What you need to know about Water Changes

When it comes to the most basic of maintenance tasks to be done the first one that comes to mind is the water change. As important as it is, it is also one of the least glamorous and least fun…

Reef Tank Maintenance

A reef tank is not like a television. You can’t simply turn it on, sit back and watch it, and not have to interact. Like gardening where you need to cultivate, seed, and weed in order to reap a harvest,…

How to Properly Place Corals in a New Reef Tank

The difference between a successful reef tank and one that fails is often a matter of the little details. One of these little details that cannot be overlooked is proper coral placement. With a new tank, you basically have a…

Are Fish Necessary in a Reef Tank?

After keeping reef tanks for almost forty years, and having viewed literally thousands of successful tanks, including a few recently sans fish, it got me to thinking are fish necessary in a reef tank.  Now before you think I have…

Five Mobile Invertebrates To Avoid

Many mobile inverts like crabs, shrimp, and snails can make great clean-up-crew, while others can eat corals and even fish. Here are five mobile invertebrates to leave out of your reef aquarium. Blue Starfish The Blue starfish, Linckia laevigata, is…

What to do with a Dead Anemone

Dead anemones are not only a shame, a loss of life, and a financial loss, if not diagnosed and dealt with quickly they can make a real mess of your tank. Here’s what to do if you find a dead…

$12.6 million Missouri Mansion comes with a 900-gallon Reef Tank built-in

One of the most expensive homes in the Kansas City area is being offered for sale. At nearly 17,000 square feet, the Lake Winnebago lakeside property boasts a five-stop elevator, a 1000-bottle wine cellar, a movie theater, an indoor spa,…

How to Select Fish for a New Reef Tank

For the majority of us who started in the hobby, our initial lure was watching a beautiful colored fish in a saltwater tank in the local fish shop. It could have been a clownfish frolicking in an anemone or a…

Could Purple Non-Sulfur Bacteria Change Reefing?

The future of the reef aquarium industry is microbial. Microbes hold many of the nuanced secrets behind the long-term health and reproduction of corals, reef fish, and invertebrates. All of these creatures are a sum of their associated microbiomes and…

What to do in a Reef Tank Power Outage

Possibly one of the most daunting things you can encounter is sudden silence from the reef tank when the power goes out. Or perhaps you know the power is going out on a particular day for scheduled maintenance? Whether the…