Stellar, simple soft coral and LPS tank is a masterpiece of father and son collaboration

This stellar soft coral reef tank really needs no words.Even though stony, azoox and uber-rare reefs are all the rage, stepping back with some simple soft corals is a welcome break and this tank shows just how nice it can…

Reef aquarium copepod, will it blend?

The turbulence we have put into our reef aquariums with propeller pumps and random flow created by wavemakers is an efficient way to create water flow, yet a recent bit of research finding boat turbulence killing zooplankton in channels and…

AlgaeBase a great online reference for aquarium macroalgae identification

AlgaeBase is an often overlooked resource available to hobbyists looking to identify and gain more information on macroalgae in the marine aquarium trade. Macroalgae identification can be tough once you get outside of the caulerpa and chaetomorpha varieties most common…

Ecoxotic’s 25 Gallon LED Aquarium System — a look at the aquarium itself

Matt continues his review of the Ecoxotic 25 gallon LED aquarium system which will be the future home of the Lightning Maroon Clownfish. Following up on his unboxing of the stand, here is Matt’s take on the 25 gallon, 18″…

DIY acrylic refugium “cube,” making more with less

Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects help many of us stretch our dollars in getting set up and continuing the hobby. Some people can make magic from a screwdriver, roll of duct tape and a 2×4 and others work their skills to the…

Slowing down for success, the patient reefer’s way to “pre-stock” a tank

Having set up more than a few reef systems in my time, I never seem to be surprised at my true hobbyist impatience! Let’s face it—once we get the plumbing done, the lighting tweaked, leaks sealed, and aquascaping set, we’re…

JBJ LED 28G Nano Cube unboxed

Thanks to the folks at JBJ-USA, we were able to get our hands on the latest addition to the JBJ Nano Cube line–the new JBJ 28g Nano Cube LED for a full-on review. While this tank won’t be up and…

Refugiums in the reef marine aquarium and why you need one

When setting up a salt water aquarium, one of the most efficient ways of filtration is the addition of a refugium. Not only does it help remove nutrients out of the water, but also serves as a sanctuary for micro-organisms…