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9 Most Important Reef Tank Aquarium Water Parameters

Here are the 9 MOST IMPORTANT Reef Tank Parameters Here are the 9 MOST IMPORTANT Reef Tank Parameters: Alkalinity Ammonia Calcium Nitrate Nitrite pH Phosphate Salinity Temperature     Let’s dive a little deeper into each individual water parameter as well as the value considered to be ideal for a reef tank: Alkalinity Alkalinity is a complex concept/thing to contemplate. As …

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Aquarium reactor media

There are three popular types of aquarium reactor media: Activated carbon Granulated Ferric Oxide (GFO) Biopellets What is activated carbon? Activated carbon is an old-school filtration media that’s been around since the dinosaurs.  It is one of the purifying agents inside a Brita brand water filter, if you are familiar with those. Activated carbon is used because it is great at …

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How to dose kalkwasser in a reef tank saltwater aquarium

What is kalkwasser? Kalkwasser is the German word for calcium hydroxide, a relatively inexpensive reef tank additive that will help you keep your calcium and pH levels nice and high in your tank. For some reason, the term kalkwasser has become part of the mainstream vernacular in the saltwater aquarium hobby. Kalkwasser, or calcium hydroxide, is a mainstay in the …

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How to make saltwater from reef salt mix

How do you make the saltwater for a saltwater reef tank? Have you ever looked at a saltwater tank at a city aquarium, or even a dentist’s office and thought, “I wish I could have one of those!” but don’t even know where to begin? For example, where do they even get the saltwater for that reef tank from? Do you want to …

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Tap Water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper?

Tap water: Friend or Foe to the Reef Keeper? For many aquarists tap water is just “water.” You add it to the tank and never give it another thought. But for the reef aquarist tap water is the lifeblood of the aquarium. The purity of the water we use to mix our saltwater or just top off our tanks is …

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Aquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think!

Aquarium Water Testing – It’s easier than you think! Concerned that aquarium water testing will be too complicated? Do you wonder if you need a chemistry degree to do your own aquarium water testing? Don’t despair. Aquarium water testing is easier than you think! Every marine aquarists knows good water quality is essential for keeping fish and invertebrates healthy. Fortunately …