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Our Top 10 Must Have SPS Corals

Our Top 10 Must Have SPS Corals

I have many, many favorite SPS corals and my tastes have changed over the years. But some of my early favorites are still at the top of my list of must have SPS. Granted, a list of top SPS is very subjective since it comes down to personal preference and taste. What...

A Blueprint For Rebooting a Reef Tank

A Blueprint For Rebooting a Reef Tank

Does it make sense to tear down a thriving, healthy reef tank? On the surface it would seem to be a foolish move but a tank with too much coral growth can spell trouble. Growing corals can cause a drop in circulation and make it easier for detritus to settle inside a...

Rappin’ With ReefBum: Guest – Josh Saul

Rappin’ With ReefBum: Guest – Josh Saul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNp7punk8kM&list=PL3bGPPz-sMoPZc1QEiiYlAdK963m8nRo9&index=3 Rappin' With ReefBum is a LIVE talk show with host Keith Berkelhamer and guests from the reef keeping community. In this episode I chat with Josh Saul from Manhattan Reefs,...

Managing Phosphate in a Reef Tank

Managing Phosphate in a Reef Tank

It is very important to prevent phosphate from accumulating in a reef tank since high levels will stress out corals and invertebrates and feed the growth of unwanted algae. Corals suffer because high phosphate levels inhibit calcification but some phosphate is...

Using Lanthanum Chloride in a Reef, Too Risky?

Using Lanthanum Chloride in a Reef, Too Risky?

There are a number of ways to control phosphates in a reef tank. A protein skimmer and regular water changes will help to keep phosphates in check as will bio pellets. You can also use macro algae in an algae scrubber, algae reactor or refugium. Another alternative is...

Best Method For Keeping SPS: Ca Reactor or 2-Part?

Best Method For Keeping SPS: Ca Reactor or 2-Part?


It is always good to have options and in reef keeping there are usually many available to run and maintain a reef tank.  For instance, you do have choices when it comes to keeping up with the calcium and alkalinity demands of a reef aquarium, especially one that is SPS dominant.…

Aquascaping With CaribSea Life Rock

Aquascaping With CaribSea Life Rock


Years ago I tried to start a reef tank with dry rock and I had a terrible experience. It was one problem after another, including dinoflagellates, cyanobacteria and a bacterial bloom. I just couldn’t grow SPS like I had done so with live rock and I vowed to never use dry rock again.…

Another Option for an AEFW Dip

Another Option for an AEFW Dip


For many years I used Bayer Advanced Complete Insect Killer as a dip to kill AEFW on SPS frags. Bayer is a garden insecticide and it will not only kill AEFW, but Red Bugs as well. But here is the thing, Bayer is hazardous to humans and, thus, you must be extremely careful when using the product as a dip.…

Dosing Bacteria to an Established Reef Tank – Potential Benefits

Dosing Bacteria to an Established Reef Tank – Potential Benefits

Years ago when I started to keep reef tanks the only bacteria on my radar were nitrifying bacteria. The goal after cycling a tank was to have a healthy population of this good guy bacteria. Nitrifying bacteria provide biological filtration and are responsible for breaking down organic waste in a reef tank.…

Taking Inventory of the Frag Tank

Taking Inventory of the Frag Tank


Growing out SPS to cultivate frags can be both a rewarding as well as a frustrating experience. Most of my farmed Acros have thrived while a few have sputtered. Quit frankly, it is a mystery to me as to why a few have been dormant.…

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