General Saltwater Aquarium

  1. Why Is My Saltwater Aquarium Water Cloudy?

    Beginner Topic: Aquarists often worry if their reef aquarium becomes cloudy. Here are some common reasons why this happens and some quick and easy suggestions for fixing it.
  2. Lets Talk Substrates for the Marine Aquarium

    Bare-bottom (BB)? Calcium Carbonate (CC) Gravel? Crushed Shell? Sand? Deep vs. Shallow? With all the choices that are out there, no wonder new hobbyists are often confused about which substrate to use for their marine aquarium. In this thread, I shall attempt to address pros and cons of each of the available substrates. Please remember however, that the choice of substrate must be balanced with two things; Aesthetic value to the viewer and biological value to the livestock. Some fish and...
  3. WILDEST AQUARIUM SHOW EVER! - (ReefaPalooza Orlando!)

    In this CoralFish12g video I take you with me as I explore ReefAPalooza Orlando 2017! I get to hangout with some other aquarium YouTubers like King of DIY, Jake Adams, Animal Bites TV, Solid Gold, and many others! Enjoy!
  4. What's In A Box? Summertime Coral Shipping

    I wanted to share some insight regarding shipping coral in summer. Maybe this will be helpful to members here who like to sell their extra frags to others, or maybe it will help customers understand the thought process in beating the summer heat for your coral. Before I created Boom Corals this year, I was a member who had shipped coral, so my experience comes from the past few years.
  5. Beginner Series #2: How and Why Do Water Changes Work? What Happens If They Don't Work?

    This is the second in our Beginner Series by Dr. Greg Gdowski. Greg is going to explain the misconceptions about water changes and when dosing becomes appropriate for your tank.
  6. LFS: “Local Fish Shop” Or “Lying For Sales?!” Is Your Store Legit?

    What is the most common reason for giving up the salt water hobby? When you search through the endless listings of reef tanks for sale on Craigslist, the majority of tanks are not exactly top of the line. Someone will label “Full Blown Reef” on a tank that is nothing more than a fraction of what the educated reefer would even consider putting animals in. The lighting is outdated, they are usually not drilled, the ones with sumps have old overflow boxes filled with algae, and the fish have...
  7. 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.
  8. Reef Aquarium Rock Explained, Part 1

    Part 1 of a discussion on reef aquarium rock for the beginner. This part covers live rock basics.
  9. Reef2Reef FAQ #1: Substrates

    A beginner FAQ on substrates complete with the most common questions that we get in the forum.
  10. 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.
  11. Acro Al and Tridacna Clams or A Clam Is a Clam Is a Clam

    Read about Acro Al, who is breeding Tridacna clams at home, in Australia.
  12. Where Does Your Tank Receive More Light?

    An article about how we perceive light in our aquariums and why it's better not to guess on light intensity.
  13. Reef Aquarium Rock Explained, Part 2

    A guide to understanding what kinds of rock you can put in your saltwater aquarium. Part 2 is devoted to dead (dry) rock.
  14. The Curing Live Rock Bible and FAQ

    Here is a complete guide to everything related to curing live rock.
  15. Acronyms and Abbreviations for the Reef Aquarist

    Here's an updated list of acronyms and abbreviations for the beginner reef aquarist, who needs a little help starting out in the forums.
  16. Profile of a Reef Aquarist (#3)

    Read up on one of our forum members, @ca1ore, who has had saltwater aquariums for over 30 years. He talks about his successes, failures, and philosophy of reefkeeping.
  17. Profile of a Marine Biologist: Dr. David Obura from Kenya

    Here is a short profile of a Kenyan marine biologist, Dr. David Obura.
  18. Sponsor Profile: World Wide Corals or 40,000 Frags Under the Sea

    Here is a short profile of World Wide Corals, one of the Reef2Reef sponsors. [URL]https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/introducing-the-wwc-official-coral-club.419912/[/URL]
  19. Acronyms, Abbreviations, Vocabulary, and Slang for the Reef Aquarist, Revised December 2018

    This is an effort to create one master list of acronyms and vocabulary for the reef aquarists from several previous lists published in different places.
  20. WHAT IF I TOLD YOU... Ammonia is causing your algae problems?

    An easy-to-follow algae outbreak control strategy that can help you resposibly eliminate your algae outbreak.
  21. Reefkeeping: Patience or Persistence or Something Else?

    An essay from one of our very experienced reef aquarists on what it takes to succeed in this hobby.
  22. A Tour of the Class, Cephalopoda

    A brief look at members of the class, Cephalopoda, including the squid, octopus, and nautilus.
  23. Shellfish Poisoning Syndromes Part 1

    Read about the most common Shellfish Poisoning Syndromes, and how and why we get sick from eating shellfish.
  24. Featured

    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.
  25. Featured

    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.
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