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Evolving the saltwater aquarium industry: what would Google Do?

It’s no secret that Google, and the internet more broadly, have transformed (and even dismantled) entire industries. As I look at some of the pain points we face in the aquarium hobby, I can’t help but look to Google as a model for evolving the saltwater aquarium industry.  My inspiration …

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Aquarium Maintenance Productivity Hack

I’ll get straight to the point–I don’t like to do aquarium maintenance, and I’m going to venture a guess that you don’t like it much either. The worst part about it–is that I’m usually not even honest with myself. I usually say, “I forgot.” But the truth is, subliminally, I want …

The Most Popular, Worst and My Favorite Blog Posts

As part of the Saltwater Aquarium Blog 3-year birthday celebration, I thought I’d take a moment to reflect back on some of the blog posts written over the past three years. Here are the most popular, worst and my favorite blog posts from the last three years. Most Popular Saltwater …

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Aquarium Power Failure

After Hurricane Sandy blew through, I had my first real experience dealing with my aquarium during a power failure. In this post, I will take you through some of what I learned along the way. My heart goes out to those who were effected in a major way by this …

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Acclimating fish using drip method

Any time you buy a saltwater fish, it is important to slowly, gradually acclimate the fish to the specific conditions of your aquarium. There are a couple of reasons why you need to do this. This article will show you why and how you can start acclimating fish using drip method right away. …

Moving Your Aquarium–Part 4

Now that you have taken care to pack and care your fish, coral and equipment with care, the next stage is setting everything back up in your new home. Test for Leaks The first thing to do when you arrive at your new home (ok first fishy thing you want …

Moving Your Aquarium: Part 3

Moving Your Aquarium—Part 3— In Moving Your Aquarium, Parts 1 and 2, I covered setting up your plan and packing up your most important living creatures—your biological filter. Now it’s time to pack the rest. Corals The size, shape and type of coral you have will dictate how you should …

Bare Bottom Reefing

Bare bottom reefing If you are setting up an aquarium in the near future, one of the decisions you will have to make is whether you want to go with a bare bottom. I’m not kidding. Bare bottom reefing is the rage these days—so if you don’t want people to …

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Six Simple Words for Aquarium Success:

Six Simple Words for Aquarium Success: Water changes, water changes, water changes…      Perform 10-20% partial water changes weekly   When I was younger, I used to play basketball—and I remember my Uncle telling me that the most important things to practice on my own came down to five …

The Five Dumbest Things I’ve Done as an Aquarium Hobbyist

I’ve done my fair share of dumb things, and I thought maybe sharing them with you will help start the healing…or at least help me get half-way to the ten dumbest things I’ve done list. 5) Siphoned gallons of water onto the floor  Don’t pretend like you haven’t done that …