Caring for seahorses in the aquarium

Aqua culturing (commercial breeding) has made it possible for fish keepers to enjoy the seahorse in the aquarium. Most common tank-bred species are the smooth, lined, or dwarf seahorse. Caring for seahorses – some basic requirements: The seahorse friendly aquarium should be a tall tank and no smaller then 25 gallons. Crushed coral or sand […]

LED aquarium lighting

Fluorescent lights have been the fish keeper’s top choice for lighting the aquarium. In addition, for more specific needs, VHO lighting (Very High Output Lighting) equipment for plants are used, and metal halides as well as power compacts for the reef tank. In recent years the Light Emitting Diode (LED) has become available and is […]

Balancing & Maintaining a Healthy Reef Tank with Algone

Running a delicate reef aquarium? ALGONE creates the perfect low-nutrient environment for a healthy, thriving reef tank! Clarity, Balance & Vibrancy in the Reef Tank What Algone does: Clears cloudy aquarium water, removes nitrates, restores and maintains tank’s biological balance, prevents common problems caused by deteriorating water quality. • Safe for invertebrates and corals • […]

How to maintain a reef tank

Create and maintain a reef tank. Here’s our quick guide on a successful reef aquarium: Calcium Calcium is the building block for coral skeletons. The skeletons are made of calcium carbonate, which is supplied through the water column. Levels should be at 420 ppm. Coral growth will be limited if levels are below 360 ppm. Calcification will […]

Zooxanthellae and corals

Zooxanthellae are the symbiotic algae that live within the hard or stony corals. The symbiotic relation is based on the corals inability to generate sufficient amounts of food and the algae’s ability for photosynthesis and converting chemical elements into energy. The coral in return provides protection as well as a nutrient rich environment for excellent […]

UV Sterilization is used to eliminate parasites and bacteria from saltwater aquariums

Ultraviolet sterilization (UV) is a process to eliminate biological contamination, namely parasite fungus and bacteria. Two types are commercially available, both in tube size. Generally the one containing a wet bulb -at which the water passes directly past the UV bulb- is cheaper. The other type available has a protective quartz tube around the bulb […]

Coralline algae naturally grow on live rock and give the reef many colors

Coralline algae are divided into two groups: The articulated (erect), tree like with non-calcified branches attached to the substrate; and the non-articulated (encrusting), the slow growing crusty type on the rocks which this article is focused on. Coralline algae are plants and need live rock in order to settle and grow. Corallines prefer a moderately […]

Coral bleaching is the coral’s loss of zooxanthellae colonies

Coral bleaching refers to the acute release or loss of the symbiotic algae zooxanthellae from the coral tissue. (See “zooxanthellae” to learn about the symbiotic relation). The visible symptom of coral bleaching is the white skeleton underneath the corals tissue that lost its zooxanthellae colonies. During nutrient deficiencies waste products created by the coral can […]