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Halichoeres chrysus: A Hardy Little “Banana with Fins” That’s Just Right for Beginners

Halichoeres chrysus: A Hardy Little “Banana with Fins” That’s Just Right for Beginners

Known by a variety of common names—banana wrasse, canary wrasse, golden wrasse, yellow coris, et al—Halichoeres chrysus is hardy, readily available, reasonably affordable, well suited to modest-sized systems, and among the better choices for beginners. Of course, owing to all these positive attributes, this wrasse is justifiably popular among many seasoned salties, as well. … [Read More...]

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Some Subtle Signs that a Fish is Sick

Some Subtle Signs that a Fish is Sick

Most marine aquarium hobbyists learn quickly to identify common warning signs of ill health in fish—white spots, excessive mucus production, bulging eyes, frayed … [Read More...]

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Failure to Launch: 5 Reasons New Marine Aquarium Hobbyists “Crash and Burn”

Failure to Launch: 5 Reasons New Marine Aquarium Hobbyists “Crash and Burn”

It’s a tale as old as the hobby itself: A novice marine aquarist sets up his or her first system, runs headlong into every conceivable obstacle and pitfall, responds … [Read More...]

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Aquarium Automation: The Theiling Rollermat and Other Web-Filtering Technologies

Aquarium Automation: The Theiling Rollermat and Other Web-Filtering Technologies

The problem For the longest time, I have been trying to lengthen the maintenance interval for the filter socks on my 450-gallon system, which currently clog every two days. I tried eliminating filter socks completely for a period of time, but the sump got … [Read More...]

2nd Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo, It’s Going to Be Huuuge!

2nd Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo, It’s Going to Be Huuuge!

Last year saw the emergence of what I hope to be a long-standing event in northwest Ohio, the Buckeye Reef Marine Expo. As I’ve previously mentioned, NW OH is an area that’s centrally located between several larger saltwater aquarium markets and home to a … [Read More...]

Salty Q&A: Why so Much Emphasis on Evaporation in Saltwater Systems?

Salty Q&A: Why so Much Emphasis on Evaporation in Saltwater Systems?

Question I’m a long-time freshwater aquarium hobbyist but considering branching out to a saltwater reef system. In talking with some of my reefkeeper friends, I’ve noticed that they’re rather fixated on evaporation from their tanks and doing daily top-offs. … [Read More...]

An Introduction to Protein Skimming

An Introduction to Protein Skimming

A protein skimmer is a device designed to clean the water in a reef aquarium by removing dissolved organic compounds. Put even more simply, it is a controlled overflow of dirty water. Imagine a chamber that vigorously mixes air and water to create a dense … [Read More...]

Salty Q&A: Okay to Add LPS to Established Softy Tank?

Salty Q&A: Okay to Add LPS to Established Softy Tank?

Question Hi guys! My husband and I really enjoy your site and the commonsense advice you always give. My question for you is about the feasibility of adding an LPS coral to an established 60-gallon soft-coral tank. We’ve been keeping soft corals successfully … [Read More...]