Category Archives: Rock

Floating frag rocks are going to be all the rage in reef

Flick through your reef-related Instagram feed and sooner or later you will stumble across a floating reef. While not floating in the true sense of the word, these structures give the illusion of a floating reef by having all rockwork and corals high up off the bottom in midwater. Most have been created by the […]

How to Grow Coralline Algae In Your Aquarium: The Simple Truth

Growing coralline algae is one of the most discussed topics among reef aquarists. But here’s some good news: there is no magic formula or aquatic voodoo. Growing coralline algae is quite easy—and here’s what you need to know!

The Walt Smith Story: His Rich History in the Marine Aquarium Hobby and the A.D.E. Project

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with industry pioneer Walt Smith about his Aquaculture Development for the Environment (A.D.E.) Project and rich history in the marine aquarium hobby.

2 New Live Rock Alternatives To Consider For Your Aquascape: CaribSea’s Life Rock Shapes and Two Little Fishies’ STAX Rock

We are excited about two new “man-made” live rock alternatives that can make building the aquascape in your reef tank easier and safer: Two Little Fishies STAX Rock and CaribSea Life Rock Shapes!

Drop-Off Tank Build – Episode 3: Aquascape + Which Heater Should We Use?

We are setting up a 75 gallon drop-off aquarium and want YOU to help us build it! Today we aquascape the tank with the rock YOU voted for. Pick the heater we’ll install in our next episode!

Drop-Off Tank Build – Episode 2: Sump Install + Which Rock Should We Use?

In Episode 1, we took a tour of the tank and presented two sump upgrades for you to choose from. Today we installed the sump YOU voted for. Stay tuned until the end so you can vote for the rock we’ll aquascape the tank with in Episode 3!

AquaMaxx Reef Welder: Build a Bonsai Tree, Glue Frags to Rock, or Repair a Cracked Skimmer

If you are tired of stinky epoxy sticks that make your skimmer go crazy or gluing your fingers together with coral glue, give AquaMaxx Reef Welder a try!

Marine Aquarium Rock: Which Rock is Right for You?

The marine aquarium hobby has come a long way. Back in the day, the only option for rock for a saltwater fish or reef aquarium was to use rock taken straight from the ocean, which people called live rock. Fast-forward to today and now many different types of aquarium rock are available to saltwater hobbyists, […]

Aquascape Eye Candy – 11 Examples for Inspiration

We all know by now that rock and (to a lesser extent) sand is the basis of filtration for any reef system. But for many of us, it’s not enough to just throw some stuff in to a tank. We’re addicted to the artform of aquascaping. I called on the folks over at to […]

Real Reef Shelf Rock: Recreate the Tonga Look and Save a Reef

One of the most important, yet often forgotten, pieces of any saltwater reef is the aquascape. The ideas behind designing great scapes have changed a lot over the years, but the basics are the same: Provide an amount of rock adequate for filtration. Arrange it in a manner that is visually appealing. Leave proper spacing […]