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Stop before buying coral. Read this.

Posted 09/10/2016 at 12:59 PM by Sk8r

Do NOT buy coral while your tank is still having problems like massive algae, excessive cyano (most tanks get a little now and again).

Do not buy corals until you have 1) proper lighting 2) test kits to be sure your water is ok. And supplements to KEEP your water ok. 3) dips and in the case of softies (and stonies you don't trust) an observation tank with proper lighting.

First, the lighting. If you do not have light it hurts your eyes to look toward, no sps (colored...
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pest species, aiptasia, etc: some have problems; some don't: why?

Posted 08/19/2016 at 12:11 PM by Sk8r

Everybody has certain unwanted species arrive. NOT everybody has them take off and become a pita.
An exception is caulerpa algae in your rockwork: THAT is a plague that can cost you all your rockwork if your tank is too small to accommodate one of the only species that will eat it (rabbit).

Hair algae is a piffle. Most everybody gets it. A tank that continues to have it past a few weeks has a lot of phosphate it shouldn't have. Instead of buying a critter alleged to eat it---get...
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Hidden reasons for 'failure to thrive.'

Posted 08/09/2016 at 10:01 AM by Sk8r

Often it's the things you CAN'T see that cause the fail...
The ones that sneakily do in your corals or make your fish susceptible to problems.
This is where you need a) a decent skimmer (2x your tank system volume is a good measure) to handle nitrate b) strong water flow---limp flow doesn't oxygenate enough: your fish should work a little holding place at some points. c) do your water changes to replace the micro-traces your fish/corals may use up....
In other words, its the...
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What hobbyists need to know about damsels...

Posted 06/25/2016 at 11:54 AM by Sk8r

Please understand about the 5 types of damsels...
'DAMSEL' applies to a number of species of small reef fishes, which is NOT helpful to a novice trying to pick out fish that won't eat each other OR the landscape. They're very colorful, will school under some circumstances, are constantly on the move, comparatively cheap, and among the hardiest of fishes for a beginner, but the catch is---they CANNOT be kept successfully in a tank under 100 gallons, and pairs are doubly problematic: multiply...
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About Coralline...

Posted 02/15/2016 at 05:44 PM by Sk8r

About coralline: the purple stuff...an FYI.
Coralline is a red algae that shows as purple: it binds calcium, and covers rock in a purple coat that many hobbyists find quite pretty. And it does limit where pest algae can grow. It seems to start out as a dark red velvety coat and then starts laying down the calcium-shelled purple/pink stuff right amid it.

Do you want coralline? here's how. First, obtain some live coralline. A single tiny spot on one rock will do. You can also...
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