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‘Tis the Coral Frag Swap Season, Fa La La…

September may be a long way from Christmas, but for reefkeepers, it’s the next best thing. September is the unofficial kickoff of the coral fragment swap season. Soon the eyes and hearts of reefkeepers everywhere will turn to swapper pages and message boards, searching for that special piece that the keeper just can’t live without. But before we blow our children’s college fund … [Read More...]

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Juvenile Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator)

Why Are Juvenile Marine Angelfish So Different From Adults?

When human parents bring a child into the world, they watch their offspring eagerly for facial features and other physical characteristics that are similar to their … [Read More...]

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Hammer coral (Euphyllia ancora) use long, stinging "sweeper" tentacles to attack neighboring corals

5 Ways to Counteract Coral Combat in the Marine Aquarium

At a casual glance, corals would appear to be an inoffensive lot, generally espousing a “live-and-let-live” philosophy. After all, when you’re firmly affixed to the … [Read More...]

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Marine aquarium motto - be prepared

My Marine Aquarium Motto: Be Prepared!

I don't know about you guys, but I like to be prepared for everything, not just for eventualities related to my marine tank, but for everything in life, as I don't like surprises. Okay, I like some surprises, like once a busload of Miss Universe contestants … [Read More...]

The marine aquarium hobby is under attack

Our Hobby is Under Attack

We are under attack; our hobby is under attack. We’re currently facing legislation that could put an end to our hobby as we know it. And no, I’m not sensationalizing the situation. Please don’t make the mistake of thinking you and your home aquarium(s) … [Read More...]

How to safely use ozone in your home aquarium

Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 3

In the first two parts of this series, we talked about how ozone can function as a powerful tool in keeping your reef aquarium water very clear, how it can boost your skimmer's ability to remove waste from the water column by breaking down the larger … [Read More...]

MACNA 2014 in Denver, CO

Mile-High MACNA Rises to the Occasion

Denver, Colorado, situated a mile above sea level, might seem like an unusual host city for a conference focused exclusively on marine aquaria, but this year’s Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA), held August 29–31 at the Colorado Convention … [Read More...]

Genicanthus personatus, the masked angelfish, was successfully bred in captivity

“Holy Grail” Angelfish Bred in Captivity

Certain marine fish are so uncommon in the aquarium hobby yet so beautiful to behold that they fetch an absolutely mind-blowing price (sometimes in the many thousands of dollars for a single specimen) when they do make a rare appearance in the trade. Among … [Read More...]