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?

 

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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 […]

Introducing Corals To a New Reef Tank

So you set up equipment for your brand new reef tank, added water, rock, sand, etc and have patiently waited for it to go through the cycling process. Ammonia is 0, nitrites are barely detectable and nitrates are coming down. You add some fish to help along the population of nitrifying bacteria, a practical yet […]