General Saltwater Aquarium

  1. Past perfect? Future Fantastic!

    One of the coolest things about our hobby is the amazing progression over the years in both the state of the art and the technology that we embrace. Improvements that have enabled us to do things previously thought incredibly difficult or even impossible, unfold daily on social media. And the progression seems to be accelerating constantly. What an awesome time to be a fish geek!
  2. Bringing the biodiversity...and the creativity. Game on.

    We’ve talked so much about the “high-biodiversity” approach to reef keeping that I personally find so compelling (and apparently, so do you), that I thought it might be good to take a moment and give some thought to the kinds of habitats we could actually mimic in our approach to trying to replicate them.
  3. Reef2Reef welcomes Dana Riddle as an Expert Contributor!

    I am very excited to announce Dana Riddle as the newest Expert Contributor to the Reef2Reef Community. Dana will be heading up and overseeing the lighting forum. If you know about Mr. Riddle then you'll be very excited about this news! If you don't know him then you will quickly learn what a valuable asset he is going to be to our reefing family here at R2R!
  4. Profile of a Reef Aquarist (#2)

    In this profile, we talk to R.L, an aquarist with 15 years of experience. Read about his background, his interests and his husbandry practices.
  5. Plastic for the Reef Aquarium, Part 2

    In this part we begin to examine plastics more closely and look at why interpreting research studies is so challenging. What plastics research applies to reef aquarists and what doesn't?
  6. 10 Do's and Don'ts for the Beginner Reef Aquarist

    Here is a short list of Do's and Don'ts for the beginner reef aquarist. We want you to be successful with your reef tank, so we're offering some things to think about when you're planning or setting up your first tank.
  7. Beginner Coral: Candy Cane (Trumpet)

    Candy cane corals are excellent for beginners! They are relatively fast growers and tend to be forgiving of lackluster water quality. They come in several colors and are easily fragged. Candy canes are mostly inexpensive as well so they are very attractive for new hobbyists since there is very little investment involved in this coral with potentially great rewards.
  8. Of mud, mangroves, and niches: Mission 2018

    I’ve certainly spent enough time talking abstract philosophy of late, right? While I’m pleased with the level of discussion, I think it’s time to talk about ways to run a more biologically diverse reef system in 2018. With all of the cool gear around, to me it’s actually more beneficial to talk about the way I’d want to set up the system- it’s “theme” and philosophy (ahrggh, there’s that word again!). So, my stated goal is to create a modest-sized aquarium that embraces natural processes...
  9. Estimating Light Intensity at Various Depths in an Aquarium

    A new article by Dana Riddle on Estimating Light Intensity at Various Depths in an Aquarium.
  10. Profile of a Reef Aquarist (#4)

    Most reef aquarists start out aiming for a mixed reef. They hope to have a few soft corals and then graduate to LPS and SPS corals. But not everyone thinks that way. Here's an aquarist with a totally different reef tank.
  11. To jellyfish or not to jellyfish, that is the question?

    Like any pet, jellyfish keeping is an expense and responsibility. Luckily the jellyfish offered (usually moon jellyfish) with most packages are captive bred and raised, meaning that the jellyfish fad shouldn’t affect wild ecosystems. The package I purchased had adequate filtration, with an area for carbon media, live rock rubble and mechanical filtration floss. A small pump (like what is found on desktop fountains) moved water around the circular tank, creating the gyre current and pushing...
  12. Tips and Tricks on Creating Amazing Aquascapes

    Being a artist for fun and profession, I see things different than most people. I decided to create a article about composition, balance, color, and depth within your reef aquarium. I really hope this can help some of you out to create your dream looking reef that is pictured in your head. Once you have your tank in front of you with your rock, most people tend to blank out and just throw the aquascape together with little to no thought. When you search through the internet looking at the...
  13. How to tell if your aquarium sucks ("What did you just say, Fellman?")

    Let’s say you’ve been in the hobby a while, and your reef is just kind of…average. Maybe it’s not even average. Or maybe it's amazing looking...but even if it is- maybe it…sucks.
  14. Taking the Plunge: Starting Your First Reef Aquarium

    Information about starting your first reef aquarium. We're going to address some of the most common concerns about moving ahead with your first saltwater tank when you've never done it before.
  15. Reef2Reef FAQ #2 Freshwater Versus Saltwater

    If you're a freshwater aquarist considering moving to the salty side, this FAQ is for you.
  16. Reef2Reef's First Ever Crossword: Reef Magic

    Ready for some holiday fun? Here's R2R's first ever reef crossword puzzle.
  17. Book Review--What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins

    Here is a book review of Jonathan Balcombe's book, What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins.
  18. Plastic for the Reef Aquarium, Part 1

    This article is a companion article to the one written about glass several months ago--everything you always wanted to know about plastic and a few things you probably didn't want to know.
  19. Plastic for the Reef Aquarium, Part 3

    Part 3 and the conclusion of Plastic for the Reef Aquarium.
  20. Death Tank

    Thinking about buying a complete set up from a hobbyist that's already running? Be prepared beforehand to avoid problems when you get your new-to-you prize home.
  21. Keeping it Simple Building A New Tank

    KISS, the acronym, not the band, has often been touted as a key part of being successful long-term in this hobby. This runs hand in hand with the concept that the easier something is to do, the more likely we are to do it. And with there seemingly being something to do constantly with our tanks, it makes even more sense to keep things simple. As I am preparing to tear down my old tank and set up a new tank, I couldn’t help but notice how many things I did on my old tank that were anything...
  22. Preparing Frozen Foods for My Fish and Corals

    I have been involved in a few discussions about how much and how to handle feeding frozen food to the tank, and how I prepare my weekly food for feeding. So here I've decided to lay out my process of frozen food preparation (which includes "slacking" for maintaining the food's freshness).
  23. Profile of a Reef Aquarist (1)

    Here is a profile of a reef aquarist. Hear about his journey to reefkeeping and his views on his tanks today.
  24. Has the hobby gotten too expensive and how does it compare to the past?

    I have been in this hobby for a long time, but I am not going to act like an old codger and say I remember when Flame Angels were a quarter and corals were a dollar. Nor am I going to get into a discussion of how a frag costing more than a major appliance is good for the hobby or even what it means. I have difficulty comprehending this as well as how so much money and so many new hobbyists have come into the hobby. The latter at east in part driving the former. Also it is not my job to tell...
  25. THE NECROSIS COASTER Step right on up!!!

    I am absolutely serious when I say that there is a full blown "psychological journey" that I go on every time I happen upon the simplest malady in one of the pieces of my collection. More often, a small bit of exposed skeleton somewhere at the base, or somewhere on the body. Or it could be simple polyp retraction, or just a general sense that something is off. It can be a ferocious and overwhelming feeling, but this is a process I have come to fully understand, and even sometimes able to...
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