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Starting a saltwater aquarium is exciting when you think of the bright, colorful, exotic fish you can keep. To be successful, avoid the many pitfalls and enjoy healthy thriving fish for years to come requires the advice of an expert. Expert TeacherAfter 28 years of working with saltwater aquariums, Laurren Schmoyer has penned his vast experience into a proven system for creating and maintaining amazing underwater paradises. His system is revealed in "Your New Saltwater Aquarium: A Step By Step Guide To Creating and Keeping A Stunning Saltwater Aquarium". This guide takes you through...

Do You Want To Know The Secrets To Setting Up AndKeeping A Beautiful Coral Reef Aquarium?     There are few things more relaxing than watching a living reef aquarium filled with bright, exotic, colorful fish. Your eyes are soon transfixed on the breath-taking corals with their mind-blowing colors and endless shapes. Imagine... having your own living reef, it is the ultimate hobby and a spectacular achievement. Expert Teacher To create a thriving living reef takes the right equipment, knowledge, compatible livestock and routine care. Over 25 years of working...

Feeding frozen fish food can be a hassle. If you are like most people, you go to the freezer, pop out a few cubes or break off a section of frozen fish food; you place the food on a lid or a plate and go check FaceBook, watch TV or get involved in some work as you wait for it to thaw. After a considerable amount of time - maybe even the next day – you remember, "Oh, NO!" You find thawed, foul-smelling food on the counter or, you wonder...

Entrepreneurial saltwater fish hobbyists have spent years developing techniques, testing and perfecting the science of growing beautiful, hardy, colorful fish on fish farms right here in the United States! Captive-raised or tank-raised saltwater fish often cost a few dollars more than their wild-caught counterparts do, but they are worth every penny; these fish have avoided the stress of capture, rough handling and long shipping routes. With the same vivid colors as fish found on a reef, tank-raised fish are significantly healthier and hardier - and they readily eat a variety...

Water will evaporate from your aquarium and need to be replaced on a regular basis. When adding replacement water only use prefiltered water i.e. reverse osmosis (RO) water or conditioned freshwater. Salt in the water does not evaporate. It is a good idea to check your specific gravity with a hydrometer every so often to ensure the salt content is at the desired level. If the water has a low specific gravity ( the amount of salt in the water) instead of adding freshwater to top off your aquarium, add...

One of the most popular and best algae eating catfish is called the plecostomus (pleco for short.) When shopping for a pleco you will find them attached to the inside of an aquarium with their sucker mouth, laying on the gravel or a resting on a piece of driftwood. A pleco makes a great addition for most community aquarium but there is one huge drawback. The plecotomus sold most often in pet and aquarium stores, can grow quite large, over a foot long or more. Although these pleco's are inexpensive...

Live rock is used to create stunning reef aquariums as well as to create a natural environment for saltwater fish only aquariums. As its name suggests live rock is rock with living organisms (animals, plants, algae, bacteria, etc.) attached to and growing on and in it. In the past live rock was mainly collected from the ocean. Now we have new choice created by FHI Farms called Real Reef live rock. This manmade rock looks realistic and is available in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is made from...

With all the available books on keeping saltwater fish and reef aquariums, I want to share with you a couple of my favorites that can help you choose the right fish for your aquarium. Scott W. Michael has written a number of books entirely on saltwater fish. In his collection there are two great, inexpensive reference books. Hobbyists would be wise to keep a copy of one or both on hand. A Pocket Expert Guide to Marine Fishes: 500+ Essential-To-Know Aquarium Species and A PocketExpert Guide to Reef Aquarium Fishes:...

Every two years my outside service techs bring a dogface puffer back from one of our service clients whose front teeth had grown so long the poor fellow could no longer eat. We needed to perform this tooth trimming operation to keep him from dying of starvation. The dogface puffer is one of the species that commonly has a problem with overgrown teeth. In the wild puffer fish kill and eat crustaceans with hard shells - keeping their teeth worn down.They also grind their teeth on rocks and rubble as...

High levels of nitrates and phosphates have frustrated many a saltwater hobbyist. Now refugiums are here to save the day! A refugium uses macro algae, mud and/or sand as natural filters for reducing nitrates, silicates, and phosphates. As you harvest (remove) macroalgae you are also removing excess nutrients from the aquarium. Reducing excess organic nutrients helps control unwanted algae growth in the display aquarium. Since a refugium is generally separate from the main aquarium it provides protection for copepods and amphipods, giving your aquarium a constant, natural food source. This...