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Arizona Fishkeeping seeks to provide practical information on how to be a "fishkeeper" and about just what it means to be a fishkeeper rather than just someone who happens to keep fish. Because we are in Arizona, our reviews, prices, and a few other things will center around the state, but for the most part the information you will find here applies to everyone in the hobby.

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Open SignI've put together an online store with a ton of great stuff to buy. I've picked the products myself as one's I've either used or otherwise have first hand experience with. I haven't added stuff just to add stuff. And yes, that includes the books in the book section! The products are through Amazon.com so you know it's from a source you trust and will ship quickly. I hope the store helps you find products that help with your fish and reef keeping. Start Shopping!

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Looking for Tropical Fish Forums?

At Tropical Fish Forums we aim to provide a friendly community environment that is accessible by new fish keepers and experienced hobbyists alike, and is suitable for members of all ages. With over 93,000 members and between 35,000-40,000 posts every month it's a great place to hang out and learn about keeping fish. www.fishforums.net

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ArizonaFishkeeping YouTube Videos

About every week or two we make a video on something aquarium related that might be of concern or interest at the time. We hope you subscribe and comment on the videos!

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Fish and reef stores in Arizona

This page is a list of the various fish and reef stores in AZ that I frequent. There are a couple of other stores in the Valley but I have yet to visit them so I won't list them here. I only want to list stores that I can actually answer questions about and give an honest opinion of.

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The Kole Tang

The Kole tang is a great choice for most aquarists. This article covers just what this fish requires, how it behaves, and how you can take care of it. By the time you are done reading this article you should know if the Kole is the right fish for you.

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Bristle worms in your reef tank...so what?

Large Bristle WormAmericans and I'm assuming most Europeans, have a natural dislike of worms. They're creepy, sometimes slimy, and they move in what seems an unnatural and distasteful way. I remember going fishing when I was a kid and putting the red earth worm on my hook. As soon as the sharp end of the hook would penetrate the worm's flesh it would wiggle vigorously and inevitably turn its head toward my hand as if it were trying to bite me. I knew even then that earth worms didn't bite, but I still hated the odd little way the worm moved.

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Which corals are good for beginners?

It's probably the biggest question asked by someone starting their first reef tank: which corals are good for beginners.  Fortunately there are several species that are hardy, easy to care for, and also quite affordable. They can survive most beginner's mistakes and provide an incredible amount of beauty for minimal effort. This article lists several species that are as close to "bullet proof" corals as one can get.

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How to pick a clean up crew

hermit crab riding a snailOne of the most frequently asked questions by new reef tank owners is, "what should should I get in my clean up crew and how many?" The clean up crew, commonly abbreviated CUC, is composed of several different types of animals, usually snails, hermit crabs, and other useful invertebrates. As the name suggests they are included in the reef tank to help clean up left over food and detritus. This article will explain the pros and cons of a CUC, suggestions for members, and stocking amounts.

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Blue Tuxedo Urchin care

I've always liked looking at sea urchins so it was natural that I would want one for my tank. However, most urchins are not reef safe. Those that are can often get large and do a number on rock work. That's where a tuxedo urchin comes in.

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Yellow clown goby care

Yellow clown goby on candy cane coralThese amusing little yellow fish have become more popular in the last couple of years and so you are more likely to see them in your local fish shop.  Prices have gone down from $15 just 2 years ago to $5 which is probably about where it will stay. Because these fish are small, brightly colored, interesting to watch, and affordable, many aquarists are going to think about getting one, or two, or three.  By the time you are done reading this article you should know if the yellow clown goby is for you, and what you need to know to take care of it.

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How do I get rid of algae in my fish tank?

Brown diatom algae in marine tankExcessive algae growth is one of the main reasons given by people for not entering the fishkeeping hobby.  "I don't want to spend all day scraping the side of the tank" said with a shrug, has been uttered many times by would-be aquarists or those who have given up on the hobby.  However, controlling algae is actually quite simple once you know how.  Sure, you may occasionally have to scrape the side of the tank, but proper practices can keep that chore to a minimum.  In this article you will learn how to control algae in your fish tank so that it doesn't become a nuisance.

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