The Pluses & Minuses of Using Activated Carbon

Activated carbon is a porous form of carbon that can be used to absorb or remove dissolved organics that give water its yellow tint. Removing these materials will help with biological filtration and increase water clarity. In theory, better clarity will aid light transmission through the water column and improve PAR (Photsynthetically Available Radiation, which […]

Hanna HI736 Phosphorous ULR Checker: Tips For Accuracy

Recently I had been having issues getting some consistent and, I believe, accurate readings with my Hanna HI736 Phosphorous Ultra Low Range Checker. Here are some tips […]

SPS Corals: Up Close and Personal

A while ago I blogged about how you can shoot macro videos without a macro lens, providing a step by step guide on this neat procedure. Recently, I purchased a Blackmagic Design Video Assist Recorder  […]

How I Averted a Complete Tank Crash

A few months ago my tank was spiraling downhill pretty quickly, as I was mysteriously losing a large number of corals, including many LPS colonies and SPS frags. I probably lost 50% of my corals […]

Designing a Plumbing Roadmap For a Reef Tank

When starting a reef tank it is always a great idea to lay out your plans for how you want to plumb together or connect all of your equipment. I call it a plumbing roadmap. I start by breaking out a pad of paper and doodling some sketches to see what works and what doesn’t […]

Focus on Fish – Leopard Wrasse

Some reef keepers out there are considered wrasse guys or gals and feature as many of these beautiful creatures as they can in their reef tanks. I don’t consider myself to be a […]

Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

According to Murphy’s law “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong”. Unfortunately, given the complexity of the hobby, there are a number of things that can go wrong while keeping a reef. Sometimes human error […]

How I Beat Dinoflagellates

In my 25+ years keeping reef tanks I figured I had seen it all. Well, this can be a humbling hobby and I was reminded of this when I discovered dinos, short for dinoflagellates, in my 187 gallon tank about two years ago. […]

Guide For Basic ARID Algae Reactor Care

In this video I am going to take you through my weekly routine on how I clean my Pax Bellum ARID algae reactor and harvest the chaeto. I am then going to turn it over to Tristan Wilson, the owner of Pax Bellum, so he can demonstrate the proper way to swap out a light […]

What’s Up With My Fish?

It has been about 7 months since I rebooted my 187 gallon reef tank and I want to provide a video update on the fish in the tank. At this point I have 23 fish and they are doing pretty well. Here is the list:

1 Purple Tang
1 Yellow Tang
1 Sailfin Tang
3 Pajama Cardinalfish