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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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How to pick a clean up crew

Neon Orange Hermit Crab
One of the most frequently asked questions by new reef tank owners is, "what should should I get in my clean up crew and how many?" The clean up crew, commonly abbreviated CUC, is composed of several different types of animals, usually snails, hermit crabs, and other useful invertebrates. As the name suggests they are included in the reef tank to help clean up left over food and detritus. This art...
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How to choose good live rock

A vermitid snail has hitchhiked on this liverock.
The first thing we should understand is that live rock is not actually alive, it is rock, sometimes coral skeletons or fossils of such, but it is not actually alive. This title refers to the bacteria, and other life that dwells on and within the rock. The positive affect of these on your tank is what you're looking to accomplish. Not all live rock is created equal though, and an aquarist should kn...
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