Going Skimmerless – A Failed Experiment

Well, I gave it the old college try. For two months I ran my 187 gallon reef tank without a skimmer. Why did I do this? The primary reason was a nine month battle I was having […]

I Am Not Buying Any Corals For 3 Months!

Ok, I am in the middle of a self-imposed pledge…..I am not buying any corals for three months! Why am I doing this? Because it will force me to minimize the amount of […]

Focus on Fish – Flame Hawkfish

The Flame Hawkfish is one of my all time favorite fish and I have always had one in my reef tank. Their body is a striking red color and they have a black stripe going down their back. Despite their striking coloration, they do look goofy since they are not great swimmers and have these […]

Avoid Chasing Numbers

I have been keeping reef tanks for 25+ years and during a good chunk of that time I tested calcium, alkalinity, nitrate, pH and salinity on a regular basis and that was about it. I hardly, if ever, tested for magnesium or phosphate and my SPS were healthy and happy.

 

225 Gallon Reef Tank Maintained With […]

SPS Deep Dive – $500 Efflo

$500 for a frag? Well, today there are a number of frags out there fetching this price but years ago this sort of price point was not as common. An exception was the $500 Efflo.

 

According to reeffarmers, the original owner of this Acropora efflorescens did not want to part with the coral since it had […]

Focus on Fish – Yellow Pyramid Butterflyfish

A Butterflyfish in a reef tank? Surely you jest. You see them all the time in videos and photos of natural reefs but fish in this family are typically housed in fish only with live rock […]

How to Start a Reef Tank With Live Rock

Live rock is a great way to quickly bring a new reef tank online since it typically comes teaming with life, including beneficial […]

Is Automatic Monitoring of Calcium & Magnesium Necessary?

A few weeks ago I provided an overview of the GHL KH Director and touched on some reasons why I went with that unit versus others in the marketplace. […]

Installing a Calcium Reactor Injection Assembly

A number of folks who own Pax Bellum ARID algae reactors have been asking for a how to video on installing a calcium reactor injection assembly, which sends excess C02 […]

Product Showcase: GHL KH Director

Over the many years I have been keeping reef tanks I have learned that it is critically important to have stable, rock solid […]