AquaBiome: Can Reefers Benefit from an ‘ICP Test’ for Bacteria?

AquaBiome is a new company that is offering a novel kind of water test for our reef aquariums, one that gives some practical measurement and analysis of the microbiology of our captive reef ecosystems. Just like ICP opened the door…

MicroBacter Start XLM Makes Cycling Easy

MicroBacter Start XLM is a new live nitrifying bioculture from Brightwell Aquatics for starting a saltwater or reef aquarium in record time. Cycling a saltwater aquarium has never been easier and there’s numerous live bacterial cultures available in the aquarium…

New Discoveries of the Relationship Between Corals & Bacteria

Seems like the relationship between corals and bacteria are becoming a hot subject in the scientific world and a lot of publications on this are coming out every week. This week, we came across a recent paper describing the dynamic…

BioLux, a New Ceramic Biomedia from Eshopps

BioLux from Eshopps is a new biomedia for all aquariums with a unique shape and structure. The combination of square and spiral structure allows BioLux to be easily placed in all kinds of tanks, filters and sumps while the spiral…

Ask Reef Builders #3: How Long Should I Cycle A Reef Tank Before Putting Corals In?

You don’t. The short answer is that technically, there is no evidence that you need to cycle an aquarium before putting corals in. Now before you start pulling out your proverbial pitchforks and burn me and this statement at the…

Sneak Peek at Dr. Tim’s Time Release Waste Away Gels

We stopped by Dr. Tim’s Aquatics’ booth at ReefAPalooza this weekend and were given a sneak peek at the new Dr. Tim’s Time Release Waste Away Gels. These were designed to prevent “too much of a good thing” for people…

TUNZE Care Bacter helps keep your tank clean, healthy

TUNZE Care Bacter is a bacterial supplement to help keep your aquarium clean and in biological balance. Care Bacter is made up of several strains of non-pathogenic bacteria on a fine gravel substrate powder that work together to help keep…

Prodibio Expands Bacteria Booster Capsules With Probiotix

Probiotix is a new bacterial supplement from Prodibio, the company that’s been making aquarium probiotics since 1998. Long before it was cool, Prodibio has been making and promoting the use of specific bacterial strains to improve the conditions of living…

Coral mucus impacts microbes in waters surrounding them

Have you ever noticed your corals covered in mucus and wondered, what’s up with the slime? New research suggests that┬ácorals selectively remove and promote the growth of diverse picoplankton (planktonic bacteria and archaea) communities living in coral mucus, and that…

Who is AquaForest and What is Their Reef Aquarium Philosophy?

AquaForest is a new aquarium company out of Poland which is taking the reef world by storm. Going from a little known outfit a couple years ago to being on the shelves of fish stores all over the world, there’s…