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 […]

Review: My Reef Creations Nilsen (Kalk) Reactor

Over the years, a kalk reactor has always been an integral part of my reef keeping setup.  I have used one to dose kalkwasser via my RODI top off to boost pH, which is lowered by my calcium reactor, and to augment my tank’s calcium and alkalinity levels.  I did have reliability issues with the one plumbed […]

Review – ReefBrite Tech LED Strip Lights

In this clip I shot some amazing video of my corals under a 3″ ReefBrite Tech LED Strip Light. Check out the awesome footage and my review of this light and the 8″ version.  For more information about these lights, please visit




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Bubble King Skimmer: Review & Tips on Use

In this video I am going to provide my review of the Bubble King Double Cone 250 Skimmer from Royal Exclusiv. The quality of the skimmer and attention to detail is second to none, but it is pricey and a bit quirky to dial in. Tune in to see my full evaluation.


If you are looking […]

Tips on Designing a Custom Reef Tank

Aquarium manufacturers offer a ton of options on standard aquariums that satisfy the needs of many reefkeepers. My first reef tank was a standard acrylic tank and it served me well for years. Eventually, as I gained experience, I discovered that I wanted certain things in a tank that were not standard options so I […]