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Aqua ionizer

Has anyone ever used or heard of this filter does it work it says no more protine skimmer no nitrates perfect water so befor I buy I would like some feed back its up too my friends and fellow reefers please help

Added by Robert Gorman on February 7, 2013 at 5:38pm — 1 Comment

LED Lighting and UV Deficiency

It has occurred to me lately that LED lighting has a complete lack of UV light. some UV is necessary for correct coral Growth. have you heard anything on this? it is still early in the game for long term exposure studies, but they seem to work fine for me and everybody else. just I need to know.

Now, sps near the surface in nature obviously get some UV. The Zooxanthellae (Chlorophyll A peaks in the 410-420nm spectrum which helps feed the algae) can get this needed UV via 420 nm light… Continue

Added by Greg Watkins on January 31, 2013 at 10:38pm — 1 Comment

Coral Vue's new Bio-Spheres - Good Stuff.

Reef Octopus Bio-Spheres

Bio-Spheres are a specifically designed pure solid carbon source…


Added by Greg Watkins on January 30, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

New food

Has anyone heard of or used lrs reef frenzy ?

Added by Robert Gorman on January 29, 2013 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

Big Bang for the Buck in LED Spot Lights for Reef Tanks from Aqua Medic

A Big bang for the buck in an LED spot type light for coral reef tanks is the Aqua Medic’s AquaSunSpots;…


Added by Greg Watkins on January 28, 2013 at 12:28am — No Comments

Korallin Calcium Reactors – Quality Products

Korallin Calcium Reactors
Korallin C-1502 Calcium Reactor Package includes;C-1502 Calcium Reactor, Dual Gauge CO2 Regulator Deluxe, and CaribSea 8 lbs Reactor MediaThe already best-selling Kalkreaktor (Calcium Reactor) in Germany has become even better. It completely…

Added by Greg Watkins on January 28, 2013 at 12:20am — No Comments

LED Lighting From Hamilton! A New Choice Now In Stock,

I have always loved Hamilton’s traditional metal halide and T5 reef lighting equipment, so when they finally came out with these 3 new models of LED pendants/Modules I must say was quite excited, and felt like sharing.…


Added by Greg Watkins on January 15, 2013 at 11:18pm — No Comments

“Old Tank Syndrome” Pt 2; Enter the Dragon

As I was saying, I got a dragon gobi to work on my substrate. It seems that after about 15 years of use, the sand-bed had become too full of debris that was decaying at a rate fast enough to feed the Cyanobacteria, but not enough to pollute the water. I say this because all parameters were good, filter bags/socks relatively clean, and all looked well.

The fist thing the Dragon Gobi after acclimation was to start eating Cyano by…


Added by Greg Watkins on January 13, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

“Old Tank Syndrome”; Experienced; and Resolved?

Old Tank Syndrome Pt. 1

This blog is obviously about old tank syndrome, but more importantly, it is about a fish.



A while back I posted a query about “old tank syndrome”. Something I had heard of, but never really understood why it occurred, or when.  I have heard that 20 years is about the “life span of a reef tank”. I never really have heard an explanation…


Added by Greg Watkins on January 13, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

A Great Way to Catch Fish in Any Aquarium!

A fish trap!


I have used and had excellent success with this trap. Designed to catch fresh or saltwater fish, the trigger release keeps the trap hands free up to the time the aquarist is ready to catch the fish. The trap can be operated from across a room with only a…


Added by Greg Watkins on January 12, 2013 at 9:50pm — No Comments

What’s Trending: Buzz on Free Saltwater Aquarium App

Now available for a free download is the newest release of the Saltwater Aquarium app; Aquarium ID.  You can find it on the Apple store at : , or do a search for aquariumid on Google Play.  This is a free,fully functional, all inclusive, multi-platform…


Added by Greg Watkins on January 12, 2013 at 9:47pm — No Comments

Aquarium Lighting 101 - Metal Halides

Metal Halide lamps are members of the high-intensity…


Added by AquariumID on January 11, 2013 at 1:49pm — 1 Comment

Lake Kutubu Rainbowfish Flashing

I've seen some cool videos of saltwater flasher wrasses flashing before but I've never seen anything like it in the freshwater world until now :woohoo:  . Shortly after "lights on" I saw two of my six blue rainbow fish flashing! It was really amazing to see how fast they could change their color. Not only did their main blue…

Added by Skipper on July 27, 2012 at 8:08am — No Comments

On-line Store Ethics and WYSIWYG "Enhanced" Photos

blue start

After a recent blog post on another site, and a comment by a good friend of mine, I started thinking about the ethics, or lack there of, involved in selling corals on-line as "wysiwyg" but at the same time using editing software or blue lights to enhance the look of the coral.  Take for example the coral above, it is very obvious that this photo was either taken under very blue light (safe to assume LED lights) or edited using a program like Photoshop.  This coral is…


Added by Skipper on February 9, 2012 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

ReadyAquatics 75% OFF STOREWIDE SALE!!!

If you or ANYONE you know has an aquarium of ony kind I suggest you let them know about this sale.…


Added by ReadyAquatics on February 7, 2012 at 9:23am — No Comments

Switch to Ecoxotic LEDs


Although I love new technology and how it changes our lives, sometimes I hesitate to just jump right in with the newest tech.  In our hobby one of the biggest changes has been the move to LED lighting.  When I first started this addiction of a hobby the only options we had were metal halides (Mh) and VHO lights.  After several years of running Mh lights I made the switch to T-5 lighting.  T-5 lighting worked great on the tank I had, a 120g mixed reef, and I was able to keep…


Added by Skipper on January 13, 2012 at 9:32pm — 2 Comments

LFS Oddities


One of the cool things I like about this hobby is visiting the LFS (local fish stores) and just browsing the store and seeing some of the odditites that they get in.  Since I had some time off I got a chance to visit…


Added by Skipper on November 21, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Using a Hanna Phosphate Tester

hanna checker_phosph

Even though the Hanna checkers have been out for awhile I thought since I just got one at MACNA 2011 I would do a little review on using one.  Unlike some of the other Phosphate test kits out there I've found the Hanna tester to be very easy to use and very easy to read.  Ever since I started this hobby I've never been a fan of the test kits that use a color strip.  Maybe its just me but I've always had a hard time comparing the color of my test…


Added by Skipper on October 24, 2011 at 5:48pm — No Comments

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Added by ReadyAquatics on October 20, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

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