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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 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

The first time I read the term live rock used in the context of a saltwater aquarium, my head exploded. How, in the world, could rock be alive, and what does it need to be cured from? To cure live rock, store it in salt water free from fish, corals …

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About Page

You clicked on that link to learn more about me? Now you’re in for it. Hope you’re comfortable. Because I’m getting older, and I keep making mistakes, which means this story keeps getting longer. I’ve been an “aquarium-nerd” for a very long time. I hope you’re not offended by the …

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7 Biggest Aquarium Mistakes I’ve Made in the Hobby

I was chatting with a friend and Saltwater Aquarium Blog Newsletter subscriber the other day who was bummed because he made a mistake that ended causing some pretty significant damage to his tank. In the end, he decided to take a break from the hobby. It bums me out to …

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How to Drill a Glass Aquarium

With a little confidence, some patience, and a variable speed drill, you can put a hole in your tank. (A hole you WANT in your tank – not the accidental kind) I’m serious. Sure, you could buy a pre-drilled tank from your local fish store or pay someone else to …

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Dealing with an aquarium during a power failure

Guess who was dealing with an aquarium during a power failure again within the last few weeks? Yup, this guy here with the keyboard and the blog. Surprised you didn’t guess that. Grab a beverage, I’ll tell you the story. Wicked weather we’ve been having We have had some strange …

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What do you do with your quarantine tank when it is empty?

One common question I get is this: What do you do with your quarantine tank in between fish or corals, when it is empty? It’s a great question–and it shows some progressive thinking. As responsible aquarium owners, we set up and use a quarantine tank and proper quarantine techniques and …