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How to cure live rock

Looking for information about how to cure live rock? Live rock is one of the most important things you will add to your saltwater aquarium. It serves as both the structural and filtration-al… (I never miss an opportunity to make up a new word) foundation of most saltwater aquarium systems. Live rock also provides an important source of biological interest …

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Yellow Tang: Caring for this saltwater fish in a reef tank

The Yellow Tang is one of the most common saltwater fish, because of its striking color, fantastic shape, bold personalities and relative ease of care. They will add a pop of color to even the brightest reef tank. Introduction They are, (not surprisingly), yellow in color (shocking…I know), ranging from a pastel-y buttery color to an almost neon color that …

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Domino damselfish-threespot Dascyllus trimaculatus

Here’s a riddle for you: what’s black and white and in tanks all over? The Domino Damselfish, of course! Let’s take a closer look at this clownfish cousin to help you decide if it would be a good saltwater fish to add to your aquarium. Quick facts about the Domino Damselfish: Scientific Name: Dascyllus trimaculatus Common Names: Threespot Dascyllus, Three …

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7 Biggest Aquarium Mistakes I’ve Made in the Hobby

I was chatting with a friend and Saltwater Aquarium Blog Newsletter subscriber the other day who was bummed because he made a mistake that ended causing some pretty significant damage to his tank. In the end, he decided to take a break from the hobby. It bums me out to see this happen, and unfortunately, it happens a lot. The …

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Five Starter Fish Every Saltwater Hobbyist Should Avoid

What is a saltwater starter fish? When you set up a saltwater fish tank, the first fish you put in the tank (the fish you start with) could be considered starter fish. When applied broadly, the term starter fish probably refers to a fish that is good to add when setting up a saltwater tank. An unfortunate reality when setting …

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Live rock hitchhikers guide

If you were to look up the entry for “live rock”, in The Hitchhikers Guide, you would find the following entry: On earth, before it was destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, monkey mammals called humans sometimes enjoyed collecting fish and corals in a glass box. Inside that box, they would pile a bunch of expensive rock that …

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9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

The 9 MOST IMPORTANT Reef Tank Parameters are: Alkalinity Ammonia Calcium Nitrate Nitrite pH Phosphate Salinity Temperature Let’s dive a little deeper into each individual water parameter as well as the value considered to be ideal for a reef tank: Number 1: Alkalinity Alkalinity is a complex concept/thing to describe because it pretty much only has scientific explanations. As aquarists, …