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5 Circumstances that Warrant a Species (or Specimen) Tank

5 Circumstances that Warrant a Species (or Specimen) Tank

A diverse community of marine fishes presents quite a visual feast, especially when housed in a reef system brimming with colorful corals. However, in some stocking situations, it’s preferable to avoid the “typical” marine community (if there is such a thing) in favor of a single-species or even a single-specimen tank. Ah, but if you limit your livestock to a single species … [Read More...]

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Make Sure Your Saltwater Storage Vessel Is Up to Snuff!

Make Sure Your Saltwater Storage Vessel Is Up to Snuff!

One of my biggest nightmares as a marine aquarist is someday having one of the panes of my glass aquarium suddenly give out and dump 125 gallons of salt water on my … [Read More...]

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4 Tips for the Right-Brained Marine Aquarist

4 Tips for the Right-Brained Marine Aquarist

As regular Saltwater Smarts visitors may be aware, I was an English major in college and currently make my living working with words as a writer/editor. Admittedly, … [Read More...]

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Salty Q&A: How Long Before My Tank Is Cycled?

Salty Q&A: How Long Before My Tank Is Cycled?

Question The fish store dealer who’s helping me through the setup of my first saltwater aquarium told me I need to give the tank time to cycle before I put any fish or corals in it. As of right now, the tank has been operating for about a month. Is that long … [Read More...]

Threadfin Cardinalfish: Peaceful and Most Impressive in Numbers

Threadfin Cardinalfish: Peaceful and Most Impressive in Numbers

Walk by an LFS sales tank containing a few specimens of threadfin cardinalfish (Zoramia leptacantha), and you might not give them a second glance. Chromatically speaking, this species isn’t exactly a showstopper compared to some, especially when viewed in your … [Read More...]

Testing: Nano-Bubbles

Testing: Nano-Bubbles

Recently, the folks in my area got enamored with the topic of “nano‐bubbles” for the reef tank. Being a curious engineer and avid tinkerer of tanks, I jumped right in to test it for myself. So what are nano‐bubbles and what is the concept being prescribed? … [Read More...]

Reefs In Decline

Reefs In Decline

I have been lucky in my life to have had the opportunity to dive in some of the prettiest and most diverse underwater habitats on earth. Without exception, the nicest dive sites are far from civilization, which stands to reason. But today I want to talk about … [Read More...]

Fish Disease Symptoms Aren’t Always What They Seem

Fish Disease Symptoms Aren’t Always What They Seem

Most marine aquarium hobbyists keep a close eye on their fish for certain tell-tale signs of ill health. And that’s a good thing, since quick intervention in the case of fish disease can often be the difference between life and death for the specimen(s). On … [Read More...]