FAQ

BRStv Reef FAQs is a question and answer video series in which Ryan, our host, gives quick and honest answers to some of your most frequently asked questions on a wide variety of reef aquarium topics including nitrates, phosphates, protein skimmers, water changes, lighting, powerheads and so much more.
  1. Top 20 Saltwater Aquarium Beginner Mistakes To Avoid. If Only We Had Known

    Top 20 Saltwater Aquarium Beginner Mistakes To Avoid. If Only We Had Known!

    Making mistakes is easy when you're doing something for the first time. Let us help you avoid some of that learning curve and avoid these common beginner mistakes.
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  2. How it works: Calcium reactors explained the easy way - Reef FAQs

    How it works: Calcium reactors explained the easy way - Reef FAQs

    We put together this easy to understand guide to explain how a calcium reactor works for what we feel is the highest percentage path to success. Once you understand these basics, it is easier to develop your own personal approach to suit your tank’s needs, available space and personal budget.
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  3. Reef lighting - The cheapest approach to lighting your saltwater tank | Reef FAQs

    Reef lighting - The cheapest approach to lighting your saltwater tank | Reef FAQs

    Choosing the most economical lighting option for your reef tank is not best approached by simply looking at the cost of the LED module, instead you want to find a way to avoid the endless cycle of upgrades and replacing failed equipment.
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  4. How much is a calcium reactor vs two part dosing. Is it worth putting on a reef tank? Reef FAQ

    How much is a calcium reactor vs two part dosing. Is it worth putting on a reef tank? Reef FAQ

    Deciding whether or not a calcium reactor is worth the cost is more complex than you might think. A variety of factors should be considered that are very specific to you and your aquarium. Ryan shares his thoughts about the advantages of using a calcium reactor and lays out the numbers in this weeks BRStv Reef FAQs.
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  5. Protein skimmer guide - Explaining what they do and how they work - Reef FAQ

    Protein skimmer guide - Explaining what they do and how they work - Reef FAQ

    A protein skimmer is considered by many to be one of the most beneficial components of your filtration system and understanding what they do and how they do it will help you make the best decision for your reef tank.
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  6. Reef tank LED lighting: The best mounting height for your corals - Reef FAQs

    Reef tank LED lighting: The best mounting height for your corals - Reef FAQs

    Finding the right height to mount your reef tank lighting, specifically LED lights, can be confusing because the advice is often conflicting. The reason this gets a bit tricky is because every tank is different in size, shape, depth, what is in it, the lights themselves and how they are used. All of this will have an impact on finding the right mounting height for your LEDs. When it comes to mounting height, there is simply no one right answer. Thankfully, with the...

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  7. How many LED modules? Selecting and spacing reef tank LED lighting options - Reef FAQs

    How many LED modules? Selecting and spacing reef tank LED lighting options - Reef FAQs

    LED manufacturers do not make clear recommendations for how many LED fixtures you need and how to space them over your tank. The reason is because when it comes to reef tank lighting, every tank is different and the recommendations they make are based on one very specific generic type of tank. We are going to split this up into two tank types that will cover 90% of reefers to help all of you understand exactly what you need to provide the best LED light coverage over your reef. We are also not going to specifically cover every single LED light available but that is ok because most all popular LED lights can be grouped in categories by wattage. LPS, Soft Corals, Polyps - medium to lower light demanding reef tanks This is the majority and also includes a true mixed reef tank that really only contains a few SPS corals. These types of tanks are just a lot easier to light and really what most of the general recommendations manufactures give are based on. Most of the popular LED modules can actually...

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  8. PAR & Reef Tank Lighting Schedules: What's the ideal program for LED aquarium lighting? - BRStv Reef FAQs

    PAR & Reef Tank Lighting Schedules: What's the ideal program for LED aquarium lighting? - BRStv Reef FAQs

    Slide and pray is becoming a tired story about reefers trying to find the right PAR values and reef tank lighting schedule. The proven results with simple plug and play T5 and metal halide lighting is a thing of the past because the high-powered LED lights of modern reefkeeping gives users complete control over intensity, photoperiod and spectrum. In our latest Reef FAQs videos we set out to show all of you our best tips and tricks for setting LED lights for success...

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