General Saltwater Aquarium

  1. Do Your Own Thing!

    I've had the pleasure of helping many people grow in this hobby. I typically advocate starting off small & easy, and then work up to something bigger & better as skills get sharpened and finances allow. The way I see it, the smaller tank can always be repurposed into a QT or frag tank down the road. It delights me to see how people get such a kick out of their mushrooms spreading from one rock to another, or watching their pair of juvenile clownfish mature and begin laying eggs. Some even...
  2. Estimating Light Intensity at Various Depths in an Aquarium

    A new article by Dana Riddle on Estimating Light Intensity at Various Depths in an Aquarium.
  3. Feed like a geek...Your reef will LOVE you for it!

    This Article is Sponsored by @uniquecorals As you know, when I'm not stoking fellow reefers with cool corals, I get to travel around the country and talk about geeky reef topics. One of my most in-demand topics is "Nutrient Control and Export", which, in other words, is a nice way of saying "Getting the nasty stuff out of your aquarium." I'm compelled to touch on this today (nutrient CONTROL) because of a (very) long phone call with a reefer yesterday about the crazy algae bloom his 225...
  4. Feeding Routines

    A sampler of forum members' feeding habits for their reefs. An interesting read.
  5. Feeding Your Fish: How to Create Your Own DIY Mollusk Buffet

    Here's a terrific article from one of our forum members, redfishbluefish, on preparing at home a mollusk recipe for fish food.
  6. Fish and Music

    Have you ever wondered what effect music has on fish? The article explores the current research.
  7. Flatworms: The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty Terrifying, Part 1

    Learn about marine aquarium flatworms, what types there are, how to manage them, and the risks associated with them--risks to your livestock and to you, the aquarist.
  8. Flatworms: The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty Terrifying--Part 2 and Conclusion

    Here is the conclusion of our discussion on marine aquarium flatworms and what to do or not do when you have them.
  9. Flying with Coral - TSA Experience

    So you are in the security line at the airport with well over 4oz of water and some coral in your carry-on luggage.. You inform the first TSA agent you encounter and get raised eyebrows.
  10. Following the Masters Part Two

    When I decided to write the first article looking at the tank parameters for people who I consider masters in the hobby I did so thinking that their tanks would be pretty similar and that their success was at least partially due to their following some common recipe. I chose them somewhat randomly with the only criteria being that their tanks were successful and had been so over time, that they were willing to share what they were doing and that I thought most hobbyists would admire their...
  11. Gone Fishing (Fish Collection)

    Have you ever wondered why marine fish are so expensive? Unlike a cichlid, or most other freshwater fish, marine creatures live in much harder to reach areas of the world. Some live hundreds of feet below sea level which is very out of reach to the Average Joe, thus it is more expensive to obtain these creatures. Not only are they harder to get to but they are also more difficult to capture. Yeah, people could just throw a hook and bobber over the reef but the odds of capturing the fish in...
  12. Has the hobby gotten too expensive and how does it compare to the past?

    I have been in this hobby for a long time, but I am not going to act like an old codger and say I remember when Flame Angels were a quarter and corals were a dollar. Nor am I going to get into a discussion of how a frag costing more than a major appliance is good for the hobby or even what it means. I have difficulty comprehending this as well as how so much money and so many new hobbyists have come into the hobby. The latter at east in part driving the former. Also it is not my job to tell...
  13. How I Got Started in the Hobby in 1971

    How I Got Started in the Hobby in 1971
  14. How to tell if your aquarium sucks ("What did you just say, Fellman?")

    Let’s say you’ve been in the hobby a while, and your reef is just kind of…average. Maybe it’s not even average. Or maybe it's amazing looking...but even if it is- maybe it…sucks.
  15. Incrementalism in the Hobby

    There is an old Southern axiom of how to cook a bullfrog. You can’t just pop it into boiling water because as soon as it hits the hot water it will sense that the water is too hot so it will hop out. Instead you put it in cool refreshing water and then gradually increase the heat. By doing it that way before it realizes that the water is getting hot it is too late and it is cooked. As far as I know cooking bullfrogs is not a major aspect of reefkeeping, but that example is a good way of...
  16. Insurance Implications for Aquarists

    A short article about the insurance implications of owning a fish tank, large or small.
  17. Introduction to Flow, Tank Turnover, and Powerheads for the Reef Tank, Part 1

    A beginner foray into flow, tank turnover, and powerheads for the beginning reefer.
  18. Introduction to Flow, Tank Turnover, and Powerheads for the Reef Tank, Part 2

    Part 2 of our beginner article on flow, tank turnover, and powerheads. In this piece we talk about what are the differences between different powerhead brands.
  19. Introduction to Flow, Tank Turnover, and Powerheads for the Reef Tank, Part 3

    Part 3 and the conclusion of flow, tank turnover, and powerheads for the reef tank: a brief foray into powerhead placement in the saltwater tank.
  20. Jamie Craggs’ Game Changing Work at the Horniman Museum

    Over the years I have witnessed a lot of breakthroughs in the hobby. In terms of propagating corals we have gone from barely being able to keep most corals alive to the point where we can now propagate most corals through some form of fragmentation. Some of these advancements we have achieved have allowed for some damaged reefs to be repopulated by corals that have been “grown out” away from the ocean. In this regard, we should take pride in what we have been able to accomplish and how if...
  21. Joe Yaiullo awarded MASNA's Aquarist of the Year 2016

    While Joe is most certainly a celebrity in the world of reef aquaria, he remains humble and approachable, consistently offering advice to fellow hobbyists and sharing his aquatic discoveries with the reefing community.
  22. Keeping it Simple Building A New Tank

    KISS, the acronym, not the band, has often been touted as a key part of being successful long-term in this hobby. This runs hand in hand with the concept that the easier something is to do, the more likely we are to do it. And with there seemingly being something to do constantly with our tanks, it makes even more sense to keep things simple. As I am preparing to tear down my old tank and set up a new tank, I couldn’t help but notice how many things I did on my old tank that were anything...
  23. Keeping Your Marine Fish Healthy Part 1: Separation and Sterilization

    Keeping your fish healthy is everything for the marine aquarist. Separating your fish in quarantine and sterilizing all your tools is the first step to keeping your fish disease-free. Here is information on how and why to separate your fish and how to sterilize equipment.
  24. Kenya's Ornamental Marine Fish Trade

    The current state of the ornamental marine fish trade is of interest to all of us. Here's how it works off of east Africa.
  25. Learning and Understanding

    This past fall and winter were a bit trying for my tanks due to the amount of travel I did and the resultant time away from my tanks. I have to admit that they were more neglected than they had been for quite some time and it showed. As a result, I lost a few corals and fish, some equipment failed due to neglect and some things were changed owing to what I learned in my travels. Looking back on why some of these problems occurred, made me think of what I have learned and how I could put that...
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