Avoid Chasing Numbers

I have been keeping reef tanks for 25+ years and during a good chunk of that time I tested calcium, alkalinity, nitrate, pH and salinity on a regular basis and that was about it. I hardly, if ever, tested for magnesium or phosphate and my SPS were healthy and happy.

 

225 Gallon Reef Tank Maintained With […]

Blue Squamosa Clam – A Mollusk With Wow Factor

Years ago when I first entered the hobby I was mesmerized by a giant blue clam at a LFS. It was about 5 inches and I had never seen a blue clam with that type of pattern. I was told it was a Blue Squamosa clam, considered at the time to be the holy grail […]

Rapid Tissue Necrosis (RTN) – A Reef Keeper’s Nightmare

Your tank is on cruise control and all SPS corals are in a happy zone, growing and thriving like you had always imagined. Then one day the lights come on and your eyes zero in on a dead coral. What the heck? How could that happen when everything was going so well?

 

Reef keeping can be […]

How to Maximize SPS Polyp Extension – Top 5 Tips

Is good polyp extension necessary if you want to have success with SPS corals? Not necessarily. However, if you dig fuzzy sticks then there are a few things you can do to fulfill this desire. Here are my Top 5 Tips to Maximize SPS Polyp Extension:

Avoid Fish with a Hankering for SPS – Perhaps this is […]

How I Averted a Complete Tank Crash

A few months ago my tank was spiraling downhill pretty quickly, as I was mysteriously losing a large number of corals, including many LPS colonies and SPS frags. I probably lost 50% of my corals […]

Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

According to Murphy’s law “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong”. Unfortunately, given the complexity of the hobby, there are a number of things that can go wrong while keeping a reef. Sometimes human error […]

Be Organized When Moving a Reef Tank

There are only a few things about the reef keeping hobby I dread and one of them is moving a tank. Oh boy…..what a pain! One of my most memorable tank moves was when my wife and I left the big city lights of New York City for the leafy suburbs of Westchester, New York.

 

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Local Fish Stores – A Vital Part of the Reef Tank Ecosystem

When I first started in this hobby many years ago I frequented a few local fish stores to pick the owners’ brains to better understand how they achieved success with their tanks. […]

Top 5 Mistakes Made by Reef Keepers

As I detailed in an earlier blog post, there are certain things a reef keeper can focus on to maintain a successful reef tank. But there are also things marine aquarium hobbyists should avoid doing to optimize […]

Top 10 Tips For Keeping a SPS Reef Tank

Let’s face it.  Keeping a reef tank is not a simple chore but there are some basic tenants one can follow to optimize the chances for success.  With over 20 years in the hobby I have learned a lot from both my successes and failures.  Below are My Top 10 Tips For Keeping a Successful […]