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Making The Hobby Fun (And Keeping it that way)

I admit it, I am still a big kid at heart. And this time of year I often show this side of my personality in many ways. I still find fun, in just about everything this time of year. I…

Things You Need To Do And Should Be Doing Regularly

Now that we are in the middle of Fall and at least for us in the East and Midwest it has finally gotten cool again, at least for me it marks the time of year when I get serious about…

Taking Control Of Calcium, Alkalinity and Magnesium

One of the things that fascinates me and probably helps fuel my passion for the hobby is that I have been able to watch and learn through the years as we have gotten better at just about every aspect of…

How To Do Coral Frags Right

During my time in the hobby things have changed dramatically. Most of us started off with soft corals, and these were usually large wild colonies, which is a dramatic difference from the SPS fragments (frags) that many of us now…

Revisiting my Elos tank after 18 months

Sometimes we just aren’t as smart as we think we are. I am using the “royal we” as I know I am definitely not as smart as I think I am a lot of the tie, especially when it comes…

100 Articles Of Reefing

100 Articles Of Reefing This past week I had to transfer a lot of material from a company computer to my personal computer. I had written a lot of the articles for ReefBuilders on that computer, so while I was…

Ecotech Marine Products And Service Over The Years

     Over the years we have been fortunate in seeing innovation after innovation come to the hobby. Initially, most of these innovations came from Europe, which due to their being in the hobby longer undoubtedly accounted for their innovations…

Wanting Versus Needing

Wanting Versus Needing       While my daughter was at home for Spring Break, one of her most frequent refrains was “I need this” or “I will die without that”. As a parent one of the things I tried to…

Nothing Better Than A Nice Bare Bottom

Sand Bed or Bare Bottom? In the aquarium hobby, one of the most significant debates when building your reef tank is to decide a bare bottom or to use a live sand bed. Let’s discuss the benefits and disadvantages of…

Looking Forward To The Future Of The Aquarium Hobby

Things I’m Looking Forward To While going through some old books and magazines I came across a poster for MACNA from over twenty years ago, it made me laugh as the topic of my talk was “The Future of the…