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Neptune Apex, RO water -

If you are, you might want to look into automatic water changes. This is a maintenance option where a dosing pump takes new saltwater from a mixing bin, puts it into your system, and then simultaneously takes out the same amount of water from your sump and dumps it into a drain. This takes all the work out of water changes and reduces fluctuations in water chemistry, and is just really cool! Dosing pumps are required to do more volume than they typically would by just dosing additives. Most dosing pumps won’t last as long as expected with this type...

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clean up crew -

Astrea snails like to spend the time on your glass to help it look as clear as they can, but they can fall over easily and sometimes could use a hand getting back upright. Turbo snails are great for hair algae on rocks. Pink turbans tend to do a bit of both rock and glass. Nassarius snails are the sandsifters. They go into your sandbed to keep it clean and aerated, and you may think that they’re not there until you put some food in the tank! Trocus are the magical snail that can do a bit of everything and...

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nitrate -

Activated carbon and GFO are excellent for reducing nitrates, clearing the water, and removing chemicals and odors.  They can be simply put into media bags, placed in your sump and it will work, but it’s not the most efficient approach. This is where media reactors come into play because they force the aquarium’s water through the media several times a day. Reactors increase the effectiveness of the media, its lifespan, and makes the media more cost effective over time. A great media reactor option is Two Little Fishies Phosban reactors. They force the water upward through a dispersion plate evenly...

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Food -

In the 1960’s and 70’s, “Sea-Monkeys” became popular because they were very easy to hatch and keep alive. They appealed to kids and adults because they came from simple and cheap kits that were marketed in comic books. The name came because their tails were supposed to be similar to a monkey’s. Those simple kits are still around today and are useful to marine aquarists. Brine shrimp can live in a wide variety of salinity concentrations and temperatures, and even lived on the moon! They can hatch and be fed to your tank in as little as 18 hours, but...

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clean up crew -

These guys love to work for food!One of the benefits of having a saltwater aquarium is the large variety of cleanup crews that can do a lot of cleaning for you! Seahares and Lawnmower Blennies specialize in munching down on hair algae. Emerald crabs train in eating bubble algae. When your aragonite substrate starts to build-up with detritus, Sand-sifting Starfish, Watchman Gobies, Sea Cucumbers, and Nassarius Snails are great for keeping the sand clean while keeping it aerated. Pistol Shrimp are excellent at digging through every nook under a rock! Peppermint Shrimp have Master’s degrees in keeping aiptaisa at bay!...

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