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Frogfish: How to build a species-specific aquarium

As you become more and more immersed in the aquarium hobby, you quickly learn that a wide variety of marine animals are actually made available to the general public. Albeit tempting, some of these animals are simply not suitable to be thrown into your mixed reef aquarium for a number of reasons. Aggression towards tank-mates, […]

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Calcium Reactors, Part 2: How to Use a Calcium Reactor

This is Part 2 in a two-part series. Miss Part 1? Click here. A calcium reactor is a great way to maintain calcium and alkalinity levels for aquariums with high demands. Today we are going to explain how to properly dial in your calcium reactor. Before getting into the nitty-gritty, you should know that each […]

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Cool Reef Tank Gear You May Have Missed in 2015

Many exciting new products have already hit the aquarium hobby five months into 2015. EcoTech Marine updated their award-winning line of propeller pumps with the VorTech QuietDrive, which are quieter and offer greater output than their predecessors without any additional cost.  Aqua Illumination finally released their much-anticipated AI Prime LED, bringing wireless aquarium lighting control […]

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Bacteria for Beginners, Part 1

COOTIES? Eeoww!  Bacteria gets a bad name because of the serious illnesses some of them can cause. But not all bacteria are bad, in fact most are not just good, but critically important for life on Earth. To help understand what role bacteria play in our reef tanks, we are introducing a multi-part series on […]

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Calcium Reactors, Part 1: What They Do, How They Work and What You’ll Need to Set One Up

While frequent water changes and kalkwasser are sufficient for aquariums with low calcium and alkalinity demands, a fully stocked thriving reef tank will simply demand more. A 2-part supplement, such as ESV B-Ionic, is a great way to maintain calcium and alkalinity. However, as your tank matures, it can become quite pricey and will require […]

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How to Control Phosphate in a Reef Tank

Phosphate plays a big role in reef keeping. Understanding how it works in a reef aquarium will help you grow beautiful corals and keep a pristine tank. With too much phosphate, you will have algae problems and your corals will suffer. On the other hand, if you get overzealous and maintain zero phosphate for an […]

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Tutorial: Make a DIY Screen Top for Your Aquarium

For aquarium hobbyists, it is difficult not to get get emotionally attached to our fish and it can be devastating to lose one of our wet pets. Sometimes fish will perish due to disease, stress or factors beyond our control. However, when a fish dies due to factors we can control, it is even more […]

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Beat the Heat with Aquarium Chillers and Fans

Today we are going to take a look at cooling fans and aquarium chillers as well as provide you with some helpful tips that will help you beat the heat this summer and keep your water temperature stable. With summer fast approaching, it is the perfect time to start thinking about your aquarium’s water temperature. […]

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