Aquarium Nook

Aquarium Nook is about Marine Aquaria and its setup.  The equipment, tank, lights, pumps, reactors, test kits and dosers are all covered.  For variety, there will be “horror stories” and tips to avoid making mistakes.

I will share personal experiences and those of others.  Sometimes there will be warnings and anecdotes regarding some special handling.

Additionally interviews and contributed articles of special interest will add high value content.

I have been a marine aquarist nearly 30 years.  I briefly stopped collecting for a while roughly 20 years ago.  After working for a company that had huge aquari throughout their office, I started again.

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Articles

Phosphates and Nitrates – Pass me the vodka

Over time your system will start to accumulate phosphates and nitrates. There are pretty much three accepted methods folks use to remove them. Water Changes (20% or more) as often as you can. Bio Pellet Reactor and/or Granulated Ferrous Oxide (GFO) Reactor Refugium full of Marine Plants to consume the…

What’s Sump

Introducing your tank’s kidneys If you don’t want your tank to get overgrown with algae and toxic from too much phosphate and nitrate accumulation, you really need to consider setting up a sump. Flavors to consider There are a couple of main types of sumps to consider depending on your…

To Doser or Not to Doser

After your reef tank has been up and running for a while, things will begin to happen in your tank; some good and some not so good. Assuming your water parameters start out where they need to be, you’ll see your fish grow, your corals grow and your shrimps and…

Aquarium Cookbook (Basic) Main

My Reef Each Journey Begins with a First Step Once the aquarium setup is constructed and the tank filled, much of what follows in the population, cost and maintenance is locked in. So this is the time to figure out what you want and how much time, space and money…

Aquarium Cookbook (Basic) – Part 3

Size Matters Cost – obviously the bigger the tank, the more it will cost. Pricing goes up the more exotic attributes you select. Do you want rimless? Do you want Eurobrace? Do you want Star Fire glass. If you do want Star Fire, do you want that on the front…

Aquarium Cookbook (Basic) – Part 2

How Much Room is Available You need to decide where it makes sense to place your tank. You want it to be a beautiful addition to your home and not an eyesore. This decision has two factors to consider. Where can you place your tank that will be a positive…