Category Archives: Product Reviews

The AquaMaxx Prism Proves You Don’t Have To Spend A Fortune To Get A Powerful Controllable Reef Light

I am happy with the Prism. The combination of intensity, coloration, controllability, and aesthetics are impressive—especially at this price point. I can’t wait to see how the light performs once I add corals!

Is it a Protein Skimmer or Power Filter? Both! Meet the Compact 2-in-1 Coralife Marine Filter

If want an easy way to provide filtration and protein skimming for your small reef tank while eliminating bulky gear and messy power cords, the Coralife Marine Filter is exactly what you’re looking for!

AquaMaxx’s Bookshelf-Style Low-Iron Glass Aquariums Will Make You Want To Go Long

Joseph’s back on the blog with a new tank build! Using the big brother of the 12 gallon Long, Joe’s 22 gallon Long rests atop a vintage Bombay Chest he restored himself.

Metal Halide and T5 Grow Corals Better Than LED and Cost Less—Why Not Keep It Old School?

With the buzz about LED you might think everyone tossed their metal halides and T5s into the recycling bin. We’ll look at why they’re still used by aquarists, public aquariums, and propagation operations world-wide.

AquaMaxx FC-Series Skimmers Strip Organics From Your Reef Tank and Look Great Doing It

We see a lot of interesting skimmer designs but one brand that always seems to stand out is AquaMaxx. A combination of innovative features and economical pricing is the hallmark of the AquaMaxx line.

2 New Live Rock Alternatives To Consider For Your Aquascape: CaribSea’s Life Rock Shapes and Two Little Fishies’ STAX Rock

We are excited about two new “man-made” live rock alternatives that can make building the aquascape in your reef tank easier and safer: Two Little Fishies STAX Rock and CaribSea Life Rock Shapes!

ATI Essentials and ATI Elements: What YOU Need to Know

ATI makes it easy to maintain ideal water parameters using their 3-part supplement solution, ATI Essentials. For optimal results, combine with ATI’s DP-6 doser, ATI Lab water testing, and ATI Elements.

Never Kill Coral Again: Curiosities From MACNA 2017

Smooth-On is a company that makes kits for the do-it-yourself sculptor. So why were they at MACNA? Using molds and colors, it is possible to make an entire reef complete with live rock replica and corals.

IT’S A TRAP! Robert Catches A Wrasse With The Aqua Medic Fish Trap

While compatibility among particular fish species and tank size requirements are well documented, many of us run into situations in which a fish needs to be removed from our aquarium.

Connecticut High School Oceanography Students Put An “Algae Reactor” To The Test

Oceanography students at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, Connecticut help maintain a coral propagation system and learn about coral biology and reef ecology.