May 2020

Versa pump calibration

By: melev | Tags: versa, calcium reactor, calibration

I have a Versa (single head) pump that is feeding my calcium reactor. I've had it running for months. Recently, it appeared that the calcium reactor's effluent was flowing at a lesser than usual amount, and I checked for any obstructions. All was well. In theory, nothing was clogged.


May 2020

How weird is this?

By: melev | Tags: rtn, dead sps, dreamcatcher

On March 17, this coral (pictured above) turned bright green, after looking perfectly heathly for nearly 2 years in my tank.  When a coral suddenly changers color, it's a bad sign. Usually, they won't surive it.  This colony was a total loss, which was a disappointment. Look how pretty it was.


Apr 2020

Fits like a glove

By: melev | Tags: co2 tank

Since I started using a calcium reactor back in 2004, I've always had 5lb aluminum or steel cylinders, and I have to refill them a few times a year.


Feb 2020

Large Strainer Basket

By: melev | Tags: strainer basket, return pump strainer

Going all the way back to 2005, I've always had a large strainer basket on the intake of my return pump. I have a few, so I can put them through a cleaning rotation.  Originally, you could buy these at Savko, but these days that doesn't seem to be an option.  


Jan 2020

Apex Controller Tutorials

By: melev | Tags: apex tutorials

The Apex controller has been around for years, but daily people are asking questions how to program theirs, whether they are brand new users of the product, or people that have owned their controller for quite a while. 


Jan 2020

The Trident saved my reef today

By: melev | Tags: trident, alkalinity, co2 tank

As many of you know, I highly urge everyone to test their water on Saturdays. I did so that night, and the Elos Alkalinity test kit measured 9.0 dKH. The Trident measured just slightly higher at 9.3 dKH. All is well, everything is running perfectly.


Nov 2019

6 year Anniversary Video

By: melev | Tags:

My 400g reef and the 60g Anemone Cube turned six years old on November 10th. I hope you enjoy this up-to-date tour of where things stand for 2019, and give you a little insight into what makes it work.


Aug 2019

5 years, 9 months update

By: melev | Tags:

Today, the reef hits another monthly anniversary, and in three months there will be a full coverage video update to show all the changes that have happened as the reef turns 6 years old.