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2012 MARU Editor's Note

Don't Go for Broke

By Clay Jackson

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Depending on your approach to the marine hobby, the cost of properly keeping marine fishes can border on exorbitant. And you don’t need me to tell you that the economy has been in the dumper the last few years; money is tight. So, what’s a marine aquarist to do? Should you cut back on the hobby you hold so dear? Or perhaps hang up your fish net all together? Take a deep breath; step back from the precipice’s edge. You can have your cake and eat it, too. Tough times demand savvy (not impulsive), economically minded marine aquarists, those wanting to stretch their hobby dollars and not repeat the costly mistakes they may have made in years past.

Timothy A. Hovanec, Ph.D., helps to make sense of water testing in his article “Accurate Water Testing.” His sage advice answers this question: do you to know what you’re testing? After reading his article and making a few simple course corrections, you’ll be confident your water tests are precise and accurate, allowing water-parameter spikes to be quickly and easily corrected before they lead to potentially devastating and costly repercussions in your system.

In “One Fish, Two Fish ...” Bob Goemans serves up several specific tank themes, enabling marine aquarists to adequately plan (notice I said “plan”) for stocking their systems with fish, aquatic plants and invertebrates — all to avoid the unnecessary expense of buying fish only destined to outgrow the home aquariums they were impulsively purchased for in the first place. And, of course, there is the usual complement of marine fish articles to assist in making the wisest livestock purchases, which benefits fish, the intended systems the fish are destined for and the wallets and purses of the brave, knowledgeable marine aquarists wishing to press forward with the hobby they love in these uncertain times.

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