Mandarin Fish Pellet Training (New Method)

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I went into detail in a past article how to to train a mandarin to eat pellets or frozen food. This time I tried a different method and was able to get a mandarin to eat pellets in around 1 month. Here are the steps I took to get my newest mandarin, Sheila, to eat […]

Is Saltwater More Difficult Than Freshwater?

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Before I had any experience with saltwater aquariums, I always thought they were much more difficult than freshwater. I know that others feel the same way, because anytime I mention I have a saltwater aquarium to people, their first comment is always, “Are they a lot harder than freshwater?”. This may surprise a lot of […]

Lessons Learned From My First Reef Tank

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Nice Shot of Reef

For most of the time that I had my first reef tank, it wasn’t very pretty. I’ve come along way since then, and I want to share with you some key lessons I’ve learned along the way. I could have avoided many of the mistakes I made when first starting out, if I had known […]

Growing a Phytoplankton Culture

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Phytoplankton Culture

Back in March of 2014, I decided I wanted to try my hands at a phytoplankton culture. There are many reasons saltwater hobbyists may want to start a phytoplankton culture, but first what is phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are essentially microscopic marine plants. Phytoplankton is a highly nutritional food that some corals and many small organisms like […]

Top Beginner Corals

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Purple Mushroom Coral

There is no denying that when it comes to the aquarium hobby, few things rival the beauty of a reef tank. Some people will have saltwater aquariums for years, but never take the leap into keeping corals. While there are many corals that are very sensitive and difficult to take care of, there are also […]

Picking a Good Clean Up Crew

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Red Scarlet Hermit Crab

So what is a clean up crew? A clean up crew is a group of tank inhabitants that eat excess food, detritus, and algae. Clean up crews are mostly used in saltwater reef tanks. Now that you know what one is, you are probably wondering what makes a good clean up crew? A good clean […]

Mandarin Fish Pellet Training

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MandarinPelletTraining

Disclosure: A mandarin fish can be difficult to keep and is not considered a beginner fish. Pellet training does not happen overnight, and may never happen with your fish. Also, it should be noted that although many people call them mandarin gobies, they are actually in the dragonet family and not related to gobies. 1. […]