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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Reef aquarium pests can be a real pain in the ass and wreck havoc in your tank..   The unwitting introduction of marine invertebrate pests can be as simple as putting in some live rock and discovering who rears their ugly head in the weeks that follow.   This is the most common way these […]

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Fireworms can be saltwater aquarium nightmares…here’s what you can do about them Generally speaking the Polychaete worms we know as Bristleworms and their stinging bristled cousins the Fireworms are beneficial hitchhikers into a saltwater aquarium that feed off detritus (making them detrivores) and uneaten food helping to breakdown waste in your tank. Not only that, […]

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Love SPS corals in your reef? Have Acropora species? You should really be on the lookout for this nasty… Acropora “Red Bugs”: The dreaded red bugs, these tiny pests are thought to be copepods and only infest small polyped stony corals (SPS) of the genus Acropora. Red bugs are like a flea or mite infection […]

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The secretive Mantis shrimp looks amazing, like an (often) colourful cross between lobsters and shrimp, I’ve even eaten them in Vietnam and stalked them across the sea floor in Indonesia. However, you certainly don’t want these common live rock stowaways and efficient predators in your tank as pests… Beware the Mantis! Mantis shrimp dine on […]

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Flatworms covering corals in saltwater aquariums can be a real pain, especially when they multiply to near epidemic proportions or start feasting on your favourite Acropora specimen… Most flatworms are actually beneficial to your tanks eco-system. But, there are 2 main groups of flatworms that you do not want in your aquarium… The first group […]

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