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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.…

SPS Deep Dive – Crayola Plana

SPS Deep Dive – Crayola Plana


I am a big fan of tabling Acropora and one classic I dig is the Crayola Plana. This Acropora plana has a cream colored base, purple tips and green polyps. It is a beautiful mix of contrasting colors, worthy of its Crayola Crayon nickname.…

10 Handy Household Items For a Reef Tank

10 Handy Household Items For a Reef Tank


Most of the equipment and supplies used for a reef tank are purchased at a local fish store (LFS) or an online aquarium supply store. But what about shopping at a grocery store or hardware store? Yes, these types of stores stock plenty of handy household items for a reef tank.…

Nothing Good Happens Fast in a Reef Tank

Nothing Good Happens Fast in a Reef Tank

Perhaps you have heard the saying that nothing good happens fast in a reef tank. It is so true. Patience is a key ingredient for success in this hobby, on a number of fronts.

Avoid Instant Gratification

Let’s start by talking about instant gratification.…

Top 10 Tips For Glueing PVC Pipe

Top 10 Tips For Glueing PVC Pipe

Whether you use PVC pipe for a fish tank or another application, there are certain best practices you can follow when gluing it to achieve the best results.

Why I use PVC

When setting up a reef tank I like to hard plumb the tank to the sump with PVC pipe instead of using flexible tubing.…

SPS Deep Dive – Jackson’s Rainbow Tenuis

SPS Deep Dive – Jackson’s Rainbow Tenuis

These days rainbow Acropora tenuis are very popular among SPS collectors. Many of these corals are shown under blue lights to highlight their florescent colors. Furthermore, some vendors will “photoshop” their pictures to create even more unrealistic images of the corals.…

Top 5 Most Underrated (and CHEAP) SPS Corals

Top 5 Most Underrated (and CHEAP) SPS Corals

There are SO many SPS corals to choose from these days and many are being sold at ridiculously high prices. Sorry, but I can’t justify paying a few hundred dollars for a half inch frag. Unfortunately, many sellers lean on photoshop and marketing hype to drive up prices.…

5 Tips to Raise pH in a Reef Tank

5 Tips to Raise pH in a Reef Tank

An acceptable pH for a reef tank is between 7.8 and 8.5. However, I have found my SPS corals do better when pH is in the 8.1 to 8.5 range.

There are several reasons why pH might be chronically low (7.7 to 7.9) in an aquarium.…

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