Category Archives: How To

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.


How to Downsize to a Smaller Tank: Tips and Pointers

Whatever the reason may be, a downsize to a smaller tank is sometimes needed. So Team MD has put together a few tips and guideline to help make the transition a little easier.


How to Set Up a Mantis Shrimp Tank

Known for clubbing their prey to death with lightning speed Mantis Shrimp are deadly predators, but can you care for one in a tank? These once known hitchhikers are starting to have a following amongst hobbyists looking for a species specific tank.


How to Maintain your RO and RO/DI System

Maintaining your RO or RO/DI system periodically will help you avoid short and long term water quality problems. Here are some tips and suggested filter swap schedule to keep your water pure and tank happy.


6 Steps to Improve Water Quality in Your Aquarium

The water you add to your tank can make keeping an aquarium easy or very difficult. It doesn’t stop there though. Once in the tank, we should keep the water quality as pristine as we can. So, here are some simple steps to help improve the water quality of your aquarium.