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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 …

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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 …