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 …

Aquarium Return Pump Costs

Ever since I wrote the post last week about whether switching to reef LED lighting will save money, I have been almost obsessed with trying to understand how much electricity my saltwater aquariums are consuming. Next to the lights, the next most energy-intensive piece of equipment is the aquarium return pump–the electrical pump that returns water from the sump below my tank back into …