General Saltwater Aquarium

  1. The Other Way to Run a Reef Tank (no Quarantine)

    The other way to run a reef tank (No Quarantine) I was asked by my friend Humblefish to start a thread on my practices of running a tank with no quarantine, hospital tanks, medications, dipping or almost anything else. It is "not" just to take a fish from a store and drop it in your reef because that fish will probably die. You may not see many spots on fish in a store because just about all stores use medications in their tanks to suppress the parasites. They have to because they get new...
  2. Featured

    Life on the Reef: True Stories From Reef Aquarists That Will Make You Laugh or Cry

    Some funny and some hair-raising stories from some of our forum members about memorable experiences with their tanks.
  3. Berghia Nudibranchs for the Dreaded Aiptasia Anemone

    First off, I don't consider myself an expert reefer. I'm just one person that's been in the hobby for many years and, I'm still learning. I also like to help others to be successful too. So, I want to write this piece to help others dealing with an Aiptasia outbreak to make a decision about using berghia nudibranchs as an option for them.
  4. Thinking about Reefapalooza and Orlando

    While sitting here in the gray of Pittsburgh, it has rained or snowed almost every day this Spring, I started thinking about my trip to Reefaplaooza in March and went back and looked at my notes. Yes, I take notes when I go to a show to remind me of what I saw that I found interesting as well as what products or corals I wanted to follow up on, i.e, buy, and the people I talked with. Probably a sign I am getting older, but I prefer to think I am getting wiser as at shows like Reefapalooza...
  5. Offshore Drilling Rigs and Artificial Reefs

    A new study by researchers at University of California at Santa Barbara discusses the science and practical aspects of turning offshore drilling rigs into permanent artificial reefs. Reef2Reef looks at the issue.
  6. Why a “Poking Stick” is an Essential Piece of the Reefkeeper’s Toolbox.

    Based on the title alone, you are probably thinking to yourself that this article is a piece of satire or a big joke. Well that couldn’t be further from the truth. Although it may seem rather simple and not at all as complex or intricate as other reef keeping equipment, the Poking Stick in itself is worth its weight in gold in my aquarium experience.
  7. Advice to Those New to Reefkeeping From Our Elders

    Here is advice from our experienced reef aquarium experts on what to expect when you start a saltwater aquarium.
  8. The current state of nano-aquaria

    It’s been a number of years since JBJ released the original nano-cube. When first released, many aquarists scoffed at the idea of a small, all-in-one marine aquarium. Yet, the idea surged in popularity and now nearly every major aquarium producer has their own version of JBJ’s original design. Now, they are even marketed and sold to beginners and many aquarists become addicted to the hobby via a 12-gallon box of water.
  9. A Letter to My Younger Self

    One of our forum members writes a letter to his younger less-experienced self to warn him of the dangers ahead.
  10. Clams, The Best Food for a Reef

    Clams as food in a reef aquarium.
  11. Spouse Doesn't Get It?

    Hiding the receipt from your most recent trip to the fish store, getting home early so your spouse doesn’t catch you acclimating something new into the tank. The old stand-by “No honey, that’s always been in the tank” only works a couple times before they catch on.
  12. Flatworms: The Good, the Bad, and the Pretty Terrifying, Part 1

    Learn about marine aquarium flatworms, what types there are, how to manage them, and the risks associated with them--risks to your livestock and to you, the aquarist.
  13. Stability and Consistency of a Reef Tank

    One of the most important things I learned from these individuals is that all of them believe that stability is one of the keys to their success. Most of them not only keep the parameters of their tanks very stable, but they also are not constantly adding or changing the fish and corals in their tanks either. Something I really need to do a better job of doing. While it is clear that some of the parameters of their systems vary markedly from one another, there seems to be little variance in...
  14. 15 Steps to Starting a Saltwater Aquarium: The Lasse Method

    Read about one man's philosophy of and instructions for setting up a saltwater tank.
  15. 2017 The Year Of The Critical Thinking Reef Keeper

    Every year, more and more products enter the reef keeping world, aimed at making aquarists believe that simply by adding the directed dose, they will achieve a measure of success. Some claim to clear up nitrate problems, while others claim to balance water quality and maintain aquatic homeostasis. Each year, my email inbox gets filled with messages from aquarists who feel cheated. They’ve spent hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on reef keeping products believing each one to be the...
  16. VIDEO: Richard Ross, an Apex, and Coral Sex in Captivity

    Everything you wanted to know about how scientists are getting corals to spawn in captivity!
  17. Arguing against the arguments against stuff!

    It’s been a lot of fun to mix it up here and chat with some many of you over the past few weeks. It’s been a great exchange of ideas, philosophy, and camaraderie,and I couldn’t be happier. In fact, this lively atmosphere has gotten the old gears spinning, as I contemplate my next step on the planning of my next reef aquarium. And what’s neat is that I think I’m going to incorporate a lot of “old school” thinking with “new school tech”, with more emphasis on diversity than any other reef tank...
  18. Are you Moving???

    Moving your reef aquarium can be a daunting task. Like that meeting or test you have tomorrow that you didn’t prepare for – but you know if you buckle down for the evening and work hard, you’ll be ready to go in the morning. Either that or you'll just call in sick! Well, calling in sick isn’t an option when you have to move and are taking your beloved box of water with you. With some well-thought-out plans and the proper supplies, your fish and corals will make it to their new home with...
  19. Feeding Routines

    A sampler of forum members' feeding habits for their reefs. An interesting read.
  20. The Benefits of Taking Careful Notes

    Taking notes on what you do is a big plus when you are caring for a saltwater aquarium. Here's how the professionals do it.
  21. Learning and Understanding

    This past fall and winter were a bit trying for my tanks due to the amount of travel I did and the resultant time away from my tanks. I have to admit that they were more neglected than they had been for quite some time and it showed. As a result, I lost a few corals and fish, some equipment failed due to neglect and some things were changed owing to what I learned in my travels. Looking back on why some of these problems occurred, made me think of what I have learned and how I could put that...
  22. Water Change FAQ

    A water change FAQ for beginners new to saltwater aquariums.
  23. 5 Ridiculously Easy Ways to Clean a Marine Aquarium

    A beginner article on some easy ways to keep your tank clean.
  24. Tips and Tricks (No Secrets)

    One of the most frequently asked questions I get are what are the secrets of the people who are really good at doing this. I would love to tell you that there are a bunch of secrets and I am writing a book that you have to buy to get them, but that is not the case. There really are no secrets nor should there be. When I did the articles on the Master’s tanks I tried to show that there were none, by revealing exactly what they were doing. Despite that I have still been asked about what are...
  25. Snorkeling in the Florida Keys

    An introduction to snorkeling in the Florida Keys written by someone who has been doing it for years.
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