sun corals

Sun coral: How to care for and keep Tubastraea

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Sun Corals The Sun Corals, Tubastraea species (Tubastraea sp.), are large polyp stony corals (LPS coral) that are moderately difficult to care for, but quite popular in the hobby. If you take one look at these corals, you totally get why they are called sun corals. The polyps are round, …

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Chasing perfection when good enough is good enough

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Chasing perfection when good enough is good enough One  of the things I love the most about this hobby is that it is an art, as much as it is a science. However, inadequate success with the artful side of things can also be maddeningly frustrating. Our tanks are not just a comprehensive …

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aquarium reactor media

Aquarium reactor media

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There are three popular types of aquarium reactor media: Activated carbon Granulated Ferric Oxide (GFO) Biopellets What is activated carbon? Activated carbon is an old-school filtration media that’s been around since the dinosaurs.  It is one of the purifying agents inside a Brita brand water filter, if you are familiar with …

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Six Line Wrasse

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The popular and (sometimes) pugnacious six line wrasse Pseudocheilinus hexataenia, commonly known as Six Line Wrasse or Six Stripe Wrasse, is one of the most popular saltwater fish you can find in stores and online. They are one of the top 20 most commonly imported saltwater fish. One look at …

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live sand and starfish

What is live sand?

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A new saltwater aquarium is a somewhat sterile, harsh environment for those first few animals to colonize. As a result, some of those first fish and invertebrates we add to our tanks don’t survive. It can be challenging to nail down exactly what this new tank syndrome is, but the bottom …

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xenia species

Pulsing Xenia Coral Care: Xenia Elongata

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Description of the Pulsing Xenia coral The Pulsing Xenia coral, Xenia elongata, also known as Pulse Coral, Pulsing Xenia, Hand Coral, Pom Pom Coral, Red Sea Xenia or Bouquet Encrusting coral in some areas, is a popular, fast growing, easy to frag soft corals species. The pulsing xenia coral gets its …

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Will you share your accomplishments and goals?

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It’s that time of year again where we look back, to reflect on the year past and look ahead to what we want to accomplish this year. I want to hear from you. Did you accomplish something last year that you are proud of? What went wrong? What do you want …

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Top 10 Saltwater Aquarium Blog Articles

Top 10 Articles of 2016

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2016 Year in Review A sincere thank you for all of your support this year. Without your support, I would just be a crazy person typing to himself (and maybe my Mom and Dad). Now I’m a crazy person typing to you, and you’re reading it. I do appreciate that …

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10 most commented on posts

The Best Discussions in 2016

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2016 was a great year for discussions, here on Saltwater Aquarium Blog. Here are the blog posts with the most comments. Please check them out and jump in on the conversation. The Best Discussions in 2016 Five Saltwater Starter Fish for Beginners Jump in and join the discussion about starter …

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Aquarium gravel vacuum & water change siphon product review

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Aquarium gravel vacuum & water change  siphon product review It’s always a great feeling, when you find a box from Amazon on your doorstep when you get home–even if it is just a gravel vacuum. The auto-siphon bulb on my Aqueon auto-siphon aquarium gravel vacuum cleaner stopped working. I had this …

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