Achieving maximum polyp expansion is super desirable for coral keepers everywhere.   Nice skeleton colors are not enough we want to see those tentacles waving too! Softies and LPS corals of course are the easiest corals to achieve optimal polyp expansion if those corals are healthy with appropriate lighting, stable and high quality water- you’re […]

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There are a ton of factors that influence whether your corals are bright, vivid, desirable colors…or brown!   Light is the most important factor , but there’s also nutrients, alkalinity, trace elements, water movement, protein supply to consider too. Corals develop the colors we love as sunscreen against damaging UV rays, the problem is that […]

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When it comes to choosing stony corals there are a lot of choices…   Personally I always recommend LPS corals over SPS corals, especially to newbies. Here’s why I’m so fond of them:   LPS are so diverse and easier to please compared to SPS corals which are way more demanding in terms of care […]

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Choosing a nem’ to host your Clownfish?   Personally I would look no further once I found a nice bubble tip! In mine and many others opinion the best anemone to keep and to host a Clownfish has got to be a bubble-tipped anemone (commonly known as BTA’s). This anemone is attractive, cheap, hardy and […]

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Good quality aquarium water means consistently low levels of nutrients…   Phosphates, along with nitrates and silicates are the saltwater aquarium “big 3” of chemical nutrients you don’t want accumulating unchecked in your saltwater tank. In low levels phosphates will harm corals and promote pest algae growth and in high levels they can kill corals! […]

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A well thought out, well put together aquascape can really make a saltwater tank shine   But with a crappy, dis-organised ‘scape…no matter how cool the marine life you’ve got inside, that tank’s never going to look as good as it deserves to. Aquascaping is the intelligent design and decoration of your saltwater aquarium, the […]

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Pest algae outbreaks are a serious pain…   There is nothing worse than looking in your saltwater aquarium and seeing a hideous outbreak of pest algae completely coating your rock-work, or worse, your corals! But this nasty outbreak could have been avoided…However it can be fixed and stopped from ever coming back. Want me to […]

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Did you know pests, predators or diseases don’t actually cause most of the common problems with corals?   In fact pests, predators and diseases are usually not the reason your polyps wont expand, your corals stop growing and your prized coral is starting to turn to slime…   Before I tell you what is, I […]

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Got a small tank?   I feel sorry for you, but only because you are going to have to be even more diligent than large saltwater tank owners…   Saltwater aquariums of a volume less than 40 gallons are so popular at the moment (interchangeably named either micro, mini, nano or pico) , they get […]

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Figuring out what is wrong with your coral can seem like a daunting task…   Fish are much easier to diagnose because they exhibit many different physical and behavioral symptoms. But corals just sit there and look very sad indeed. In fact, a lot of coral problems simply resemble coral tissue turning into slime to […]

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