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Aquarium Stocking Guide: How Many Fish Per Tank?

When you set up your first saltwater aquarium, the temptation is to pack in as many of your favorite species as possible. But if you refer to the average aquarium stocking guide, you know that practice won’t work. Overcrowded tanks lead to complications with water quality. You can also end …

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Aquarium Sand: Choosing a Saltwater Aquarium Substrate

When you get started with your saltwater aquarium, you have PLENTY of decisions to make. And one of the first you need to decide? Which aquarium sand will you go with to cover the bottom of the tank? Maybe you haven’t considered the number of options out there. Or perhaps …

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The 9 Best Saltwater Aquarium Blogs

Are you looking for a good saltwater aquarium blog to read? (Well, clearly, since you’re here) But maybe you’d like a handy list of the best saltwater aquarium blogs you can turn to whenever you need to find reference materials for your hobby. Sometimes obscure problems pop up. And bloggers …

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6 Reasons to Add Sponge Filters to Your Aquarium

When you start thinking about ALL of the equipment you need for your saltwater aquarium, it’s easy to overlook the little things – for instance, sponge filters. Everyone needs them around – and knows they’re necessary in the back of their mind – but the handy pieces of filter media …

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Deep Sand Beds: Are They Just a Thing of the Past?

When I started with this hobby, deep sand beds were trending downward on the aquarium “in vogue” list. At least, if one ever considers deep sand beds “in vogue,” anyway. (As a side note, I don’t think I’ve ever used the phrase “in vogue” before. But now I’ve done it …

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To Drip Acclimate or Not Drip? That is the Question

Everyone wants their new fish to enter a tank safe and sound, and many hobbyists will drip acclimate the arrivals to accomplish a smooth introduction. The process has been around for – well, forever. It’s simple, you’ll find plenty of guides to teach you the method, and the creatures respond well. …

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Saltwater Aquarium Set Up: Definitive Step-by-Step Guide

Do you long for your own saltwater aquarium set up? Are you worried you’ll end up creating a dynamic display but need to eat ramen for the rest of your life? No worries! You can enjoy the beauty and relaxation of a saltwater tank in your own home WITHOUT breaking …

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The Ultimate Live Rock Hitchhikers Guide to the Aquarium

How do you make a discussion of live rock hitchhikers exciting and novel? By taking your cues from one of the best books in the world, of course. For instance, if you start by checking for an entry on “live rock,” in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, you find …

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5 Ways Vinegar Keeps Your Saltwater Aquarium in Top Shape

If you’re like me, your aquarium needs a thorough cleaning to get back into shape. But before you groan about needing to break out the heavy-duty cleansers, look in your kitchen cabinets. Because one of the most versatile weapons in your saltwater aquarium arsenal is vinegar. That’s right, good old …