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Why Are We Drawn to Marine Aquarium Keeping?

Why Are We Drawn to Marine Aquarium Keeping?

Recently, while going through the motions of an overdue water change in my 125-gallon FOWLR tank, I found myself reflecting upon this bizarre obsession of ours. I wondered why, given all the cost, effort, and frustration that go into setting up and maintaining a marine aquarium, anyone with his or her full faculties would actually pursue this hobby, let alone stick with it for … [Read More...]

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Calcium: A Critical Element in Reef Aquariums

The stony corals, crustaceans, mollusks, and echinoderms in our marine aquariums depend on it to build their skeletons/shells/tests. Soft corals use it to build … [Read More...]

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Cuban [Spotfin] Hogfish (Bodianus pulchellus)

Bodianus pulchellus: A Hardy Hogfish for the Spacious Marine Tank

Among the Bodianus spp. wrasses, commonly known as the hogfishes, are several species that, while hardy and beautiful, simply get too large for most home aquariums. … [Read More...]

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Sand-sifting Starfish: A Job (too) Well Done!

Sand-sifting Starfish: A Job (too) Well Done!

If you’ve ever shopped for a marine aquarium cleanup crew, you’ve probably noticed that these packages often include so-called sand-sifting starfish—rather bland-colored, burrowing stars of the genus Astropecten that can reach about a foot in diameter. As … [Read More...]

Why Territoriality is a Major Issue in Marine Tanks

Why Territoriality is a Major Issue in Marine Tanks

One of the more challenging aspects of marine fishkeeping, particularly for those interested in creating a mixed community of interesting fishes, is choosing different species that will coexist peacefully in captivity. This might seem easy enough given the … [Read More...]

The Humbug Damsel: Prepping for the Hunt

Humbug Damsel: Prepping for the Hunt

There’s a reason I chose to spotlight Dascyllus aruanus, the humbug or three-striped damselfish, in this profile. “Caribbean” Chris and I will soon be matching wits with four representatives of this species that have laid claim to a large marine aquarium … [Read More...]

4 More Simple Accessories Repurposed for Marine Aquariums

4 More Simple Accessories Repurposed for Marine Aquariums

Back in June of this year, we ran a post titled “My Top 6 Simple Accessories Repurposed for Marine Aquariums,” in which I discussed several inexpensive household items that can be converted to aquarium tools in various and sundry ways. Of course, that list, … [Read More...]

The Trouble with Coral Trade Names

The Trouble with Coral Trade Names

The reefkeeping hobby today is full of colorful trade names for corals, and it appears that, for better or for worse, the trend is here to stay. Tidal Gardens has plenty of corals with goofy names, so we are the last folks in the world who should be judgmental … [Read More...]