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Calcium Reactors

As you can imagine, water chemistry is a huge deal in reef aquariums and there are many methods to help maintain good water quality. There ar...
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Protein Skimmers

A protein skimmer is a device designed to clean the water in a reef aquarium by removing dissolved organic compounds.  Put even more simply, ...
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Sumps

I hate clutter.  Unfortunately, clutter and reef aquariums come hand in hand especially as the number of devices start to pile up.  Want to a...
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Pests

Hitchhikers make their way into home aquariums by stowing away on pieces of live rock and coral. Some are relatively benign such as the occa...
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Tridacna Clams

Giant clams of the Genus Tridacna are a popular mollusk in reef aquariums. It is not difficult to understand why these clams are so popular ...
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Reef Hacks

Originally I had ten in mind, but some of them seemed a little too obvious given their intended application that I just made a separate list ...
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Live Sale FAQ

Are you new to the Live Show? Here are some frequently asked questions!
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DIY Fish Food

Have you considered making your own frozen food for fish and corals? It is a great way to save money or come up with a custom recipe if you ...
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Top 5 Beginner Tips

I started the hobby before the Internet became widely used, and information was sourced mainly through local fish stores. I was lucky enough...
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Deep Dive into Lighting

Lighting is important because it directly affects how we visually enjoy the hobby and more importantly the vast majority of the corals in our...
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Photography

Shooting reef tanks is hard. Here is everything you want to know about how Tidal Gardens shoots photos and video can be seen here in this ree...
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Proper Coral Acclimation Guide

The proper acclimation of a new arrival is extremely important considering the amount of stress the coral has endured before arriving at your...
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Cheap T5 Update

It's been a year since we installed these inexpensive T5 lights found on Amazon. They are your basic greenhouse grow lights and can be seen ...
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360 Walkthrough

Google implemented in-store views in their Google Maps application. We had Lee Harris, a Google-approved photographer, stop over to shoot 36...
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Substrate Tips

In 2016, the systems at Tidal Gardens are a mix of custom glass aquariums and Rubbermaid stock tanks. Originally back in 2002, all the tanks...
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Alkalinity

Any reef aquarium hobbyist that attempts a stony-coral dominated aquarium should be very familiar with the calcium and alkalinity levels of t...
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Magnesium

Reef hobbyists interested mainly in stony corals tend to tunnel vision in on calcium and alkalinity. On one hand, that makes sense because c...
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