Starting a Saltwater Aquarium 101


Starting a Saltwater Aquarium 101 By: Michael Phife   Saltwater aquariums deter many people away due to how much research, knowledge, and understanding must go into them to be able to maintain the aquarium properly. Do not let this discourage you though. With the right guides, anybody can set up an aquarium as long as you put in the time and effort for it. Saltwater aquariums cannot be rushed, and take much longer … [Read more...]

BRS MACNA video roundup

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BRS MACNA SPEAKER ROUNDUP by Justin Hester MACNA 2014 was probably the biggest and baddest MACNA yet featuring tons of new and innovative products, reef hobbyists from all over the world, and a killer lineup of guest speakers throughout the labor day weekend.  This year, we are lucky to have all the speakers recorded and available online for those who couldn't make it to Denver.  BRS and MASNA enabled this and I for one … [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 us … [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 we … [Read more...]

Carbon Dosing-The Good, The Bad, and the Hangover

vodka dosing

Carbon Dosing-The Good, The Bad, and the Hangover Many reefers have read articles about carbon dosing and tried the occasional addition of various carbon sources to their tanks over the last few years. This carbon can come in many forms; vinegar, acetone, grape sugar, bio pellets, and the most popular, Vodka. Some of these additions are measured based on tank volume, some are placed inside a media reactor, and sometimes … [Read more...]

What is pH?

pH probe

What is pH? by Brian Dunat When you setup your first saltwater tank, you probably got the basic run down from your local fish store on how to keep track of the major tank parameters, light, salinity, and temperature.  They probably also told you how to test and monitor each of these, but what about pH?  Why is it important?  How do you control it?  Should you try to control it?  Why does it vary from day to night? These … [Read more...]

Reefnation Helpful Reef Tank Links


Reefnation Helpful Reef Tank Links Hopefully these links will help you in some way shape or form in maintaining or setting up your reef tank.  We have used these over the years to balance chemicals, mix up solutions, and dose our reef tanks.  Hopefully you can get some mileage out of them as well.   Water Chemistry-Dosing Alkalinity, Calcium, Kalkwasser, and Magnesium -Bulk Reef Supply Calculator-  This page has to … [Read more...]