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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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A whole mess of bubble algae.

End the Toil and Trouble of Bubble Algae

“Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble” could be the lament of any marine aquarium hobbyist battling a stubborn outbreak of green bubble algae. (Okay, “Double, double … [Read More...]

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Green mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus)

Green Mandarinfish: Gorgeous, Good-Natured, and a Very Finicky Feeder

Many coral reef fishes are renowned for their spectacular coloration and patterning, but there’s one particular species, commonly available in the marine aquarium … [Read More...]

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Diving into Underwater Cameras

Diving into Underwater Cameras

This article is a bit of a departure from the typical reef aquarium topics I cover. Photography is a big part of Tidal Gardens, and sometimes we like to take the camera underwater. To do that, we need an underwater camera rig. A rig consists of the camera … [Read More...]

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...]