What 30 days in the Skimz Macroalgae reactor looks like

We saw the Skimz MBR127 macroalgae reactor last year and were impressed. We were also curious when we read over a 30-day review of the reactor in action and thought it would be fun to put the snapshots in motion…

DIY Chaetomorpha Reactors Are All The Rage Right Now!

Intentionally injecting fine bubbles into a reef tank is a highly questionable endeavor, but one current craze I can totally get behind is the huge wave of DIY Chaetomorpha reactors reefers are building to lower nutrients in their reef tanks.  Unlike the…

Skimz Macroalgae Reactor Looks Ready For Primetime

We’ve got a fresh new look at the Skimz macroalgae reactor, and boy has it come a long way from the prototype we spotted in Germany this summer. Gone is the fan-cooled mess that typified the original model, replaced now…

Brads Mangrove Tank Is A Macro Algae Dreamscape

Brad’s mangrove tank is a mixed reef with LPS corals and gorgonian corals growing between a dreamy macro algae forest. The video Mangrove Tank November is a catchy one minute teaser of Brad’s mangrove tank, which instantly makes us want…

Making a DIY Chaetomorpha Reactor is Incredibly Easy

Since the dawn of mini reef tanks, exporting nutrients to keep aquarium water clean has always been one of the most important tasks to having a successful, thriving tank. Between activated carbon to protein skimming, carbon dosing and denitrification, algae scrubbers…

Vast Halimeda ‘Bioherm Reef’ Discovered Behind the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists from James Cook University, University of Sydney and Queensland University of Technology have just discovered a vast Halimeda reef hiding in plain sight. Halimeda is a green macroalgae composed of calcified leaf-like segments. As these segments die, they accumulate…

Ultra Reef Macroalgae and Media Reactors will be quick to service

Ultra Reef has an innovative new design for a media reactor with an optional conversion kit to transform into a macroalgae filter/reactor. The design and craftsmanship of Ultra Reef aquarium equipment is uniquely Italian and it shows in all of their…

Reefs In Decline

I have been lucky in my life to have had the opportunity to dive in some of the prettiest and most diverse underwater habitats on earth. Without exception, the nicest dive sites are far from civilization, which stands to reason.…

KoralSea live macroalgae, copepod products and more

KoralSea is an interesting marine aquaculture company from Ireland that supplies live foods like copepods and live macroalgae to feed your favorite marine critters. The company’s tagline is “aquarium life through science” and it shows when you scroll through their website.…

Salty Q&A: Is a Sump the Same as a Refugium?

Question What exactly is the difference between a “sump” and a “refugium” (assuming there is a difference)? These are terms I didn’t hear in my 30-plus years as a freshwater aquarist, but I’ve heard them numerous times since starting my…