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What is live sand?

A new saltwater aquarium is a somewhat sterile, harsh environment for those first few animals to colonize. As a result, some of those first fish and invertebrates we add to our tanks don’t survive. It can be challenging to nail down exactly what this new tank syndrome is, but the bottom …

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Converting to a marine aquarium from freshwater

A comprehensive guide for anyone with a freshwater aquarium interested in converting to a marine aquarium Thinking about converting to a marine aquarium? When I was a kid, I got hooked into the aquarium hobby by starting out with a freshwater aquarium. As I have gotten to know many of …

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Keeping a successful saltwater aquarium: check out these 5 tips

I asked members of the Saltwater Aquarium Blog Newsletter Community, “What is the best tip you ever received about keeping a successful saltwater aquarium?” You shared A LOT of tips–many of them were variations on a similar theme.   Here are the top 5 tips for keeping a successful saltwater aquarium …

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How to Cycle a Saltwater Tank

In this post, I will cover the basics about one of the most fundamental steps you need to take when setting up a new aquarium: how to cycle a tank. What does it mean to cycle a saltwater tank? Ok, here it goes–I’m going to keep it real for a minute. …

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Attending a Reef Aquarium Conference

On April 23, 2017, I had the good fortune to attend the 5th Annual Ocean State Reef Aquarium Society Conference, in Rhode Island. This is a bit self indulgent, but I thought I  would share my experience with you. If you have ever thought about going to a reef aquarium …

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Chasing perfection when good enough is good enough

Chasing perfection when good enough is good enough One  of the things I love the most about this hobby is that it is an art, as much as it is a science. However, inadequate success with the artful side of things can also be maddeningly frustrating. Our tanks are not just a comprehensive …

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Top 10 Articles of 2016

2016 Year in Review A sincere thank you for all of your support this year. Without your support, I would just be a crazy person typing to himself (and maybe my Mom and Dad). Now I’m a crazy person typing to you, and you’re reading it. I do appreciate that …

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Reef Aquarium Club Listing & Directory

Reef Aquarium Club Listing & Directory One of the best ways to learn about the saltwater aquarium hobby, meet other people that share your interests, get help locally and save money at your favorite local and online fish stores is to join a Reef Aquarium Club. Marine Aquarium Society of North …

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5 Saltwater Aquarium Tips to Help You Save Money

5 Saltwater Aquarium Tips to Help You Save Money The saltwater aquarium hobby is an expensive hobby–there is no hiding or avoiding that. But that doesn’t mean you have to waste money to enjoy it. Here are 5 tried-and-true saltwater aquarium tips to help you save money. 5. Switch to LED …