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 …

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Danger in the saltwater aquarium

Make a list of the dangers in your tank

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Day 12 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge I don’t mean to be a fear monger here, but there are some things in our tanks that can potentially hurt us—lionfish or rabbitfish venom and palytoxin are a few things that come to mind. You might …

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give or throw something away

Give or throw something away

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Today is Day 11 in the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Only 20 more days to go. This is feeling like a low energy day (we’ve been at it for a while now), so the goal is to make this one short and sweet. Give or …

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Clean the glass

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Congratulations on reaching Day 10 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today’s task is fairly straightforward. It’s a small task, but how often do you neglect it? I know I’m bad with it. I have a mag float, that I use to clean off the …

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Add a grounding probe

Add a Grounding Probe

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Welcome to Day 9 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge. Today’s task is to Add a Grounding Probe to your system. I’m a bit of a grounding probe evangelist. That may be the first and only time the phrase was used in the English language, but I …

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Day 8: Add Some Media

Add Some Media

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Welcome to Day 8 of the 31 Days to Build a Better Saltwater Aquarium Challenge, the start of week 2. During Week 1 you: Analyzed your tank (to determine what was most important, for yourself) Set a goal, to give the work it takes some purpose Set up a quarantine tank to …

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