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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For todays’ blog post we are going to focus on that most recognisable, decorative symbol of the ocean; the Starfish! What organism could be more symbolic of the ocean in your saltwater aquarium than the humble Starfish? Starfish also known, as Sea Stars are a kind of marine invertebrate called Echinoderms and are of the […]

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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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Today I want to talk about a subject that really makes or breaks a saltwater aquarium; aquascaping! Aquascaping as an art should be the intelligent design and decoration of your saltwater aquarium, which needs to be functional, pleasing to the eye at the same time as creating the habitats your marine pet’s need to thrive. […]

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Which coral to keep??? Stony corals can be very particular about water quality, lighting and water movement, if you want to get into the challenging world of stony corals LPS corals are the logical first choice… As I have said previously if  you are new to coral keeping I really advise you to start with […]

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If there are very few illness symptoms, but a lot of possible causes how can you know what’s wrong?   It’s no secret that non-moving or sessile (attached to the substrate) saltwater aquarium invertebrates are notorious for being difficult to diagnose if things go wrong, this is especially true for photosynthetic anemones and corals. Often […]

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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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Today, I want to delve into a hot trend; tiny saltwater aquariums (basically aquariums that are less than 40 gallons (151 litres) and are as small as a few gallons with interchangeable titles of pico, nano, mini and micro) which are becoming increasingly popular because of their perceived low cost and ease of set up […]

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Why marine tank janitors? Today I am going to shed some light on a great boon for saltwater tank enthusiasts (especially reefers) and that is the purposeful selection of various saltwater aquarium species that make themselves very useful by: Grazing on pest algae. Consuming uneaten food, that otherwise would breakdown into nitrogenous waste. Sifting and […]

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Do you know exactly where your marine fish come from? The bottom line is that we all should know where our marine life is coming from and whether or not it was collected humanely and sustainably. The reason for this is that the collection and handling practices used on the species we buy has a […]

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