Category Archives: Experts

A Little Introduction to the Walstad Planted Aquarium Method

Also referred to as the “dirted” style of planted tanks, the Walstad Method is a low-tech method to keeping a thriving aquarium using organic processes of the ecosystem within.


Forging a Better Future For Coral Reefs

Reef aquariums have come a long way in a very short amount of time. Whether it’s the technology behind them or the plethora of information continuing to enter the hobby. We all want to create an aquarium that can give viewers a glimpse into what a thriving natural coral reef looks like. While general interest […]


So, you think you can take pictures. Can you take SMOKing reef pictures?

Get a yellow filter, that will improve your reef aquarium photography instantly. If you can’t, see if your camera has a custom white balance setting and set it to the highest Kelvin number possible (usually 10K).


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.


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.