Category Archives: Testing

Hanna Phosphate Checkers: What YOU Need to Know

Hanna Phosphate and Phosphorous ULR Checkers offer fast, easy, and ultra-precise water testing if you’re having algae problems and want to get your phosphate level in check.

How to Test Calcium in Your Aquarium with a Hanna Calcium Checker

Calcium should be checked weekly at minimum, and every time you add or remove any organisms from your tank. The Hanna Calcium Checker generates an accurate digital readout in PPM.

8 Best Practices for Using Your Hanna Marine Checker

Testing the levels with your Checker may seem to be a cut-and-dry process, but there are a lot of small things that can happen during testing which negatively impact your results.

Red Sea Pro Aquarium Multi Test Kits: What YOU Need to Know

To keep a healthy and thriving aquarium, you MUST have good quality water. The Red Sea Multi-test kits are some of our favorite test kits for monitoring water parameters in a reef tank because they are accurate, easy to use and economical. The Reef Foundation Pro Multi Test kit includes individual tests for Calcium, Alkalinity […]

Aquarium Test Kits: Which Parameters You Should Test For (and Why) in Fish-Only and Reef Aquariums

Today we are going to share which water parameters you need to test for in a fish-only or reef aquarium, explain how these parameters effect fish and coral as well as provide tips on how to choose the right test kits for your tank. Some hobbyists claim they can tell how good or bad their […]

Elos Test Kits: Product Highlights

ELOS is an Italian aquarium product manufacturer that has brought us some really amazing products here in the US. For example, the Elos Mini and Midi aquariums raised the bar for style and functionality of contemporary Nano tanks. The Elos Osmocontroller Digital Top-off system has proven to be one of the most reliable top-off systems […]

How to Cycle a Saltwater Aquarium By Mark Callahan, Mr. Saltwater Tank

Let’s face it: you want instant gratification. As soon as your box of aquarium supplies arrives from, you drop everything and begin fiddling with your new gear. And, once that last piece of equipment is set up, you’ll be ready to add fish to your new tank, right? Not so fast. You’ve got one step […]

How to Remove Phosphates from a Saltwater Aquarium By Joseph Chang, Reef Squad

A common problem in marine fish and reef aquarium systems is high levels of phosphate. Phosphate can come from food added to the aquarium, fish waste, fish and coral respiration, low-quality carbon, impure water added to the tank along with numerous other causes. Phosphate is present in every aquarium and exists in two forms: organic […]

How to Maintain Calcium and Alkalinity By R. Farnsworth, Reef Squad

Calcium is an essential building block for wild and captive reefs alike. Calcium combines with carbonates (alkalinity) and other elements in the water to create calcium carbonate. Stony corals synthesize calcium carbonate along with trace elements from the water in order to build rigid skeletons which ultimately end up creating a foundation for wild reefs. […]

How to Get Rid of Red Slime (Cyanobacteria) By Robert Farnsworth, Reef Squad

Have you ever seen the movie Ghostbusters?Do you remember Slimer, the ugly spud-shaped ghost that left a nasty slime trail everywhere it went?While funny in the film, having slime inside your aquarium is no laughing matter. It consumes nutrients in your water, blankets coral and creates an unsightly aquascape.Cyanobacteria is classified as a photosynthetic organism with […]