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23 Quick tips: controlling aquarium algae in a saltwater tank

Controlling aquarium algae in a saltwater tank can be so frustrating that it causes some people to shut down their tanks and quit the hobby completely. This article is intended to show you 23 relatively easy steps that can help you regain control of your tank. When reviewing this list, just keep in mind that you will have the greatest chance at success by utilizing several tips at once and that not every tip on …

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How to cure live rock

Looking for information about how to cure live rock? Live rock is one of the most important things you will add to your saltwater aquarium. It serves as both the structural and filtration-al… (I never miss an opportunity to make up a new word) foundation of most saltwater aquarium systems. Live rock also provides an important source of biological interest and diversity? Don’t believe me? Just take a look–a close look–live rock is awesome. But if …

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10 Aquarium photography tips and the gear that won’t break the bank

Do you love to take pictures of your fish and corals? This article provides some of the best advice I’ve gathered on the topic. Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom and let us know what you think is the  best aquarium photography tip. One thing we all seem to share, in this hobby, is being able to sit and appreciate the wonders of the ocean from our homes. It is no surprise, …

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7 Biggest Aquarium Mistakes I’ve Made in the Hobby

I was chatting with a friend and Saltwater Aquarium Blog Newsletter subscriber the other day who was bummed because he made a mistake that ended causing some pretty significant damage to his tank. In the end, he decided to take a break from the hobby. It bums me out to see this happen, and unfortunately, it happens a lot. The key, I think and hope, is to not let it get you down. Mistakes happen. …

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Live rock hitchhikers guide

If you were to look up the entry for “live rock”, in The Hitchhikers Guide, you would find the following entry: On earth, before it was destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, monkey mammals called humans sometimes enjoyed collecting fish and corals in a glass box. Inside that box, they would pile a bunch of expensive rock that they called “live rock”. The rock itself was not alive, but it was teeming with …

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9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

The 9 MOST IMPORTANT Reef Tank Parameters are: Alkalinity Ammonia Calcium Nitrate Nitrite pH Phosphate Salinity Temperature Let’s dive a little deeper into each individual water parameter as well as the value considered to be ideal for a reef tank: Number 1: Alkalinity Alkalinity is a complex concept/thing to describe because it pretty much only has scientific explanations. As aquarists, we don’t care so much about the scientific definition of it, as much as we …

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Dealing with an aquarium during a power failure

Guess who was dealing with an aquarium during a power failure again within the last few weeks? Yup, this guy here with the keyboard and the blog. Surprised you didn’t guess that. Grab a beverage, I’ll tell you the story. Wicked weather we’ve been having We have had some strange storms here, in Pennsylvania, lately. Two weeks ago, there were tornado warnings in my town. The weather map showed a very severe thunderstorm opened up …