aquarium maintenance

The Nano Reef gets First Deep Cleaning in Two Years [Video]

Despite much conflicting information about reef aquariums, small nano reef tanks are the easiest and most affordable way to dip your toes into this fascinating and stimulating hobby. It’s been over two years since we installed the Red Sea Nano…

Coral Frag Garden Maintenance

When you are a collector like me, you will eventually be buying a lot of small frags of corals due to the lower cost and availability of imported corals these days. The challenge will be to grow these little nubs…

Worldwide Corals is Sharing Their Reefing Style Through Aquarium Maintenance

Worldwide Corals has been building world-class reef aquarium displays in their retail stores for over a decade, introducing a whole generation to their unique style of presenting the most colorful corals in the world. For years WWC only took on…

Important Water Parameters For Keeping A Saltwater Aquarium

Healthy water equals healthy fish and coral, but how do you know what’s best? Water quality is a fundamental aquarium skill, and understanding how to read and decipher water tests can clue us in on problems. The first parameters you…

Aquarium Automation: The Theiling Rollermat and Other Web-Filtering Technologies

The problem For the longest time, I have been trying to lengthen the maintenance interval for the filter socks on my 450-gallon system, which currently clog every two days. I tried eliminating filter socks completely for a period of time,…

Saltwater Aquarium Maintenance: Topping Off Your Tank With Freshwater

Aquarium Maintenance: Topping Off  When water evaporates from your saltwater aquarium, only the fresh water evaporates, and the salt is left behind. In order to maintain a consistent salinity level, we must top off our tanks with fresh water. There are two ways…

Understanding Old Tank Syndrome

Old Tank Syndrome, or OTS, is something we have been hearing about since the hobby started, and I am not quite sure exactly what it means. Is it due to parameters, loss of diversity, lack of interest, diseases, metal accumulation,…

Does Your Marine Aquarium Pass the Smell Test?

We marine aquarists depend heavily on store-bought test kits and devices for monitoring water quality and parameters (like the FishBit monitor we discussed here recently), but we’re actually born with some of the best tools available for figuring out what’s…

Wishing I’d Chosen a Wider Marine Aquarium

I wouldn’t exactly say I have major regrets about choosing a standard 125-gallon tank for my current marine aquarium system, but if I had to do it all over again, I might go in a slightly different—rather, slightly wider—direction. For…

Old Tank Syndrome Revisited

Continuing with my theme from last week, I thought it might be a good time to revisit what has come to be known as “Old tank Syndrome” – or as Joe Yaiullo dubbed it “lazy old hobbyist syndrome”. Actually there…