Category: Water Treatment

The best aquarium heater

The heater in our 140 System is heating but the thermostat is no longer reliable.  So we reach out to our BrainTrust for advice on a new one. Finnex TH series. We bought the...

The best protein skimmer

In an effort to save our readers some time and trouble researching the market, we take a poll of our BrainTrust from time-to-time. The latest poll asked about skimmers. “What would you buy”? Reef...

Poly Filter

This piece of Poly Filter turned light brown (light brown sugar) after a few days.  Basic water tests show no ammonia, no nitrates prior to use. Cross-section shows color all the way through. How...

Do I need a skimmer?

Do I need a skimmer for my basic mixed reef tank? For our KIS system, the answer is no. The negatives include initial expense, noise, electricity consumption, heat, and possible leaks. For us, there...

Which carbon

General consensus seems to prefer the smaller ROX carbon (on the right in the picture).  About the size of tips of lead pencils. Note that we tried carbon in our KIS System and removed...

Heaters

Because they are relatively inexpensive, some reefkeepers make the mistake of using two heaters for redundancy when in fact they are INCREASING the chance of frying their tank. Look for heaters that employ a...

Skimming

Our overflows are gravity fed to the sump and end-up in a filter sock.  We get some skimming action from the agitation of the water in the filter sock.  We just wipe the suds...