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Fish and False Representation – the Firefish

Fish and False Representation – the Firefish

There are many fish on the coral reef, from small to very large. Some could hide quietly. Others cruise the rocks in a particular area, alone or in a shoal, and take algae. Others are omnivores and eat more or less anything they can cope with. Nothing new there then,

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Simple Aquarium or Super Aquarium?

Simple Aquarium or Super Aquarium?

It seems to be an easy guess that most aquariums bought will come under the ‘simple’ category. New aquarists will be advised what is required – the simple aquarium – and it probably will not be until very much later when considerable experience has been gathered that more advanced ideas

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Fish Loss And Replacement

Fish Loss And Replacement

The reef aquarium looks beautiful, walking by it always attracts the eye. The aquarist is so pleased, everything that was said about research and patience was worth it. The inner aquarium world is settled, healthy and vibrant. It has been said by me before that the aquarist is really an

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Do We Really Need Seawater Changes?

Do We Really Need Seawater Changes?

A while ago on a marine aquarists forum I saw a comment that the writer never did any seawater changes. The response was generally hostile with a few reasonable and helpful replies. I thought that the hostile replies were incorrect or at least too early. No question was put about

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The Banded Brittle Star

The Banded Brittle Star

A reef aquarium is a wonderful picture for the aquarist or anyone else to watch. Once the reef is complete often the aquarist will wonder if there is any way it can be ‘improved’. Sometimes the diversity of life can be widened thus adding to interest. A creature that is

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The Emperor Angelfish

The Emperor Angelfish

There are many beautiful fish available to the marine aquarist and one of these is the Emperor Angelfish, properly called Pomacanthus imperator. Purchasing this fish when young gives the aquarist in effect two fish over time. Some fish can be recommended without qualification as they are not problematic. This is

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I Can’t Afford Live Rock, Am I Being Cruel?

I Can’t Afford Live Rock, Am I Being Cruel?

It’s exciting, setting up a new marine aquarium and at the same time it can be frustrating as there is a fair amount to sort out. Initially it can be confusing obtaining the information on this and that and what is actually needed followed by the actual size required. We

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The Flame Angel

The Flame Angel

It has been said many times that the successful marine aquarium is a spectacular sight: beautiful fish and corals with matured reefwork making it all look very natural despite the glass box. There are many fish that could be chosen to help produce the scene as described above and it can

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