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PomPom Crabs: Reef Safe?

pom pom crab
For the most part you will hear people say to keep all crabs out of your reef tank. I don't agree. Of course there are "bad" crabs but not all crabs fall into that category. This video explores the Pom Pom crab and where it fits into that idea of a "bad" crab. A big hint as to my answer should be the fact that this video is of my own pom pom crab. https://youtu.be/AaOxw374kZc
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Arowanas – and other big fish

Arowana
The below linked article is about the popularity of the Arowana. If you haven't heard of them I'm not surprised. They aren't readily available in most fish stores anymore. Time was you could get them at Pet Smart. Some species of Arowana, like the Asian Arowana are banned at the federal level in the US though you can still legally get the Silver Arowana. The Asian Arowana does well in American wat...
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Do you need a fancy salinity testing pen?

New fancy salinity testers
When keeping a marine tank, a reef tank, or a brackish tank we all know it's important that the salinity be maintained and correct. I mention three different kinds of tank above because they can have different salinity from one another. Sometimes you will see salinity recommendations expressed differently, sometimes you see something like 32 and others 1.025. There are different ways to measure it...
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Cold Water Reefs are a Thing

How Cold Can a Reef Tank Go?
Scientific explorers have just discovered a new cold water reef of the coast of South Carolina. It's 85 miles long and about 2500 feet below the surface. Cold water reefs aren't something most hobbyists think about and perhaps some weren't even aware of their existence. We focus on tropical reefs in the hobby for good reason. I've only known one hobbyist to attempt a real cold water tank. T...
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Beginners’ Guide: 5 steps to setting up a freshwater fish tank

Nitrogen Cycle
Below you will find five simple steps that every beginner should know.  We've tried to make them simple but thorough enough for any situation though there are endless number of mistakes a beginner can make, and this guide can't cover them all, we feel it will, when followed, increase the chances of a job well done and happy fish. Step 1: Planning Planning your new fish tank is the single most im...
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