5 Money Saving Reef Tank Tips During COVID-19

These are obviously very difficult times and many, many people are already feeling the pinch financially or will be […]

Identify Your Weakest Link…and Strengthen It

There is a saying out there that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In literal terms, this means the strength of a chain is limited to that of the weakest link in the chain, even if

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Top 5 Reef Tank Maintenance Tips & Chores

Staying on top of maintenance chores for a reef tank is very important when trying to maintain a healthy tank. These regular […]

How To Ship SPS Frags

Back in the “old” days when I purchased SPS I did so at my Local Fish Store (LFS). It was great to swing by every so often, usually on a Saturday, pick up some corals and talk reef with the owner and fellow reef keepers. For the most part the selection consisted of wild colonies […]

The KISS Method of Reef Keeping

Today reef keepers have many, many options to run a reef tank. There are different methods available that require certain pieces […]

I Am Not Buying Any Corals For 3 Months!

Ok, I am in the middle of a self-imposed pledge…..I am not buying any corals for three months! Why am I doing this? Because it will force me to minimize the amount of […]

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 […]