Dominick Cirigliano

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Who Are You Calling Ugly?

Who Are You Calling Ugly?

In many cases our aquariums represent an extension of ourselves. Some people like zoa's, some people like acans, and some people even like non-photosynthetic corals. My passion is "ugly" fish. Are they really ugly or are they just misunderstood? I've always had...

The Many Faces of Filefish

The Many Faces of Filefish

I've had many species of filefish over the years. Their behavior, ability to camouflage, and many different colors and patterns make them an interesting addition to any aquarium. They've also been known to breed in captivity. Probably the most well known filefish in...

The Unappreciated UV Sterilizer

The Unappreciated UV Sterilizer

Over the years I have read all sorts of negativity surrounding the use of UV sterilizers in a reef tank. But I haven't found many of those comments based on experience or scientific evidence. So I've decided to take the two most common negative comments I've read and...

Toxic Love: Boxfish

Toxic Love: Boxfish

I absolutely love boxfish. It doesn't matter what species, I love them all! I've had anything from the most commonly available Yellow Boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) to the more exotic Flame Boxfish (Anoplocapros lenticularis). Most people have an understanding or have...

Above Tank Refugiums…. Say what?

Above Tank Refugiums…. Say what?

Above tank refugiums became interesting to me when I was trying to save space and a little on electricity. My first above tank refugium was used for holding seahorses and pipefish as an extension to my shark tank.I actually hung a 40 gallon long acrylic tank CAREFULLY...

Seale’s Cardinalfish (Apogon sealei)

Seale’s Cardinalfish (Apogon sealei)

Seale's Cardinalfish (Apogon sealei) is an uncommon fish found in the hobby. These fish sport brightly illuminating blue eyes which are accentuated under typical reef lighting.  Many cardinals can be tricky to get eating but these fish have shown to be super hardy and...

Fun with a Microscope

Fun with a Microscope

I think most people in the marine aquarium hobby enjoy the daily surprises our piece of the ocean supply on a daily basis. Whether its hitchhikers, spawnings or new growth of our corals we all look on with a big smile. A few years back I added a different dimension to...

Leopard Skin Anyone?

Leopard Skin Anyone?

One of my favorite fish is the Fantail Filefish (Pervagor spilosoma). It originates from the eastern side of the pacific (mostly around Hawaii). Many of the Hawaiian locals call this fish the "Leopard Filefish."  You can see clearly why in the picture below. These...

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