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Bristle worms, clean up crew, hitchhike -

Bristle worms? Yuk!! If you have a saltwater aquarium and haven’t seen a bristle worm yet, it’s only a matter of time till you do. The common bristle worm found in aquariums are usually brown to red in colour with sides that look hairy. They are unattractive, but fortunately nocturnal and typically not visible during the day. They hitchhike into aquariums either through coming in on live rock or corals. Before thinking how to get rid of them, consider that they will act as part of your system’s clean up crew. They’ll eat any leftover food, detritus or dead creatures...

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RO water, saltwater aquariums -

In the saltwater aquarium hobby, you may hear people talk about “R.O. water,” but might not be sure why people use it. R.O. is short for reverse osmosis filtration and is used to top-off water that has evaporated from the tank, or for mixing new saltwater with.    In the saltwater aquariums, we strive to have ideal water quality with proper filtration, but if you use water straight from the tap, you may end up fighting a losing battle. Water conditioner can detoxify the chlorine, but there’s much more in tap water that’s harmful to sensitive marine life.    Water...

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Saltwater, saltwater aquariums, Sump -

Here’s sumpthing to talk about, why would you want a sump for an aquarium? With the right kind of hang-on-the-back filters, you can successfully run a saltwater aquarium, but sumps do have their advantages. Sumps increase the total water volume of your system, which helps stabilize fluctuations in temperature and chemistry. Sumps give more room for equipment like protein skimmers, phosphate reactors, and biological filtration while keeping them out of view of the display tank. Also, when the water flows down into the sump, it becomes more aerated. Sumps make it easy to add a freshwater auto top off system so the...

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medications, Seachem -

Good morning customers we are extremely saddened to inform you that effective immediately we and all other retailers are no longer able to offer our customers medications for treating your aquariums for any illness or disease. The Anti-Microbial Bylaws officially prohibit any retail outlets to distribute medications (at least from our current supplier). This includes all Seachem medication we used to carry as well as any form of copper that Into the Blue had for sale. We are so sorry for the inconvenience this causes. Please see the bylaw attached below for clarification. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/antibiotic-antimicrobial-resistance/animals/actions/responsible-use-antimicrobials.html

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Invertebrate, Saltwater -

Pom Pom Crabs are an invertebrate like no other! These unique crabs keep a small anemone in each claw, which are used to ward off predators for protection. When they do this, they look like they're waving pom poms around. It's amusing to us, be can be scary to a potential threat. The crab will also use the anemones like mops on the substrate which will clean up detritus or leftover food. If one anemone dies, the crab will split one so it can have it's preferred one for each claw. The anemones they hold can bother sensitive corals and...

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