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I’ve got White Syndrome!

The other day I came home oblivious, to my well off, half dead Tri Color Acropora. In doing my daily routine of maintenance and strict husbandry, an utterly hideous white blotch, appeared out of the corner of my eye. Behind the rock scape was one of my favorite tri color Acropora’s, which was located in […]

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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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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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Secrets of Anemone Keeping by Marine Depot Live Staff

Selecting a Healthy Anemone I often receive phone calls from newer aquarists that want to order anemones. This is normally followed by the explanation that they just purchased a clownfish and are certain that they need an anemone to make the clownfish happy. Additional discussion usually reveals that their lack of lighting, improper water parameters, […]

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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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