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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 …

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Jersey Shore Ocean Water Experiment

I went to the beach off the Jersey Shore this week and took a water sample to test. I was curious to see how the water would stack up. With hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of sunscreen covered tourists running into and out of the ocean—doing who knows what …

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As Aquarium Enthusiasts–Do we have an obligation?

When you walk into a professional business complex and see an aquarium in the lobby–do you stop and take an excessively long gaze at the tank like I do? I’ve run into a few of these tanks over the last few weeks and became a little self-conscious when I realized …

I bet you aren’t testing for THIS in your aquarium

I bet you aren’t testing for THIS in your aquarium… Countless articles herald the virtues of testing your aquarium water on a routine basis. I know I have even written my own version of that time-tested advice. When you are cycling your tank, it is important to test for ammonia, nitrites, …

A serious problem in our hobby: how do you know what to believe?

I’m fired up again–get ready for a rant. Don’t know why I’m fired up, but I am. I’m frustrated with all the nonsense that’s out there in the discussion forums. It’s a shame, it can be confusing to the uninitiated and it is a disservice to the hobby. Why is …

Another ‘Learning Experience’ with my tank

Well, I had another ‘Learning Experience’ with my tank the past few weeks. It all started (I think…) with my return pump. There’s no sense in hiding it, time to come clean… I got lazy. Seriously. I have a Mag 7 return pump in my sump, and I use the …

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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 …