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Lighting the Refugium

November 9, 2018 by greg.chernoff

There are plenty of reasons that you might consider installing a refugium in your marine aquarium system. Yours might be to add water volume to compensate for an increasingly crowded main tank. You might want to boost your copepod production....

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A Beginners Guide to Brine Shrimp

November 8, 2018 by Sean Tadjeran

Do you feed your saltwater fish flake foods, pellets or frozen mysis? How about live brine shrimp or live fish foods in general? In this article I am going to explain the benefits of feeding your fish live food, specifically...

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Categories: Brine Shrimp, Live foods

A Beginners Guide to a Saltwater Aquarium Clean Up Crew

October 29, 2018 by greg.chernoff

By: Haley Fitch 2018 Writers Contest winner! When setting up your new saltwater aquarium, it is vital to include a strong clean up crew to take care of your tank in ways that we as the aquarist can’t. By nature,...

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Mandarin Dragonets for Beginners

October 26, 2018 by greg.chernoff

By Nathan Peel - 2018 Writers contest award recipient! The Mandarin dragonet (also known as the mandarin goby),  is the arguably the most beautiful saltwater fish, which catches the eye of both experienced and beginner hobbyist. If you have done...

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A Copepod Cornucopia: How to Maintain a Continuous Live Food Source in Your Reef Aquarium

October 26, 2018 by greg.chernoff

Some of us aquarists are satisfied just to find a pod or two in our systems—just to know that they’re still there! Then again, some of us are always reaching for that endless bumper crop. Those who push for ever...

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Amphipods and/or Copepods: Can They Peacefully Coexist?

October 26, 2018 by greg.chernoff

Detritus and algal films compromise the aesthetic appearance and environmental quality of any saltwater aquarium. For sure, they present some of the most serious (and frustrating) issues for an aquarist to contend with. The easiest and least expensive way to...

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Using Phytoplankton to Control Bad Algae

October 9, 2018 by Sean Tadjeran

Despite their lush appearance, natural coral reefs are extremely nutrient-poor environments. Corals everywhere should be just fine with that, since it means less pressure to compete for space with benthic (that is, growing on the sea floor) microalgae. Planktonic microalgae,...

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Categories: Phytoplankton

Boosting Reef Aquarium Diversity With Live Phytoplankton

October 2, 2018 by Sean Tadjeran

Saltwater aquarium keeping certainly come a long way in a relatively short period of time. Heck, we only started widely using live rock about a quarter century ago. Nowadays, almost any coral reef species (provided that it is not protected)...

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Stocking a Refugium

September 4, 2018 by greg.chernoff

Marine aquaria have a peculiar way of growing (in terms of both size and complexity) over time. These “add-ons,” be they filtration units, reactors, or whatever, grow from the so-called main tank in an almost organic manner. But, no matter...

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The Refugium: A Home for Your Pods

September 2, 2018 by Sean Tadjeran

It just isn’t enough to say that a refugium is “a tank on a tank” or “a sump with some macroalgae in it.” When used to their full potential, refugia make for a far more dynamic—yet more stable—captive ecosystem. Though...

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Peppermint Shrimp: The Aiptasia Destroyers

August 8, 2018 by Mariena Theall

Peppermint Shrimp The Aiptasia Destroyers This time was going to be different, you said. You had just set up a new aquarium system, and were going to take full advantage of every opportunity to do everything just right. Not only...

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Categories: Captive Bred Inverts

Pincushion Urchins (Lytechinus variegatus): The Algae Destroyers

June 18, 2018 by Mariena Theall

No matter who you are, how skilled you are as an aquarist, how diligent you are at cleaning your tank, how little you feed or how advanced your filter system is, one thing is all but certain: unwanted forms of...

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From Detritus to Delicacy: Using Harpacticoid Copepods for Natural Nutrient Cycling

May 7, 2018 by Mariena Theall

Pretty much nobody wants their marine aquarium to be covered with filth and green slime. Yet, mulm and benthic microalgae show up (at least in some amount) in just about every system. This is normal to some degree. However, anything...

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MarinePure: The Ultimate Biomedium

April 16, 2018 by Mariena Theall

MarinePure: The Ultimate Biomedium Managing dissolved waste products might easily be the most important—and oftentimes most challenging—task for a marine aquarist. Ammonia, nitrite and nitrate are the waste products that usually dwell at the forefront of the aquarist’s mind, as they...

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Categories: Refugium Education

How to Seed Your Reef Tank

April 4, 2018 by Mariena Theall

Seeding (and Re-Seeding) Copepods in the Marine Aquarium It’s understandable—totally natural, even—to want to see what we’re buying when we are trying to seed copepods. In the case of live copepod products, however, the most important constituent (if present) cannot...

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Feeding Your Marine Animals Live Macroalgae

March 19, 2018 by Mariena Theall

Farmed in the ‘Fuge: Feeding Your Marine Animals Live Macroalgae Grazing might appear to be an easy and carefree way for an animal to get its meal. This is, however, not often so. For one, plants have comparatively less protein...

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The Advantages of Clean Macroalgae

March 13, 2018 by Mariena Theall

The Advantages of Clean Macroalgae It so often can be a major challenge to grow the aquarium macroalgae species we love; we really don’t need the extra chore of having to suppress the pest species we most hate. As some...

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Categories: Macroalgae

Is There Really a Difference Between Wild-Caught and Aquacultured Marine Aquarium Livestock?

March 6, 2018 by Mariena Theall

Is There Really a Difference Between Wild-Caught and Aquacultured Marine Aquarium Livestock? These days, when it comes to aquarium livestock, marine aquarists are inundated with choice. Of course, a good deal of thought typically goes into the kinds of animals...

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Enhancing the Diet of Captive Marine Animals with Live Brine Shrimp

February 27, 2018 by Mariena Theall

The marine aquarium hobby looks little like it did when it first became popularized decades ago. Nowadays, it might seem as though a new fad emerges every month. Yet, a few things seem to never change. One such undying custom...

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Categories: Captive Bred Fish

Are There Copepods in Your Reef?

January 24, 2018 by Mariena Theall

Are There Pods in My Reef? Considering that they are an integral component of pretty much all natural marine ecosystems, it is likely that a large, stable population of copepods could benefit any reef aquarium. The surest means of establishing...

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