Category Archives: Lighting

Setting Up a Nano Tank: When Big isn’t an Option

Sometimes owning a larger reef tank is just not in the cards. Well, if you can’t picture not having a reef tank, don’t fold your cards just yet, because nano tanks can be just as fulfilling as a large tank at a fraction of the cost.


Chasing Coral Color & Growth – The 4 Pillars of Reef Keeping

Chasing numbers often leads aquarists to the misconception that they need to achieve certain parameters to get growth and color in coral. However, what works for one person may not work for another. In this series we discuss the four pillars to support your coral goals.


Plan Ahead for Aquarium Emergencies

Emergency planning for your tank makes good sense, kind of like having a spare tire in case of a flat. Here we discuss each component in your aquarium’s life support system and how to create a back-up plan for aquarium emergencies.


Lighting a Freshwater Planted Aquarium… Properly

Planted aquariums need good lighting to support plant growth. There are many types of aquarium light fixtures, but which are suitable for raising freshwater plants?


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 […]


Best Aquarium LED Lighting: Our Top Picks

Whether it’s to illuminate your stunning corals, show off your beautiful fish, or just to create a visually appealing aquarium setting, LED lights can bring any aquarium to life. Between their low heat production, controllability options, and electric efficiency, LED’s have become the most popular lighting choice for thousands of hobbyists around the world. Within […]


Planted Aquarium Lights: The Best of the Best

With the countless aquascaping options that planted aquariums present, picking a light fixture that is visually pleasing, grows the variety of plants you are looking to keep while also effectively lighting every corner of the aquarium can sometimes be difficult.


Red Sea go large with the new ReefLed 160S light fixture

Every reefer loves a new light and this week we see the rather unexpected launch of the new Red Sea ReefLed 160S. So-called because it uses a maximum of 160 watts of power the 160S is now the largest, most powerful LED fixture in the Red Sea lighting range, joining its smaller brothers the 50 and 90, also named after the maximum power they consume.


ATI Straton LED panel light comes to America

Straton, the long-awaited LED light launch by ATI Aquaristik is soon to hit American shores, and it’s sure to make a big splash. Different in form factor and philosophy to many other LEDs, Straton is designed to have a large LED panel, capable of wide, even T5-like light spread across a reef tank, bathing corals in high-quality light from all angles.


Blog: Wider, flatter LED lighting has had to mimic T5 to produce similar results. So have we come full circle?

I’ve been obsessing about marine lighting for some 25 years now and during that time I’ve run them all. T12, T8, T5, Power Compact T5, Metal Halide, Mercury Vapor, passive, and actively cooled LED. Even Plasma. Remember those? And I’ve always been quick to try out the latest models and technologies.