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Top 10: Marine Fish

10. CLARKII CLOWNJeff: It is unfair introducing a fish with a built-in fan base into our Top 10. Look, I like clownfish as much as the next guy who’s seen Finding Nemo. But this guy? Eh. First of all, what’s up with the spelling of his name? Seems fishy to me. Imagine Clark Kent as […]

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Reeftopia, Part II

I arrived to work early one Monday morning before the lights were turned on and peered into my tank to see how everything was doing. To my dismay, a 4-inch piece of galaxea had swept an entire corner of the tank clear of all life. It looked like some sort of strange alien creature that […]

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Another Comic

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Reeftopia, Part I

I have been plagued with the fascination of contained ecosystems since I was a kid. Started with ant farms and collecting pill bugs from the garden. I was 10 years old when I bought my first aquarium from the local pet store. I remember I saved my allowance for weeks just to get the 5 […]

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Another Day, Another Product Review

The expression “don’t make waves” has no place in reef aquaria. A quick Google search of the subject will yield countless sources that attempt to validate this claim. But I say, “To heck with research!” What makes this statement factual is that continuous body of water encircling our planet, commonly referred to as the ocean. […]

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Comic Relief! I was thinking of calling it “Mo’ Betta Times”

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The Wonderful World of Mariculture, Part II

One of the more recent “pests” becoming prevalent in mariculture is a small crustacean that resembles a mite. It is nearly impossible to see without a magnifying glass at a mere ½ mm in length, but this crustacean is yellow in color with a red dot and appears to prefer species of Acropora corals. This […]

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The Wonderful World of Mariculture, Part I

As long as I can remember, I have dreamt of one day living on an island. An island far from the mainland, where the cool trade winds blow and the sweltering sun bakes my skin; where the echoes of cars racing by would only be a faint memory of the wretched concrete jungle where I […]

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“Bring out yer dead”

I purchased a new aquarium since my last post. It is 10” x 11” x 22” … or approximately 10-gallons, whichever you prefer. I’ve detailed the specs below for your reading pleasure. Nickname: Bedrock Custom 10-gallon Current USA 24” Orbit Fixture Aqua Clear Power Filter Tom Aquarium Temp Alert Aquarium Systems 73 GPH Micro Jet […]

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“I Have the Powerhead!”

For non-80’s babies who didn’t catch or care for the “He-Man” reference in my headline, I feel a more surefire approach to labeling our blog posts may be necessary going forward. But before we proceed, there are a couple of things you should know about me: I’m not funny … although I’d like to think […]

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