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What does Phosphate look like?

Using a Salifert PO4 test kit, I measure the water from my reef tank for Phosphate. The ideal reading is 0 to .03ppm (yes, it should be super low). Over the years, I've seen numbers as high as 3ppm in my tank to as low as 0. ...

Ammonia Warning!

Heads up, everyone.  Your livestock could be at risk.  This is no joke; a few nice tanks full of corals have suffered from the additives cities are dumping into our drinking water to make it safer for human consumption.Our bo...

Melev's Recommended Parameters

When keeping an aquarium, the best husbandry requires owning and using test kits to measure water parameters. Most kits have enough tests to last a full year, and using these kits frequently assures happy livestock. If a ki...

Water tests - do you test regularly?

Testing is something I always recommend to anyone, especially if their tank is seemingly off. But what about testing when everything is right? When talking to Joe Yaiullo of the Atlantis Aquarium (formerly the Long Island Aqu...

Maintaining Good Water Quality Long Term

I have read countless threads on discussion forums asking for assistance with water quality issues. Considering how many forums are available to hobbyists everywhere, it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine that hundreds of queri...

Blue Life USA Holiday Pack GIVEAWAY!

Blue Life USA Holiday Pack GIVEAWAY! Our Dear friends from Blue Life USA are giving away 12 Holiday packs!!! There will be 3 winners per week for 4 weeks! Each Holiday pack includes: - One Blue Life USA T-shirt (T-Shirt...