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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Aquarium Setup 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…

After your tank has cycled and the inhabitants seem happy and healthy,  after some time you’ll see that your tank glass will develop a covering of algae and some of your more delicate corals may not extend their polyps as much or perhaps at all. Assuming you haven’t dumped a…

Ammonia – Nitrite – Nitrate So, you’ve figured out what tank to get and what equipment it needs and now everything is hooked up and the water is bubbling away. Now what? Well you can either buy a couple of sacrificial fish or use one of the fishless methods to…