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What is that strange smell?

What is that strange smell? What to do when you detect something…fishy…in your aquarium Just about anyone who has kept a marine aquarium has experienced an unexpected biological “meltdown” in their tank. Typical symptoms include a strange odors in the water, cloudy, disccolored water and in the worst cases, fish …

Keeping Your Aquarium Alive During a Hardware Failure

Keeping Your Aquarium Alive During a Hardware Failure I heard a story about a guy who manufactures and maintains custom marine aquariums. He is a bit of a wise guy. When customers ask him about guarantees he always replies “I guarantee that one day your aquarium is going to fail!” He …

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How to Choose a Local Fish Store

How to Choose a Local Fish Store When I was a boy we had one retail pet shop in our town. Half of the store was filled with aquariums. When you entered the shop the air was filled with the sound of a large air compressor and bubbling aquarium filters. …

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How to get the best saltwater aquarium tech support

Everyone needs a little help with their marine aquarium once in a while. You may have a question about a water pump, test kit result or fish health. You can browse the online forums and see if you can find an answer. Many times the amount of information online can …

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Reef tank contamination: What to do in an emergency

Reef tank contamination: What to do in an emergency Everyone who has had an aquarium has or will have that sinking feeling when something is accidentally added to the tank. It may be an aquarium product, food or even a household cleaner. Then the panic hits. What to do? Drain …

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Tap Water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper?

Tap water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper? For many aquarists tap water is just “water.” You add it to the tank and never give it another thought. But for the reef aquarist tap water is the lifeblood of the aquarium. The purity of the water we use to …

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New Tank Syndrome

Have you heard about something called, New Tank Syndrome? It’s a term that can strike fear in the studious budding new aquarium hobbyist and is the unfortunate downfall of many who didn’t know it existed. Let’s dig into what we know and don’t know about this unfortunate phenomenon that affects …

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Aquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think!

Aquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think! Concerned that aquarium water testing will be too complicated? Do you wonder if you need a chemistry degree to do your own aquarium water testing? Don’t despair. Aquarium water testing is easier than you think! Every marine aquarist knows good water …

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Update: Daylight Savings Challenge

Daylight savings was several weeks ago (on March 7th). In the spirit of daylight savings, I wrote the Daylight Savings Challenge for Saltwater Aquarium Hobbyists post. In the challenge, I let you know that I was going to reduce the amount of time I run my aquarium lights and was …