Basics

Three Old School corals that are still really cool to grow

There are many SPS corals available to the eager advanced hobbyist today. Far more than we ever had 10 years ago. I remember when the reef community was a much smaller one, a lot like a small town where everyone…

Tanne Hoff has written one of the most Practical Guides for the Reef Aquarium

When someone first gets tarted with reef aquarium keeping, one of the first things we like to tell them is to not read anything that is written online. Not because there’s bad information here on the interwebz, but because there’s so…

New Gryphon CR42 AquaSaw can take apart even bigger corals

This whole “coral fragging” phenomenon must be working out because Gryphon seems to be doing brisk business selling tools to take coral colonies apart. Aquarium Specialty working closely with Gryphon saws is proud to announce there’s now a new bigger…

The Hammer Coral Cube is a Euphyllia-dominated masterpiece

The Hammer Cube is a masterpiece created by a reefer named Andrew who is located down below in Australia. He decided that with this new 60 gallon (24″) cube, he wanted to take his love affair with Euphyllia ancora to…

Acclimating corals, how most home hobbyists should do it (video)

Imagine that you are just stepping off a long inter-continental flight. As you step off you are walked through a long hallway with air that has a smooth gradient of temperature and pressure to carefully acclimate you to your new…

Automatic frozen fish food feeder is in the running for best DIY project ever

While in Phoenix, as we do wherever we go, we went on a tour of tanks and stores in the area and came across something truly unique. We’ve seen our fair share of awesome private tanks, killer equipment rooms and…

Tips to building a quieter reef tank

Having an aquarium in your home should be a relaxing and tranquil gesture. But once you delve into reefing, things get quite loud. Reef aquariums are usually heavy on equipment and plumbing, and both can transform a peaceful space into…

Reef Builders Guide: How to setup a Reef Tank

    The best words I have to describe a coral reef is a “lush wasteland.” By this I mean many extremely different types of life inhabit a coral reef, yet it is incredibly nutrient poor. Reefs rely on powerful…

An Abridged How-to on Algae Control in your saltwater aquarium

  Algae— these simple, unicellular or colonial, photosynthetic eukaryotic plant cells, are remarkable. From planktonic blooms to giant kelp beds to algal films micrometers thin, algae of all types form the base of a global ecosystem, cycling carbon, oxygen and…