Turbo Aquatics Raises Algae Scrubber to a New Level of Refinement

Admittedly we’ve never been big fans of microalgae turf scrubbers, preferring instead to use dynamic Chaetomorpha growth in our own signature spinning style. However there’s been a small sustained community of reefers who have employed various models to manage the…

Algae Scrubbers, How We Grow Massive Amounts of Chaetomorpha

Managing nutrients is one of the most important aspects to keeping a healthy, balanced reef aquarium free from unwanted algae. Curiously, one of the best ways to do this is to actually encourage algae to grow in a separate part…

We Made a Hypnotic Spinning Barrel of Macroalgae

Pretty much as long as reef tanks have been around, mini reef keepers have employed algae in its various forms to control and reduce nutrients of the aquarium water. The popularity of using micro or macroalgae for this purpose has…

New Kessil A360X series Refugium LED

Kessil just announced their new A360X light specifically for refugiums in aquarium applications. The A360X Refugium, is the X-Series successor to the now older H380 grow light. The A360 Refugium includes a Narrow Reflector that will prevent unwanted light spillage…

Make a clean start with Algae Barn’s Ultimate Refugium Starter Pack

Setting up a new refugium typically meant scooping up some free algae from a “friend” and hoping it was clean, full off all the good things and free of all the bad things — and we all have heard about…

AI Prime Fuge Light is ‘Primed’ to Grow Macroalgae

The AI Prime Fuge LED light is the first aquarium fixture from AquaIllumination that is specifically designed to grow macroalgaes. This small yet powerful aquarium light has all the same features and specifications of the AI Prime but with a…

Trigger Systems Triton line of sumps for those using the Triton Method

The new line of Trigger Systems Triton series sumps are a bit of a departure from their “gem” labeled lines being designed and named for the Triton Method developed by Triton as a method that uses rigorous testing, smart dosing…

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…

Eshopps Cube Nano Refugium is optimized for both skimming and natural filtration

The Eshopps Cube Nano Refugium is a dramatic new design concept from Eshopps which uses a novel approach to packing in a ton of functionality, into a very small volume. The diminutive little Cube Nano Refugium is a sump intended…

The Many Possible Purposes of the Saltwater Refugium

“Refugium” is a hobby term that resists easy definition. This is probably so because, unlike most aquarium accoutrements—heaters, powerheads, protein skimmers, lights, etc.—there’s no single, readily identifiable purpose for a refugium. Ask 10 different hobbyists what a refugium is for,…