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biological filtration, nitrate, nitrite, substrate -

Aragonite substrate provides a natural landscape for aesthetics and to benefit the marine life. It is a calcium carbonate mineral that is in sand form and will act as a reservoir for this element which is beneficial to marine life. It helps promotes a pH of 8.2-8.3 which is ideal for saltwater aquariums and at a more stable level without adding chemicals. It can also provide other essential elements that are needed for coral growth. The substrate will also play a role in your biological filtration in breaking down ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate in your tank’s ecosystem. It can be...

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maintenance -

Did you know all that Into The Blue can do??? We are more than just our fantastic store!We do in-home or place of business maintenance on weekly, biweekly, monthly basis or just while you’re away for a vacation! We are available for emergency calls, can provide consults and look at your system, diagnose any issues and give feedback on any possible new directions or improvements that can be made! We do custom builds on aquariums and can make just about any dream come true! We will also transport livestock, move existing tanks, and deliver established saltwater or new freshwater! Do...

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hitchhike, Seachem -

In the reef hobby there is no shortage of hitchhikers. Some mentioned in previous weeks can be beneficial like bristle worms and some are similar to a weed like aiptasia, which can takeover real estate in your tank. This week we’ll focus on flatworms.There are different types of hitchhiking flat worms, but one of the worst and most common ones is the Red Planaria. They’re about an 1/8 th of an inch in size, red or rust coloured, and may not be easily seen at first, but in a tank with a high nutrient load their numbers can easily get...

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alkalinity, Dosing -

If you have corals in your tank, you probably have heard about the foundation elements of calcium, magnesium and alkalinity. Calcium and magnesium are easier to understand because we see them in our own diet and know how they help with bone growth and longevity, as well as many other aspects of the human body. Alkalinity is less straightforward, but is a critical element. In terms of chemistry, alkalinity is a measurement of the acid (H+) required to reduce pH to 4.5 where bicarbonate is converted to carbonic acid. If chemistry isn’t an interest for you, then let’s look at...

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Saltwater Fish, Tangs -

With their brilliant colours, active and sometimes quirky personality, they can be the showstopper in just about any tank. Most are fairly peaceful with other species and some are very effective with keeping hair algae out of sight. While tangs may not have fangs, they are called surgeonfish for a reason. On there body near the tailfin, there’s a razor-sharp spine that’s often referred to as a‘scalpel.’ These little spines are retractable and typically sit flush with their body, however, when threatened by a predator, the razor-sharp scalpels extend and are used as a defensive weapon with their muscular body....

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