Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fragging Soft Corals: Green Sinularia

In today's video we're going to show you have easy it is to frag soft corals at home. We wanted to really express how easy this process is and so we decided to ask fora little help from Valerie, who has little to no aquarium experience whatsoever. We will walk her through fragging a Green Sinularia from our office tank.

Before chopping up your corals you will want to ensure you have all the necessary equipment.
  • Clean container to house coral before mounting, small Tupperware or glass dishes works well.
  • Steel Scissors or Razor Blade for cutting the coral.
  • Rubble Rock or coral plugs for mounting.
  • Rubber Bands and Toothpicks to hold the coral in place.
Now, you want to first find a good place to cut the coral. At the base of a branch is a good place as it makes for a clean cut and will heal easily.

Valerie is now going to fill the small container with some tank water. You want two containers of water to avoid getting harmful toxins from the coral frag into your aquarium.

Notice, she immediately places the frag into the small container with tank water. The coral polyps will retract and the frag will probably shrink in size which is perfectly normal. Do not be alarmed if you notice a heavy slime or discharge being released as this is normal as well.

Next, we are going to wrap the rubber band around the piece of rubble rock or coral mount. Be careful not to wrap it too tight or this can harm the coral, you want the rubber band just tight enough to hold the coral in place without penetrating the flesh. Then, slip the frag under the rubber band and place back into the container.

You will probably want to discard the water in your container and rinse the frag one more time with tank water before placing back into an aquarium.

It will take a few weeks for the original coral to heal as well as the fragmented coral. Once the frag is healed and attached to your mount, you can safely remove the rubber band.

There you have it, fragging corals at home is safe and easy to do! To check out some coral fragging gear in our online store, click here. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on the latest aquarium products and hobby news.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Q&A Video Series #2: How Do I Get Rid of Red Slime?

Our question today comes from one of our Facebook fans, Louis, who asks, "How do I get rid of and keep red slime out of my tank?"

Thank you for your question, Louis. Red Slime is a problem that most all reef aquariums will encounter at some point. The first step in conquering this pesky slime is having a good understanding of how and why this slime grows in your aquarium.

Red Slime is actually classified as a bacteria, not algae. It is a special type of bacteria called "Cyanobacteria" that has properties of both bacteria and algae. It is photosynthetic and also feeds off of waste in your aquarium. Elevated Phosphates and nitrates are going to be the leading water parameters that promote the growth of Red Slime. Sufficient water flow and proper lighting will also play a huge role.

Let's first address your water quality. You want to be sure that you are keeping up with regular water exchange and keep your mechanical filters clean in order to ensure nitrates levels stay as low as possible. You will want to also be sure that you are using something to control phosphates on a daily basis. The best method is using a phosphate reactor but you can also utilize a liquid phosphate remover. Even the smallest amount of phosphates can cause Red Slime and phosphates must be eliminated to prevent Red Slime from growing.

Once you have addressed your water quality, you can focus on removing the existing bacteria from your aquarium. You will notice a number of different Red Slime control products which will immediately and effectively kill any red slime growing in your aquarium.

Luckily, Red Slime is also very easy to remove via siphon which is my preferred method. This way you can immediately remove the bacteria without using any chemicals. I would recommend siphoning out the red slime when performing your weekly water exchange. If you do not wish to perform a water exchange, you can easily filter the aquarium water through a filter sock and into a container. Then simply pour the water back into your aquarium.

We have a great article on our website that gives you more details, tips and tricks on getting rid of red slime. Afterward, head over to our store to check out the Red Slime removers we carry and read product reviews from other hobbyists just like you!

Friday, March 22, 2013

End of the Month Special

It's Friday... AND payday here at (yay!). Hopefully you got your check today, too, because we just created a couple of colossal coupon codes you can apply to most any item(s) in our online store.

Enter 10OFF200 during checkout to save $10 off orders of $200 or more; enter 15OFF250 during checkout to save $15 off orders of $250 or more. Redeem the coupon as often as you'd like before midnight 3/29/13. Offer excludes EcoTech Marine, Neptune Systems, Aqua Illumination (AI) and Maxspect products.

Don't forget: most orders over $175 ship FREE! -

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Are you a web designer? We're hiring!

The Web Designer will work on our company’s public facing websites. The Web Designer will work with internal stakeholders to translate ideas into highly usable web designs and online advertisements. Additionally, the Web Designer will provide input in user interface design standards to optimize ease of use and achieve an integrated look and feel throughout our sites.

The Web Designer will have an extensive background in CSS (CSS3, Sprites), HTML (HTML5), JQuery, PHP and .NET. The Web Designer will be responsible for updating content and graphics, monitoring any change in performance from the updates performed. The Web Designer reports directly to the Design Supervisor.

  • Conceptualize, design and code email campaigns
  • Propose and implement website design changes to improve shopper experience
  • Work with our IT team to reduce site load times and increase overall performance of the site. 
  • Develops researches and creates user interfaces, page layouts and graphical elements for existing websites.
  • Use HTML/CSS to create clean, standards-compliant web pages for various company websites.
  • Apply SEO best practices to assigned pages.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in e-commerce design
  • Prior experience in A/B site testing tools
  • Foundational understanding of web application development with technologies such as CSS (CSS3, Sprites), HTML (HTML5), JQuery, PHP and .NET
  • Expertise in HTML/CSS
  • Expertise in software such as Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Visual Studio
  • Expertise in Internet design issues (browser usability, cross-platform compatibility, color and quick loading of images, etc.)
  • Experience in version control systems such as SVN 
  • Experience in Magento is a plus
  • Experience with website conversion optimization and SEO is a plus. 
  • Demonstrated Written and Verbal Communication Skills, coupled with a high level of Motivation, Attention to Detail, and Ethical Behavior
Additional Details
  • You will work at our corporate headquarters in Southern California: 14271 Corporate Drive, Garden Grove, CA 92843
  • Industry: Retail/Ecommerce
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Years of Experience: 2+ to 5 Years
  • Salary: DOE
About Us is a fast growing aquarium supply company located in Garden Grove, CA. We're looking for smart, creative people who will give 100 percent. Ideal candidates must be dedicated, detail-oriented team players that will thrive in a fast-paced, high-volume ecommerce work environment. The office atmosphere here is low-key, casual and collaborative. We have regular company BBQs, celebrate Take Your Dog To Work Day® and have a great benefits package. Although it is not a prerequisite to working with us, most of our employees are pet owners. We love what we do!

Send you resume to our human resources department or apply online at

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Q&A Video Series #1: Should I Mix Saltwater at Home?

Thanks for tuning in and welcome to the first installment of's new Q&A video series.  We'd like to thank everyone for all the great questions that were submitted to us on Facebook and Twitter. Keep 'em coming!

Our question today comes from Chris of Plant City, Florida. Chris asks: "Is it worth making my own saltwater and would I save money doing it?"

Well, Chris... that is a great question and it's something we get asked all the time. The answer is YES!  Mixing your own saltwater is definitely worthwhile for a number of reasons.

Saving money is probably going to be your biggest motivation. You will no longer need to travel to and from your local fish store, saving money on gas plus the cost of the water itself.

Saving time and energy is another huge benefit. You won't have to lug around heavy containers of water, especially if you decide to invest in an RO/DI system.  Having an RO/DI system in your home allows you to quickly produce pure freshwater for mixing salt and topping off water lost from evaporation.

Mixing your own saltwater also gives you peace of mind. You'll be confident the water you're adding to your aquarium is pure and free of undesirable elements that may contribute to nuisance algae growth. Plus you'll be prepared to perform emergency water changes if/when the unexpected should occur.

Thanks again to Chris and all the aquarium hobbyists who submitted questions for this video. We'll post another installment in our Q&A series next week so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay updated.

If you'd like to learn more about mixing saltwater and performing a water change, click here to see a nice article and video on the subject.

Until next time, take care and happy reefing!

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Video: Tunze 9004 Comline DOC Protein Skimmer

In this video, we're going to look at the Tunze  9004 Comline DOC Protein Skimmer. We're really excited to show you guys this skimmer because it's got some really great features that you're not going to see in a lot of skimmers out there.

This skimmer packs a big punch for a small box: the footprint is only 4 square inches and it measures 12" tall! Tunze's rated the skimmer for mixed reef aquariums up to 65 gallons or SPS-dominant aquariums up to 40 gallons. That's pretty impressive for a skimmer its size.

One of the key features of this skimmer is the surface intake. The surface intake pulls all of the water going into the protein skimmer from the surface of your aquarium. Now this is critical because the surface water of your aquarium is where unwanted waste and proteins are most highly concentrated. The skimmer can therefore pull this unwanted waste and protein out of your aquarium much more efficiently than a skimmer that pulls from below the water surface.

The Tunze Foamer Pump is foam-producing machine. It creates a massive amount of foam with only 4-watts of energy consumption. It comes standard with a needlewheel impeller to create fine foam and it runs very quietly. You're also going to get the air silencer that will eliminate any air noise created from air getting drawn into the water pump.

Keep in mind this skimmer is intended for in-tank use only. It's going to work best in a system with a constant water level. Be sure that your auto top-off system or Tunze Osmolator is in working order or you might want to look into investing in one before installing this skimmer in your home aquarium.

If you have any questions about the Tunze  9004 Comline DOC Protein Skimmer, other aquarium products or the hobby in general, feel free to leave us a comment below. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube Videos to stay up-to-date on the latest innovations in aquarium-keeping technology.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Aquarium Club Meeting & Demo Day #2 is hosting the March 2013 meeting for the Southern California Marine Aquarium Society (SCMAS) Friday, March 15th at MD Headquarters in Garden Grove, CA. SCMAS is a thriving marine aquarium club based here in Orange County and the masterminds behind the world’s largest aquarium show, Reef-A-Palooza.

Since SCMAS meetings are open to non-members, we thought we’d invite our Facebook fans to the meeting! Aquarium clubs are a great way to connect with a fun group of people who share your passion for saltwater tanks.

Doors open at 6:30 pm and close at 9:30 pm. Entry to the event is FREE—we look forward to seeing you!
14271 Corporate Drive
Garden Grove, CA 92843

We’re still finalizing the evening’s festivities, but here’s what we have planned thus far:

  • Aviad Ben-Zekry of Red Sea will be giving a presentation about Red Sea’s Reef Care Program.
  • Ike Eigenbrode of Ecoxotic will be giving a presentation about stunning aquariums lit with LED lighting.

  • AquaIllumination Vega Color LED Light with The New AI Controller
  • EcoTech Marine Radion XR30w Pro LED Light
  • Innovative Marine 38-Gallon Mini Nuvo Aquarium
  • Innovative Marine MiniMax All-In-One Media Reactors
  • Tunze Waterproof LED Light Fixtures
  • Reef Octopus DC Protein Skimmer
  • Reef Octopus Bio-Churn Biopellet Reactor
  • Evolution Aqua PURE Marine
  • Tunze Comline Wavebox 6208
  • Bubble Magus Curve 5 Protein Skimmer
  • AquaMaxx Nano Star Calcium Reactor and more!

  • Call 1-800-566-FISH (3474) by noon PST on 3/15 to place an order you can pick up the evening of the meeting. Avoid paying pesky shipping costs on items like sand, salt mix or frozen foods.

  • Algae Magnet Test Drive: Where else can you test all of the top algae magnet brands before you buy? Try out the Mag-Float, NanoMag, Algae Free, Flipper, Magnavore and Tunze to see how they “handle.”
  • Algae Scrapers Test Drive: Continuum AquaBlade and Kent Marine ProScraper II

  • The first 75 hobbyists to arrive will receive a FREE bottle of Seachem Laboratories Reef Dip.
  • If you wear a T-Shirt to the event, you will receive a FREE container of Seachem Laboratories NutriDiet Marine Flakes.

  • We will auction off 5 awesome corals from the new and donate the proceeds to SCMAS, a 501(c) non-profit organization.

  • SCMAS will be selling raffle tickets to attendees for opportunities to win some very cool stuff (proceeds going to the club) including an Ecoxotic EcoPico 5-Gallon Desktop Aquarium, an Aqua Illumination (AI) Vega LED Light Fixture, some gear from JBJ, aquarium livestock and more!

  • We’re going to have beverages and snacks to keep you energized for the evening’s festivities. You can count on a table full of unhealthy yet delicious items like pizza, sandwiches, sweets, soda and water.


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Refractometer Calibration and Care

In this video, we are going to show you how to calibrate and properly care for your aquarium refractometer.

Refractometers are a saltwater aquarium owner's best friend because they provide accurate salinity readings quickly and easily. Refractometer calibration and maintenance is simple and they last a lifetime if properly taken care of.

In order to calibrate your refractometer, you will need a small amount of pure RO/DI water with a zero total dissolved solids reading. You will then place one or two drops of water onto the refractometer prism. Next, look through the viewfinder while holding the unit up to a substantial source of light.

Use the manual focus to clearly see the numbers on the scale inside the refractometer viewfinder. Turn the calibration dial or screw to move the blue line to ZERO. You have now successfully calibrated your refractometer and it is ready for use. Calibration should be checked intermittently to ensure accuracy.

To properly store your refractometer, find a safe place that is free of moisture. Be sure to wipe the prism clean with fresh water before and after each use. Dry the unit completely and carefully place back into its storage case. The unit has a fragile prism inside so be careful not to bump or drop the unit as this will cause irreversible damage.

To learn more about aquarium refractometers, view photos, read reviews and more, please visit our website. Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date on the latest aquarium technology and advancements in reefkeeping.