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Red Slime Algae Cyanobacteria

Red Slime Algae is the common name for an aquarium troublemaker otherwise known as red cyanobacteria. Since the term cyanobacteria sounds like either a bizarre Crayola Crayon color or the bacterial strain in a Michael Crichton novel (how’s that for a dated reference), the more popular term red slime algae tends to fit quite well. It does have a reddish tint …

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What do you do with your quarantine tank when it is empty?

One common question I get is this: What do you do with your quarantine tank in between fish or corals, when it is empty? It’s a great question–and it shows some progressive thinking. As responsible aquarium owners, we set up and use a quarantine tank and proper quarantine techniques and procedures to: Observe our new purchases to ensure they are …

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6 Reasons to add sponge filters to your aquarium

Here are 6 reasons to put 2 simple sponge filters in your aquarium sump today. #1 Expand the capacity of your biological filter The sponge creates some extra surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow on. This additional surface area gives your tank additional biological filtration capacity. Never a bad thing. #2 Be ready to take care of a sick or …

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The definitive guide to moving an aquarium safely

Introduction The true test of friendship is to ask your friends for help moving an aquarium…and see how many of them stick around to hear when you’re planning your move. Over the years, I have had to move my aquarium many times. From my parents’ house into my first apartment From apartment to apartment (multiple times) From my apartment to …

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How to set up a saltwater aquarium

Do you want to know how to set up a saltwater aquarium? You can enjoy the beauty and relaxation of a saltwater tank in your own home without breaking the bank if you follow the steps in this how-to guide. A few questions designed to help you get started Before we jump right into the how-to section, take a moment …

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Getting your aquarium ready for vacation

Schools will be out for summer here, pretty soon, and the warm weather goes hand-in-hand with vacation. I’m gearing up here to take a few days off. If you’re relatively new to the hobby, you may be wondering…what do you do with your tank when you go on vacation? Well, if you have a reef jar, you could take it …

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6 Reasons why I love the saltwater aquarium hobby

Do you love the saltwater aquarium hobby as much as I do? I hope so. Over the years, I’ve obsessed about different aspects of the hobby, but I absolutely love it. Here is why I love it–when you get to the bottom, leave a comment and let me know why you love it. 1. There is always something to learn …