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Brishen Bowles

Corallimorphs To Buy Online

Corallimorpharia is a widely popular order of Cnidaria in the reef hobby today. Closely related to stony coral, Corallimorpharia can be easily identified by the lack of a stony skeleton. Corallimorpharia can be broken down into many families and genus. The genus Ricordea being one of the most diversely colored and sought after. Only two species make up the genus Ricordea, Ricordea florida and Ricordea yuma. Let’s take a closer look! Ricordea can be easily distinguished from other mushroom species by rows of bubble-like tentacles. Telling Ricordea florida and Ricordea yuma apart can be a bit more tricky. Ricordea yuma...

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Brishen Bowles

Black Water Fish and Their Environments

Black Water Fish and Their Environments  By: Christopher Fong To understand the fish that live in black water habitats it’s imperative that there is a proper understanding of what black water is and what makes it unique. The term “Black Water” is a term that refers to very soft/acidic water which is stained brown from the accumulation of tannic, humic, and fulvic acids. These acids form and accumulate when various organic matter decomposes in aquatic environments particularly dead plant matter. Due to the coloration and the chemistry of the water many black water habitats house very interesting and unique populations...

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Brishen Bowles

Top 5 Predatory Marine Fish for a Marine Aquarium

What do you think of when you hear the word predatory? First thing in my mind, is a great white shark or an apex predator hunting its food source, but is there any animal which is not predatory, I think not. I have listed my five top predatory marine fish which are available to aquarists. There are no hard to find specimens on my list. Each fish has been chosen for a particular reason. Each are predatory in their own right, but are spread apart by huge differences. 

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Brishen Bowles

How to Control Algae in a Reef

Whether you are new to the reef hobby, or you’ve been keeping reef tanks for years, one thing that will always be on your to do list will be some form of algae control. Whether it be hair algae, Valonia (bubble algae), Bryopsis (fern algae), Ulva (sea lettuce), or the ultra-pervasive cyanobacteria (slime algae) there is generally a “check list” you can work your way through in order to cut down and ultimately defeat your algae problem. All the algae on the previous list needs two things in order to survive: light and nutrients. We will always have both of...

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