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Coralline algae–the algae you want in your tank

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I don’t think the average aquarium owner thinks about algae as being a good thing—but there are algae, Coralline Algae, that are desirable, attractive and a hallmark of a healthy tank. Although the word coral is in coralline algae, they are certainly not corals. Coralline algae are a macroalgae that has a …

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Acan Coral Care Guide

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Acanthastrea corals, commonly known as the Acan Coral or Acan Lords, are Large Polyp Stony corals, and one of the most beautifully colored soft coral species. They come in various shades of purple, red, green, blue, orange, brown, rust or pale tan to pale grey. The family includes many species, which have …

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A comprehensive guide to saltwater ich treatment

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A lot has been written about saltwater ich treatment, one of the most important and most common challenges in the saltwater aquarium hobby. Articles on the topic, including those I’ve written in the past, are often littered with cliches like: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, because …

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Attending a Reef Aquarium Conference

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On April 23, 2017, I had the good fortune to attend the 5th Annual Ocean State Reef Aquarium Society Conference, in Rhode Island. This is a bit self indulgent, but I thought I  would share my experience with you. If you have ever thought about going to a reef aquarium …

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9 most important reef aquarium water parameters

9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

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I was flipping through a copy of the Doctors Foster and Smith catalog, and was inspired by a simple, yet helpful article titled “Ideal Marine Aquarium Water Parameters: Key to Continued Inhabitant Health”. The article was short, simple and communicated a lot of information in single catalog page–but I found it also …

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What is the best aquarium salt mix? A product review of popular reef salt mix options

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Ask the question: “What is the best aquarium salt mix?” on any aquarium forum, and you are likely to get a whole host of answers.  Forums are littered with complaints and praises about nearly every brand of aquarium salt mix, with each person holding firm beliefs about perceived benefits a …

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Best rimless aquarium product review

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Searching for the best rimless aquarium A short while ago, I started a journey to find the best rimless aquarium. I already have one aquarium running, but I wanted to experience starting over and the freedom of starting another aquarium from scratch. I haven’t been on the market for a new …

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Red Slime Algae Cyanobacteria

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What are Red Slime Algae? 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 …

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Berghia Nudibranch Aiptasia Control

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The Berghia nudibranch, an outstanding natural way to control the aiptasia anemone “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” (ancient proverb) Those words sum up the essence of why the Berghia Nudibranch, Berghia stephanieae, is so popular in the aquarium hobby. The dreaded and maligned aiptasia anemone is generally considered to …

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Five Starter Fish Every Saltwater Hobbyist Should Avoid

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5 Saltwater Starter Fish Every Saltwater Hobbyist Should Avoid What is a saltwater starter fish? When you set up a saltwater fish tank, the first fish you put in the tank (the fish you start with) could be considered starter fish. When applied broadly, the term starter fish probably refers …

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