How to Cycle a Reef Aquarium Right Away – With Corals First

Forever and a day we have been schooled in how to set up and cycle an aquarium. Set it up, wet it, add bacteria, test, add fish, test again, and then eventually add corals. But here at Reef Builders we can’t help but think there’s another way to fast reef tank cycling, and that actually, people have been doing it wrong all along…

PNS Substrate Sauce is Nitro for the Nitrogen Cycle

PNS Substrate Sauce is a new blend of purple non sulfur bacteria (PNSB) specially formulated to help condition reef aquarium sandbeds and substrates. Hydrospace cultivated this special bacteria blend with Rhodopseudomonas palustris and Rhodospirillum rubrum with the expressed purpose of turbocharging the nitrogen…

Purple Non Sulfur Bacteria Now Available as a Coral Food from Hydrospace

Hydrospace is a new company offering Purple Non Sulfur Bacteria as a novel source of coral foods for our aquariums. Purple Non Sulfur Bacteria are an important part of the microbial food webs in many different environments including natural seawater…

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…