Basics

DIY: Tool Maintenance

When you get into this hobby there are certain tools that go along with maintaining the aquarium system. Using the correct tools and keeping them in top shape will make you job easier. Unfortunately most tools are taken for granted…

Updates and Lessons Learned From Our 90 Gallon Reef Tank

As the days get shorter heading into winter we’re even more excited to come home to a bright tropical reef tank. Earlier this year we picked up a seven-year-old 90gallon reef tank and all the hard work we’ve put in…

What Should You Add First To A New Saltwater Reef Tank

Adding your first tank inhabitants is fun and exhilarating. But, it’s important to add the right creatures at the right time to ensure their survival and the health of your newly established reef tank. Start With A Clean Up Crew…

Get A Jumpstart To Reef Keeping By Adopting An Old Aquarium

Two months back we adopted a seven-year-old 90g reef tank, with all its fish and corals. We’re happy to report everyone in the aquarium, including several new members of the family are growing happy and healthy. Adopting or buying an…

Transfer Your Freshwater Skills And Setup Your First Saltwater Aquarium

Making the switch from freshwater to a saltwater aquarium is easier than you think. If you already have the skills to maintain a freshwater aquarium you only need to familiarize yourself with a few new techniques, additives, and saltwater aquarium…

Upgrade Your Aquarium With The Hydor Setlz D Return Pump

As your aquarium grows and more importantly your livestock collection grows, it’s inevitable water becomes dirty through feeding and waste. Filtration and flow is a great place to start when you’re ready to start upgrading your aquarium gear. The Seltz…

Our Biggest Aquarium Project Yet! Moving a 90 Gallon Saltwater Aquarium

Last month we started our most ambitious aquarium project to date moving a seven-year-old 90-gallon aquarium! Now over three weeks later, and with minimal losses in the process, the reef is happy and settled into its new location.  When we…

Eliminate Nuisance Dinoflagellates with Algae Barn Ocean Magik

Eliminating harmful and ugly dinoflagellates remains one of the most common and challenging tasks for the marine aquarist. Many of these problems are directly associated with excessive nutrient concentrations. Natural coral reefs are typically nutrient-poor and free from smothering forms of benthic…

Salty Q&A: Is a Bigger Tank Always Better for Beginners?

Q: I’m setting up my first saltwater aquarium, and one piece of advice I keep hearing is that “bigger is better” when it comes to the size of the tank. I was planning to use a 40-gallon breeder, but now…

Observations on Dry Rock Aquascaping

Throughout my years in the marine aquarium hobby, I’ve typically aquascaped my systems using cured live rock from Fiji. However, when setting up my 125-gallon tank in our new home about a year and a half ago, I wanted to…