Emergency Simulation # 2: Equipment failure

As a follow up to last week’s blog post, I am trying to pressure test my aquarium set-up and prepare for an emergency. This series was inspired by the book, The Martian, a book turned major motion picture about an astronaut stranded on Mars who deals with one emergency after another to survive. The story resonated with me, because a …

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Reef Aquarium LED Lights

One of the most popular articles I have written is a post on Reef Aquarium LED lights that I wrote almost exactly two years ago. At the time, I had an OLD light fixture that ran 2 x 96 watt power compact lamps and either a 175 watt metal halide. The lamps were shot, and it was time to replace …

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Update: Daylight Savings Challenge

Daylight savings was several weeks ago (on March 7th). In the spirit of daylight savings, I wrote the Daylight Savings Challenge for Saltwater Aquarium Hobbyists post. In the challenge, I let you know that I was going to reduce the amount of time I run my aquarium lights and was challenging you to do the same; to conserve and to …

Will switching to reef LED aquarium lights save money?

I found myself asking the question: “Will switching to reef LED aquarium lights save money?” a lot lately–mostly because I’m overdue to change out my light bulbs. So now that it is time to fork over the ~$110 to replace my lights (to purchase a new metal halide lamp and 2 power compact lamps), the questions I have been asking myself are: …

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Reef Aquarium Lighting

Reef Aquarium Lighting One of the most common questions I hear from new saltwater aquarium hobbyists about reef aquarium lighting is, “How much light do I need? Is there a minimum wattage I should consider to keep coral in a reef tank?” I have heard aquarists offer up the advice that to keep coral, they should have between 2 and …