Category Archives: General Saltwater

Take a look at some of the common problems all hobbyists have experienced at sometime. Also check out good fish for beginners, big fish for large aquariums and how to stock your tank.

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The Big Marine Tank

Just what constitutes a big tank?  Obviously, if you've been used to keeping an 18"x12"x12" aquarium (not recommended for marines by the way) then obviously a three foot tank is going to seem relatively big.  However, I would say that the realm of the truly big tank begins in the region 5'x18"x18".  This represents 70…
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The Problem Top Fifteen

An Article Discussing The Fifteen Most Common Problems In The Tropical Marine Tank. In the main, marine fishkeeping is not difficult. But common problems do occur from time to time and although these tend to be of an elementary nature, a significant number of aquarists find difficulty in resolving them unless they have definite and…
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Stocking A 4 Foot Saltwater Tank – The Master Plan

An article discussing the proper stocking of a four foot, fish-only, marine aquarium.There is no doubt that marine fishkeeping can be great fun, even when there appears to be nothing to do but wait. Let me explain. Imagine you have purchased your first marine aquarium, it is set up and running and the maturation fluid…
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Marinists who follow the hobby closely may have recently noticed that there has been a marked swing away from interest in livestock (fish, invertebrates & algae) to a blanket coverage of hardware, almost to the point of obsession! There are often bitter disputes about who ‘invented’ what, when and how (as if it REALLY matters!).…
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It’s A Woman’s Life In The Marines

Pondering the mysteries of the universe one evening (you know how one does), a thought crossed my mind ... WOMEN! (Now chaps, don't get too excited!) Just why is it that so few women get involved with the marine side of the aquarium hobby? The question was a serious one and did not elicit a…
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Fish For The New Marinist

Regular readers of my columns will be aware that I strongly advocate all newcomers to the hobby to gain some valuable experience with fish-only before advancing into the world of invertebrates. There are two very good reasons for this: 1) most marine fish are infinitely easier to keep than most invertebrates, and2) the basics of good…
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Big, Bold and Beautiful Fish for The Marine Aquarium!

One type of marine aquarium never fails to create a stir, the fish-only tank containing BIG fish! The sight of large slices of brightly coloured piscine flesh cruising around an equally spacious aquarium is enough to make anyone's heart beat a little quicker. Such displays are normally the province of the public aquarium, but within…
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