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GloFish: A New Take on an Old Aquarium Favorite

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GloFish: A New Take on an Old Aquarium Favorite

GloFish may seem like an old craze surrounding a popular fish, but the story behind them might give you a different outlook. Like Bettas, complete GloFish tank setups are found at every large retail store, and the glowing fish in a multitude of colors most likely are swimming happily in at least one of your local fish store tanks. The truth is that GloFish are relatively new to the industry though, leading to a number of misconceptions about where they came from and what exactly they are. A Brief GloFish History The idea of GloFish originally came about as scientists...

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Learn the Difference Between LPS (Large Stony Polyp) and SPS (Small Stony Polyp) Corals

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Learn the Difference Between LPS (Large Stony Polyp) and SPS (Small Stony Polyp) Corals

A reef lover's dream… big ones, small ones, every color one can imagine. The possibilities are endless, almost too good to be true… Except they are not, because corals come in all shapes and sizes imaginable!    Whether you are just starting or have been doing this for years, you’ll find corals to match your taste and style. Over time, you’ll learn how to keep them together and to find the perfect combos. Experienced aquarists can sometimes even train their corals to grow in certain ways. It takes years to get this good and to truly establish a full-blown reef....

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Zoanthids - How Your Saltwater Aquarium Could be Your Silent Killer

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Zoanthids - How Your Saltwater Aquarium Could be Your Silent Killer

We regularly talk about things like how to keep our tank parameters in check, what a shame it is that uneducated hobbyists are sold fish in tiny tanks, and what type of LED lights to buy, but we rarely hear about the dangers of the aquarium hobby. It may be a bit of an exaggeration to say how dangerous it is, but the fact that there are fish and living organisms sold in stores on a regular basis that could actually kill you, and it is never mentioned, is a little ridiculous.  The living organism we are referring to...

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Tips for Faster and Better Aquarium Cycling

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Tips for Faster and Better Aquarium Cycling

It can take years of practice in the aquarium hobby to truly know what is going on with every fish tank. We can guess and figure out reasons and causes for odd spikes, blooms, and growths but a lot is going on in that little ecosystem of yours. Because of this, a variety of outside factors can make it extremely difficult to predict what is happening. Cycling is one such process that we may have done a hundred times but still manage to mess up when something out of the ordinary occurs. We’ve put together some tips to help the...

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The Fish Tank Nitrogen Cycle - Why it’s Important and How it Works - Fishless Aquarium Cycling With Ammonia

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The Fish Tank Nitrogen Cycle - Why it’s Important and How it Works - Fishless Aquarium Cycling With Ammonia

Fish tanks are exciting! Once you get one, the urge is almost always immediate to start looking for an upgrade. This is great! We love the aquarium hobby as much as you do (obviously…) but there are a few things you need to know before simply filling that tank with fish as the pet store guy told you to. What is Aquarium Cycling? Cycling a tank is the process of growing beneficial bacteria that help to regulate the environment inside your aquarium. Basically, you are attempting to recreate a natural ecosystem in a tiny little space. This sounds tricky, never...

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