Clownfish Spawning

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Yesterday, a pair of Amphiprion ocellaris (common clownfish) spawned in my display tank.  This is the second time the clownfish have spawned in the last two weeks—the size of the spawn is larger than the first time.  In addition to the typical flake ration I feed the display tank, I added …

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Dosing Phytoplankton

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Phytoplankton are small photosynthetic organisms considered to be one of the building blocks at the base of the coral reef food chain.  Many filter-feeding invertebrates depend on phytoplankton as a significant source of nourishment.  Within the saltwater reef tank, however, phytoplankton are generally not present in abundant numbers.  As a result, advanced aquarists often …

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Reef Aquarium Clubs

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Reef aquarium clubs One of the best ways to increase your reef aquarium knowledge is to join a local saltwater aquarium or reef aquarium club.  Most clubs exchange information in three popular ways.   Online forums: Most saltwater aquarium clubs and reef aquarium clubs have internet forums where members interact with …

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Small Polyp Stony Corals (SPS)

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Small Polyp Stony Corals Small polyp stony corals (SPS) are what many people think of as the conventional reef-building corals.  As a group, they are some of the most beautiful and some of the most difficult to keep, often requiring high flow rates, intense lighting and optimal, stable water chemistry. …

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Large Polyp Stony Corals

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Large Polyp Stony Corals Coral husbandry is best studied on an individual species basis—because there are exceptions to every rule and generalizations (like the one I’m about to make) often oversimplify the information. Putting my desire for precision and my inner-scientist aside, however, the value of generalizations is that they …

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Soft Corals: How to care for soft corals in a saltwater aquarium

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Soft Corals The term soft corals is a relatively unscientific way to lump a bunch of related and unrelated coral species into a simple bucket, defined primarily by what they are (soft, with the absence of a major stony external skeleton) and what they are not (they are not mushrooms …

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Mushroom Corals

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Mushroom Corals Mushroom Corals, or Corallimorphs are great beginner corals because they are some of the easiest species to care for. I recommend mushroom corals for hobbyists at any level. The corallimorphs get their name because the individual polyps are large and fleshy. In lower light environments, the polyps seem to stretch upward in …

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Quarantine Tank for Saltwater Fish

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Next to the protein skimmer, the quarantine tank is one of the most important pieces of equipment you can purchase. Adding fish to a tank without the proper quarantine period is like playing Russian Roulette with your fish tank. You can get away with it for a few rounds, but after a while the odds stack up against you, and your fish will pay the price.

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