I have been involved in professional aquarium maintenance since 1987 in Southern California.
This Web Blog will add articles over time based on my observations with products, companies, and clients.
This INCLUDES ongoing consulting with others in my profession, investigation, and use of NEW products as well.
In particular I will link to the good, bad and the ugly in this hobby/industry to hopefully help guide others to a more satisfying observations in this hobby.
My advice is based on what works, not what some sales person tells me, what many anecdotal forums will state as “best”, or over hyped marketing plans convince others is best.
I have NOTHING to gain by promoting one product over another other than hoping to correct poor information that is often miss-stated about certain products over others. I ONLY sell to service clients and then have to service what I sell.
Readers should also note that I provide NO LINKS to sellers either in articles or the blog roll in the side bar (nor have I ever done this, despite some miss-informed comments in aquarium forums such as 3reef.com/forums).
My skills are not in writing or web design, as readers will obviously note; HOWEVER I will brag in that I have used many of the popular and not so popular brands, and as well I constantly consult with others about their use and investigation into UV Sterilizers, Aquarium Lights, and more so that my reviews are well rounded and based on facts, not “cut & paste” opinions!
In fact the writing of this weblog came at the urging of many of my clients who have been quite confused after visiting many websites or visited many forums; they felt I should share my observations and expertise with others so as to counter much of the misinformation now common on the Internet.
I hope to also warn readers of the “sharks” that dredge up old failed ideas such as the AquaTop PF15, 25, & 40 UV Hang-On Filters which are concept that was attempted years ago but failed in actual long term application due to poor dwell time, incorrect flow rate, and more. Products such as this which will work for short term aquarium clarification but when actual level 1 or level 2 sterilization is considered, these UVs cannot deliver, resulting in UVs getting a “bad name” in general for true disease control.
As an example, I have found the correct use UV Sterilizers and LED Aquarium Lighting are areas of often misguided information and products, as well as some really top notch products too.
Recommended Outside References:
UV Sterilizers; Review
LED Aquarium Lighting; Reef & Planted Specifics
I will address these subjects in upcoming posts based on my observations, those in the industry that I know have true knowledge of said products, and based factual investigation of said products.
This includes my regular meetings with those I come in contact with at some of the major marine fish/invertebrates suppliers near LAX as well as some mentors whom we compare notes from experiments with different products, many under controlled scientific conditions too.
Also see my editorial on my “blog” page where I comment on a personal attack about my review of the TaoTronis LED, rather addressing the facts.
HERE ARE A FEW OF MY REVIEWS/ARTICLES:
Why Aquaray LED Light Fixtures, Review?
Lighting a Planted or Reef Tank: Understanding PAR & PUR
Amazon Reviews for Aquariums
AquaRay Aquarium LED; Reef Central
Aqua Ultraviolet versus TMC UV Sterilizers, Reef Central
Economy Planted Aquarium LED; Fluval Aqualife & TMC AquaBar
Aquarium Forums for Information such as LED Lighting, UV, Filters, more?
Aquarium Silicone Review
Aquarium LED Light Warranties
Review of Ocean Revive & Evergrow LED Lights for Reef Aquariums
AquaBeam Ultima 1500 NP; Review Correction Reef Builders
Aquarium LED Lights, Controllers, RGB, Emitters; What is Best?
Purchasing Aquarium & Pond Equipment via Amazon
Reef Builders LED Showdown
EcoTech Radion & Aqua Illuminations Review
Aquarium Canister Filter such as the Fluval FX 5 or Fluidized Filter
TaoTronics, SkyLED Aquarium LED Light Reviews
Aquarium & Pond UV Sterilizer Review; TMC Vecton, Advantage; Aqua
Stark Aquarium LED Review
Hang On UV Filter Review
Are UV Sterilizers Good for Aquariums
|AQUARIUM OPINIONS RECOMMENDS:
DuckDuckGo for Internet Searches.
NOT Google, as Google now brings up mostly spam & inaccurate information, especially in aquarium care searches such as Aquarium Lighting & UV Sterilization