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7 Coolest Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Beginners

Here is a list of the 7 coolest saltwater aquarium fish for beginners. If you are looking for a cool saltwater fish, you might want to start with the list here. Criteria for inclusion in this list To make this very exclusive list, the fish must be: Very cool Relatively inexpensive Hardy Did I mention cool? Caveat 1: the fish …

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Five Best Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Beginners

What makes a fish species a great saltwater aquarium fish for beginners?  There are a few key attributes that are most important if you are looking to add a great community fish to your saltwater aquarium. A great saltwater aquarium fish for beginners must be: Hardy Vibrant Inexpensive Non-aggressive Great community fish These are all tropical fish, meaning they come from …

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Torch coral: A large polyp stony (LPS) beginner coral

The Torch coral, Euphylia glabrescens, is a large polyp stony coral that originates from the Indo-pacific reef regions. This LPS coral species (the torch coral), has long, flowing fleshy polyps that extend from a calcified (stony) base. In a moderate water flow, these corals look a bit like a torch, which is where they get their common name. E. glabrescens …

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Quarantine tank setup

This post explains the need for a quarantine tank setup and provides a checklist to help you get started. Why quarantine your fish? Saltwater fish, in the aquarium hobby, are prone to injury, disease, infection, and parasites. The collection and transportation from the aquaculture facility or reef can cause damage and stress. The closed systems we keep the fish in …

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New Tank Syndrome

Have you heard about something called, New Tank Syndrome? It’s a term that can strike fear in the studious budding new aquarium hobbyist and is the unfortunate downfall of many who didn’t know it existed. Let’s dig into what we know and don’t know about this unfortunate phenomenon that affects new saltwater aquarium owners. Starting up a reef aquarium is …

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How many fish in an aquarium?

How many fish in an aquarium? A few things to think about beyond the inches of fish per gallon rule The question: How do you decide how many fish to have in an aquarium is one of the oldest, but hardest to answer questions in the saltwater aquarium hobby. For years, reef enthusiasts have sought after the holy grail of answers …

Moving Your Aquarium–Part 4

Now that you have taken care to pack and care your fish, coral and equipment with care, the next stage is setting everything back up in your new home. Test for Leaks The first thing to do when you arrive at your new home (ok first fishy thing you want to do) is leak test your aquarium. Set the tank …