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  • I really love sumps

    An Introduction to 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 add a calcium reactor?  Get ready to deal with power cords going to the main pump, the feed pump, and the solenoid not to mention tubing going to and from the tank as well as the CO2 canister.  Even something as simple as a protein skimmer can involve multiple devices.  As reef keepers add more gadgets and the complexity of the whole system increases, the reef tank can become a snake pit of wiring and tubing.  For neat freaks like myself, a sump is a godsend.

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  • The Deep Dive Into Reef Aquarium 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 tanks are photosynthetic. In this article we will first cover some of the basics of the light itself and then discuss the various lighting technologies people use to light their reefs.
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  • Lighting... the makeup of the reef

    I always say that you only really need three things to be successful in this hobby, good water quality, good water flow, and good light. All of those things are pretty involved but lighting in particular gets a lot of discussion because of the three it is the most expensive and the thing that is going to most dramatically affect how the fish and corals in your tank will look.
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