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How to set up a saltwater aquarium

Do you want to know how to set up a saltwater aquarium? You can enjoy the beauty and relaxation of a saltwater tank in your own home without breaking the bank if you follow the steps in this how-to guide. Table of contents A few questions to help you get started Difficulty level All-in-one vs. build your own Acrylic vs. glass Location Equipment Step-by-step instructions A few questions designed to help you get started Before …

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The Definitive Guide to Reef Aquarium Live Rock

What is live rock? What is live rock? Where should I start? The term itself is a bit awkward, which leads to some of the confusion. Technically speaking, live rock is not alive. Equally technically speaking, it very much is a rock. The living part of the rock is not the rock itself, but rather the tiny invertebrates, algae, and bacteria that live in and on it. These bacteria, algae, and invertebrates colonize the rock …

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Two common questions about starting a saltwater aquarium

The two most common questions I get about starting a saltwater aquarium are: Isn’t it a lot of work? Aren’t they really expensive? I tend to get these questions when someone first sees my tank–or finds out I’m a big fish nerd. Do you get the same questions? What do you say? I usually say, it depends. I know, that’s a totally frustrating answer, but it does depend. Isn’t it a lot of work? My …

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How to make saltwater from reef salt mix

How do you make the saltwater for a saltwater reef tank? Have you ever looked at a saltwater tank at a city aquarium, or even a dentist’s office and thought, “I wish I could have one of those!” but don’t even know where to begin? For example, where do they even get the saltwater for that reef tank from? Do you want to know how to make saltwater? It’s no mystery, the saltwater from that reef tank came …

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Aquarium sand: How to pick the right aquarium substrate for your reef tank

This article provides an overview of how to pick the best saltwater aquarium sand. When I first started in the aquarium hobby a thousand years ago, the decision about what aquarium substrate to use was pretty simple. There were two options: fine sand or coarse sand (crushed coral) and two ways you could choose to place it in your tank. You could either have a deep sand bed, shallow sand bed/bare bottom. Those are still …

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2017 Saltwater Aquarium Blog Most Popular Reef Tank Items Purchased Online

Hello again saltwater aquarium fans, it’s time for the annual Saltwater Aquarium Blog Most Popular Reef Tank Items article. This is the list of the top items purchased online by the readers of Saltwater Aquarium Blog. Here is how I determine the list of the most popular Affiliation with Amazon It’s probably not a surprise to you that Amazon.com is carrying more and more saltwater aquarium hobby products every week, in their quest to take …

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How much live rock do I need?

How much live rock do I need? That’s one of the most common questions when setting up a new saltwater aquarium. You might be surprised to find out you really only need 10-20 pounds of this expensive reef substrate, no matter how big of an aquarium you have.  I will explain why in a moment. What is a live rock? The question: “what is live rock” is another common question–quite frankly–because the term seems to …