Category Archives: How To

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.


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.


How-To Set Up a Kalkwasser Reactor – An easy Solution to Maintain Calcium and Alkalinity

Corals need the right balance of calcium and alkalinity to build new skeleton and tissue. Many reefers use 2-part solution or calcium reactors, oh but there is another way to dose your system, with kalkwasser.


Mangroves in the Aquarium: A “How To” Care Guide

Aquacultured red mangroves for the aquarium are a perfect, sustainably unique element of aesthetics to go along with any type of tank, fresh, brackish or marine.


How to Gain Control of your Silicate Situation

One of the most abundant elements on earth, silicon in its soluble form (silicate) can contribute to diatom outbreaks. So before it gets out of hand, here is what you need to know about it to gain control.


Evaporation in Your Aquarium: Process, Causes, and How to Reduce It!

Evaporation occurs at the surface of the water, lost to the air in the room, but never returns to the aquarium. How does this happen? What are the causes? And how can we control it?


Kalkwasser Explained and How to Mix Your Own Solution

Maintaining calcium and alkalinity levels is important because an imbalance in either one can limit the growth of your corals and make it harder to keep your water chemistry stable. Using kalkwasser solution is a safe way to maintain calcium, alkalinity, and also stabilize pH in reef aquariums. Here’s how to make your own solution.


Top Causes of Cloudy Water in Freshwater Tanks and How to Clear it Up

Cloudy freshwater is most common in newly set-up tanks, but can happen, anytime. Here we discuss some of the top reasons cloudy water happens, and what can be done to combat it.


Chasing Coral Color & Growth – The 4 Pillars of Reef Keeping

Chasing numbers often leads aquarists to the misconception that they need to achieve certain parameters to get growth and color in coral. However, what works for one person may not work for another. In this series we discuss the four pillars to support your coral goals.