Product Spotlight: ARCReef Coralline in a Bottle

Coralline algae is a fantastic red alga for any type of saltwater tank. It is especially popular in reef tanks and plays a variety of different roles in each environment. First, Corallines are a great option to turn bare rock colorful and lively. They also provide protection to the rock and an excellent surface for …

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Keeping the Saddleback Clownfish

Every marine aquarist is well acquainted with the clownfishes (Amphiprion spp.). The most recognizable of the group are the ocellaris and percula clowns (A. ocellaris and A. percula). In addition to their wild types, these two species are additionally available to the hobby in myriad domesticated varieties. However, among the 28 or more described clownfish …

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Hydrospace Products – Vendor Spotlight

AlgaeBarn would like to take a moment to highlight an excellent microbial product line that helps promote natural ecosystems for your aquarium through the use of purple non-sulfur bacteria (PNSB).  Purple non-sulfur bacteria are wonderful bacteria that provide many benefits to your aquatic system.  The company Hydrospace developed and provides a line of products called PNS that …

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Keeping the Australian Flathead Perch

It is extremely simplistic to assume that larger fish inherently have more value. Sure, if you’re at the seafood market, that might make some sense. But when it comes to ornamental fish, size (and even coloration) get trumped by rarity. Rare fish come in all sizes. But less-encountered species understandably get the most attention, pull …

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Keeping the Blue Stripe Anemonefish

Ahhh, clownfish… They’re not just another cool fish; they’re the very reason many of us became marine aquarists in the first place. Even before the release of that animated movie featuring a now-famous clownfish, pretty much everyone–even if they never set up a fish tank–already knew what a clownfish is. These animals’ distinctive appearance and …

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Keeping the Marine Betta

It’s easy to think of that broad group of marine fish known as “basslets” as little thugs–because that’s pretty much what most of them are. They are characteristically hardy, scrappy, thickheaded animals that are all-around tough-guys. A very notable exception to this generalization is the marine betta.  Sometimes also called the comet, this species is …

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Using the Ultimate Macroalgae Pack

Increasingly, aquarists are using planted refugia to conduct nutrient export and stabilize their captive ecosystems. Our ultimate macroalgae pack is one of the best ways to accomplish this. To be sure, there are other ways to control nutrients (carbon dosing, for example). Thankfully, these various means are generally compatible and complementary. However, the planted refugium …

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Pristine Rock: Best Dry Reef Rock Ever?

Geologically speaking, “reef rock” (including 100% wild-extracted live reef rock) is not actually rock–rather, it is an accreted mass of mostly calcareous, biologically derived materials (coral skeleton, mollusk shells, worm tubes, coralline algae, forams, etc.). Moreover, biologically speaking, “live” rock is of course not live at all but rather serves as an attachment site for …

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Keeping Sinularia Coral

Thanks to huge improvements in technology as well as better livestock supply chains (including an ever-increasing availability of captive-raised specimens), more reefkeepers are enjoying success than ever before. That being said, no veteran hobbyist will ever be able to honestly say that maintaining a reef tank is completely without challenges–nor disappointment. Even the most experienced …

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