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Tig Pods: A Food for Many

January 15, 2019 by greg.chernoff

The reef aquarium hobby continues to reach new heights. This is most evident by the extraordinarily beautiful systems we see on display in public places, in images on social media, in advertisements, and even in some homes. These advancements have...

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A Beginners Guide to Mysis Shrimp

January 14, 2019 by greg.chernoff

Just like any other pet or animal you care for, it is important to be sure that the inhabitants of your saltwater aquarium are getting the best possible food so that they can live longer and healthier. The best way...

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Water Flow in the Refugium

January 9, 2019 by greg.chernoff

When it comes to setting up your refugium, there are plenty of considerations to make. You must select macroalgae species, clean-up crew species, a type of substrate (or none?), lighting and so on. Most of this planning is pretty fun....

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A Beginner’s Guide to Setting up a Refugium

January 8, 2019 by greg.chernoff

By Nathan Peel There are many benefits to building or creating a refugium in your saltwater aquarium. It allows for additional surface area for beneficial bacteria to grow, which filters out nitrates and nutrients in an efficient and natural way....

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Increasing the Efficiency of Your Sump to Decrease Water Changes

January 7, 2019 by greg.chernoff

Water changes are the most dreaded part of regular tank maintenance to most hobbyists. So much so, that many people start skipping water changes for weeks or months at a time. I don’t blame them, lugging buckets, checking salinity and...

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A Big Year for Captive Bred Fish!

January 6, 2019 by greg.chernoff

Hobbyists, vendors, fish breeders and, of course, the fishes are all cheering on this year's developments in saltwater aquarium fish aquaculture. We really can say that the last five or six have been extraordinary; it's been a nice, long winning...

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Categories: Captive Bred Fish

A Look at Seven Great Red Macroalgae For the Refugium

December 12, 2018 by greg.chernoff

It's been a looong time since there was a "typical" refugium. And even if there was a typical sort of refugium today, it wouldn't look exactly like the one of yesterday. One very notable change is the greater diversity of...

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Categories: Macroalgae

A Classic Improved: Aquacultured Yellow Tangs

December 10, 2018 by greg.chernoff

There is hardly a more iconic saltwater aquarium fish than yellow tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens). We can just start out by stating the obvious; it is a real stand-out. Nothing "pops" like the bright yellow blaze of this species. Its highly...

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Categories: Captive Bred Fish

Kickstarting Your New Refugium

November 21, 2018 by greg.chernoff

Whether it's just been installed as part of a bone-dry, newly set up aquarium system or as an add-on to a well-established, heavily stocked reef tank, you'll probably want your new refugium to be operating at its peak performance from...

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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
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