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Lighting and Corals: A Quick Note

What light for these corals?
These are some of my favorite small polyp stony corals. It's interesting to have scientific evidence about what kind of lighting helps them to grow. One of the reasons I like them so much is that they are attractive but hardy and fast growing. It's nice to know they perform well under pretty much whatever light you are going to use (as long as it penetrates the water). Questions on lighting are...
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Palytoxin is real and not a hobby myth

Hobbyist who suffered poisoning
When I sold off my 300 gallon tank pending a move to a new house I had this same experience. My son and I helped the purchaser and his friend get all the rock into bins. Just the action of moving the several year old and paly covered rocks was enough to cause the toxin to release. My son, who hadn't even touched the rocks, and I who wore gloves, were also sickened. This was from breathing the toxi...
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Tank Size – Big Isn’t Always Better

Yoda and Luke
Even my 210 gallon tank required a lot of expense and effort to maintain. Though 10,000 gallons seems, at first, to be a dream tank, it could only be so if accompanied by a dream paycheck as well. Keeping within our means and our time is an important part of keeping a reef tank. I think we can all look at Eli's tank in the video and let our mouths drop open and feel a twinge of the old Green Eyed ...
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How to care for a Betta and pick a tankmate

Bright red Betta fish.
Betta are plentiful and inexpensive. Because of this, many people come to think of them as disposable fish. This attitude is terribly sad as the the Betta is actually one of the most beautiful freshwater fish available to the aquarists. It also has a very engaging personality. Below is a simple guide to caring for your Betta. https://youtu.be/5-vBFu5HZYw Can I keep my Betta in a cup? No. That's...
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How Do I Care for a Chocolate Chip Star Fish?

Chocolate Chip Star Fish
Sea stars, commonly known as starfish, are among the most sought after marine aquarium animals. It seems no tank is complete without one.  However, they aren't the easiest of animals to keep alive and healthy.  The chocolate chip starfish is the one species you are likely to have success with, but there are some things you should know about it first. Below we will talk about what to look for when ...
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