Category Archives: Advice

Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter Start XLM. Bacteria for Quick Marine Tank Startups!

Professional 15x strength live tank starter nitrifying bioculture for rapidly cycling new marine fish and reef aquaria and brackish aquariums, and for recovering from overcrowding or disasters where the bacteria bed has been damaged or when adding new fish.


The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 3

Filtering your tank using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 3 of a multi-part series, we discuss the similarities and differences of freshwater and saltwater scrubbers. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.


DrTim’s Aquatics Recipes for Success: Fishless Cycling a New Aquarium (Using One and Only, Ammonium Chloride, and First Defense)

The “fishless cycle” is designed to establish biological filtration before any marine life is added. This method relies on a higher initial ammonia dose to “force feed” the bacteria and develop a substantial biofilter before adding livestock.


Aquarium Water Testing and Why it Matters

Not all aquarium life requires the same water parameters. It is critical for success to know which species you are keeping, their water requirements, and what your water quality levels are. Check out these guidelines for fresh and saltwater tanks!


Testing Test Kits: We Compared 4 Popular Aquarium Ammonia Test Kits—Here Are the Results

For this ammonia test kit evaluation, we used a “blind” three-person test panel. The water samples contained known lab-prepared ammonia levels. But none of the people using the kits had any idea what the levels were.


The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 2

Filtering your tank using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 2 of a multi-part series, we discuss the pros and cons of buying an algae scrubber vs. building one. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.


DrTim’s Aquatics Recipes for Success: Getting Rid of Cyanobacteria and Algae (Using Re-Fresh and Waste-Away)

The long-term solution to cyano and algae is adding competing bacteria back into your aquarium that will consume nutrients and then removing those organisms, thereby removing the nutrients from the system. It’s not as hard as it sounds!


The Best Magnetic Algae Cleaners And How to Choose The Right One For Your Aquarium

Your algae magnet is essential and is one of the most frequently used tools on your tank This is the exact reason you should choose an algae magnet that is suitable for your tank!


How to Set Up a Refugium: Harvesting Macroalgae To Control Nitrate and Phosphate

The idea behind a reef tank refugium is to provide an isolated environment, separate from the main aquarium for the cultivation of macroalgae, live foods and biological denitrification.


The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 1

Filtering your aquarium by using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 1 of a multi-part series, we’ll learn the history of algae scrubbers from the 1970s to today. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.