Reef Chemistry 101

I had a sample of the water from the aquarium tested at a fish store last weekend.  I was feeling pretty confident when I went in to the store.  I’ve tested a number of chemicals every week, and everything was looking great.  But, I wound up learning an important lesson about calcium.  So, I figure [...]

Yet More Live Rock

Okay…  Thursday I was thinking we would wait a few more weeks to get more live rocks.  But, my parents are in town, and Mrs Salty Geek and I decided to take them to a couple of fish stores.  We wound up leaving with a pile of live rock, and a few extras.  At this [...]

Going Shopping

We live in Gilroy, CA.  About 30 miles south of San Jose.  Even though there are two national brand pet stores in town, neither one has any marine live stock.  You know these stores – the ones where the happy dog owner walks in with her pet on a leash, and buys anything she wants [...]

Lighting… The Great Unknown

As I discussed in my first post, the major reason why I decided to create this blog is because I had so much trouble finding information on the Internet regarding marine and reef aquariums.  This was particularly true for lighting.  I knew I needed better lighting to support corals and other invertebrates, but from there [...]

Why a Reef?

Like I mentioned before, my original plan was to restart the aquarium as just marine fish.   So what happened? For those that aren’t familiar with the terminology, a reef aquarium is primarily focused on corals, anemones, sponges and other types of marine invertebrates.  They don’t move, at least not on their own, but they are [...]