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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 polyp stony corals (SPS) seen in the hobby are members of Acroporidae, which includes species …

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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, creating a mushroom-like appearance.  In normal-to-higher light environments, the polyps lie flat along the substrate …

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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 saltwater fish find their way back home after drifting at sea among the plankton has long been a mystery to scientists.  Based on a study published …

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Cleaner Fish Reduce Aggression in Captive Aquaria

Cleaner Fish Reduce Aggression in Captive Aquaria Aggression among fish is a natural behavior. Competition for resources like food, territory, and suitable mates is literally a matter of life and death for many fish. This natural, even instinctual behavior can become exacerbated in the confines of captive aquaria (um…in your fish tank, for short). Aggression can escalate in an aquarium because of the limited space and mixture of species can cause unnatural interactions. Well, the good news here …

The Best Book about Breeding Saltwater Fish

Want to know the best book about breeding saltwater fish? Scan a little farther down the page and I’ll show you. The best book about breeding saltwater fish The fourth best book about breeding saltwater fish is… 4. Breeding the Orchid Dottyback: An Aquarist’s Journal, by Martin A. Moe, Jr. Published in 1997, Breeding the Orchid Dottyback: An Aquarist’s Journal quite literally is Martin’s personal journal chronicling his journey breeding the orchid dotty back, pseudochromis fridmani. What I …

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5 Saltwater Aquarium Books Every Hobbyist Should Read

Welcome to Saltwater Aquarium Blog. This is my very first blog post. In fact, when I started, the post was titled, “Hello World”. Before I start sharing some of what I’ve learned in my time as a hobbyist, I thought I would start by sharing with you the books that helped shape my knowledge and aquariums over the years. Here is a list of 5  saltwater aquarium books every hobbyist should read. There are a …