SPS Deep Dive – Cali Tort

There are many choices out there when it comes to selecting eye catching SPS corals for a reef tank. I tend to gravitate to solid colored pieces that contrast […]

The Benefits of a Remote Sump

It takes a lot of equipment to run a thriving SPS reef tank and that makes it a challenge to fit everything underneath a tank stand. My first reef tank was in an apartment in New York City and I labored to squeeze everything into that confined space. It was a rented apartment so my […]

How To Avoid a Skimming Disaster With a Float Switch

I am a big fan of preparing for the worst when it comes to keeping a reef tank and I constantly think about ways to prevent […]

How To Ship SPS Frags

Back in the “old” days when I purchased SPS I did so at my Local Fish Store (LFS). It was great to swing by every so often, usually on a Saturday, pick up some corals and talk reef with the owner and fellow reef keepers. For the most part the selection consisted of wild colonies […]

GHL Profilux 4 Controller – Setup & Initial Thoughts

As detailed in an earlier blog post, I am making the switch from a Neptune APEX controller to the GHL Profilux 4. What are my first impressions? […]

Switching From Neptune APEX to GHL Profilux 4

Change can be a difficult thing and over the years I have certainly had my moments of resisting it…..this is true for life in general and, specifically, the reef […]

Top 5 Beginner SPS Corals

SPS or Small Polyp Stony corals can be demanding to keep and it is wise for new reef keepers to start off with soft and/or Large Polyp Stony (LPS) corals. The move up to SPS can be made once sustained success is achieved with softies and LPS.

 

However, those who graduate to SPS should not jump in […]

Why Constant Alkalinity Monitoring is Important

How important is it to have stable alkalinity for a reef tank? It’s VERY important. In fact, on my list of Top 10 Tips For Keeping a SPS Reef Tank  I have stable parameters, especially alkalinity, at #1.

 

Yes, a sudden change in alkalinity can be very detrimental to sensitive SPS corals so it is best […]

How to Optimize Chaeto Growth

By Keith Berkelhamer, Owner of ReefBum, LLC, & Tristan Wilson, Owner of Pax Bellum, LLC

 

Keeping Chaeto in an algae reactor such as a Pax Bellum ARID is a great way to control nutrients and increase water clarity […]

Sand Bed or Bare Bottom?

There are a number of healthy debates in the hobby and one of the more popular ones is whether or not to go with a live sand bed or bare bottom in a reef tank. Folks in the bare bottom camp like the fact that they can easily siphon off detritus (dead organic matter such as fragments […]