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…

Salty Q&A: Can I Kickstart My Cycle with Aquarium Water?

Q: I’m a newbie aquarium hobbyist and just starting to set up my first tank, which will be a 40-gallon soft-coral reef system with a few small fish. A friend of mine, who is also fairly new to the hobby…

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…

Is It Possible to Overdo Marine Aquarium Water Changes?

In a recent meandering conversation I had with my freshwater-pond-keeping brother-in-law, the question of water change volume and frequency was raised—specifically whether it’s stressful to the livestock if you perform them too frequently or change out too much water at…

5 Practical Uses for Rock Rubble in Marine Aquaria

When working with rocks, live or otherwise, in marine aquaria, we often end up with little chunks of rubble that break off the larger pieces. While this rubble may not be particularly useful for large aquascaping projects, it can come…

New Tropic Marin ELIMI-NP and NITRIBIOTIC for nutrient reduction

Tropic Marin release a couple of new products, Tropic Marin ELIMI-NP and Tropic Marin NITRIBIOTIC, that help reduce nutrients in your reef aquarium. ELIMI-NP is a liquid carbon dosing concentrate and NITRIBIOTIC is a combination of both probiotic and nitrifying bacteria. We…

aquavitro seed and remediation are latest products in Seachem’s premier line

Seachem has two more additions to its aquavitro line with the new products dubbed aquavitro remediation and aquavitro seed. It is hard to believe Seachem launched its aquavitro line nearly seven years ago and there hasn’t been too many editions to…

Seachem Pristine wants your sludge

Seachem Pristine is one of a trio of products along with PhosBond and PhosNet, recently released by Seachem to help improve water quality. Pristine helps rid your aquarium of organic waste in the form of nasty sludge and built up…

Fritz-Zyme gets backup from a few independent university studies

  Fritz-Zyme #9 was always a trusted go-to product for biological remediation in new and overstocked saltwater tanks to get them back in balance due to toxic ammonia and nitrite levels. With the plethora of enzymes and nitrifying bacteria additives on the…