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 […]

Reef Tank Chillers: Are You Chillin?

There are a lot of variables that can impact the health of a reef tank and temperature is something that should be watched carefully during the warm summer months.  A chiller is the best way to keep things cool but they are high ticket items.   Budget conscious reef keepers do have options such as […]

Review: Coast To Coast Custom Aquariums Frag Tank

When I initially planned out my new reef tank setup my mind was essentially made up to purchase a custom glass display tank and an acrylic frag tank. My thought was to spend the extra $$ for a high quality display and be economical with the frag tank. All of that changed once I took […]

Are Metal Halides Making a Comeback? A New Review of an Old Product

Ok, today LEDs are all the rage so you may be wondering why I am doing a review of a metal halide fixture, especially one that has been around for a number of years. Well, here is the story…..and I am sticking to it.


When I pondered what light fixture to use for my new 187 […]

Using a Booster Pump to Improve RODI Performance

A RODI system is an important piece of equipment for maintaining a healthy reef tank. It purifies water and limits problematic algae growth by removing such things as silicates, phosphates and nitrates. RODI systems also remove chlorine and other harmful elements such as heavy metals.


To run a RODI unit at an optimal level it is critical […]