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  1. Magnesium

    Reef hobbyists interested mainly in stony corals tend to tunnel vision in on calcium and alkalinity. On one hand, that makes sense because coral skeletons are primarily made up of calcium carbonate. A hobbyist needs to make sure those two ions are bioavailable because corals take in calcium ions and carbonate ions to grow. more...
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  2. Alkalinity

    Any reef aquarium hobbyist that attempts a stony-coral dominated aquarium should be very familiar with the calcium and alkalinity levels of their saltwater. Let's take a look at the role of alkalinity in our reef aquariums. more...
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  3. 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 were some combination of 300 gallon and 150 gallon stock tanks because they were by far the most cost effective containers that were truly rugged. After all, anything that was built to be strong enough to get kicked by a horse or cow should hold up to the sort of beating we dish out here. more...
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