Jun 2016

Necessary shade

By: melev | Tags: black foam, shade, refugium

For many years, I've used foam sheets from Hobby Lobby (most hobby craft stores have these) to keep the refugium light off the rest of my gear. People often think they need colored or black acrylic in their sumps to avoid algae growth in other compartments and within their skimmer / reactors.


Jun 2016

Magnetic stirrer for water tests

By: melev | Tags:

A few weeks ago, I saw something really neat and contacted that person for more information. If possible I hope to sell these from my shop, but for now let me showcase what he sent me as a gift. It's impressive!


May 2016

When visiting the LFS...

By: melev | Tags: twin spot, dory, hippo

Today's club event took place at Saltwater Paradise. I made the trip across town not only to attend, but to do a PAR meter demonstration using the brand new Apogee meter for everyone in attendance.


May 2016

Nyos Quantum 300 Skimmer Review (video)

By: melev | Tags: nyos 120, nyos 300, review

After months of use, regular cleanings, minor adjustments and a full breakdown twice, I'm releasing my product review of the Nyos Quantum 300 protein skimmer.  I love the look of it, but what pleases me most is how quiet it is.  It's dead silent.  Here's the full video, including breakdown.


May 2016

2.5 years later (Day 915)

By: melev | Tags:

Today is the 2.5 year anniversary of the 400g reef 2.0, which is when all the livestock was re-added to the new 400g reef aquarium.


May 2016

Ocean-related in-home art

By: melev | Tags: wallplates, light switches, art

I met a local artist at Dallas Comic Con events two years ago, and discovered she used to be in the saltwater hobby herself. Lhars Ebersold does some beautiful work, some of which I've shared from her Instagram account from time to time.


Mar 2016

Macros - some frags

By: melev | Tags: frags, duane

The new frag system has captured my attention recently. Watching the clean up crew decimate the algae in one day flat was impressive, and the corals pop against the stark barren rock and black background.