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Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 4): Modern Husbandry—Reproduction

Elasmobranch Enthusiasts (Part 4): Modern Husbandry—Reproduction

From the ferocious great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) to the graceful white-spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari), Elasmobranchii are a diverse group of boneless fishes that are circumglobal, inhabiting a diverse array of habitats, temperature ranges, salinity, and niches in the world’s oceans and rivers. It is no wonder that these unique creatures, while usually … [Read More...]

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The male bird wrasse (Gomphosus varius) has a bright blue-green coloration

Gomphosus varius: This Wrasse is for the Birds!

It always seems that the more exotic looking a saltwater fish is, the more challenging it is for hobbyists to keep. Fortunately, such is not the case with Gomphosus … [Read More...]

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Dividing aquarium maintenance into manageable chunks is the key to not becoming overwhelmed

A Guide to Routine Marine Aquarium Maintenance

There’s no question that a saltwater aquarium requires a significant amount of maintenance if the fish and invertebrates it contains are to remain healthy and their … [Read More...]

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Visiting the Bellevue H.S. Marine Science Lab

Visit at the Bellevue H.S. Marine Science Lab

When I think back to my high school days, I remember a 29-gallon freshwater aquarium in science class. Coincidentally, I donated most of the specimens in that tank to my teacher from my home aquariums. It served as more of a stereotypical science classroom … [Read More...]

Don’t Get Burned by Flame Scallops!

Don’t Get Burned by Flame Scallops!

Mention beautiful bivalves for the marine aquarium, and the various tridacnid clams (the so-called giant clams) will probably come to mind. Likely, the flame scallops of the genus Ctenoides will too. However, while the tridacnids have a fairly decent survival … [Read More...]

4 Marine Aquarium Problems That Sneak up on You

4 Marine Aquarium Problems That Sneak up on You

There’s an old saying that only bad things happen quickly in a marine aquarium. That’s certainly true enough, but it’s also important to keep in mind that some problems that can affect the health and wellbeing of livestock tend to develop very gradually and … [Read More...]

Chaetodon kleinii: An Excellent Beginner’s Butterflyfish

Chaetodon kleinii: An Excellent Beginner’s Butterflyfish

The word “beginner” and “butterflyfish” aren’t often paired together, as so many of the butterflyfishes seem to present some manner of husbandry challenge, often related to diet. Still, certain butterflies have a well-deserved reputation for hardiness and … [Read More...]

Should You Try to Keep Pace with Evolving Marine Aquarium Practices?

Should You Try to Keep Pace with Evolving Marine Aquarium Practices?

Spend any amount of time in this hobby of ours, and you’ll soon realize that the methods and technologies favored for maintaining marine organisms are continually in flux. What’s considered dogma today is heresy tomorrow—and maybe back to dogma again later in … [Read More...]