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Bonus Day

I know the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge ended on the 31st day, but remember that fish you bought on Day 5 and put into Quarantine? If it was parasite free ever since you added it to quarantine (28 uninterrupted days) you could add it to your …

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Graduation Day

Welcome to Day 31 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today’s challenge is simple…literally. What I want you to do is simplify something in your tank. You spent the majority of the last 31 days doing work on or adding things to your saltwater aquarium. But …

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Clean your aquarium lights

Welcome to Day 30 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. It’s Challenge Graduation Eve Day. There’s a holiday that nobody has ever celebrated before today! Today’s task is to inspect your lights, clean things up, and replace the bulbs (if you have them) if they …

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Replace your old test kits

Welcome to Day 29 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today’s task is to replace your old test kits. How old are your test kits, anyway? How long have you had your old test kits? Are they still good, or have they expired? If your …

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Weekly Partial Water Change

Welcome to Day 28 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. We are almost there. I can taste it. In case you were wondering, it tastes salty. However, I’m so proud of all you’ve done this past month to work on and improve your tank. I …

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Build a DIY Brine Shrimp Hatchery

Welcome back to Day 27 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge, build a DIY brine shrimp hatchery. Nothing will make your saltwater aquarium come to life like feeding live foods. Earlier in the challenge, we talked about adding phytoplankton, macroalgae, and copepods. Give your fish …

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Add a new coral

Welcome to Day 26 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. We’re almost done. You’ve been focused, committed and working hard. So today is a reward day. Have some fun and splurge today. Go to your local fish store and pick out a cool new coral …

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Add a dose of live phytoplankton

Welcome to Day 25 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Phytoplankton are the first link in the food chain. They are a basic, plant-like food that many organisms eat, including copepods, rotifers, zooplankton and even some corals. Today’s challenge is to boost the biodiversity in …

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Invest in your saltwater aquarium education

Welcome to Day 24 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. One of the most rewarding aspects of this hobby is that your saltwater aquarium always changing (evolving), equipment and technologies continue to improve, there are breakthroughs in the husbandry techniques with keeping or breeding certain species, …

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Join a Reef Club

Welcome to Day 22 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today’s challenge is to join a reef club. I’ve written about this a few times, so I won’t belabor the point too badly here (you can read my belabored points here, if you have time). …