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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 …

Albert B Ulrich IIIFive Starter Fish Every Saltwater Hobbyist Should Avoid
clownfish-an example of a great saltwater starter fish

Five Saltwater Starter Fish for Beginners

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Five Beginner Saltwater Fish: Also known as Saltwater Starter Fish What makes a fish species a great beginner saltwater fish or saltwater starter fish?  There are a few key attributes that are most important if you are a looking to add a great fish to your saltwater aquarium. Hardiness To be …

Albert B Ulrich IIIFive Saltwater Starter Fish for Beginners
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How to make saltwater from reef salt mix

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How do you make the saltwater for a saltwater reef tank? Have you ever looked at a saltwater tank at a city aquarium, or even a dentist’s office and thought, “I wish I could have one of those!” but don’t even know where to begin? For example, where do they even get the …

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Torch coral: A large polyp stony (LPS) beginner coral

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The Torch coral, Euphylia glabrescens, is a large polyp stony coral that originates from the Indo-pacific reef regions. This LPS coral species (the torch coral), has long, flowing fleshy polyps that extend from a calcified (stony) base. In a moderate water flow, these corals look a bit like a torch, …

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Quarantine tank setup

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This post explains the need for a quarantine tank setup and provides a checklist to help you get started. Why quarantine your fish? Saltwater fish, in the aquarium hobby, are prone to injury, disease, infection and parasites. The collection and transportation from the aquaculture facility or reef can cause damage …

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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 …

Albert B Ulrich IIIAquarium sand: How to pick the right substrate for your saltwater aquarium
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Best Saltwater Aquarium Setup Guide Tutorial

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I started Saltwater Aquarium Blog in 2009, and despite the fact that I have written thousands of words on the topic and published a book on the subject, I realized that I never wrote a comprehensive blog post that simplifies the saltwater aquarium setup process. That was the inspiration for this …

Albert B Ulrich IIIBest Saltwater Aquarium Setup Guide Tutorial