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Acclimating Corals in 4 Easy Steps

Is there a better feeling than adding something new to your reef tank? Buying new corals feels like opening presents on a holiday. We got in some new corals and while acclimating them to our tanks, it reminded me how many times my customers ask how to go about acclimating new arrivals to their own … [Read More]

The Best Beginner Large-Polyp Stony Corals

Throughout my years as an aquarium enthusiast, I have followed all the advice from all the books I could get my hands on since there were no other hobbyists with the same interest as I in my circle of friends growing up. My aquatic progression took the following path: 5-gallon slate & stainless-steel-framed fancy guppy … [Read More]

How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium

The process of setting up and maintaining a saltwater aquarium can seem overwhelming when taken in its entirety. There are just so many new concepts and techniques to wrap your head around. Besides, you’ve no doubt heard from numerous sources how difficult the hobby can be. One slip and you’ve got a tank full of … [Read More]

Calling All Freshwater Keepers, You Can Make the Switch!

I’ve kept freshwater aquariums before, but saltwater aquariums? Aren’t they really difficult?” Chris and I frequently hear comments like this from non-hobbyists as well as from freshwater aquarists who are contemplating making the saltwater switch. The prevailing impression among the uninitiated seems to be that keeping a saltwater aquarium with any degree of success demands … [Read More]

Acropora for Beginners

With the introduction of more aquaculture and mariculture facilities, there has been a boom in specimens available at the local fish stores these days. But I will say for certain that if you can get a frag from a successful hobbyist, those tend to be even more robust and better able to tolerate the variations … [Read More]

Astraea Snails Make Short Work of Algae

This past year, I rediscovered how great an army of snails can be. We go pretty light on cleanup crews in general. For example, there really aren’t any hermit crabs to speak of in our systems. In 5,000 gallons of reef tanks, there may be only one or two hermit crabs. Most likely they arrived … [Read More]

Stenopus hispidus: A Look at a Popular Boxer Shrimp

Among the various ornamental crustaceans available in the marine aquarium trade, one of the most popular and easiest to obtain is Stenopus hispidus, the banded coral shrimp, also known by the common names coral banded shrimp, banded boxer shrimp, barber pole shrimp, and others. This shrimp’s widespread availability and usually very affordable price tag can … [Read More]

My Top 6 Simple Accessories Repurposed for Marine Aquariums

Visit your local fish store, and you’ll see shelf after shelf of equipment, implements, doodads, and thingamabobs specifically designed to make the maintenance of marine aquariums more manageable. But when you really think about it, a lot of the handy tools and materials we hobbyists use on a daily basis come not from the LFS, … [Read More]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Mixing Saltwater

The foundation of any saltwater aquarium is, of course, the salt water itself, and through your time in this wonderful hobby, you’ll be mixing up plenty of it! You’ll need it when you first fill your aquarium and quarantine tank, whenever you perform a routine water change, any time you’re adding and acclimating new specimens, … [Read More]