Soft Coral: Gorgonians

Sea Rod

Soft Coral: Gorgonians by Lydia Weltmann Found in the tropics and subtropics of the world, Gorgonians are a breed of soft coral colonies that typically have a tree-like appearance. Their branch-like parts distinguish them from other coral, as they can appear as sea fans, sea whips or blades, or they can be bushy. While they are all little wonders, each shape is actually a result of where they are found underwater. Those … [Read more...]

Product Review: Jebao WP-40 Wave Maker Pump

Product Review: Jebao WP-40 Wave Maker Pump by Brian Dunat Overview  We previously did a review on the Jebao WP-25 pump, so we are following up that review with a review of the Jebao WP-40 pump. At ReefNation, we have been using several models of the Jebao pumps to supplement our VorTech pumps. What’s the biggest difference between the Jebao and EcoTech VorTech pumps? The price, the motor placement and the in tank … [Read more...]

Calcium Reactor Modification

Calcium reactor Modification phase 2

Calcium Reactor Modification by Justin Hester Recently we did some modifications to our calcium reactor that has resulted in a leveling of our pH like we have never seen before. Its also made our coral growth go bonkers!  We have literally had some of our acro's put on monthly growth in about a week after making this one tweak to our setup!   What is going on in your calcium reactor We have run a GEO 818 calcium … [Read more...]

Product Review: Jebao WP-25 Wave Maker Pump

What's in the box with a Jebao WP-25

Product Review: Jebao WP-25 Wave Maker Pump by Brian Dunat Overview  The Jebao WP pumps are starting to gain more traction in our hobby, so we decided to write a quick review on the Jebao WP-25 pump. At ReefNation, we have been using several models of the Jebao pumps to supplement our VorTech pumps that are connected to the EcoTech Battery Backup units (it’s part of the hobby when you live in the Midwest). What’s the … [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...]

Gone Fishing in a Reef Aquarium?

Calloplesiops

Gone Fishing in a Reef Aquarium? by Brian Dunat Everyone in the hobby has been at a Local Fish Store (LFS) and has seen a fish that “catches” their eye. It brings back memories of seeing a new, shiny bike at a toy store that you can’t live without. Well the difference is with a bike, it’s easy to put it back into a car and take it back when it doesn’t work out. Once you introduce a new fish to an established reef … [Read more...]

Controlling Nitrates with Chaeto?

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  Controlling Nitrates with Chaeto? by Justin Hester Show most reef aquarists a picture of squiggly algae and 90% would probably call out the name chaetomorpha or "chaeto"  as its commonly known.  Many of us use this algae to export nutrients in the form of Nitrate and phosphate from our reef systems.  Knowing how much you need to keep though has always been kind of a mystery and depends on many factors in your … [Read more...]

Project Reef Report

Dominican Republic Reef Picture

Project Reef Report We are excited to launch Project Reef Report which will give hobbyists a chance to see in real time what water parameters are around the worlds oceans! While reef hobbyists and the creatures we keep come from all around out planet, the water parameters all of us strive to keep our tanks at are actually very similar. Project Reef Report will allow us to see if indeed we are keeping our tanks at the … [Read more...]

Ecotech Marine / Aqua Illumination Merger

LED, Ecotech Aqua Illuminations merger

Ecotech Marine/ Aqua Illumination Merger by Justin Hester   Two weeks ago we saw the two giants of the reef tank LED industry announce a merger.  Like most mergers, it was announced that in the near term, there will be little change in either companies products, support, or sales models,  but what will the future hold? How will they merge and enhance their future joint products?  What will this mean for the hobby? … [Read more...]

Top 5 Algae Eating Reef Tank Fish

Purple Tang Zebrasoma

                      Top 5 Algae Eating Reef Tank Fish   In a reef tank, many of the conditions that we create as we grow our corals also promote the growth of an unwanted neighbor, algae.  The balancing act of providing a nice habitat for corals to grow and keeping algae at bay plays out every day both in the wild as well as in our tanks. As we build … [Read more...]