Category Archives: Knowledge Base

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.


Freshwater Aquarium Disease Prevention, Recognition and Treatment

Hobbyists who take proper care of their aquariums will rarely encounter sick fish but there is no guarantee that you will never have to treat your fish for a disease. Almost all health problems can be avoided by maintaining proper water chemistry and pristine water quality, feeding a varied diet of high-quality fish foods, providing fish with an optimum habitat and suitable tank mates.


Aquarium Probiotics and their Benefits

Aquarium probiotics have many benefits when it comes to the health of your fish. Probiotics can be a great help at whatever level of the hobby you are at!


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.


How to Grow Coralline Algae In Your Aquarium: The Simple Truth

Growing coralline algae is one of the most discussed topics among reef aquarists. But here’s some good news: there is no magic formula or aquatic voodoo. Growing coralline algae is quite easy—and here’s what you need to know!


You’re Using The Wrong Test Kit: Why Aqua Medic’s Marine Lab Is Better Than ICP For Many Hobbyists

Aqua Medic Water Testing is the only service that does not use ICP machines to get results. We reached out to find out why. What we learned was that their time-tested service is more practical for the majority of hobbyists.


Secrets For Success: Rules You Should Follow To Keep Your Seahorse Aquarium Thriving

So you’re interested in seahorses? It’s easy to see why! Keeping seahorses is not more difficult than keeping a reef aquarium, it’s just different. If you have reefkeeping experience, you will need to unlearn some of what you know and follow a set of seahorse specific rules.


A Conversation About Clams With Professor, Columnist, and Author James Fatherree

James Fatherree is a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He has been a reef aquarist and diver for 20+ years. He’s also a columnist and author of books including Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium.


Cool Aquarium Products You May Not Know About, But Should! – VOLUME 2

Today we’ll be shedding light on clever products that you may not have known even existed. We’re confident these selections will make your aquarium maintenance easier and your tank healthier in 2018.


How to Clean Filter Socks So You Can Reuse Them Over and Over Again

The basic idea of filter socks is that your water will drain through them and the large debris will be pulled out before it moves through your sump or filtration and breakdown into harmful chemicals.