Aquarium Equipment

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    Neptune Apex Programming Tutorials, Part 2: Timers

    Welcome to our Friday article on learning how to program your Neptune Apex. Today's article is all about timers: OSC, If Time, DOW, Defer, When, and Min Time.
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    Neptune Apex Programming Tutorials Part 1

    This is the first article in a series about learning how to program your Neptune Apex Controller.
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    Reef keepers might not keep checking the temperature all the time, temperature to aquarium livings is just like air to human, you won’t pay attention until it goes wrong and makes damage. If you never have the experience of broken heater before, congratulation, but believe it or not, non device won’t be broken, just time matters, means your heater will get broken soon or later. Here's 3 ways to use multiple heaters to save your aquarium!
  4. A Light Meter for Less Than $10

    A new article by Reef2Reef's resident lighting expert, Dana Riddle, on a budget-friendly light meter.
  5. The History of Tunze

    Tunze, an aquarium equipment manufacturer, and one of our sponsors, has a long and illustrious history with lots of "firsts" and patents. We've also added a little ancient aquarium history for good measure.
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    Reefer to 3D Maker and Back Again

    The impact of 3D printing on the reefing hobby and the saltwater aquarium industry at large, brought to you by Vivid Creative Aquatics.
  7. Power Generation and Storage

    Power generation and storage for the reef aquarist in the face of power outages. How to choose your needed equipment.
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    The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 1

    Filtering your aquarium by using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 1 of a multi-part series, we’ll learn the history of algae scrubbers from the 1970s to today. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.
  9. Power Quality and Surge Protection

    An article explaining in detail the facts and myths of power quality and surge protection and how to protect your home and your aquarium.
  10. Using Ground Probes in Aquariums

    Why everyone with a reef tank should have a ground probe.
  11. Automatic Water Change #1

    Following our recent articles on changing water, here's one aquarist's method of doing automatic water changes.
  12. (Almost) Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Glass But Were Afraid to Ask

    A discussion of many aspects of glass, in general, from ancient times to the present, including a section on aquarium glass.
  13. Size and Shape of Your Aquarium: Things to Consider

    For beginners who haven't bought an aquarium yet, here are some things to think about regarding the shape and size of your tank.
  14. What Is a Saltwater Aquarium Sump

    What is a saltwater aquarium sump? Who needs one? Why? Beginner reef aquarists need some background and clear information to decide if they want or need one.
  15. UV sterilization

    I have noticed that UV sterilization is often a subject of wonder or uncertainty. I personally have one unit on my largest of four tanks. UV sterilizers do what their name suggests; they sterilize free-floating algae which has to travel through the sterilizer to be sterilized. If the microorganisms can't be sent through the UV unit, they will not get sterilized. Additionally, they will treat and eliminate protozoan parasites such as ich during the new born, free swimming life cycle and...
  16. Equipment: Choosing Your Protein Skimmer

    After we have chosen our display aquarium and sump, it’s time to start planning the life support system (LSS). Protein skimmers are the digestive tract of our LSS. They remove waste, excess food and other organic compounds prior to breaking down into algae fuel. The pump is the heart of your protein skimmer. A quality handcrafted acrylic reaction chamber fitted with an el cheapo pump won’t get you far. Go the extra mile when it comes to budgeting for your skimmer to avoid premature failure...
  17. Equipment: Choosing Your Sump

    Once you have chosen your display aquarium and paired it with an appropriate top, the next step is to pick out your sump. Sumps offer a space to hide equipment, and generally speaking, make keeping a reef tank significantly easier than trying to hang everything off the side of your aquarium. Oftentimes you can even perform your water changes exclusively from your sump (still have to maintain substrate – more on that in a future installment) which will help prevent stressing out your animals...
  18. Equipment: Aquarium Tops Are a Necessity

    As a young aquarist working in a local fish store I had a 16” lionfish launch itself out of a tank during feeding time. I quickly placed the fish back into his home, and after a couple hours, the animal returned to normal behavior. However, that event changed my views on the potential for fishes to jump forever. How often do we see threads titled, “Which fish for open top aquariums?” The truth is that every fish has the potential to jump, even the frumpy frogfish. Think of a top as a seat...
  19. Lubricate Your Refractometer

    Did you know an unlubricated refractometer will produce funny numbers? Your refractometer has a hinged cover that goes over the angled plate of the refractometer. What happens over time is the hinges stiffen up from salt deposits, causing this cover to not sit all the way down on the angled plate. You can not see this by your own eye, but believe me, it's not fully resting on the angled plate. When this occurs, the numbers you see are no longer true. Actually this typically occurs...
  20. Equipment : Choosing Your Display Aquarium

    Tenji is pleased to present a series of exclusive articles for Reef2Reef members. We will be delving into the various aspects of reef keeping, focusing on tried and true methods that can be implemented by aquarists of all levels. _____________ Choosing your display aquarium is the most important equipment decision you will make. If the display fails, everything else is all for naught. The two basic material choices we have for aquariums under 500-gallons are glass or acrylic. Tenji...
  21. Calcium Reactors and Related Equipment Part 1

    What is a calcium reactor? What are the advantages & disadvantages of a calcium reactor? What do you need to setup a calcium reactor? This is Part 1 of a 3-part video series dedicated to calcium reactors. Our goal at CoralVue is to help reefers like you maintain successful reef tanks by providing you with the key information that will make using a calcium reactor easy to understand and use.
  22. We finally tested the Black Box LED... Compare notes? | BRStv Investigates

    There were so many requests to test the Black Box LED that Ryan finally had to bring one in and test it. We can't wait to see where this thread goes, so by all means share your thoughts and opinions and experiences with these lights!
  23. FishKam Aquarium Remote Monitoring Camera Review and UnBoxing

    Aquarium remote video monitoring has seen a resurgence with the release of the newest underwater camera, but the high cost has many people looking elsewhere. This included me, and this is what I decided to give a try!
  24. Testing Reef Lights: What would you like to see?

    BRStv Investigates is teaming up with Reef2Reef members to get your feedback on what you would like to see in regards to reef tank lighting! With that in mind, we want to know; what you would like to see us test and/or challenge in regards to reef lighting?
  25. Testing the Philips Coral Care LED's claims - Are they realistic?

    Today on BRStv, we have a brand new episode for our series, BRStv Investigates. In this series we explore popular reefing theories, products, methods, and what the manuals are missing, with a focus on putting them to the test! This week we are taking a look at the exciting new LED light from Philips. Yes, you read that right! The Philips Coral Care LED is the first foray into the reef aquarium world for the tech juggernaut. Today, we will put their claims to the test. Is this light really...