Category Archives: Featured

Scapers get your IAPLC entries in before May 31

It’s just days now until the International Aquatic Plant Layout Contest 2020 closes for entries.  The IAPLC is the original aquascaping contest and was conceived by the late great Takashi Amano of Aqua Design Amano fame, the godfather of modern aquascaping. The largest aquascaping contest in the world, in its 20th year it now receives […]


MACNA 2020 this August is cancelled due to Covid-19

The Marine Conference of North America has been cancelled. The longest-running marine aquarium conference in the world was meant to be held from August 28-30 in Phoenix AZ this year, but due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, it’s been called off by its organisers.   The MASNA board of directors released the following statement this week: […]


So, you think you’re an influencer? Meet Hope, the Turtle.

Hope was born with an exposed heart. There isn’t a diagnosis for it in turtles but it’s called ectopia cordis in humans.


The Unforgettable Bob Fenner – One of the Founding Fathers of the Hobby

There is no denying Bob Fenner’s brilliance and genius. We in the marine aquarium hobby are lucky he chose our field to focus on and that he graciously shared his knowledge with us.


Women in Reefing Part 1: A Tribute, A Legend, An Icon, A Titan, A Coral Lover

We are excited to start a series of blogs on Women in Reefing. There are so many incredible, talented achievers in the hobby, it’s time to highlight the sheer magnitude of their diversity and love for this hobby.


We’re mad for Jimmy’s photography skills

Jimmy is a fish nerd like the rest of us, but he also gets to play with some mighty cool cameras and equipment. One glance at his Instagram and you won’t want to click away. We had a chance to chat with Jimmy about his mad photography skills for our community spotlight feature on the freshwater hobby.


The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 3

Filtering your tank using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 3 of a multi-part series, we discuss the similarities and differences of freshwater and saltwater scrubbers. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.


DrTim’s Aquatics Recipes for Success: Fishless Cycling a New Aquarium (Using One and Only, Ammonium Chloride, and First Defense)

The “fishless cycle” is designed to establish biological filtration before any marine life is added. This method relies on a higher initial ammonia dose to “force feed” the bacteria and develop a substantial biofilter before adding livestock.


Aquarium Water Testing and Why it Matters

Not all aquarium life requires the same water parameters. It is critical for success to know which species you are keeping, their water requirements, and what your water quality levels are. Check out these guidelines for fresh and saltwater tanks!


The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 2

Filtering your tank using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 2 of a multi-part series, we discuss the pros and cons of buying an algae scrubber vs. building one. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.