Category Archives: Filter Media

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.


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.


Best Filter Media: Our Top Picks

Selecting the proper filter media for a saltwater aquarium will be one of the most important decisions to make when keeping up with your tank maintenance. Filter media has a crucial role within our aquariums to keep our water clear and free of excess nutrients such as nitrate, ammonia, and phosphate. With the increased focus […]


6 Steps to Improve Water Quality in Your Aquarium

The water you add to your tank can make keeping an aquarium easy or very difficult. It doesn’t stop there though. Once in the tank, we should keep the water quality as pristine as we can. So, here are some simple steps to help improve the water quality of your aquarium.


How to Raise pH in Your Marine Aquarium

Low pH is a common water quality issue with reef aquariums. Here’s what you need to know on how to raise pH in your marine tank.


How to Set Up a Frag Tank

A frag tank is a working tank with characteristics of function over form, practical, and above all produces results. If you are planning on taking cuttings (frags) from colonies in your main display, you will want them to put a base down on a frag plug quickly (if not quicker) than it did in the […]


Blue Life Clear FX REEF clears water in marine tanks

Clear FX is an all-in-one chemical filter media by Blue Life USA that’s available in both freshwater and reef formulas. A combination of carbon and organic scavenger resins, Clear FX Reef claims to target organics that feed nuisance algae including ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate without removing phosphate or trace elements.


K+ bio-media matures faster due to the unique manufacturing process

Fans of moving bed aquarium filters will be pleased to hear that their favourite K1 bioreactor media is now available with a larger surface area and matures more quickly too. Named K+, the new biological media is superficially similar to K1, being designed to self-clean when tumbled as well as harbouring those all-important quiet zones […]


Nano-Tech Bio Plug is filter and frag plug in one

The award-winning manufacturer Maxspect continues on its path of uniqueness with the launch of the Nano-Tech Bio Plug. Made from the same porous material as Maxspect’s popular Bio-Blocks and Bio-Spheres, the new Nano-Tech frag plugs are quite different to standard ceramic plugs both in material and what they claim to do.  The porosity of the […]