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How to Dip Corals By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

12 months have passed since setting up your tank, fish are healthy and many of the new corals you added are flourishing and beginning to grow. You get home from work one day, take a gander at the tank and you see what looks like little bugs crawling on your corals leaving behind tiny bite marks in the […]

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How to Get Rid of Brown Slime (Dinoflagellates) By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Reef aquariums come with baggage, just like any relationship. It is your responsibility as a hobbyist to understand and overcome the “not so fun” aspects of the hobby. What am I talking about here? Well, things like water changes, daily dosing, nuisance algae control and maintenance in general can steer even the most dedicated hobbyist […]

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How to Care for SPS Corals by Robert Farnsworth

Within the reef aquarium hobby, you often hear the terms soft corals, LPS and SPS used to identify different groups of corals. Grouping corals in this fashion is useful because it not only describes the coral itself, but also helps aquarium hobbyists understand what a particular coral will need from us (lighting, placement, flow, parameters, etc.) in order to survive. If […]

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How to Care for Soft Corals By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Within the reef aquarium hobby, you often hear the terms soft corals, LPS and SPS used to identify different groups of corals. Grouping corals in this fashion is useful because it not only describes the coral itself, but also helps aquarium hobbyists understand what a particular coral will need from us (lighting, placement, flow, parameters, etc.) in order to survive. This […]

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Starfish for Marine Reef Aquariums By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Starfish or Sea Stars are one of the more unique and intriguing specimens found in reef aquaria. Whether you are a seasoned hobbyist or beginner, you are most likely familiar with these stars of the sea. They are available in a variety of brilliant colors and can perform a critical function in your reef aquarium. […]

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Aquarium Heaters By Keith MacNeil, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

As the winter months draw near, colder temperatures—both inside and outside—are fast approaching. It’s around this time each year I begin to see threads pop up on aquarium message boards discussing aquarium heater failure. Sometimes hobbyists are lucky: the heater simply did not turn on and their tank got colder. In other instances, heaters actually […]

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How to Care for LPS Corals By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Within the reef aquarium hobby you often hear the terms soft corals, LPS and SPS used to identify different groups of corals. Grouping corals in this fashion is very useful because it not only describes the coral itself but also helps aquarium hobbyists understand what a particular coral will need from us (lighting, placement, flow, […]

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How to Cycle a Saltwater Aquarium By Mark Callahan, Mr. Saltwater Tank

Let’s face it: you want instant gratification. As soon as your box of aquarium supplies arrives from MarineDepot.com, you drop everything and begin fiddling with your new gear. And, once that last piece of equipment is set up, you’ll be ready to add fish to your new tank, right? Not so fast. You’ve got one step […]

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How to Remove Phosphates from a Saltwater Aquarium By Joseph Chang, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

A common problem in marine fish and reef aquarium systems is high levels of phosphate. Phosphate can come from food added to the aquarium, fish waste, fish and coral respiration, low-quality carbon, impure water added to the tank along with numerous other causes. Phosphate is present in every aquarium and exists in two forms: organic […]

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The ABCs of LEDs, Part 2 By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

After reading through the comments on our May 2012 article, The ABCs of LEDs, we decided it would be a good idea to post a short follow-up to answer some of your questions and provide additional information about LED aquarium lights. One thing we noticed is that many hobbyists are having a difficult time choosing the right […]

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