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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When it comes to my Saltwater Aquarium Advice facebook  page everyone always goes gaga over Tang posts.   I thought providing some of my top tips for Tangs would make a great blog post this week Tangs are one of my favorite fish families because of their active, inquisitive and playful natures, stunning markings, colors […]

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Dont be caught out…Something bad can happen to your overall saltwater quality as your tank ages! But if you have a fish-only tank dont worry; this only really applies to systems that contain live rock and/or corals. As we all know a good understanding of saltwater chemistry is crucial to your success keeping a marine […]

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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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Did you know…..one of the best things you can do to ensure your long-term saltwater aquarium success is learn how to select the best and healthiest marine life possible. Some of the stuff you read today you will already know, but my question to you is are you selecting your fish according to the right […]

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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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A lot of my clients and readers have been having trouble with SPS corals lately, so I thought I would blog about what it really takes to keep these most-prized reef tank inhabitants thriving… Why are SPS corals considered so demanding to keep? SPS corals naturally grow in areas of the ocean like exposed reef […]

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Did you know there are actually quite a few popular marine invertebrates, that should NOT be kept in your reef tank??? The majority of invertebrates that should be avoided for marine aquariums are heterotrophic; that is they cannot manufacture their food and are not partly or mostly photosynthetic (can manufacture food from light so are […]

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