A little while back, I decided to begin an informational post that would cover all aspects of a marine aquarium from beginning it to maintaining one, in order to ease the stress of a new hobbyist. Beginning a marine aquarium is a wonderful journey to embark upon, but after one sees the many aspects and facets of beginning an aquarium, it is very easy to become overwhelmed and want to give up. I have already posted a thread that contains a ton of fabulous links to read if there is any one aspect that you are not sure of. However, you look at all of those links and that can be a bit overwhelming. Where would you start? In this informational thread below, I have listed 101 tips and bits of advice that will greatly help any aquarist. It starts with a table of contents below of all of the tips and then below them is a more detailed statement that explains the tip. You can read straight through the tips, and if there is any one that you want more info on, just scroll below, find the number, and you can read up on it. This thread is going to be edited and added to as it sits here. I want your suggestions and comments. If I forgot anything, tell me and I will add it, of course giving you credit for the suggestion. This thread is not meant to be read all at once. It took me quite a while to compose and took up many, many pages on my computer (I actually deleted some things that I felt were unneeded or redundant). *Please note: All tips and bits of advice below are from my experience both in the hobby and from years of working in the commercial end of fish keeping as well. I have a ton of experience in the hobby, plus, I have listened to stories and experience of thousands of others. Many will disagree with some of the things said, and that is okay with me. I am not writing this as an end all, be all. If you don’t agree, no problem. There will be some people who say that they have done some of the things that I do not recommend below. And to them, I say, nothing is impossible, but the odds are certainly stacked against you. Many people have alternate ways of doing things, but the methods below will serve as a nice guide to make your fish keeping experience easier, more fun, and less stressful. They are tried and proven by not only the experts, but by highly experienced aquarists as well. Thanks for reading and please feel free to ask any questions on anything you read.* All rights reserved and no information in this entire thread may be copied or distributed without author's written permission. The only exception to this is printing strictly for personal use.