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  • The Ultimate Clownfish Care Guide: Tips to Care for Nemo

    The Ultimate Clownfish Care Guide: Tips to Care for Nemo

    Clownfish are among the most popular and recognizable fish in the marine aquarium hobby. Known for their vibrant colors and fascinating behavior, these charming fish can be a delightful addition to...

    Blaine Shively |

  • Top 10 Zoanthids

    Top 10 Zoanthids

    Just like our recently completed series "Top 10 SPS", we've decided to keep the journey going, by showcasing our top 10 zoanthids! Not only are they bright in color, they...

    Blaine Shively |

  • Blue Spotted Jawfish infront of zoanthid garden

    The Ultimate Guide to Setting Up a Thriving Reef Tank

    Setting up a reef tank, however, is more than just an aesthetic venture; it requires careful planning, dedication, and an understanding of the delicate balance needed to maintain a healthy...

    Blaine Shively |

  • Top 10 High End SPS

    Top 10 High End SPS

    If you've been following our journey from the beginner's guide to intermediate care in the mesmerizing world of SPS corals, you're in for a treat. Today, we're taking it a...

    Blaine Shively |

  • The Secrets Behind Coral Coloration in Aquariums

    The Secrets Behind Coral Coloration in Aquariums

    Coral reefs are not only one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth; they also rank among the most visually captivating. Achieving vibrant coloration in corals within aquariums merges the...

    Blaine Shively |

  • The Foundations of Coral Reef Survival

    The Foundations of Coral Reef Survival

    Coral reefs, often described as the rainforests of the sea, are vital ecosystems teeming with life and color. These underwater paradises are crucial for marine biodiversity, providing habitat, food, and...

    Blaine Shively |

  • Bacteria Blooms: A Microscopic War

    Bacteria Blooms: A Microscopic War

    The issue of bacteria blooms, often denoted by cloudy water from rapidly reproducing heterotrophic bacteria is a prevalent issue within the aquarium hobby. More often than not, these bacteria blooms...

    Blaine Shively |

  • Top 10 Intermediate SPS

    Top 10 Intermediate SPS

    If you’ve graduated from our Top 10 Beginner SPS list, then we’ve created a little more challenging list so you can really test your skills. These corals will challenge your...

    Blaine Shively |

  • Top 10 Beginner SPS

    Top 10 Beginner SPS

    For those eager to begin their SPS adventure without diving into the deep end, the Top Shelf team presents a curated list of the top 10 beginner-friendly SPS corals. These...

    Blaine Shively |

  • Coral Care Series: Acanthastrea / Micromussa

    Coral Care Series: Acanthastrea / Micromussa

      Acanthastrea/Micromussa Micromussa is a coral staple in the world of reef-keeping. Even though you will often hear them referred to as Acanthastrea (or “Acans” for short), Micromussas were reclassified...

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