reef aquarium maintenance

A Simple Reef Aquarium Maintenance Schedule

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A Simple Reef Aquarium Maintenance Schedule Many aquarists view themselves as stewards of the marine life in their aquariums. Not only is it fun building a reef, we feel a responsibility to properly care for the fish, corals and other invertebrates that live in our home. Proper care means having a plan to maintain the aquarium health, and the best way …

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Aquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think!

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Aquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think! Concerned that aquarium water testing will be too complicated? Do you wonder if you need a chemistry degree to do your own aquarium water testing? Don’t despair. Aquarium water testing is easier than you think! Every marine aquarists knows good water quality is essential for keeping fish and invertebrates healthy. Fortunately …

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Aquarium sand: How to pick the right substrate for your saltwater aquarium

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Aquarium sand: decisions, decisions, decisions. When I first started in the aquarium hobby a thousand years ago, the decision about what aquarium sand to use was pretty simple. There were really two decisions: fine sand or coarse (crushed coral), deep sand bed, shallow sand bed/bare bottom. Those are still two of the more important parameters to consider, but the increased …

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Saltwater aquarium reactors and contactors

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Saltwater aquarium reactors and contactors If you’ve spent any time online exploring reef discussion groups, shopping online or hanging out at a good reef shop, you’ve heard about or seen alien-looking devices called “aquarium reactors” or “contactors.” Depending on your temperament, your first response to reactors might be “COOL! I want one…or two!” or “Looks complicated and scary.” Before jumping to conclusions …

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Phytoplankton Strains and Uses in a Saltwater Tank

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Phytoplankton Strains and Uses in a Saltwater Tank What are Phytoplankton? Phytoplankton are  teeny-tiny (microscopic) plant-like organisms. The name phytoplankton comes from the Greek for “plant drifters” because these photosynthetic creatures typically drift about in the ocean, absorbing sunlight and turning it into delicious sugars. In turn, filter feeding invertebrates, like the sponges, clams and corals in your saltwater tank, eat the …

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