Is Chasing Numbers Chasing Your Tail?

With ICP (ICP-OES / Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy) testing becoming commonplace for a well-kept reef aquarium, the methods for interpreting the results and putting these numbers to good use are becoming quite varied and potentially confusing.  One method…

Why Water Testing is Important for a Reef Tank

Like equipment maintenance, water changes, quarantining animals, and cleaning the glass, water testing is an unglamorous task that nonetheless is one of the most crucial aspects for having long-term success in the hobby.  I don’t care how good your lights…

Korallenwächter is a new German Auto Water Tester

The Korallenwächter is a new water testing machine from Germany which is designed to automatically measure the most important parameters of reef aquarium chemistry. The company Korallenwächter, bares the same name as their machine, has been developing a new concept…

Reef Labs – A New ICP Testing Service from Florida

Reef Labs is a new ICP water testing service which expands the number of companies offering critical examination of saltwater aquarium chemistry in the United States. The inductively coupled plasma machines are located inside of Reef Masters, a saltwater aquarium…

Spinnercube³ Improves the Magnetic Stirrer with Built-in LED

The Spinnercube³ is a new magnetic stirrer aimed at aquarium water testing which brings with it one very important and useful new feature. We’ve been using miniature magnetic stirrers as part of our tools for streamlined water testing for a…

Mastertronic Final Specs, Pricing, and Setup Video

The Mastertronic is the latest new high tech reef aquarium gizmo that promises to streamline and stabilize the management of reef aquarium chemistry. The Mastertronic follows in the footsteps of the Alkatronic which is an all in one alkalinity testing…

The Best Water Testing Kits For Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builders Gear Guide

Water testing kits are the foundation of a healthy marine aquarium after all you can’t just look at the water and know what’s going on. Maintaining stable water parameters is the key for fish and corals to thrive, and the…

API AquaSpin Tests Aquarium Water With Built-In Photometer

The API Aquaspin is an exciting new device designed to automatically test aquarium water. Details about the Aquaspin are extremely scant, no website, no social media posts and even the video is unlisted, but we can glean enough about it…

Triton Finally Offering Fast, US-Based ICP Testing!

It’s been over three years since Triton promised to bring their revolutionary ICP water testing to the U.S. and finally that project has at long last become realized. It was way back at MACNA in San Diego that Triton first…

Colombo Marine Test Stirrer Simplifies Calcium & Magnesium Testing

The new magnetic Test Stirrer from Colombo is the kind of quality-of-life accessory that we need much more of in the aquarium hobby. Some tests like pH and alkalinity are easy enough to perform, but have you ever tried to…