Build a DIY Brine Shrimp Hatchery

Build a DIY Brine Shrimp Hatchery

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Welcome back to Day 27 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge, build a DIY brine shrimp hatchery. Nothing will make your saltwater aquarium come to life like feeding live foods. Earlier in the challenge, we talked about adding phytoplankton, macro algae and copepods. Give your …

Albert B Ulrich IIIBuild a DIY Brine Shrimp Hatchery
add a new coral

Add a new coral

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Welcome to Day 26 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. We’re almost done. You’ve been focused, committed and working hard. So today is a reward day. Have some fun and splurge today. Go to your local fish store and pick out a cool new coral …

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add a dose of live phytoplankton

Add a dose of live phytoplankton

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Welcome to Day 25 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Phytoplankton are the first link in the food chain. They are a basic, plant-like food that many organisms eat, including copepods, rotifers, zooplankton and even some corals. Today’s challenge is to boost the biodiversity in …

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Invest in your saltwater aquarium education

Invest in your saltwater aquarium education

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Welcome to Day 24 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. One of the most rewarding aspects of this hobby is that your saltwater aquarium always changing (evolving), equipment and technologies continue to improve, there are breakthroughs in the husbandry techniques with keeping or breeding certain species, …

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Never forget a water change again: Set a Reminder

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Thanks for sticking with me to Day 22 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge Are you ever late in performing some of your aquarium duties—like water changes, cleaning pumps, replacing expired test kits, heaters or light bulbs? One way to never forget is to set …

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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 …

Albert B Ulrich IIICreate an Emergency Kit