10 ways to fight red slime algae

Red Slime Algae Cyanobacteria

Albert B Ulrich III maintenance, pests, Tips 2 Comments

What are Red Slime Algae? Red Slime Algae is the common name for an aquarium troublemaker otherwise known as red cyanobacteria. Since the term cyanobacteria sounds like either a bizarre Crayola Crayon color or the bacterial strain in a Michael Crichton novel (how’s that for a dated reference), the more popular term …

Albert B Ulrich IIIRed Slime Algae Cyanobacteria
how to dose kalkwasser

How to dose kalkwasser in a reef tank saltwater aquarium

Albert B Ulrich III aquarium water parameters, maintenance, products, supplements 3 Comments

What is kalkwasser? Kalkwasser is the German word for calcium hydroxide, a relatively inexpensive reef tank additive that will help you keep your calcium and pH levels nice and high in your tank. For some reason, the term kalkwasser has become part of the mainstream vernacular in the saltwater aquarium …

Albert B Ulrich IIIHow to dose kalkwasser in a reef tank saltwater aquarium
aiptasia in between zoanthids

Aiptasia: Proven Pest or Unjustly Persecuted?

Albert B Ulrich III aiptasia, General Information, How to, maintenance, pests 4 Comments

Last night, I performed a little surgery in my reef tank to eradicate a notorious pest in the saltwater aquarium world–I found the dreaded aiptasia anemone (sometimes spelled aptasia on forums), on a coral I recently purchased. After carefully inspecting the subject (a piece of live rock with mushroom corals …

Albert B Ulrich IIIAiptasia: Proven Pest or Unjustly Persecuted?
skimmate

What is in the skimmate produced by a protein skimmer?

Albert B Ulrich III Equipment, maintenance Leave a Comment

What is in the skimmate produced by a protein skimmer? It certainly isn’t sugar and spice and everything nice. The ooey-gooey gunk inside the collection cup of my protein skimmer is a nasty, brown sludge. From a visual standpoint, there isn’t a single characteristic of that mess that seems like …

Albert B Ulrich IIIWhat is in the skimmate produced by a protein skimmer?