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Balling Method for Calcium, pH Explained for Reef Aquariums

Revised 2/24/16 Overview: The Balling Method is a dosing regiment to sustain optimal parameters of calcium, sodium bicarbonate (alkalinity), and other trace elements in a marine reef aquarium for calcium building corals, coralline algaes, and other invertebrates. The main idea is to maintain consent parameters, but also make these elements biologically available for a balanced… Read More »

Acropora Coral Information and Care; Lighting, Amino Acids, more

Last Updated 5-8-18 Introduction Acropora Coral is one of the most vast coral groups. They are a member of the Acroporidae family, Subclass Zoantharia and the Order Scleractinia. Their group makes up one third of the ‘reef building coral’. Out in the Indo-Pacific and the Atlantic, these coral are the largest group to make up… Read More »

Fountain, Aquarium, Pond Water Pumps

In a market flooded with many water pumps now, it is very difficult to choose which pump is right for you. There are sellers from Amazon, to Home Depot, to eBay, and so on. As well, with one of the leaders in small to medium size water pumps now out of business (Via Aqua), this… Read More »

Zoanthid Reef Aquarium Care & Lighting

Last Updated 11-4-17 Zoanthids are quite popular due to the wide variety, general easy to moderate care requirements, and the fact many are captive raised (fragged/aquacultured). First let me provide some basics of these popular reef aquarium inhabitants. What is a Zoanthid? This is the common term for all members of the Zoanthidae family, including… Read More »

UV Bulbs; Problems of Quality?

(Please also reference this outside article: UV Bulb Troubleshooting) The use of UV-C Sterilization for aquariums, ponds, and home/office air and/or water purification has grown in popularity. HOWEVER, so has the use of low quality electronic ballasts that often fail in months instead of years. While most sellers of UV Replacement Bulbs still utilize at… Read More »

Tropic Marine Center (TMC) Vecton, & Advantage UV Review

Revised 1/7/2014 TMC has long been a leader in the aquarium/pond products industry in both innovation and price. In the case of their UV Sterilizers, TMC is not the ‘first’, nevertheless what they have done is build a well designed Ultra Violet Sterilizer line based on the most proven and practical design. These Sterilizers are… Read More »

Aquarium Fluidized Bed Filter Review; TMC V2, Merlin, Lifeguard

FSB (fluidized sand bed) Filters as a solution to increased bio load needs of large aquariums, a better, less expensive solution over large canister filters such as the Fluval FX5 or Eheim 2080, especially for freshwater planted aquariums Revised 1/10/17 This Article/Review includes a section about Installation later in the article. The Fluidized Sand Bed… Read More »

Purchase Aquarium LED Lighting; What to Know

Purchase Aquarium LED Lighting; What to Know? Most recent revision 2-8-18 With LED Lighting advancing at a fever pace, there is a lot to know and as well there is a lot of good information available, but there is also a lot of bad or simply misleading information too, especially when it pertains to what… Read More »

SHO Lighting Review; New Planted Aquarium Light Technology

Further Revised: 1/8/14 Although the SHO (Super High Output) CF Light is not all that new, yet for some reason it is still not all that well known in the Aquarium Hobby. These high output CFLs are quite well known among indoor nurseries and Hydroponics operations, and somewhat known among aquarium professionals. That said, since… Read More »

TMC, Tropic Marine Center Aquarium Products

Revised 12-13-17 Tropic Marine Centre Aquarium & Pond Products have been known for years in Europe (decades actually) as THE PREMIER fresh/marine aquarium as well as pond equipment company. As well TMC is the authorized distributor for Quality Marine USA marine fish exports, who are the world leaders in ethical marine husbandry and healthy marine… Read More »

Aquarium Lighting; Newer Technology: T2 Light Review, more

Quick Review of: *LED Aquarium Light *T2 Aquarium Lights *SHO Aquarium Lights Revised 1/10/14 This post will look at just a few types of aquarium lights/lighting, but is not meant as an exhaustive list. These lights are primarily cutting edge, so if the reader is not familiar with these, it is partly due to the… Read More »

Unique Aquarium (& Pond) Information Articles

This post will provide links/resources to a few “Unique” aquarium/pond articles dealing either lesser known subjects or subjects that are often unfortunately “ripe” with myths due to cut and paste posting on the internet via Forums, Yahoo Answers, about.com, eHow, and now Google with its spam ridden algorithm update that favor Amazon even in science… Read More »

Aquarium Heaters

Aquarium Heaters Revised 1/17/2014 There are many aquarium heaters now to choose from. Through about 35 years in the industry, we’ve had experience with many of them and have come to know some of the best. We have use basic automatic (non pre-set economy) heaters, to the very popular glass submersible pre-set (thermostatic) heaters, to… Read More »

Sponge Filters for Aquarium, Pond, Sump

Sponge filtration is an often overlooked type of aquatic filter device for freshwater tanks, ponds and bowls, and even marine aquariums. Many persons look past their simplicity as ineffective, but therein lies their quality. Sponge Filters   For the best in Aquarium Sponge Filters by ATI For stand alone filters, please see our Sponge Filter… Read More »

UV-C Bulb Specifications; Aquarium and Pond

For a Aquarium & Pond Supply’s COMPLETE UV Bulbs Reference Guide: UV Replacement Bulbs, Cross Reference Guide Most recent revision 10-29-14 In this article post, I’ll describe the differences in the many UV bulbs and why most UV Bulbs purchased at a low price are simply a waste of your money. If your goal is… Read More »