Local Fish Stores – A Vital Part of the Reef Tank Ecosystem

When I first started in this hobby many years ago I frequented a few local fish stores to pick the owners’ brains to better understand how they achieved success with their tanks. […]

Review – Deltec SC 1456 Internal Skimmer

I have always subscribed to the KISS theory (keep it simple stupid) when tending to my reef tanks so I love it when I come across a piece of equipment that makes my life easier.

 

A number of months ago I purchased an internal Deltec SC 1456 skimmer and it has literally been a set it […]

Why I Ditched GFO For an Algae Reactor

During all my years keeping reef tanks I have always stuck by what has worked for me and resisted change. For instance, I have had great results using metal halide lighting for my SPS dominated tanks and […]

How I Hit The Live Rock Mother Lode!

I was down in Florida on vacation for a few days and I had an opportunity to visit a LFS in Orlando, Florida and cherry pick some Haitian live rock for my reef tank reboot.  It was nothing short of the mother lode of live rock! Check out what happened!

 

 

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SPS Deep Dive – Purple Monster

One of the great things about this hobby are the nicknames given to designer, high end Acropora. The Icefire Enchinata, ORA Pearlberry, Strawberry Shortcake, […]

Top 5 Mistakes Made by Reef Keepers

As I detailed in an earlier blog post, there are certain things a reef keeper can focus on to maintain a successful reef tank. But there are also things marine aquarium hobbyists should avoid doing to optimize […]

Focus on Fish – MochaVinci Clownfish

During my twenty plus years keeping reef tanks I have usually had a pair of clownfish in my display. I just love them. Not only are they colorful, but they can exhibit some really cool behavior when they host a coral and/or mate and lay eggs.

 

As I detailed in an earlier blog post, designer clownfish […]

Product Showcase: Easy Reefs Masstick Fish Food

Marine fish on natural reefs are always in the feed mode, as they hunt down food in the water column or pick for food on live rock as they swim in and around the reef. Many fish in a captive reef tank will typically not do this, as they consume most of their food in concentrated […]

Tank Crashes – A Part of Reef Keeping

There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to keeping a successful captive reef tank and unfortunately a tank can go south in a hurry if one of those parts gets out of whack. Sometimes a tank crash is due to a mistake by the reef keeper while other times it is carelessness […]

How I beat Cyano

Cyano is a common pest that can rear its ugly head when excess nutrients are present. It is often referred to as a form of algae but it is actually a bacteria (cyano is short for cyanobacteria).

 

In most instances, the best remedy is to increase flow, siphon out what you can and abide by the […]