Going Skimmerless – An Experiment

For the last 4 weeks I have been running my 187 gallon reef tank without a skimmer as sort of an experiment.

A few months ago I lost a number of corals due to what I believe were very low levels of phosphate in the tank. I run an ARID algae reactor and it does a […]

Hanna HI736 Phosphorous ULR Checker: Tips For Accuracy

Recently I had been having issues getting some consistent and, I believe, accurate readings with my Hanna HI736 Phosphorous Ultra Low Range Checker. Here are some tips […]

Designing a Plumbing Roadmap For a Reef Tank

When starting a reef tank it is always a great idea to lay out your plans for how you want to plumb together or connect all of your equipment. I call it a plumbing roadmap. I start by breaking out a pad of paper and doodling some sketches to see what works and what doesn’t […]

Guide For Basic ARID Algae Reactor Care

In this video I am going to take you through my weekly routine on how I clean my Pax Bellum ARID algae reactor and harvest the chaeto. I am then going to turn it over to Tristan Wilson, the owner of Pax Bellum, so he can demonstrate the proper way to swap out a light […]

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 […]