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The importance of being consistent with your saltwater aquarium

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Consistency is one of the most important concepts when it comes to having a successful saltwater aquarium. The animals we keep in our tanks tend to do best when the water quality is high and the conditions are stable. That’s why it is so important to create a routine and …

Albert B Ulrich IIIThe importance of being consistent with your saltwater aquarium
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Emergency Situation # 3: Aquarium Power Failure

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This is the third article in the Emergency Situation series. Click here to see Emergency Situation # 1 or Emergency Situation # 2. The basic premise is that I’m simulating a saltwater aquarium emergency, in order to figure out how I would handle it and if I need to get …

Albert B Ulrich IIIEmergency Situation # 3: Aquarium Power Failure

Emergency Simulation # 2: Equipment failure

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As a follow up to last week’s blog post, I am trying to pressure test my aquarium set-up and prepare for an emergency. This series was inspired by the book, The Martian, a book turned major motion picture about an astronaut stranded on Mars who deals with one emergency after …

Albert B Ulrich IIIEmergency Simulation # 2: Equipment failure
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Tap Water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper?

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Tap water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper? For many aquarists tap water is just “water.” You add it to the tank and never give it another thought. But for the reef aquarist tap water is the lifeblood of the aquarium. The purity of the water we use to …

Albert B Ulrich IIITap Water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper?
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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 …

Albert B Ulrich IIIA Simple Reef Aquarium Maintenance Schedule
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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 …

Albert B Ulrich IIIAquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think!

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 …

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How to Cycle a Saltwater Tank

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How to cycle a saltwater tank In the last blog post I wrote about how to set up a saltwater tank. The article was several thousand words long, but since I was covering so much material, I wasn’t able to give adequate coverage to how to cycle a saltwater tank. …

Albert B Ulrich IIIHow to Cycle a Saltwater Tank