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Hang on the Back Overflow: If you Can’t Drill

Hang on Overflow by Popko
When I first decided to set up a marine tank after only having done freshwater I pretty much did things like I had before. It worked pretty well. As I learned more though I came to appreciate the value of a sump. However, I didn't have a drilled tank with an overflow and couldn't afford one. So I hit the forums and found someone local who had a used hang on the back (HOB) overflow for sale. I set ...
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New Aquarium Dividers by Dexter’s

Dexter's Dividers
If you have been in the hobby for any length of time you know that a good tank divider is impossible to find and more than challenging to make do it yourself. Now there is a new product (I have no affiliation with them) that promises to take care of all your divider needs. One of the great uses for these is to make your own sump with them. You can any standard tank and use some of these to create ...
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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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