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Dosing Phytoplankton in a Marine Aquarium: The Debate

The subject of dosing phytoplankton in a marine aquarium is a popular debate in online forums. Generally, you find advocates favoring dosing phytoplankton arguing against those who believe the potential risks outweigh the benefits. To make sure you get a balanced opinion, I’ll tackle both sides of the coin. Table …

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Simple Reef Aquarium Maintenance Scheduling

Many aquarists view themselves as stewards of the marine life in their aquariums. Not only is it fun building a reef, but we also feel a responsibility to properly care for the fish, corals, and other invertebrates that live in our home. Proper care means having a plan to maintain …

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Google Underwater Street View

Do you know what Google Underwater Street View is? Check this out. Google Underwater is an interactive 360-degree self-guided tour of the world’s most breathtaking coral reef views that you can enjoy anywhere and any time you want. Would you agree with me that watching corals and saltwater fish is …

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How Much? Calculating Live Rock Aquarium Needs

Live rock aquarium needs often puzzle aquarists. How much to include in a new saltwater aquarium? It’s one of the most common questions new aquarists ask. And you might be surprised to find out you really only need 10-20 pounds of this expensive reef substrate – no matter how big …

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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 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 …

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9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

Everyone loves adding fish, coral, and other invertebrates to their reef tanks. But before you can jump into that fun, you need to make sure you have your water on point. Reef tank water parameters are crucial for the health and well-being of EVERYTHING you add to the aquarium. And …

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Vodka dosing in a reef tank

This sounds like a strange concept–and it is–but it works. Vodka dosing in a reef tank is a proven method to improve water quality by removing nitrates and phosphates from the water. Let me share some of the benefits of vodka dosing in a reef aquarium with you by answering …

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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 If you have a specific question, you …

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How to prepare your aquarium for a hurricane or winter storm

It seems like severe storms are becoming the norm, rather than the exception around here. We’ve been hit with a severe storm of some sort, losing power for days at a time. As the intensity of the storms has increased (from my perspective) and the power outages have increased from …

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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. …