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Saltwater Aquariums: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What You Need to Start a Saltwater Aquarium
Here is a Checklist of Equipment Items Needed to Start a Saltwater Aquarium. If you are new to saltwater aquaria, the number of pieces of equipment needed can seem overpowering. Using this checklist will make sure that you have everything you need before you start assembling your new aquarium.
Curing Nuisance Green Hair Algae in your...
Green Hair Algae can become a real problem in saltwater aquariums if allowed to go unchecked. Fortunately, curing Green Hair Algae in marine aquariums is fairly simple: remove the food that the algae requires to live. There are a number of methods for doing this quickly and easily.
2 Ways to Stop Red Slime Algae in Your Aquarium
Red Slime Algae (Cyanobacteria) in saltwater aquariums: description, causes and cures. Red Slime Algae is one of the ugliest afflictions that can over run your marine aquarium in a matter of days. Once it is understood, it isn't really all that hard to get rid of.
Saltwater Aquarium Setup in 10 Easy Steps
Saltwater Aquarium Set Up. Once you have planned what kind of saltwater aquarium you want and purchased everything needed to put it together, by following these 10 easy steps you can have your new aquarium set up and running in no time at all. Starting with Step 1, here's how to get the aquarium ready.
A Simple Cure For Brown Algae in your Saltwater...
Curing Brown Algae in your Saltwater Aquarium. An easy, inexpensive method of getting rid of Brown Algae in your saltwater aquarium.
15 Easy Saltwater Aquarium Reef Corals
Starting a saltwater ref tank,complete with coals may em like a huge undertaking if you don't have any previous experience with growing corals.You can greatly increase you odds of success if you start out with some of these beautiful, easy to keep beginner corals. These ar ll corals wich you always want to keep in your aquarium and make a great base for a terrific reef tank.
Do You Have a Saltwater Aquarium? Avoid These...
No matter what kind of aquarium keeper you are or may become, basic saltwater, reef, or freshwater, here is a list of what are considered by your About.com Guides to Saltwater Aquariums to be the 10 most common mistakes that are made, which are problems that can be avoided if you are aware of what they are before you start an aquarium.
How to Reduce High Toxic Nitrates Quickly &...
Here is a method to quickly reduce high nitrate levels in your aquarium and save money at the same time. Rather than doing a 10% - 20% every week or so to reduce your nitrates by a small percentage, this method can be done in a couple of hours and will reduce your nitrates and other toxins by 95%.
Control Algae in a Saltwater Aquarium
Nuisance algae in a marine aquarium can quickly get out of hand if it is not treated. There are some simple things that you can do to control the algae in your saltwater aquarium.
Saltwater Aquarium pH Control For Dummies
A simplified explanation about the relationship of pH to alkalinity in saltwater aquariums, and ways to remedy problems of high or low pH levels.
Tank Temperatures
A discussion about the optimal temperature for a saltwater aquarium.
Curing Cloudy Aquarium Water
If you have an aquarium for any length of time, you will experience cloudy aquarium water at one time or another. Curing cloudy aquarium water isn't really all that difficult, once you determine the cause. The causes of cloudy aquarium water in each case can usually be determined by the color or tint of the water.
Reducing Nitrates in Your Marine Aquarium With...
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Great Beginner Fish for a Saltwater Aquarium
If your are just starting an aquarium, you will probably want to start with some good beginner fish. You don't want to buy a fish that will be too difficult to begin with and you sure don't want some ugly fish that will just hang around in your tank, taking up space and food. Here are some beginner fish to help you populate your new saltwater fish tank with hardy, beautiful fish which will make your new hobby an instant success.
What is Live Rock?
Many saltwater aquarists with marine aquariums don't understand exactly what live rock is and why it is used in marine aquariums. Live rock serves many purposes in saltwater aquariums, from refuge for tank occupants to a biological filter platform.
Saltwater Aquariums 101 - Day 1
Setting up a saltwater aquarium isn't really all that hard to do if you have a plan. This 5 day course walks you through every step of the process, including tank and stand selection as well as choosing the right filtration and lighting.
Aquarium Glass Thickness Calculator
Aquarium Glass Thickness Calculator for calculating the thickness of glass needed for different size tanks.
DIY (Do It Yourself) Glass Aquarium Plans -...
Building your own DIY (Do It Yourself) aquarium or refugium isn't as hard as you might think. Here are plans for building your own DIY aquarium, including tips on working with glass and a materials list. Pre-assembly instructions are followed by complete step-by-step directions on how to construct a glass aquarium up to 55 gallons in size with 1/4 inch glass.
Phosphates in Your Saltwater Aquarium
Phosphates are in almost everything, including your marine aquarium. While phosphates don't normally affect the fish in your saltwater aquarium, elevated levels promote algae (particularly hair algae) growth and can have a detrimental affect on the corals in your tank.
Top Pick Mini/Nano Aquarium Kits
Ideal for anyone that would like to set up a mini or nano tank, these Top Pick compact plug 'n play aquarium kits combine technology and ingenuity in one small package. From 2.5 up to 34 gallons in size, each aquarium kit includes complete built-in filtration and higher output lighting systems, and many more unique features, all of which make starting a new saltwater or reef aquarium a whole lot easier.
What is a Sump and Do You Need One for a...
A discussion on what a sump is, the benefits one can provide your saltwater aquariuum, and if you really need one.
What Is Protein Skimming, and How Does It Work?
What Is Protein Skimming, and How Does It Work? An Introduction to Protein Skimmers, what protein skimming is and how it works.
The 4 Basic Needs of Corals
All corals have 4 basic needs. Water quality, food, light, and water movement. Although each coral species has its own specific requirements, the basics are, well, still basic. Corals can be finicky though. Species within a genus can have widely varied light, current, water quality and other chemistry requirements, which makes it essential that the specific needs of a coral species be researched before purchasing it.
Those Little White Bugs in Your Tank
Copepods and Amphipods Profiled - Page 1 - Classification information and facts about those little white bugs in your saltwater aquarium. Also which marine fish and invertebrates eat Copepods and Amphipods.
How To Manually Generate Oxygen in Aquariums
If your power goes out for any reason, one of the first things you need to worry about with your aquarium is getting oxygen to your tank critters. Fish and invertebrates, including corals constantly deplete the oxygen in your tank. Here is how to replenish the O2 in your tank until the power is restored.
How to Grow Coralline Algae in a Saltwater...
How to Grow Coralline (coralline) Algae in a Saltwater Aquarium explains what Coralline Algae requires to grow well in a saltwater aquarium How to Grow Coralline (coraline) Algae
Top Easy Soft Corals For Your Reef Tank
Here's a list of soft live corals that are some of the easiest to take care in reef aquariums. These top pick easy soft coral species are a good choice for any reef keeper, but are ideal for beginners to start with. They are hardy varieties that typically adapt well to aquarium life, and don't require intense light. In fact, most all of these corals do best in low to moderate lighting and water movement or similar reef tank conditions.
Nitrate, and Ways to Control It in Saltwater...
Nitrate or NO3 what this element in a saltwater aquarium is, where it comes from, what the acceptable level of nitrate is for fish-only and reef tank systems, and how setting up a regular aquarium maintenance routine relates to decreasing nitrates In Saltwater Aquariums Reefs Tanks.
How to Determine GPH Water Flow Rates
How To Determine GPH Water Flow Rates of Saltwater Aquarium Pumps and Filters. About Saltwater Aquariums
Using Activated Carbon in Saltwater Aquarium...
Find out what activated carbon is, what it does, how often it should be changed and used in saltwater aquarium systems as well as the pros and cons of using activated carbon.
Choosing a Saltwater Aquarium Filtration System...
Choosing a Saltwater Aquarium Filtration System In 5 Easy Steps walks you through choosing a filtration system for your saltwater aquarium.
Top Nitrate Absorbing Products
While not normally a major problem for most fish, excess nitrate (NO³) in a reef aquarium can be detrimental to the health of corals and other invertebrates. A denitrator unit can be used, but a number of methods and materials can be utilized to absorb or convert nitrate to a harmless substance. Here are some nitrate absorbing products considered to be the best to help resolve high nitrate problems in saltwater aquarium and reef tank systems.
Top 10 Automatic Fish Feeders
From simple battery operated, to state-of-the-art electronic devices, automatic aquarium fish feeders come in an array of styles. While some are moisture controlled units designed to prevent flake, pellet and other dried foods from clumping, others not only have the capability of releasing a variety of different fares, but at specific times and intervals. From small to large capacity feeders with single to multi-purpose functions, here are some units your Guides consider to be the best choices.
Clownfish/Host Anemone Matches
Clownfish/Host Anemone Matches by Clownfish lists Clownfish which are common in saltwater aquariums and the Host Sea Anemones which they prefer to live in.
Reef Tank Temperatures
What is the best temperature for your reef tank? How High is Too High? If your tank temperatures are too high, it can cause coral bleaching. It may be higher than you think.
Reef Safe Algae Eaters
Reef Safe Algae Eaters - Rock and Glass Cleaners
Five Reasons That Marine Fish Die in Aquariums
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Clownfish Disease
A type of saltwater ich caused by an infestation of the ciliated protozoan Brooklynella hostilis, this disease is most closely and commonly associated with Clownfishes, and therefore is typically referred to as Clownfish Disease. Although this parasitic scourge requires a fish host to survive, it is not particular in its quest to find one. These protozoa multiply rapdily, which is why they can kill fish within a few days and even hours upon recognition.
Growing, Cultivating or Culturing Amphipods and...
Growing, Cultivating or Culturing Amphipods and Copepods for a natural, highly nutritious food supply for your saltwater fish and invertebrates is really quite easy. Copepods and Amphipods are just about the only foods that Mandarins/Dragonettes and Sea Horses will eat when first introduced to your tank.
Top Saltwater Aquarium Myths
Since the beginning of time, successfully keeping a saltwater aquarium has seemed a total mystery to a vast majority of people. Over the past few decades, the science of saltwater aquaria has increased by leaps and bounds. In spite of the new knowledge, many of the old myths which arose during the years of experimentation are still professed by some as facts. Here are some of the most popular myths which are still in circulation:
What is Brown, Diatom or Golden Algae, What...
About Brown, Diatom or Golden Diatom Algae in Saltwater Aquariums - What makes it grow and solutions for eliminating this problem.
Reef Safe Saltwater Aquarium Fish
Not all marine aquarium fish are "reef safe." Many saltwater fish will tear up corals, consume fish and
Top Phosphate Removing Products
Typically the best way to reduce the accumulation of phosphate (PO4) in aquariums is to perform repetitive water changes, but with advances in science, there are now a number of excellent products that are easy to use to remove harmful phosphate from aquariums quickly and safely. From granulated media to simple pads, here's a variety of popular products to choose from that can help solve your phosphate woes.
Saltwater Aquarium Fish Compatibility Chart
Marine fish have figured out how to stay alive in the oceans for literally millions (billions?) of years.
Top Aquarium Power Filters
Power filters are among the most popular filters used in aquariums, today. Here's a list of top aquarium power filters recommended by your About Guides as being some of the most efficient and best aquarium power filters to choose for filtering not only saltwater aquariums, but freshwater systems as well.
Top Skimmer Picks: Hang In/Hang On Tank Models
Read product reviews and compare prices on the Top Top Hang In-Tank/Hang On-Tank Protein Skimmers your Guides to Saltwater Aquariums consider to some of the top picks on the market. Hang In-Tank/Hang On-Tank Protein Skimmers are a convenient and effective method for removing excess proteins from your marine tank water.
Solving Leaky Glass Aquarium Problems
Solving Leaky Glass Aquarium Problems - An introduction to why leaks occur in glass aquariums, and a list of common mistakes to avoid making repairs to a leaky fresh or saltwater glass aquarium, whether it be a minor or a major problem.
FAQ: How Often Should I Feed My Saltwater...
FAQ: How Often Should I Feed My Saltwater Aquarium Fish? Once per day? Twice? Every two days? Here is how often and why.
So, You've Heard Having A Saltwater Aquarium Is...
If you have been thinking about starting a saltwater aquarium, but have some doubts about how difficult it may be, this should help set your mind at ease. In spite of what you may have heard, it's really now all that hard.
Converting From a Freshwater to a Saltwater...
What pieces of equipment and other components can be used for converting a freshwater aquarium over to a saltwater system.
Using Powerheads For Water Circulation
Using Powerheads For Water Circulation In A Saltwater Aquarium. Page 3.
How To Repair Small Leaks in Glass Aquariums in...
With a few inexpensive items and a little time you can easily repair small or minor leaks in a glass aquarium using these simple instructions from your Guides.
Before You Buy Reef Tank Lighting
Most novice and many experienced saltwater aquarists are hesitant to start a reef tank or upgrade their Fish Only or Fish Only with Live Rock tank to a reef tank because they don't understand the lighting requirements of corals and/or they believe the high price of reef tank lighting is out of their reach. Here is a simple explanation of how much lighting you will need for your reef aquarium and light fixture pricing information.
How To Give Fish a Freshwater Dip or Bath
One of the simplest and fastest ways to reduce and eliminate the numbers of all types of ich organisms, as well as flukes and lice that are parasitici on saltwater fishes is to give them a quick freshwater dip or bath. This method of hyposalinity is very effective, takes little time to prepare for, and is strongly recommended as the first step in treating ich diseased fish prior to placing them into a QT for long term treatment with the proper medication for what ails them. Here's How:
Methods For Speeding Up The Nitrogen Cycling...
Methods on how to speed up the nitrogen cycling process by seeding a new saltwater aquarium with some mature bacteria from various sources.
What The Heck Is That In My Aquarium?
What the heck is that white fuzzy thing growing on my live rock? What are those little white dots growing on my aquarium glass? What are those little white bug-like things crawling around in my tank? Something really weird showed up in my aquarium. Is it going to hurt anything? Sound familiar? These and other questions about why strange things seem to appear out of nowhere, what one might expect to show up, and how to identify them are answered here.
Aquarium Substrate & Live Rock Clean Up Tips
The primary cause of high nitrate and nuisance algae growth in aquariums stems from allowing organic debris to accumulate in the system. It's not difficult to keep an aquarium clean and tidy. From this list of handy cleaning tools and the simple things you can include as part of your regular maintenance routine to clean up the substrate and live rocks, it's easy to reduce heavy amounts of troublesome organics that settle and build up in these areas of your aquarium.
Saltwater Ich / White Spot Disease
Cryptocaryoniasis, Marine Ich, or White Spot Disease is caused by an infestation of the ciliated protozoan Cryptocaryon irritans. Although White Spot Disease Cryptocaryon Ich becomes a parasitic organism at one stage in its life cycle like Oodinium and Brooklynella do, and it progresses less rapidly, in a closed aquarium system Ich can reach overwhelming and disasterous numbers just the same if it is not diagnosed and treated upon recognition.
Top Canister Filter Picks
Top Saltwater Aquarium Canister Filters - Although canister filters may appear small, these compact units are designed to provide complete 3-stage mechanical, chemical and biological filtration in aquariums. For maximum efficiency, choose one with media chamber holding capacities that exceed your aquarium's bioload filtering requirements. Here are top choices that can be hung on the rim, placed along-side or behind an aquarium as well as under a cabinet out of sight.
Black Spot or Tang Disease
Typically a disease that is most commonly associated with Tangs and Surgeonfishes, Black Spot Disease or Black Ich is actually caused by an infestation of tiny Genus Paravortex member turbellarian flatworms, which take up residence in the aquarium substrate. Although parasitic organisms that are much less dangerous and life-threatening, as well as rather easy to get rid of compared to other ich diseases, nonetheless it is a problem that needs to be treated upon recognition.
Top 9 Under Aquarium Cabinet Wet/Dry Filter Picks
From a basic wet/dry only, to a wet/dry with sump, to a wet/dry with sump and built-in skimmer included, trickle filters are available in an array of styles and sizes to fit your particular fresh or saltwater aquarium's filtration needs. Designed to utilize biological, mechanical and chemical mediums, and a place to put a heater, skimmer or other additional aquarium equipment, installing an under cabinet overflow unit such as these Top Picks can make keeping a tank clean and tidy much easier.
Top Reef Tank Photo Galleries Index
This Reef Tank Photos Galleries Index provides easy access to the Top Reef Tank Photos Galleries. Here are the best of reef tank aquarium pictures.
E-Course - Saltwater Aquariums 101
Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium – How to Set Up a Saltwater Aquarium E Course- Getting Started an e-mail course for starting a saltwater aquarium. This information will help you when setting up a saltwater aquarium. Page 2.
Top 4 Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Picks
Aquarists have found that using an individual reverse osmosis, deionization, or a combination RO/DI water filter unit to purify fresh tap water before use in aquariums provides far superior water quality by removing nitrate, phosphate and other chemical elements found in tap water that can lead to algae blooms and other problems. Read product reviews and compare prices on Reverse Osmosis water filters that your Guides to Saltwater Aquariums consider to be some of the best on the market to buy.
Before You Buy a Protein Skimmer Tips
Before You Buy Protein Skimmer tips from your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums on the many types of protein skimmers there are to choose from, Hang-On Tank, In-Sump, and In-Tank models, and the good and bad points to consider before you buy one for your saltwater reef tank aquarium.
Star Polyps, Green Star Polyps and Daisy Polyps...
15 Easy Saltwater Aquarium Corals - Star Polyps, Green Star Polyps and Daisy Polyps (Pachyclavularia) Corals - Images and care information. Page 3.
Building A Saltwater Aquarium Refugium
A refugium can be a valuable addition to almost any saltwater aquarium. From growing nitrate consuming (as well as a natural fish food) macroalgae, to cultivating copepods and amphipods to feed your other tank occupants, refugiums have many uses in a marine aquarium.
Choosing The Right Substrate For Your Saltwater...
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Top Submersible Aquarium Heaters
Too often an aquarium heater is thought of as a simple and inexpensive device. An aquarium heater should be considered a critical piece of equipment, just like a filter that is essential to the livelihood of your tank inhabitants. One of the most efficient and popular types with aquarists are submersible, and here is our list of top pick units that have some of the best features one should look for when buying a heater for your aquarium.
UV Sterilization
UV Sterilization - What Is It, and How Are UV Sterilizers Used in Saltwater Aquariums. removing (referred to as filtering) unwanted free floating microscopic water borne bacteria, parasitic, fungal, viral, algae, and other unfriendly pathogens out of aquarium water by exposing it to high intensity ultra-violet (UV) light.
Coral Bleaching
From changes in ocean currents and temperatures, to sedimentation and pollution, the impact of these and other natural occurring events in nature that are suspected of causing coral bleaching on reefs around the world are those that effect reef tank corals. If you are having trouble with coral bleaching, take time to evaluate what situations arise in nature that can be considered plausible causes of why this is happening to your corals. Once diagnosed, you can then take steps to fix the problem.
The Importance of Proper Aeration
A dicussion about the importance of aeration in saltwater aquariums and if air stone bubbles are a sufficient source for proper aeration.
Bad Type Bristleworms Control
When it comes to the control of bad type errant Bristleworm infestations in saltwater aquariums, primarily it is the large toxic and voracious Pherecardia (Pacific), Hermodice(Caribbean), and other related Fireworm species of the Polychaete class in the Amphinomidae family that an aquarist needs to be concerned about. Preventing these destructive worms from accidentally getting into, or removing them if found in a saltwater aquarium is recommended. Here is what you can do.
FAQ
FAQ - How do I get rid of green hair algae - Information about how to get rid of problem hair algae in a saltwater aquarium.
Reef System Lighting - What to Buy and Why
Don Carner discusses about Reef System Lighting: What to Buy & Why - Using Pre-Manufactured Hoods on Reefs, the pros and cons of using Metal Halides and Power Compacts.
Using Mangroves For Nitrate Reduction
Find out how to use Mangrove Plants for natural filtration to remove nitrates, phosphates and other organics in your saltwater aquarium.
What Is A Biological Filter
What Is A Biological Filter explains what a biological filter is in a saltwater aquarium.
Coral lighting
Coral lighting - How corals grow. Explains the relationship between lighting and coral growth, how lighting changes affect corals.
Cycling a New Saltwater Aquarium With Fish
Cycling a New Saltwater Aquarium With Fish - Tips From Your About Guides For Making Good Tank Starter Fish Choices
Those Little White Bugs in Your
Page 3 - Copepods and Amphipods Profiled - Page 1 - Classification information and facts about what fish and invertebrates eat copepods and amphipods in your saltwater aquarium. Page 2.
Top Red Slime Algae Removers
If you are you having a persistent problem with red slime algae (cyanobacteria) in your saltwater aquarium or reef tank, here are our top pick remedies that can be used to eliminate this nuisance algae when all else has failed to do so. As with any product one chooses to use, read and follow the instructions for usage as directed.
How many fish can I put in my saltwater aquarium?
FAQ - How many fish can I put in my saltwater aquarium? The number of fish you should be able to keep in your tank depends on several factors. FAQ - How many fish can I put in my saltwater aquarium?
Making Glass Aquarium Repairs
Making Glass Aquarium Repairs - How To Repair Major Leaks or Replace a Broken Pane of Aquarium Glass - Here are step-by-step instructions from your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums on how to repair major leaks or replace a broken pane of aquarium glass.
Top 1 to 15 Gallon Micro Reef Tank Photos
Enjoy viewing this gallery of beautiful 1 to 15 gallon micro reef tank photos that have been chosen by your Guides Debbie and Stan as some of the best submitted by site visitors for display at About Saltwater Aquariums. As you can see from the pictures, good things DO come in small packages, or in this case, mini-reef aquariums.
What is the Nitrogen Cycling Process in a...
In a saltwater aquarium, the chain reaction of ammonia being converting into nitrite, then nitrite into nitrate is called the nitrogen cycling (cycle) process. Learn all about the 3 components and phases of this biological conversion process that is performed by nitrosoma and nitrobacter bacterias to establish a cycled aquarium, which all fresh or saltwater tanks go through.
How To Treat Fish for Ammonia Burns
A common problem that can occur when fresh or saltwater aquarium fish become exposed to high toxic levels of ammonia in aquarium, bag shipping and transport water, learn about what causes ammonia burns, what situations are most commonly associated with this problem, the typical symptoms or signs to look for, and how to treat fish them for it.
Designing a Glass Aquarium
There are a few things that must be taken into consideration when designing a glass aquarium. How to select the right glass thickness is a primary concern. Here is a step-by-step procedure for selecting the right glass thickness and save some money at the same time.
DIY Do It Yourself Aquarium Chiller
Here are plans and instructions for a DIY Do It Yourself Aquarium Water Chiller. A rather quick and inexpensive method for maintaining a steady system temperature, especially during those long hot summer months.
Bristleworms - What are they and will they hurt...
FAQ - Bristleworms - What are they and will they hurt my fish? Here are the answers. FAQ - Bristleworms - What are they and will they hurt my fish? Here are the answers.
Bacterial Diseases in Marine Aquarium Fish
Bacterial Diseases in Saltwater Aquarium Fish can be difficult to identify and treat unless you know what you are looking for. Identification, Causes & Treatments for bacterial diseases in marine fish.
Ways to Eliminate Aiptasia Anemones
Aiptasia anemones, while beautiful to many marine aquarists, can be a definite nuisance due to their ability to reproduce rapidly. A single Aiptasia anemone can multiply at a rate which will overrun a reef tank in a short period of time, killing off corals, fish and invertebrates. There are a number of proven methods to control aiptasia anemones which do not cost a lot of money, only perseverance.
How To Clean and Rejuvenate Old Air Stones
Save some pennies by learning how to clean and rejuvenate old clogged air stones to reuse them with these simple instructions from your Guides.
Brownbanded Bamboo Shark Profile
More commonly known as the Brownbanded Bamboo Shark, it is because of the barbels at the mouth that look like a cat's whiskers that this shark is also called a Cat Shark. View a photo, learn about important needs in this shark's diet, its feeding habits, problem with common goiter disease, and more information about the care of the Brownbanded Bamboo Shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) in aquariums.
What Do Corals Eat?
Many corals in Saltwater Aquariums require more food than they derive from light alone in order to grow and propagate. Knowing which foods benefit corals will go a long ways towards increasing your corals' ability to grow and propagate.
Top Pick Aquarium Powerheads
Not all aquarium powerheads are created equal. Some are only suitable for limited use, while others can be used to run aquarium equipment, such as protein skimmers, or used as a water pump. Taking the time to compare maintenance requirements, cost, features, and GPH flow rates on these top pick powerheads from your About.com Guides to Saltwater Aquariums will help you make a wise choice.
40 Gallons or Less Keys to Success
Although you may decide to set up an aquarium less than 40 gallons in size, any seasoned aquarist will tell you that the larger the volume of water you are dealing with in an aquarium, the better. The main reason? Because there are fewer concerns with environmental changes occurring rapidly. Smaller is not always easier, or better, and before you decide to put together a small saltwater system, or buy a compact mini/nano aquarium kit, here are important keys to success you should know about.
Cheap, Easy DIY Aquarium Sumps
Cheap, Easy DIY Aquarium Sumps are everywhere. Why pay a fortune for a commercially made aquarium sump if you don't have to?
Saltwater Aquarium 101 - Day 3
On day 3 we will be covering aquarium lighting, adding live rock and substrate as well as choosing a sea salt mix. Aquarium lighting is not cheap, so do the research before buying. Quite often, the most expensive lighting is a lot cheaper in the long term (sometimes in as short a time as 1 year) than the the bargain basement fixtures.
Mushroom (Actinodiscus) Coral
15 Easy Corals - Mushroom (Actinodiscus) Coral - Includes pictures, images, Mushroom (Actinodiscus) Coral care information.
How do you remove chloramines from tap water?
How do you remove chloramines from tap water? There are three methods that are most commonly used to remove chloramines from tap water. Find out what they are, and get important tips one should know about each of these methods before the water is used in fish aquariums or other aquatic animal habitats.
Popeye In Saltwater Fish
From your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums, learn what Popeye is, how to identify it, what causes this condition and how to treat it in saltwater fish.
Lobed, Flat, and Open Brain (Lobophyllia) Corals
15 Easy Saltwater Aquarium Corals - Lobed, Flat, and Open Brain (Lobophyllia) Corals. Page 9.
What Live Sand Is and How It Is Used in a...
What live sand is, and what types of live sand should be used in a saltwater aquarium. There are a number of bands and types of live sand on the market. Know what you need for your tank before buying live sand.
Reef Safe Sand Sifters
Sand sifters keep the substrate in your aquarium clean by sifting through the sand, removing detritus, uneaten food and other tank debris. Many of the animals which sift sand also harm or destroy other life in your tank. Reef safe sand sifters do it without harming fish, corals and other invertebrates in your reef tank.
The Benefits of Wavemakers
The Benefits of Wavemakers in Saltwater Aquariums.
What Aquarium Maintenance Procedures Should Be...
Once you have completed the first basic aquarium maintenance tasks one should perform several weeks after an aquarium has finished cycling, it's time to set up a regular schedule and begin standard maintenance procedures. Find out what these tasks are, and when they are recommended to be done.
Yellow Tang Profile
A profile of the Yellow Tang, including photos, scientific name, common names, distribution, maximum size, characteristics, compatibility, diet and feeding, minimum tank size, and reef tank suitability.
Saltwater Aquarium Protein Skimmers
Foam fractionating, or protein skimming in saltwater aquariums has become more than just an option for many marine aquarists. Protein skimmers remove proteins from the aquarium water before the biological filter has to deal with it. Protein skimmers have developed over the years to include innovative ways to generate and collect the bubbles required for the skimmer to do its job. While efficiency has increased, the prices of good quality skimmers has steadily dropped to where they are affordable for almost any saltwater aquarist.
LED Saltwater Aquarium Lights
LED Saltwater Aquarium Lights have gone beyond being used for Lunar Lights alone. LED lights are now used for primary lighting for Fish Only and Fish Only with Live Rock as well as reef tanks. As the price of LED lamps has come down, they are being offered in more interesting and innovative packages.
Choosing A Filtration System For Your Saltwater...
Choosing A Filtration System For Your Saltwater Aquarium discusses what type or kind of filtration is best for you. Not all filters are suitable for reef, fish only FO or Fish Only With Live Rock FOWLR systems tanks
Getting Salt Creep Off Your Glass Aquarium
Getting salt creep off your glass aquarium is a project that many put off as long as they can. Unfortunately, it gets worse and more difficult with time.
Using Untreated Tap Water in Aquariums
An article about the many problems that can arise with using tap water to make-up sea salt mixes or add as top-off water to saltwater aquarium systems
Importance of Dissolved Oxygen Levels in Your...
The Importance of Dissolved Oxygen Levels in Your Marine Aquarium. The level of the dissolved oxygen in your marine aquarium water is extremely important to everything in your tank. Low levels of dissolved oxygen can reduce your fish's ability to fight off disease as well as reduce their bright colors. Testing and raising the DO to a safe level is fairly simple.
Finger Leather and Colt (Cladiella) Corals
15 Easy Saltwater Aquarium Corals - Finger Leather and Colt (Cladiella) Corals - Photos, Images, Pictures, information about Finger Leather and Colt Corals. Page 5.
Marine Ich Diseases & Other Fish Parasites
Learn all about how to diagnose and treat the many types of saltwater ich parasites that can plague and kill marine fish in aquariums, such as White Spot, Black Spot, Velvet and Clownfish Diseases, as well as other parasitic animals like fish flukes and lice.
Top 10 1 to 50 Gallon Aquariums
Whether you are a beginner looking for your first saltwater tank, or an experienced aquarist contemplating creating a quick and easy micro or mini reef tank or a refugium, one of these Guide Top Pick aquariums between 1 to 50 gallons in size might work for you. Includes Seaclear Eclipse, Hexagon, Bowfront aquariums.
Ammonia Toxicity Reduction in Saltwater Aquariums
Ammonia poisoning is a major cause of fish loss in marine aquariums, particularly during cycling. Here is a simple method to reduce the toxicity.
Sea Mat and Button Polyp (Protopalythoa) Corals
15 Easy Saltwater Aquarium Corals - Sea Mat and Button Polyp (Protopalythoa) Corals - Pictures, images, information about Sea Mat and Button Polyp Corals. Page 6.
Mushroom and Leather (Cladiella) Corals
15 Easy Saltwater Aquarium Corals for Beginners - Mushroom and Leather (Cladiella) Corals - Photos, Images, information about Mushroom and Leather (Cladiella) Corals. Page 2.
Working With Live Rock
There are a number of. Saltwater Aquariums.
What Do I Feed My Corals?
What Do I Feed My Corals is a brief article on what corals eat.
Top Aquarium Water Test Kits
Read the reviews and compare prices on these standard and advanced reef aquarium, as well as pond and freshwater aquarium version water testing kits that your About.com Guides to Saltwater Aquariums consider to be top choices when it comes to buying water test kits.
Moorish Idol
Moorish Idol Fish Information Profile | A photo with identification, characteristics, compatibility, diet, feeding, other saltwater aquarium care and profile information about the delicate and difficult to keep in captivity Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus, or Z. canescens). Moorish Idol Information
Shrimp Photos, Images and Pictures
A picture gallery of Shrimp photos, most of which include scientific and common name, as well as other facts and information with the images. Pictures include Cleaner, Scarlet, Red, Ghost, Mantis and Pistol shrimps.
What Is a Fish-Only Saltwater System?
What is a fish-only saltwater system? What kind of fish are good for this type of set up? What are the fundamental requirements of a FO system set up? For anyone that is planning to start this type of saltwater aquarium, here are the answers to these and other questions about setting up a fish-only system.
UV Sterilizers
UV sterilizers are used in aquariums and ponds to kill bacteria and parasites as well as help eliminate unwanted free floating algae.
Sea Mat and Button Polyp (Palythoa) Corals
15 Easy Saltwater Aquarium Corals - Sea Mat and Button Polyp (Palythoa) Corals - Images, Photos, Pictures and information Sea Mat and Button Polyp (Palythoa) Corals. Page 4.
Top 8 Skimmer Picks: In-Sump Models
Read product reviews and compare prices on In-Sump/Hang-On-Sump Protein Skimmers your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums consider to be some of the best on choices on the market.
Is It Time to Go to LED Lighting on Your Reef...
Is It Time to Go to LED Lighting on Your Reef Tank? Reef tank lighting has taken a quantum leap forward with the invention of the LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulb. Very long bulb life combined with extremely low power consumption make these new lights well worth looking at.
Top Ich & Other External Fish Parasite Treatments
One of the most feared and troublesome disease problems that saltwater and freshwater hobbyists alike will deal with at one time or another is Ich. Marine Ich, Velvet, White Spot, Coral Fish and Clownfish Disease are all common names of various types of parasitic ich infestations. There are a number of medications on the market designed to prevent and/or eliminate parasites. Some can be used with invertebrates, some can not.
How To Treat Ich Diseased Fish with Formalin
Formaldehype is most effective at ridding fish of common parasitic protozoan Black Spot, Clownfish, and White Spot marine ich infestations, as well as flukes, lice, and fungal diseases that both fresh and saltwater fishes can contract. Although a toxic chemical that is hazardous in its pure form, by purchasing and using a standard over-the-counter formalin product, typically a 37% solution of formaldehype diluted with water, it's rather easy to treat ich diseased fish. Here's How:
Flatworms In Reef Tanks
Have you noticed that the corals in your reef tank are dying off? All of your water parameters are near perfect, so what's going on? The Rust Brown Flatworm or the Acropora-Eating Flatworm may be the cause of your problems.
How To Cure Live Rock
There are a number of methods for curing live rock for your marine aquarium. While you can usually save some money by purchasing uncured live rock, you may find the savings are not worth the extra work and headaches. If you decide to cure your live rock, here are several ways to do it.
Aquarium Cooling Solutions
When you are unable to resolve an aquarium overheating issue because it is merely due to hot summer weather conditions, here are some simple but effective ways to temporarily bring down harmful rising tank temperatures and keep your aquarium inhabitants safe.
Top Pick Saltwater Aquarium Books
About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums Top 10 Saltwater Aquaria Book Picks. Books on every aspect of saltwater aquarium keeping including set up maintenance corals invertebrates fish maintenance diseases for beginners and experts
How To Manually Generate Heat in Aquariums
When the power goes out and you don't have an emergency power source to run a heater to keep your aquarium warm under cold weather conditions, here's what you can do to help keep the aquarium's water temperature from dropping too hazardous degrees.
Comparison Table of Primary Elements in Some...
To help you easily compare the differences between essential elements contained in some of the top brand name sea salt mixes sold on the market, we compiled this quick reference elements comparison table based on actual test results that were conducted by the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology. Page 6.
About Using Canister Filters
Information about canister filters and what they are used for in a saltwater aquarium systems - before you buy considerations and maintenance tips.
Tap Water Purification Methods
Methods for how to purify fresh tap water before using it in saltwater aquarium systems to avoid the potential problems that can arise from doing so.
DIY Glass Aquarium Building Tips
DIY Custom Glass Aquarium Building Tips - Page 1 - An Introduction from your About Guides to Saltwater Aquariums on how to calculate the correct thickness of glass to use when building your own DIY glass aquarium, which includes considerations on the quality and characteristics of the choice of material as well.
Top Saltwater Aquarium Substrates
There are a number of substrates on the market for saltwater aquariums. Each has its own properties and can be used for different purposes. Here are the top substrates on the market today. Compare prices on the brand and type of sand that is best for you.
Growing Out Brine Shrimp
How to grow out your own Brine Shrimp from hatched Brine Shrimp eggs.
Curing Live Rock
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Do It Yourself (DIY) Undergravel Filter (UGF)...
DIY Under Gravel Filter (UGF) Plans for a Saltwater Aquarium. In 1989 we built 16 UGF's for our fish collection business holding tanks using Martin Moe's Marine Aquarium Handbook as a guide, making changes to fit our needs as we constructed them.
Zoanthid, Sea Mat and Button Polyp (Zoanthus)...
15 Easy Saltwater Aquarium Corals - Zoanthid, Sea Mat and Button Polyp (Zoanthus) Corals. Page 8.
Toadstool, Leather and Mushroom (Sarcophyton)...
15 East Saltwater Aquarium Corals - Toadstool, Leather and Mushroom (Sarcophyton) Corals. Page 7.
The Causes of New Tank Syndrone In Saltwater...
Whether you have a new or established saltwater aquarium, find out what new tank syndrome is, what causes it, and get solutions to avoiding this problem.
Wet Dry Trickle Filters
Wet/dry trickle filters in saltwater aquariums have been very popular for quite some time. What is a wet/dry trickle filter and how does it work? These questions and others are answered.
Top 4 Nitrifying Bacteria Tank Starter Picks
A number of products are on the market which assist the cycling process in a tank. Some contain a quantity of the nitrosoma and nitrobacter bacteria which will help cycle your tank faster (some as fast as 1 day) than normal while others contain enzymes which help naturally occurring bacteria grow more rapidly.
Marine Ich, Velvet or Coral Fish Disease
Marine Ich, Velvet or Coral Fish Disease is caused from an infestation of the dinoflagellate Amyloodinium ocellatum, which during one stage of its life cycle is parasitic to fishes. Learn to diagnosis and treat Oodinium, because this kind of ich commonly known as Velvet or Coral Fish Disease can result in the total wipeout of all fish in a saltwater aquarium.

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