What does a refugium do and why do I need one?

A refugium is a separate area of your aquarium system that offers sanctuary or refuge to creatures and plants that would not be able to thrive in your main display tank. These creatures offer tremendous benefits to your aquarium. The ocean is a vast and extremely diverse ecosystem and a refugium allows us to more closely align our tanks with what happens in nature.

Are Skunk Cleaner Shrimp right for you

The Skunk Cleaner Shrimp is in my opinion the most personable of all invertebrates you can add to your tank. You can hand feed these guys and they will even crawl around on your hand cleaning them.

Do you have bugs in your tank

The first time I saw what at the time I thought was a bug crawling around on one of my live rock, I thought “Wooo that bug is crawling around under water!” I thought it had crawled into my tank. I didn’t know it was actually a Pod.

How do you remove and prevent Bubble Algae

Stop the bubbles! Bubble algae can look interesting when you first see it. Many have even made the mistake of finding it on new live rock and deciding just to leave it alone. Once their tank dipped into this algaes growth zone though they quickly changed their mind.

Reef Lighting 101

When it comes to lighting your reef, there are several options you can choose from. Each one is going to have its pros and cons and a variety of price points. At the end of the day for most people it boils down to

Emerald Crabs

Emerald Crabs are a very interesting addition to a saltwater tank. They do however have their quirks and it is best to be cautious when adding them. Each one has its own personality some are very outgoing and have no problems being front and center in the tank while others will hide and make you think they have disappeared. Some will also be more aggressive than others.

What to expect when ordering from SaltWaterFish.com

In my 20+ years of being in the aquarium hobby, I had never ordered fish online. Yes I had ordered equipment, but until just a couple months ago I was too skeptical about ordering fish. This article outlines my first ever online livestock order, and shares my first impressions ordering from Saltwaterfish.com

Sleeping with the fish or fishes

Sometimes we have those moments where we just don’t know which word to use. Should I say fish or fishes and what about school or shoal?

Mushrooms are my Favorite Beginner Coral

Any time I am asked, “What coral should I get first?” my immediate answer is Mushroom Coral. More specifically the Discosoma Mushroom. They are in my opinion the easiest coral to keep. They come in a huge variety of colors. They will grow and spread at a faster pace than most other coral. Best of all they are one of the most tolerant out of all corals to dirty water.