CAUTION: Bloodworm Allergies Can Sneak Up On You

Blood Worms
The below linked article from Reef to Rainforest Media is about something that is not all that common in the hobby but something we hobbyists should look out for. Things live in our tanks that can be dangerous. We recently talked about palytoxin which comes form a type of soft coral that is a great beginner coral. There are also types of bacteria that live in our tank that can be harmful. It's rar...
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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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New Freshwater Goby Species – Incredible! 

Rhinogobius maxillivirgatus - new goby from China
I am a huge fan of goby in general for my marine tanks but the available species for freshwater have never been all that attractive. That has changed with the discovery of this little guy, a new species from China. Of course there is no saying if or when this fish would enter the hobby. Sometimes it happens quickly and others not at all. If this is a fish that is plentiful it might, if it is a fis...
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Is a Green Slimer a Good Starter SPS?

Green Slimer
Though the classic green slimer isn't the SPS I recommend as your first (I think birds nest are much easier) they are most certainly the one I recommend for the first acropora (pronounced a-crop-uh-ruh and not acro-pour-uh). The name comes from just what you would expect, a slimy coat of mucus the coral excretes. You will get quite a bit of it in the bag when you get your frag home. Because of thi...
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