A serious problem in our hobby: how do you know what to believe?

I’m fired up again–get ready for a rant. Don’t know why I’m fired up, but I am. I’m frustrated with all the nonsense that’s out there in the discussion forums. It’s a shame, it can be confusing to the uninitiated and it is a disservice to the hobby. Why is …

The NEW Aquasun LED Light from ZOOMED

ZOOMED Laboratories just added an LED light fixture to their line of aquarium lights–the AQUASUN(R) LED light fixture. The fixtures are equipped with high-output white and blue LED lights. The image below shows the white and blue lights on together–white and blue can be operated independently with different switches. The …

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Practical Coral Farming: Book Review

A quick thanks to Miguel Tolosa for sending me a copy of Practical Coral Farming, Second Edition, with a forward by Marc Levenson. This quick read covers the basics for those of you who might be interested in setting up your own coral farming operation as a business. As the title …

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Dealing with aggression between fish in a marine aquarium

Aggression Between Fish in a Marine Aquarium Unfortunately, aggression between fish in a marine aquarium is a common problem. Let’s face it, a coral reef can be a tough place to make a living, and the fish we keep in our homes have evolved to survive in that fish-eat-fish world. …

Another ‘Learning Experience’ with my tank

Well, I had another ‘Learning Experience’ with my tank the past few weeks. It all started (I think…) with my return pump. There’s no sense in hiding it, time to come clean… I got lazy. Seriously. I have a Mag 7 return pump in my sump, and I use the …

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The Truth about Sand in a Saltwater Aquarium

Think you know all about sand for your saltwater aquarium? I thought I did, until I learned the truth about sand by listening to the ReefThreads podcast. In their podcast 124, Gary and Christine (the usual hosts, if you don’t listen to the podcast) had a guest on named Boomer, …

Aquarium Safety Tip: Make a List

I was listening to the Reef Threads Podcast on my way to work and was intrigued by a story Christine and Gary were sharing about a hobbyist who became really sick from palytoxin. Apparently the hobbyist was literally cooking live rock on the stove. Just to be clear to anyone …

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Evolving the saltwater aquarium industry: what would Google Do?

It’s no secret that Google, and the internet more broadly, have transformed (and even dismantled) entire industries. As I look at some of the pain points we face in the aquarium hobby, I can’t help but look to Google as a model for evolving the saltwater aquarium industry.  My inspiration …

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Aquarium Powerhead Costs

Over the past few posts, I’ve broken down some of the biggest electricity costs associated with my saltwater aquarium. The lights and return pump (if you have one) probably consume the most electricity (and therefore create the biggest cost), followed by aquarium powerheads, as a distant third. Some aquarists choose …

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 …