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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“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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