Reef Saver Rock + 7 Aquascaping Tips

Reef Saver Rock is one of the most popular dry rocks that we sell. This is likely for a couple of reasons. First of all, it is called reef saver rock because it is not pulled from a live reef like the other rocks (both live and dry). The fact that it isn’t pulled from »


7 ZEOvit Additives You Can Use In Any Tank

For those who aren’t familiar with the ZEOvit system, it is a unique filtration method for reef aquariums based around creating an extremely low nutrient aquarium environment and then adding back necessary foods and elements via specific supplements. While the entire ZEOvit system is a pretty large endeavor and might be intimidating to some, there »


Kessil A360 | Product Spotlight

“Kessil Logic”, “Dense Matrix LEDs”,” DiCon”, did you know there was so much going on under the hood of the Kessil A360? The Kessil A360 has been on the market for a while now and for a light that seems so simple, there are a lot of things going on under the hood that most »


Fish Feeder Roundup

If you have ever gone away for a long weekend or vacation while owning your fish tank, there is no doubt that you have had to consider how to feed your fish while you are gone. Or perhaps, you just have a busy schedule or fish that need to eat multiple times during the day. »


The JBJ Auto Top Off System

The JBJ Auto Top Off System is one of the most popular ATO systems on the market. Consisting of a simple controller with two float switches, it is one of the least expensive options currently available. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles as some of the other auto top off systems but still »


What you should know about wavemakers

When setting up a new aquarium it’s almost inevitable that you will be looking at powerheads and that almost always leads to looking at wavemakers. When it comes to aquariums there are a lot of reasons to look at wavemakers but the most popular is that the more random the flow, the less dead spots »


Hydor Smart Level

Another recent addition to the ATO market is the Hydor Smart Level. Released earlier this year, this auto top off offers a unique three sensor module for measuring low and high water levels as well as a backup/alarm sensor. The whole sensor pod measures less than 2”x2” and controls the pump of your choice. Coming »


Coral Glue Round Up

There is a lot of different types of coral glue out there so I thought it might be helpful to do a quick round up of the different types and there features. This isn’t so much a review of them as they all have their ups and downs depending on what your particular purpose is »


An In-Depth Review of the Elos Digital Osmocontroller

A Few weeks ago we did an article on choosing an auto top. Over the course of the next few weeks I will be doing a more in-depth spotlight on each of our most common auto top offs to help you identify which has the features you are looking for. First up the Elos Digital »


EcoTech Adds Vortech Control via Reef Link & your Smartphone

Most of us are familiar with the EcoTech ReefLink system that has been available for a few months now. It allows you to program and control the Radion LED systems from just about any internet connected device (smart phones, computers, tablets, etc.) via either a web page or iOS/Android application. EcoTech recently upgraded the smart »

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Choosing an Auto Top-Off

  There are a lot of options out there for auto top off’s ranging from simple DIY float switch mechanisms like the DIY Aquahub kit, to auto top off systems like the Tunze Osmolator 3155 with its optical eye and float switch backup. Each system is unique and a different ATO system may be better »

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5 pieces of equipment that can save your aquarium from disaster in the event of a power outage

  While it’s still a bit on the cold side up here in Minnesota, severe weather season is quickly approaching most of the country. It’s mostly storms and Tornado’s here but depending on where in the country you are you may have to contend with tornadoes, hurricanes, wind storms, rain etc. It wasn’t much later »


Reef Octopus Auto Waste Collector

Most of you know that I have a special affection for products that you may have never even known existed and then once you have them, you wonder how you ever lived without them. This week I got to setup another one of those products, the Reef Octopus Auto Waste Collector. The waste collectors come »


Demystifying the Permeate Pump

  What is a permeate pump: The permeate pump is one of my favorite RO/DI accessories. It is used to reduce the waste water of an RO/DI drinking water unit. Its a really unique device and its one of the few things in the world where you really seem to get something for nothing. The »

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Vertex Omega

With all the hype surrounding the new Vertex Omega 130 protein skimmer we thought it would be good to do a more in depth write-up on the line. The skimmer used here was the Omega 130, but the basic principles and features are the same between all the models.   First off, the specifications (important »