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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: The pH Trap of Saltwater Tanks

One big mistake people make in the saltwater tank world is to chase numbers. And one number people chase the most is pH.  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: The pH Trap of Saltwater TanksMore:

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: Leaving? Add This To Your List

Headed out the door for a vacation or extended trip? This tip is one piece of advice I can give you before you go. (My complete advice can be found here) MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: Leaving? Add This To Your ListMore:

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = Dead

c1a7gold torch 150x150 Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = DeadTerrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): A coral that has turned white is dead and should be removed from your tank. The rest of the story: First things first. A coral that has turned white (called bleaching) is not a good thing. The bleaching is a sign of stress and stressing your corals is bad. And, just because a coral is white, that doesn’t mean you should immediately consider it dead. Corals can bleach out and sometimes recover. That being said, how do you know if the white coral is dead or not? For soft and LPS corals the answer is easy: as long as there is still flesh or a single polyp alive, the coral isn’t dead. Take for example zoanthids. As long as there is still a polyp visible (even if it is closed up), the coral is still alive. c1a7gold torch 150x150 Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Coral + Bleaching = Dead
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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: The Easiest Glass Cleaner For Your Tank

Even if you think the news is mostly negative these days, it can have positive effects on your saltwater tank  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: The Easiest Glass Cleaner For Your TankMore:

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Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Nuisance Algae Control Method Kills Corals?

Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): 3 days of darkness will harm your corals The rest of the story: 3 days of darkness is a method used to control nuisance algae. The idea behind it is simple: without light, algae dies. Also simple is how you perform 3 days of darkness: just turn your lights off for 3 days. Once you turn the lights back on, you’ll be amazed to find that your corals are perfectly fine! Think about it: out on the reefs in the ocean is it a perfectly sunny day 365 days a year? No. There are plenty of MORE: Terrible Advice Tuesdays (T.A.Tues): Nuisance Algae Control Method Kills Corals?More:

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Profiling A Reef Junkie

Remodeling a house for a tank, drilling holes through walls…all normal behavior for a reef junkie. This behavior may seem odd to non-aquarists, but to reef junkies, they wouldn’t have it any other way. My friend Mike fits the reef junkie description perfectly and here’s how he lives the reef junkie life. 
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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: The Backup Generator You (Likely) Didn’t Know You Had

At some point in your saltwater tank career, the power will go out. While having a generator is the best plan for a power outage, here’s a source of backup power you might not know you had.  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday Am Quick Tip: The Backup Generator You (Likely) Didn’t Know You HadMore:

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: Don’t Assume This Part Of Your Tank Is Consistent

I’ve said that saltwater tanks don’t like variability and here’s one place you need to check for consistency  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: Don’t Assume This Part Of Your Tank Is ConsistentMore:

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