Beginner Topics

Marine Species NOT For The Beginner

Introduction Trust me, one of the primary ways to pick good fish is knowing which fish NOT to pick. I recently saw this type of list on another site, and found it so beneficial I thought I would start one here. The list includes fish/invert species NOT for the beginner; in many cases not for any average home aquarium, due to various demands which must be met in order to keep them healthy and happy. If you have had success with one, by all me...

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Beginning Saltwater

The Basic Parameters   So what's different about saltwater versus freshwater? As alluded to above, saltwater fish are more sensitive to changes in their environment. The critical parameters of a saltwater tank are pH, nitrate, salinity, and temperature. During the cycling process, ammonia and nitrite can also be a problem. These elements are not different from those of a freshwater tank, but the degree to which they may stray is vastl...

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Ten Tips for Selecting an Aquarium Store

1) Do their tanks look good and are their fish healthy? If the tanks in an aquarium store don't look good, the store is either under-staffed or the owners don't care. In either case, you may want to think twice about shopping there. Some stores put on a good front with well-decorated tanks, but the fish in them leave a lot to be desired. Look for fish with healthy erect fins. Watch the fish in several aquariums. Are they all swimming upright...

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Beginning with Marine Tanks

Saltwater tanks require a lot of know-how to establish and maintain. You might want to decide what type of marine tank you will enjoy before you get started. There is a certain mystique to the marine aquarium - the fish are generally more colorful and exotic. Reef and invertebrate environments seem very alien to land dwellers like ourselves. Salt tanks have a reputation of being expensive to set...

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Getting Started with a Reef Tank

There is no one right way of getting started with a reef aquarium. There are so many different types of approaches such as the popular Berlin method and even more natural methods without the use of a skimmer. I will only recommend from my personal experiences and from what I discern as credible information from my research on the Internet and from the books I have read on reef aquariums. There are so many excellent articles on this subject s...

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What you Need to Start a Reef Tank

  A tank of some sort, the larger the better (to a point). I would think that 55 to 200 gallons would be ideal for a beginner, depending on space, time, money and what you want in the end. Remember that the larger it is the more the accessories will cost (lighting, skimmers, etc.). Also, the more stable of an environment it will provide I have heard of mini reefs as small as 1 gallon though. I would however leave these to those ...

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How I Do Reef Tank Water Changes

I guess for most people this is not what I would call an exciting subject. Just remember, there are people out there entering the hobby who really don't know about any type of tank upkeep, and really need to know, before they buy their first fish. This may help them know what they are in for. So here it is, in all its glory!   ...

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