Category Archives: How To

How to Lower pH in the Aquarium

Is the pH in your reef aquarium too high? Don’t panic or reach for a pH adjuster just yet. Before doing anything it’s important to understand the fundamentals of pH and the factors that affect it in your tank. Relax! This isn’t going to be a chemistry lesson and there’s no math involved. Here’s what […]


It’s the Perfect Time to Start a FishTank!

With everyone being stuck at home, now is the perfect time to start an aquarium. W are here to help with whatever you need to get going.


Trimming your stem plants like a professional. An illustrated tutorial.

Often fast-growing, stem plants are the aquatic plant of choice for the background or the middle of a tank. They require a substrate to root into and under good water quality and nutrient balance, these plants will soon grow a new root system and grow tall.


Brightwell Aquatics MicroBacter Start XLM. Bacteria for Quick Marine Tank Startups!

Professional 15x strength live tank starter nitrifying bioculture for rapidly cycling new marine fish and reef aquaria and brackish aquariums, and for recovering from overcrowding or disasters where the bacteria bed has been damaged or when adding new fish.


DrTim’s Aquatics Recipes for Success: Getting Rid of Cyanobacteria and Algae (Using Re-Fresh and Waste-Away)

The long-term solution to cyano and algae is adding competing bacteria back into your aquarium that will consume nutrients and then removing those organisms, thereby removing the nutrients from the system. It’s not as hard as it sounds!


How to Set Up a Refugium: Harvesting Macroalgae To Control Nitrate and Phosphate

The idea behind a reef tank refugium is to provide an isolated environment, separate from the main aquarium for the cultivation of macroalgae, live foods and biological denitrification.


How to Use Hanna Checker Colorimeters to Dial In a 2-Part Calcium & Alkalinity Dosing Regimen

Maintaining proper water chemistry is arguably one of the more difficult aspects of keeping a healthy captive reef tank. Thankfully we have amazing tools to help us out! In this video, we show YOU how to dial in your ESV Two Part dosing using the Hanna Instrument’s Checkers.


How to Lower Nitrates in a Saltwater Aquarium: Proven Techniques For Success

Keeping nitrate under control has always been a concern because nitrate is the end-product of nitrification via your biological filtration so it’s continually added to your aquarium water. It may seem like a constant battle to keep nitrate under control. The good news is there are many proven ways to minimize nitrate build-up.


Red Slime!!! – Reef Tank Pest Control #3: How to Get Rid of Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria, or Cyano for short, is not an algae like what many of you might think but is in fact a photosynthetic bacteria that can quickly coat the surfaces inside your tank. Its ugly, prolific and can even out-compete your coral. Here is your guide to preventing this plague and some helpful tips for cleaning it up.


The TRITON Method: Replacing Trial and Error with Conscious Control

The TRITON Method is a holistic reef keeping system. You do not need to be a chemist to use it. Just test your seawater, know what’s in it, and act to fix it. To take full advantage of the program, it is recommended you have a sump with a refugium that is 10-20% of your total system volume.