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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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? …

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Converting to a marine aquarium from freshwater

A comprehensive guide for anyone with a freshwater aquarium interested in converting to a marine aquarium Thinking about converting to a marine aquarium? When I was a kid, I got hooked into the aquarium hobby by starting out with a freshwater aquarium. As I have gotten to know many of the stories shared with me by subscribers of the saltwater …