ReefBum Tank Update – August 2017

I wanted to provide a long overdue update of my 187 gallon reef tank.  At the beginning of March I broke it down due to a lost battle with dinos and had the tank dry for a few weeks. I got rid of everything, fish and corals, and restarted the tank the end of April. […]

SPS Deep Dive – Acropora Lokani

One of my favorite corals of all time is the Acropora Lokani. This deepwater beauty has sturdy main branches that run horizontal with thin, small branches that shoot up. […]

Product Showcase – GHL Doser 2.1 SA

When I first started keeping reef tanks 20+ years ago I dosed a two part solution for calcium and alkalinity supplementation. I figured out what I needed to add and dumped each solution in manually at different times […]

DIY Algae Reactors: A Risky Proposition

Many folks out there use DIY algae reactors for nutrient control and it can certainly be a money saving option. However, there are risks involved. Ok, full disclosure, I do sell Pax Bellum ARID algae reactors and I do use one on my 187 gallon reef tank.  Nonetheless, the information I am about to pass […]

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 […]

Reef-A-Palooza 2017 New York: Video Report

I had the chance to attend my second Reef-A-Palooza event in New Jersey and let me say it was very well attended. When I got there there was a huge line wrapped around the building and their certainly was a buzz in the air.  The coral selection was just amazing and there were many manufactures […]

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 […]

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, […]