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Discosoma sp. (Mushroom Polyps) (03/12/19)
The ultimate starter coral might have to be the humble Mushroom Polyp. It is nigh indestructible and should be proof to any newbie that corals are not inherently difficult to keep.
Rock Anemones vs. Sand Anemones (01/14/19)
When it comes to the successful aquarium husbandry of sea anemones, one of the most important considerations is where to place a specimen.
A Quick & Painless Guide To Identifying Those Confusing Species Of Large Acanthurus (12/27/18)
There are somewhere around 40 species of Acanthurus surgeonfishes spread across the worlds tropical marine waters, plus another 9 species that go by the name Ctenochaetus.
Echinoderms For The Home Aquarium (12/03/18)
Echinoderms are one of the most successful groups of animal life in the ocean today, with a rich fossil history (estimated at 13,000+ species!) stretching back to the Cambrian, more than 500 million years ago.
Friendly, Lovable Damselfishes (11/19/18)
No family of coral reef fishes is quite so maligned among aquarists as the pomacentrids the damselfishes. The name alone sends a shiver down the spine of many, but theres often little justification for this piscine bigotry.
Tongas Unique Marine Life (11/05/18)
The islands of the Central Pacific can seem both foreign and familiar to those of us raised far away in North America.
Giant Clams Identification 101 (10/15/18)
Giant clams are undeniably one of the coolest things about coral reefs, and no reef tank is ever really complete without one.
New Caledonias Unique Fishes (10/02/18)
At the end of the Cretaceous, some 65 million years ago, the landmass we that we know today as New Caledonia was still firmly attached to Australia.
What Exactly Is A Pygmy Angelfish? (09/18/18)
The marine angelfishes of the family Pomacanthidae are among the most iconic of reef fishes, and, for many, an aquarium isnt quite complete without a representative from this charismatic group.
Fabulous Fijian Fishes (09/11/18)
The islands of Fiji are an idyll of tropical paradise, with a unique marine fauna that is in many cases found nowhere else.
Grab a Pencil Wrasse, that is. (08/21/18)
Reef safe wrasses are some of the most popular marine aquarium fishes. The Cirrhilabrus fairy wrasses, Paracheilinus flasherwrasse, and the pin-striped species in Pseudojuloides are all readily sought after by aquarists.
A Quick & Painless Guide To Identifying Those Confusing Species Of Large Acanthurus (08/07/18)
There are somewhere around 40 species of Acanthurus surgeonfishes spread across the worlds tropical marine waters, plus another 9 species that go by the name Ctenochaetus. Together, these comprise the most diverse evolutionary lineage in the...
Carnivorous Snails For The Saltwater Aquarium (07/31/18)
Marine snails are an enormously diverse group, but, strangely, aquarists tend to overlook much of the variety this group has to offer.
Oh So Many Shrimpgobies (07/17/18)
The relationship shared between gobies and pistol shrimps is one of the more fascinating symbioses in all the natural world.
A Guide To Aquarium Mushroom Corals (07/10/18)
Mushroom Corals are a small group with an outsized influence in the aquarium hobby. For novice reef aquarists, these are oftentimes the first coral to be recommended, and rightfully so.
Fishes That Walk (07/02/18)
Within their weightless aquatic world, fishes have evolved to locomote in a wide variety of non-swimming ways
Revisited: Proliferation of Pests (02/10/16)
Aquaculture and frag swaps, while being a great alternative to wild coral harvesting, have provided breeding grounds and mechanisms for further distribution for predators such as nudibranchs, flatworms, and crabs in addition to other unwanted...
Revisited: Protein Skimming (Foam Fractionation) (01/04/16)
A review of an 07 article on Protein skimming.
Intro to Refugium Algae (12/23/15)
A little brush up on the ins and outs of selecting refugium algae. There is a lot more to it than picking up some scraps of Caulerpa and calling it "good."
Revisited: The Dish on Sand Grain Size (12/16/15)
Have you ever wondered how water manages to penetrate the depths of the deep sand bed? Or wondered how much thought to put into using the correct sand grain sizes for your display and sump tanks? If so, you have landed at the right place.
Bopyrid Isopods in the Aquarium (12/08/15)
The Parasitic Relationship between Bopyrid Isopods & their Hosts: with Special Reference to the Parasitism of Ornamental Crustacea by Bopyrid Species
Stepping Large; The Big Tank, part 1 (10/26/15)
Are you bored with regular tanks? Have you gone Nano already? Maybe you need a hardcore challenge--a Big tank! This article touches on what you need to make it happen.
Fluorescence, Bioluminescence, and Phosphorescence (10/07/15)
Of all the ways that corals impress, luminescence is the most dramatic. Beneath the waves, light is so important that many animals have evolved to make it themselves.
Revisited: A Guide to Reverse Osmosis (09/15/15)
Osmosis is the diffusion of water through a semi-permeable membrane between two liquids of different salt concentrations. By nature, the two solutions will want to reach a state of equilibrium with each other. The semi-permeable membrane restricts...
Tips From the Pros: Prepping for Power Outages (06/15/15)
It is a nightmare scenario: the night is cold and biting, wind howls, and the power suddenly goes out. It looks like it could be out for a few days. What about the reef tank? What you do in next few hours could make all the difference...
Tips from the Pros: Do Your Homework (06/08/15)
Bring a good book with you when you go your local fish store, to avoid poor purchase choices.
Tropical Roots (03/05/15)
Just in case you started thinking you knew everything about tropical fish, here is an article that will give you something to chew on. Tropical fish are the evolutionary ancestors of most temperate species. That's right, reefs have far reaching...
Photo of the Week - Purple Claw Lobster (03/04/15)
Purple Claw Reef Lobsters are popular because they are easy to keep and those claws are just stunning. They have a small adult size (as far as lobsters go) and have been kept is certain types of reef aquarium successfully.
Revisited: Introducing Fish to the Reef Aquarium (02/13/15)
The moment of releasing fish into the reef aquarium and shortly thereafter are critical periods of time. The success of a newly introduced fish can depend upon the initial actions and management strategy of the aquarist.
Tips from the Pros: Seed a New Tank with Sand From an Established One (10/30/14)
Though sometimes frowned upon, seeding a new tank with good sand from a well-established one can actually get things off to the right start. It is all about the benthic infauna.
Revisited: Keeping a log book (10/08/14)
Developing a good logbook can help you become a better aquarist by advancing your understanding of marine husbandry.
Chemistry Corner Your Guide to: IODINE, part 2 (09/09/14)
Part 2 of Chemistry Corner's discussion of Iodine. The chemical is hard to dose, harder to test for, but completely necessary for keeping healthy marine animals. Learn why this critical chemical may not even to be regulated in most systems.
Chemistry Corner, Your Guide To IODINE, part 1 (09/02/14)
Iodine is a critical metabolic chemical for marine organisms. Unfortunately, there is a lot about it we do not understand yet, making it difficult to regulate in an aquarium.
Endemics - Tonga (05/07/14)
Endemic has different meanings in biological context than it does in other uses. For our purposes it means "restricted or peculiar to a locality or region" or, more simply, it only comes from one place as far as we know. This isn't an uncommon...
Revisited: Your Guide to OXYGEN (12/11/13)
Where oxygen is concerned, it seems pretty simple. But that does not mean that oxygen is less important to consider than any other aquarium parameter.
Chemistry Corner, Your Guide to: ORP (11/06/13)
Oxidation-Reduction Potential (ORP) is an in-depth subject, about which most is still not understood. Fortunately, you do not need to the learn the nitty-gritty details to get the gist of ORP, and how and why to monitor it in your aquarium. This...
Chemistry Corner: MAGNESIUM (10/24/13)
Don't let chemistry fail you. Check back here regularly for a new installment of Chemistry Corner. We will keep you in the know about marine chemistry and how it affects your aquarium. This week's installment: Magnesium.
Revisited: What's Hot vs. What Your Aquarium Needs (10/08/13)
Baffled by the enormous quantity of information and products available to aquarists? Befuddled by people telling you to do this and do that? Put your own needs and abilities first and tailor your marine system to what you think it should be, not...
Revisited: Your Guide to SALINITY (05/29/13)
In this next installment of Chemistry Corner, the topic of salinity is discussed in more detail that is usually found in other publications. The salinity of the ocean has likely been stable for billions of years, and marine organism are specially...
Revisited: Prepping Your Koi Pond (02/17/13)
A little bit of preseason prep work will help to make your koi pond pristine for the upcoming summer months. Bringing your koi safely out of their winter dormancy is as simple as having patience and performing a few simple tasks, and is well worth...
Revisited: Chemistry Corner - PHOSPHATE (10/18/12)
Phosphate is a much maligned chemical in marine husbandry, yet it plays a crucial role in all metabolic processes. Learn more in this edition of Chemistry Corner.
Tips From The Pros: Buffering your RO/DI Top-Off Water (09/08/12)
Using RO/DI water is an essential part of successful marine husbandry. So it can't be improved, right? Wrong! Buffered RO/DI is even better than regular. So why aren't you doing it?
Tips From The Pros: Additive Supplements for Fish Foods (06/21/12)
The regular use of nutritional supplements in your fish foods helps boost immune response, coloration, and overall health of your marine fish. It also simplifies the confusing process of selecting the right foods.
Reef, Au Natural! (03/01/12)
Setting up a natural reef is great, inexpensive option for small to medium size aquariums. This article provides a brief synopsis of the principles of keeping reef, the natural way.
Moving Marine Aquaria Part 2 (11/23/11)
A detailed guide to moving your marine aquarium. Part 2 discusses how to get the system from your old house to your new house, and how to set it up again.
Moving Marine Aquariums Part 1 (11/17/11)
A detailed guide to moving your marine aquarium. Part 1 covers the preparation for the move, and breaking down the old system.
Nanoreef Aquariums Revisited (10/03/11)
Looking for a new challenge? Nano-tanks will help you take your skills to the next level.
Coral Reef Growth is One of Nature's Wonders, Part 2 (09/14/11)
Coral reefs exhibit a number of distinct zones. Each zone develops a unique community of marine inhabitants.
Revisited: Coral Forms (08/25/11)
What is a coral, really? And why do they come in so many shapes and sizes? All the answers you need are right here.
Coral Reef Growth is One of Nature's Wonders (07/11/11)
Coral reefs are home to some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Their development involves numerous influences, of both biological and geological natures.
Revisited: Protecting Native Ecosystems from Calupera (06/29/11)
A number of species of Caulerpa algae are known to be invasive and have the potential to become established in non-native environments. It is important for marine aquarium hobbyists and industry operators to understand the issues and laws concerning...
Revisited: Why You Should be Using a Refractometer (06/01/11)
In a challenging hobby like marine husbandry, simple and accurate testing is a key factor for success. Using a refractometer will make your job as an aquarist easier and save you time.
Revisited: Quarantine Procedures for Fish and Invertebrates (05/16/11)
The marine hobby can be both rewarding and challenging. The purchase of new animals comes with much responsibility. Why not improve your success by creating a quarantine system for both fish and invertebrates?
Revisited: The Varied Lighting Options for an Aquarium (05/11/11)
There has never been a more debated topic concerning reef aquariums than lighting. Since the popularity of reef aquariums began to grow in the early 1990's, there have been many advances in lighting for the aquarium.
Revisited: Mariculture in Today's Aquarium Industry (04/29/11)
Mariculture plays a vital role in helping to supply the aquarium industry with an alternative to wild caught fish and invertebrates. On the other hand, the limited species diversification and higher costs associated with maricultured products...
Revisited: The Montipora Eating Nudibranch (02/04/11)
All you ever need to know about one of the more prevalent pests to keepers of the Montipora and Anacropora corals.
Is Plastic Poisoning Our Tanks? (10/11/10)
Plastics, which are ubiquitous in the aquarium trade. They are also well-known to leach toxic chemicals into water. Strangely, human beings seem to suffer far more ill-effects than aquarium livestock.
Trying to See Things Differently (09/29/10)
These days, it seems like all the news coming from the ocean is bad. Not so, however, considering that scientists are still making astounding discoveries about marine life. Here are three examples of good news that the ocean provided this year...
Stepping Large; The Big Tank, part 2 (08/23/10)
Are you bored with regular tanks? Have you gone Nano already? Maybe you need a hardcore challenge--a Big tank! This article touches on what you need to make it happen.
Electricity and the Reef, A Shocking Way to Repair Coral Ecosystems PART 3 (07/06/10)
The conclusion of this multi-part feature on the use of electrified structures to repair damaged coral reefs. This last part discusses some of the metabolic benefits that electrochemical accretion offers to corals.
Electricity and the Reef, A Shocking Way to Repair Coral Ecosystems PART 2 (06/28/10)
An interesting technology is beginning to gain validity for its ability to cause rapid growth in certain corals. The use of electrified structures to repair damaged coral reefs may become a widespread restoration tool in the future.
Electricity and the Reef, A Shocking Way to Repair Coral Ecosystems PART 1 (06/21/10)
An interesting technology is beginning to gain validity for its ability to cause rapid growth in certain corals. The use of electrified structures to repair damaged coral reefs may become a widespread restoration tool in the future.
Happy 100th Birthday Jacques Yves Cousteau! (06/11/10)
Born June 11, 1910 in Saint-Andr-de-Cubzac, France, J.V. Cousteau is best known for revealing the wonders of the undersea world. Through his prolifically documented undersea explorations, his work captivated audiences around the globe and spawned...
Gimme a Vodka, on the Live Rocks, with a Splash of Heavy Skimming. (03/30/10)
Is vodka the secret weapon for keeping an immaculate reef tank? The jury is still out, but the results are very interesting.
Carbon Dioxide and the Sea, Part 1 (03/03/10)
Learn how carbon dioxide affects the chemistry of seawater, and causes negative changes in the ocean's ecology.
Avatar Impresses With Stunning Displays...of Coral? (02/02/10)
Avatar draws heavy influences from marine environment.
Musings on Seahorses and the Sea (11/15/09)
The Secret Lives of Seahorses Exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium inspires a greater understanding of the marine environment. It, and the aquarists responsible for its care, are bringing the public face-to-face with the best the sea has to offer.
Quality Marine Partners with Habitattitude (06/17/09)
Quality Marine is pleased to announce a partnership with Habitattitude to promote the awareness of invasive species and to encourage behavior which prevents their introduction.
Attention and Action Needed on US Bill H.R. 669 (04/22/09)
The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act (HR 669) has been written and presented with the intent of becoming law. The provisions of the bill would broadly and adversely affect nearly all pet owners and the pet industry.
Making Good Decisions in Bad Economic Times (03/11/09)
Many, if not most retail stores, are experiencing the effects of the downturned economy. It is a time to examine your own purchasing and maintenance practices to maximize profits and reduce losses.
Pet Product News: Well Schooled (07/31/07)
The expertise runs deep at saltwater innovator Quality Marine... A brief look at Quality Marine from the writers at Pet Business Magazine. Click here for the full article.
Launch of the Marine Aquarium Council Certification Preparation Kit (05/08/07)
The Marine Aquarium Council (MAC) would like to invite you to join them to help ensure the future of the marine aquarium hobby, the professional trade and the health of marine aquarium organisms.
Apples, Oranges and Hot potatoes... (02/16/07)
Not all fish are created equally. Equality among fish species has been both a myth and an unscrupulous selling point as long as the fish business has been around. Fishes spawned in different oceans are born into habitats where specific water...
Conservation Corner (09/01/06)
Difficult times lie ahead for an industry that pays more attention to bottom lines and profits than the resource it relies on for the products it sells.
Industry Trends - Trendline (09/01/06)
Our industry is changing rapidly. It is our goal, in spite of the constant pressures and changes we see throughout the sector, to stay the course by continuing to offer the highest quality marine livestock available.
Saltwater Fish - Interview w/ Chris Buerner (09/01/06)
The saltwater aquarist is a developing breed of consumer, and that is great news for the hobby and the industry, notes Chris Buerner, president of Quality Marine
Coral Magazine - Interview w/ Chris Buerner (08/30/06)
Interview: Tim Hayes, of Coral Magazine, talks with Chris Buerner, President of Quality Marine.
Saltwater Fish - Interview w/ Chris Buerner (08/30/06)
Chris Buerner, President of Quality Marine, believes proper education and an understanding of local demographics can lead to unequivocal success in the saltwater fish category.