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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Tiny tanks do look really cool, but should you go bigger?   In a word “yes” and here’s why… If you’ve ever been told, or read somewhere “always buy the biggest saltwater aquarium you can afford” – that’s actually someone giving you a solid piece of advice, especially for newbies. Why are bigger tanks better? […]

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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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Fish are just like people when it comes to eating.   Feed them a boring and average diet and they will lose their zest and their immune resistance will decrease… They will live relatively shorter lives, colors will fade and behavior will become lack-lustre. Have I got your attention yet? Fish are what they eat, […]

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Those white spots on your fish could be caused by 1 of 3 different parasites!   And all 3 have different treatments…add that to the short time it can take for fish to be fatally affected… this means you really need to know what you are doing. If you follow all my saltwater aquarium advice […]

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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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