Category Archives: Equipment

Beat The Heat: Reef Edition

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to consider how best your aquarium can beat the heat. Investing in a chiller and getting it properly dialed in for your needs can protect the livestock within your system. Within this article, we are going to make chiller recommendations for a wide variety of […]


Wet vs. Dry Skimming, a Foam Preference – Which is Better?

Reef aquarists may debate the topic but there is no disputing the science. Here is what the experts say is the most efficient way of removing organics with a protein skimmer.


The Best 10 Gallon Aquarium Setups: Our Top Picks.

A 10 gallon tank is one of the most popular ways that aquarists enter the hobby. Not only is this tank the perfect size for a bedroom or office, it also is a good size to get started on a budget. Within this article we are going to detail some of the best 10 gallon […]


Common Nuisance Algae and How to Treat Them

Algae can enter your aquarium from introduced rocks, sand or frags, and when the conditions are right, algae will take advantage and become a nuisance, if left unchecked. Here are some of the most common nuisance algae we see in aquariums and methods to help prevent and treat them.


A Beginner’s Guide to Filter Media and How to use It

Not all forms of filtration media are needed in every aquarium. Some tanks can get by with just basic mechanical filtering in contrast to others using all other forms. So to ease any confusion we have put together a little beginner’s guide to the most used media in aquarium filtration and how it is used for you to decide which is right for your tank needs.


April Showers Bring May Flowers: Reef Edition

Despite the frequent rain and rampant pollen, Spring is finally here! Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers but, how can this relate back to our reef tanks. Well, within this article we are going to discuss some of the best steps to take in April that can pay dividends in coral growth once […]


Salinity Meter: Calibration and How to Care for One

Salinity meters, whether hand-held or mounted inside the filter sump, are an easy way to measure salinity in your reef aquarium. Here’s what you need to know about a salinity probe and meter, their calibration and how to care for one.


March’s New Aquarium Products: Our Top Picks.

With more and more innovation making its way into the aquarium hobby, manufacturers are constantly creating new products to offer our customers. We are hoping to continue highlighting some of our new favorite products coming to the open market. While we will not be able to show every new product, our main goal is to […]


4th Pillar of Reef Keeping – Chasing Coral Color & Growth

Welcome to Part 4 of this four-part series, Chasing Colors, Not Numbers, where we learn about the importance of proper filtration and its affect on your corals.


The Best Aquarium Powerheads: Our Top Picks

Having adequate flow in your tank display is crucial for all freshwater, planted, saltwater and reef aquariums. It helps to keep the water oxygenated for fish species and it allows coral species to feed from the nutrients within your system. While the return pump is the main flow contributor, we recommend adding powerheads to the […]