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Mike Paletta Beginner Series: The Grand Finale

How do you write the ending for a story that isn’t finished? For the past 52 weeks, I have been writing articles designed to help newcomers to the hobby. The idea for this was not my own, but rather that…

Top Tips for Beginners and New Reef Aquarium Hobbyists

During my early years in the hobby virtually everyone I came into contact with, from shops to other hobbyists all said the same thing: “Keeping a saltwater tank is too difficult so don’t even bother trying”. Looking back I can…

Only Bad Things Happen Fast: How to Avoid Beginner Mistakes

Wouldn’t it be nice if before you started a project you knew what to look out for so that you could avoid costly mistakes? Like when you started to drive you understood that the police would be looking at you…

What to Consider When Buying Frags

This hobby has seen a lot of changes over the last forty years. Lighting, ICP testing, trace elements and flow to name a few items have all been improved upon and have helped change the hobby completely. However, even more…

Molly Miller Blenny is a Viable Alternative for Aiptasia Control

The Molly Miller Blenny, Scartella cristata, is a unique blenny that originates from the Caribbean. These blennies generally grow to about four inches in length and have a unique appetite. In the hobby, many aquarium enthusiasts report these blennies to…

Setting Up an Aquarium Log

As the old saying goes: The details are in the paperwork. This is especially true when keeping a reef tank where you can’t know where a tank is going unless you know where it’s been and you can’t really know…

Stomatella Snails are The Unsung Heroes of Clean Up Crew

One of the most unique and underappreciated members of the Trochidae family is the Stomatella Snail. With a thin, fingernail-shaped shell and a sea slug-like appearance, these snails are adept at getting into all the nooks and crannies of your…

What you need to know about Water Changes

When it comes to the most basic of maintenance tasks to be done the first one that comes to mind is the water change. As important as it is, it is also one of the least glamorous and least fun…

Five Simple Ways to Increase pH in your Reef Aquarium

A pH monitor may reveal reef tanks with a pH as low as 7.6 at night. Employ these five simple pH hacks to raise your pH to 8.2 and above, and watch your corals survive and grow much better than…

Reef Tank Maintenance

A reef tank is not like a television. You can’t simply turn it on, sit back and watch it, and not have to interact. Like gardening where you need to cultivate, seed, and weed in order to reap a harvest,…