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 […]

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 […]

Is Bigger Better When it Comes to a Protein Skimmer?

Bigger is better when it comes to a protein skimmer, right? Not necessarily. Using a high capacity protein skimmer on a smaller tank can be problematic. Why? […]

Product Showcase – Tropic Eden Salinity Refractometer

Salinity is a very important parameter for a captive reef aquarium so it is certainly essential to have a good quality salinity refractometer on hand to monitor levels on a constant basis. One option to consider is […]

Product Showcase – Reef Glass Nano Protein Skimmer

Nano reef tanks (aquariums up to 30 gallons) are a great option for folks who don’t have a lot of space or want to enjoy a slice of the ocean without having to spend a ton of dough. Not having a lot of time for maintenance might be another consideration so for some it is […]

Royal Exclusiv Dreambox Review – A Year Later

It has been nearly a year since I reviewed my Royal Exclusiv Dreambox and I wanted to provide an updated review to pass along some new insights and observations.  I had been using my Dreambox for about a month and a half when I did the first review so at that point my system was […]

Annual Maintenance Plans – Do You Have One?

Reef keeping is a very gratifying hobby but it does take a lot of work to successfully maintain a thriving reef tank. Weekly and monthly maintenance chores such as water changes, re-calibrating pH probes, testing parameters, swapping out carbon or kalkwasser all help to keep a captive reef firing on all cylinders.

 

 

In addition to these […]

Neptune Systems Releases Next Generation Apex Controller

I have been keeping reef tanks for over twenty years and I have learned first hand that whatever can go wrong will go wrong.  Sound familiar?  Yes, its Murphy’s Law and it certainly applies to reef keeping.  An aquarium controller is a wise investment to prevent disasters and reef keepers such as myself have leaned […]