturing rotifers is easy to do at home. In order to get started, you have to obtain a starter culture. If you don’t find automatic success with your homegrown rotifer culture, don’t worry. It took me a few weeks (and several crashed cultures) to get the hang of it. If you decide to try this on your own, it’s important to …

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Dosing Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton are small photosynthetic organisms considered to be one of the building blocks at the base of the coral reef food chain.  Many filter-feeding invertebrates depend on phytoplankton as a significant source of nourishment. Within the saltwater reef tank, however, phytoplankton are generally not present in abundant numbers.  As a result, advanced aquarists often dose this valuable living food source to boost the growth …

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Small Polyp Stony Corals (SPS)

Small Polyp Stony Corals Small polyp stony corals (SPS) are what many people think of as the conventional reef-building corals.  As a group, they are some of the most beautiful and some of the most difficult to keep, often requiring high flow rates, provided by powerheads, intense lighting, and optimal, stable water chemistry. Probably the most popular family of small …

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Mushroom Corals

Mushroom Corals Mushroom Corals or Corallimorphs are great beginner corals because they are some of the easiest species to care for. I recommend mushroom corals for hobbyists at any level. Mushroom Corals are a great first coral The corallimorphs get their name because the individual polyps are large and fleshy. In lower light environments, the polyps seem to stretch upward in the water column, …

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Quarantine Tank for Saltwater Fish

Next to the protein skimmer, the quarantine tank is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can purchase. Adding fish to a tank without the proper quarantine period is like playing Russian Roulette with your fish tank. You can get away with it for a few rounds, but after a while the odds stack up against you, and your fish will pay the price.

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Clownfish Can Find Their Way Back to Their Reef Using Sense of Smell

Clownfish can find their way back to their reef using their sense of smell After clownfish hatch from their eggs, they spend about 10-12 days floating freely in the ocean, as pelagic larvae.  After that time, they often return to the reefs close to shore, where they were born.  The mechanism through which the fish find their way back home …