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You know you’re an aquarium nerd when…

You know you’re an aquarium nerd when… You’re enjoying a nice dinner out, with the family, at an Australian-themed steak house, and you are fixated on the kids’ activity book (I have three children, who are AWESOME, by the way), because there is a picture of ‘The Great Barrier Reef’ …

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What is in the skimmate produced by a protein skimmer?

What is in the skimmate produced by a protein skimmer? It certainly isn’t sugar and spice and everything nice. The ooey-gooey smelly gunk inside the collection cup of my protein skimmer is a nasty, brown sludge. From a visual standpoint, there isn’t a single characteristic of that mess that seems …

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Daylight Savings Challenge For Saltwater Aquarium Enthusiasts

Daylight Savings Time is Coming Sunday is Daylight Savings, which means you are supposed to adjust your clock by one hour. Don’t just set your clock–take the Daylight Savings Aquarium Challenge A quick history lesson about Daylight Savings The concept of daylight savings was first popularized by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 …

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Paradox of the partial water change…do you ever get it all?

I rolled my sleeves up tonight and did a water change. While I was elbow deep in tank-water I found myself wondering if it was possible to calculate exactly what the perfect water change frequency was. To keep things simple, I will just focus on a single parameter–nitrates. I know …

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Nothing good happens quickly in the saltwater aquarium hobby

Ironically, the topic of today’s blog post is patience–something I don’t have a lot of–and chances are, if you don’t have a lot of patience yourself, it may be too late for you. For the last several weeks, I wrote Holiday Gift-Giving Guides to help along the sometimes awkward conversations …

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Live Rock Gift Giving Guide for Family Members

Saltwater Aquarium Blog Guide to Holiday Gift Giving for Aquarium Nerds Happy Holidays! Thanks for taking a moment to read this Guide to Holiday Gift Giving. If you’re receiving this guide, it must mean that a loved one or dear friend of yours wants you to know what’s on their …

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Gift Giving For Saltwater Aquarium Enthusiasts

The Holiday season is upon us again, and ‘tis the season for gift giving and gift receiving. But for those of us in the Saltwater Aquarium Hobby, we sometimes receive strange or confused looks when the loved ones in our lives see what’s on our wish list. Want to see …

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The mistake I regret the most

In life, I tend not to regret very many things. I tend to be a thoughtful (not in the he’s a thoughtful guy way but more in the he thinks things through way), and I pride myself on thinking thing through and making the best decision at the time. But …