join a reef aquarium club

Join a Reef Club

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Welcome to Day 22 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today’s challenge is to join a reef club. I’ve written about this a few times, so I won’t belabor the point too badly here (you can read my belabored points here, if you have time). …

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weekly partial water change

Day 21: Weekly Partial Water Change

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Welcome to Day 21 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge Today’s task (you might have guessed it already) is to Perform a weekly partial water change. This is a simple, predictable task, but it is one of the most important things you can do. How is …

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add some live copepods

Add some live copepods

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Welcome to Day 20 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Fish go cuckoo for copepods. Your task today is to purchase and add some live copepods to your tank. Copepods are tiny invertebrates that are a natural food for many fish species. Careful attention paid …

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Trim overgrown corals

Trim back overgrown corals

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Welcome to Day 19 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Thanks for sticking with me so far. I can’t believe we’ve reached Day 19 already. How do you feel about the aquarium you’re building? Today’s Challenge As your tank matures, the corals in your aquarium …

Albert B Ulrich IIITrim back overgrown corals
create an emergency kit

Create an Emergency Kit

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Welcome to Day 18 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. To build a better aquarium, you want to build something for the long haul, something that can survive the ups and downs of reef keeping. When bad things happen in your tank, they can spiral out …

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Organize and label wires

Organize and label your wires

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Welcome to Day 17 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Take a look behind and under your tank. Do you have wires going everywhere? Look at your powerstrip(s). Can you tell which plugs go to each piece of equipment? Chances are…no, you can’t. Well, today, …

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clean the skimmer

Deep Clean the Protein Skimmer

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Welcome to Day 16 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Your protein skimmer is a hard-working piece of equipment. It creates tiny, scrubbing bubbles that magically remove impurities from the water. Over time, your protein skimmer will become coated with a biofilm, that’s a fancy …

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improve the aquascape

Improve the Aquascape

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Welcome to Day 15 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today, I want to challenge you to improve the way your aquarium looks. Your task is to look critically at and improve the aquascape. What is the aquascape? Aquascape is a fancy word to describe …

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2X Partial water change

Another weekly water change

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Welcome to Day 14 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. You made it a full 2 weeks. Congratulations. Because it is Day 14, that means it has been 7 days since your last partial water change. Today’s task is to complete another partial water change. …

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add some macro algae

Add some macro algae

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Welcome to Day 13 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. One of the simplest and best things I ever did to build a better saltwater aquarium was to Add Some Macro Algae to my sump.  I added chaetomorpha algae,(affectionately called “chateo”),  but you could certainly …

Albert B Ulrich IIIAdd some macro algae