Category Archives: Equipment

Protein Skimmer Types, Installation, and How to Maintain Them

As a beginner, it can be confusing with the different types of protein skimmers available. In this article we discuss each type of skimmer, installation basics, and troubleshooting.


The Kessil A500X: Pushing the Limits of LED Fixtures.

When it comes to aquarium lighting, there is no mistaking a Kessil lit tank. For years, hobbyists alike have stared in awe at the famous shimmer and perfect color mixing LED’s we have come to enjoy from Kessil. Being at the forefront of aquarium lighting technology has allowed Kessil to produce some of our most […]


How to use a Refractometer to Measure Salinity

A refractometer is considered by many to be a more accurate way to measure salinity. In this article we discuss what they are, how to use and calibrate them, with some extra useful tips.


Liquid Carbon Dosing Breakdown: Why and How to do It

At some point of keeping our aquariums we may have overheard someone from the reefing community talk about carbon dosing. They may say they’re adding vinegar to their tank or even vodka. Yes, vodka! You may have reacted to yourself “Um, what??” and under breath say “Like… one shot for me… and one shot for […]


The Best Tools for Acclimation: Our Top Picks

Introducing a new fish or coral to your aquarium can be an exciting and nerve racking time for both you and the livestock making the transition. Luckily, we have all the tools needed to help make the transition as stress free as possible. Within this article we will break down all of the best acclimation […]


3rd Pillar of Reef Keeping – Chasing Coral Color & Growth

Welcome to Part 3 of this four-part series, Chasing Colors, Not Numbers, where we learn about the latest research about feeding corals and what coral nutrition means for the reef aquarist.


Dealing with Aggressive Tank Mates when Introducing a New Fish

Mirrors? Acclimation boxes? Feeding? How do you deal with tank bullies when introducing a new fish? Here are a few methods we at MD and many aquarists have used to reduce the aggression.


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.


Best Budget Skimmers: Our Top Picks

While there is no shortage of expensive aquarium supplies to splurge on, it is still possible to be an aquarium hobbyist on a budget. One of the equipment categories that can really have you shelling out some dollars are protein skimmers. While their primary purpose is to remove excess organics from your tank, they have […]


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 […]