Sharknado 2: The Second One


Sharknado 2: The Second One Tonight on the SyFy network fans of the atrociously amazing Sharknado can witness the megalodong of all sequels, surreptitiously named "The Second One".  I won't go so far as to call the plot on the second installment of this nature vs nature dramedy an instant classic, but the social media following the first go around garnered was really almost as amusing to witness as the movie itself.  I … [Read more...]

New Reef Raft USA Corals coming soon

Reef Raft USA Corals

New Reef Raft USA Corals coming soon by Justin Hester Tony at ReefRaft USA has been known for bringing some pretty sick pieces into the reef hobby over the years.  I've seen many of them first hand on my business trips out to California over the years.  Here are 3 that are hot off the presses over there at Reef Raft USA.  They don't even have names at the time I am writing this.  As they get names, I'll come back … [Read more...]

Potential down side to dosing vodka,vinegar and amino acids in a reef tank?

STN RTN from Salt Alkalinity Swing

Potential down side to dosing vodka,vinegar and amino acids in a reef tank? by Justin Hester In previous articles, we have talked about the plus sides to dosing carbon sources like vodka and vinegar in our reef tanks, but is there a more elusive and dangerous down side we need to look out for?  Does the same apply for amino acid dosing? There just might be a scary corollary to dosing these supplements given the right … [Read more...]

New Coral Release: Reef Exotic Watermelon Milli

Reef Exotic watermelon milli

  New Coral Release: Reef Exotic Watermelon Milli by Justin Hester Finally getting some nice size frags of this coral going.  Its a stunner as far as its color, but to get that you usually have to have it up pretty high.  We have moved a second colony of it a bit further down in less light and its been nice enough to offer us up some arms that we are able to frag and share with you all.  Look for it here in the … [Read more...]

ReefNation Live Cam


ReefNation Live Cam by Justin Hester Some of you may have noticed the live cam link that has popped up recently on the main page.  We thought it would be fun for you all to see live who is swimming around and what corals are growing in our main display tank around here.  Who knows, you might just see one of us pop our heads in a say hi too! Check back often though as this camera isn't just going to … [Read more...]

New Coral Release:Tyree Rouge Milli

Tyree Rouge Milli

New Coral Release:Tyree Rouge Milli by Justin Hester This week we are proud to release one of our all time favorite corals, the Tyree Rouge Millepora.  This coral has been sought after by SPS collectors for years and we are excited to be able to now offer it through our catalog of sustainably grown frags. What has made this coral so unique is its contrasting coloration of lime green to yellow polyps over a deep … [Read more...]

New Coral Release: Sexy Samoensis

Acropora Samoensis

Sexy Samoensis Here is a shot of our acropora samoensis.  This coral actually came to us about 4 years ago from a local reefer here in Chicagoland that was doing some work on his tank and needed it out of there for a while.  We placed it medium in one of our display tanks and then gradually moved it to the top where it sits today.  In fact, you can see it on the live ReefNation webcam on our homepage.  Its on the top … [Read more...]

Reef Hacks- Brush up!


Reef Hacks- Brush up! by Justin Hester Ok, so its simple, but every 6 months when I go for my dental check up, the ear to ear grin that comes over me when I am handed a new toothbrush has to unnerve my dentist at least a little bit.  I'm thinking one of these years he is going to call me out and ask why the hell I am so excited to get a new toothbrush!  Little does he know that this silly toothbrush goes to work … [Read more...]

Login to our Apex Controller

neptune apex

Login to our Apex Controller We have loved Neptune Systems' controllers ever since we got our hands on our first Aqua Controller back around 2002.  With the latest Apex system, we have performed water changes from Costa Rica, been notified of leaks and temperature drops from the Dominican Republic, and now you can see how we have our Apex setup! Neptune System's new web based Apex Fusion is for the first time, giving … [Read more...]

Vinegar/Vodka Carbon Dosing Calculator

Reef Raft Green Leptosteris

Vinegar/Vodka Dosing Calculator by Justin Hester Carbon dosing in all its forms has become a popular tool for reefers to keep their nitrates in check and reduce unsightly algae and cyanobacteria blooms.  figuring out the how much of these carbon sources to dose has always been a bit of  an art and a science.  We have come up with a spreadsheet that can calculate this for you instantly. The rates and amounts are what … [Read more...]