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Win a Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor 150!

There are many ways you can add media to your aquarium. One of the best ways is by using a fluidized media reactor. This week we are giving one lucky aquarium hobbyist the versatile Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor 150 (a $34.99 value!), our top media reactor in 2011 and 2013! If you want to lower […]

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Reef It Simple, Part 1: Your First Reef Tank

Coming from a background in freshwater aquariums, I remember staring blankly at people when they would talk about saltwater reef systems. Salinity, alkalinity and phosphates, oh my! It seemed like the world of saltwater was prohibitively complex, so I put off building a reef system for years. But there’s really no reason to be intimidated […]

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5 Creative Ways to Use LED Light Strips

LED aquarium lights have made a huge impact in our hobby because they save you money in a number of ways. Heat transfer into your aquarium, bulb costs and electricity consumption are considerably reduced or eliminated altogether when you make the switch to LED. Another benefit of LED lights is they are extremely versatile and […]

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Which Clean-up Crew Critters Should You Have in your Reef Tank?

Building a successful reef tank requires a lot of research and hard work. But, as we aquarium hobbyists know quite well, the journey is extraordinarily fulfilling. However, it is important to know from the outset that the work is never done. Performing routine tank maintenance is crucial if you want your aquarium inhabitants to not […]

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Coral Frenzy Reef Pellets: The ULTIMATE coral food now in pellet form

Coral Frenzy has been one of the most popular coral foods for some time now. It is a great alternative to live or frozen foods since it is easier to feed, is an excellent value and has a much longer shelf life. Newly available from Coral Frenzy are Reef Pellets that are available in 0.5mm […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to Pico Reefs

While it’s no secret that we all love our reef tanks, it’s also no secret that a reef junkie is never satisfied. We’re always looking for the next piece of equipment, the next challenge or another place in the house where we can stick a tank. It should come as no surprise then that we’re […]

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Win the Book Of Coral Propagation!

Move over, Harry Potter. Step aside, Twilight. Make some space on your bookshelf for the Book of Coral Propagation! This handbook is for curious minds interested in discovering some of the exciting techniques for keeping and growing coral in reef aquariums. This 400 page hardcover guide to reef gardening is fully illustrated with nearly 1000 […]

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The real deal about eels: feeding, care and compatibility

Serpents of the deep. Aggressive carnivores that swim with an eerie snake-like motion and sit with jaws agape displaying gnarly rows of teeth that are ready to latch onto any unsuspecting prey that may swim by and entice this animal’s extremely well-developed sense of smell. Eels are among the most fascinating marine animals for many […]

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How Dirty are your Socks?

Personally, I’m a fan of Bliss Softening Socks… but we’re going to talk about filter socks in this article. 🙂 Many sump designs incorporate a sock for filtration while others use filter pads, floss and sometimes a media basket stacked with carbon and Purigen. Filter socks vary in size, material and filtration capabilities. The standard sizes available […]

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EcoSystem Aquarium Balling Method: A VERY Economical and Effective Way to Maintain Ca/Alk/Mg

Calcium and Alkalinity are the two basic reef aquarium parameters that most hobbyists focus on. Smart reef tank owners soon realize the importance of Magnesium. Its impact on calcium/alkalinity levels and coral calcification often prompts mindful reefers to begin maintaining their magnesium level as well. As corals and purple coralline algae grow, Magnesium levels can be […]

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