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Reeftopia, Part I

I have been plagued with the fascination of contained ecosystems since I was a kid. Started with ant farms and collecting pill bugs from the garden. I was 10 years old when I bought my first aquarium from the local pet store. I remember I saved my allowance for weeks just to get the 5 […]

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Another Day, Another Product Review

The expression “don’t make waves” has no place in reef aquaria. A quick Google search of the subject will yield countless sources that attempt to validate this claim. But I say, “To heck with research!” What makes this statement factual is that continuous body of water encircling our planet, commonly referred to as the ocean. […]

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Comic Relief! I was thinking of calling it “Mo’ Betta Times”

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The Wonderful World of Mariculture, Part II

One of the more recent “pests” becoming prevalent in mariculture is a small crustacean that resembles a mite. It is nearly impossible to see without a magnifying glass at a mere ½ mm in length, but this crustacean is yellow in color with a red dot and appears to prefer species of Acropora corals. This […]

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The Wonderful World of Mariculture, Part I

As long as I can remember, I have dreamt of one day living on an island. An island far from the mainland, where the cool trade winds blow and the sweltering sun bakes my skin; where the echoes of cars racing by would only be a faint memory of the wretched concrete jungle where I […]

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“Bring out yer dead”

I purchased a new aquarium since my last post. It is 10” x 11” x 22” … or approximately 10-gallons, whichever you prefer. I’ve detailed the specs below for your reading pleasure. Nickname: Bedrock Custom 10-gallon Current USA 24” Orbit Fixture Aqua Clear Power Filter Tom Aquarium Temp Alert Aquarium Systems 73 GPH Micro Jet […]

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“I Have the Powerhead!”

For non-80’s babies who didn’t catch or care for the “He-Man” reference in my headline, I feel a more surefire approach to labeling our blog posts may be necessary going forward. But before we proceed, there are a couple of things you should know about me: I’m not funny … although I’d like to think […]

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Global Worming

I was staring into the Thunderdome (the name my tank acquired after the gut-wrenching loss of 2) recently when I observed an orange tentacle-like creature emerging from the bottom crevices of the live rock. It looked like a monster R.L. Stine might dream up for his next horror novel. I watched transfixed as the creature […]

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Corals and Crabs and Blennys … Oh, My!

In the beginning, the Marketing department setup an aquarium and a light. Marketing saw the illuminating power of the SunPod and it was good. It was all good. Alas, the waters were not calm in this supposed sea of tranquility. For Current USA divided the SunPond in two; they called the light day, and the […]

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Testing … 1, 2 … Testing

This is a test of the marketing department’s new aquarium. This is only a test. A test which we—or, I guess the tank, as it were—failed (cue “wah-wah” soundbyte). I’ve never been terribly good when it comes to taking tests. And—although it may be mere coincidence—I have a sneaky suspicion it is because I never […]

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