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Week 1: Our Best Reef Tank Build Yet | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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This week we have the first episode of a year long series where we set up a six foot one hundred and sixty gallon saltwater aquarium. We are going to cover basically everything imaginable that goes along with setting up and maintaining a reef tank. #BRS160 We'll cover all of the following: 1. Introduction 2. Tank Selection 3. Sump Selection 4.Long Term Success 5. Plumbing 6. Electrical 7. Water 8. Sand 9. Rock 10. Aquascaping 11. Nitrogen Cycle 12. Water Flow 13. Temp Control 14. UV Sterilizers 15. First Fish 16. ATO 17. Protein Skimmers 18. Lighting Overview 19. Metal Halide 20. T5 Lighting 21. LED 22. Lighting Installation 23. Second Fish 24. Chemical Filtration 25. Mechanical Filtration 26. Organic Filtration 27. Refugiums 28. Ozone 29. Last Fish 30. Fish Foods 31. Softies & Polyps 32. Cal / Alk / Mag 33. Kalkwasser 34. Two Part 35. Calcium Reactor 36. LPS Corals 37. SPS Corals 38. Testing 39. Coral Feeding 40. Trace Elements 41. Live Foods 42. Water Changes 43. Aquarium Controller 1 44. Aquarium Controller 2 45. Aquarium Controller 3 46. Maintenance 1 47. Maintenance 2 48. Algae 49. Common Pests 50. Illness 51. Emergencies 52. Upgrading the Tank *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Wins and Secrets of the BRS160.. 52-Weeks to 54-Months!

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In this Part-I of our two part update, we share some never before released information about our most popular tank at Bulk Reef Supply...the BRS160! Also you get to find our most valuable WINS that has brought this tank from 52-Weeks to 240-Weeks and still going strong! #BRStv #BRS160 Start the BRS160 Journey from the beginning, right here! 🤍 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 15: Adding Saltwater Fish Intelligently and Safely. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Welcome to Week 15 of 52 Weeks of Reefing! This week we are going to talk fish; not just how to select your first fish but how to build an entire "fish plan". We'll cover quarantining options, acclimation methods, an overview of feeding procedures, and end with the firs inhabitants of the #BRS160. There are all kinds of things to consider when you are stocking the tank. You really need to consider the must haves and work your way back from there. 1. Diet - If an eel or lion fish are something you just have to have it is probably going to have to be a dwarf species of lion or dwarf golden moray so they don't eat your fish. Even then you are probably ruling out smaller fish, shrimp, or crabs since they will likely become eel or lionfish snacks. In fact if you really like shrimp and crabs there is a whole host of fish like many wrasses and hawkfish which are basically off the table. If you really want a mandarin at some point you need to skip fish like Coris wrasse which will likely out-compete it for food. 2. Size - As size is concerned most fish stores or online vendors will be able to tell you pretty easy if the size of the fish is appropriate for the tank. Keep in mind this advice is generally on the liberal side and should really be considered a maximum. There is one big exception to that rule. If you are willing to give the fish back to the store when it gets too big or trade it with someone you know there is no reason you can’t put a juvenile fish in a tank which is smaller than the adult version would live in. In fact within the couple years that it takes to outgrow the tank you might even upgrade to a larger tank. Make sure it isn't a species that doesn't grow disproportionately fast and try not to be reckless but you can bend the rules if it is part of a long term plan and the health of the fish is part of that plan. 3. How Many Fish - There are a ton of rules about how many fish which are decent guidelines but I have never met a single reefer who actively follows them religiously. Most of us want as many fish as possible but every fish you add generally increases the need for water changes, potential for nutrient issues like algae growth. Too many fish, especially of the same type also reduces potential habitat and competition for food sources. When you are making your fish plan consider amount of available habitat. There are three basic areas in the tank. Sand dwellers like gobies, fish who like to perch on surfaces like hawk fish and fish that spend most of their time in open water like tangs, chromis and anthias. Try spreading the fish you select over the various habitats available in your aquascape. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 7: How to Produce the Best Water Possible. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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One of the first steps towards a successful reef is a high quality water source! Follow along in Week 7 of 52 Weeks of Reefing as we uncover why RODI water is preferable, water treatment, what chloramines are and how to remove them, and which salt may be best for you. Oh, and did I mention we are filling the #BRS160? One of the wisest things I have ever heard in this hobby was reef keeping has very little to do with maintaining corals and fish but everything to do with maintaining water. Maintaining pristine water with the right parameters simply results in a healthy thriving reef tank. The first step of that is identifying a high quality source of freshwater. For most of you it will be your homes tap water which is likely either well water or water provided by your city which contains some type of disinfectant. If the water is clean and free of impurities that would harm the aquarium you can use either source of fresh water for the reef tank. The problem is, the majority of us are simply unaware to what might actually be in our home's water supply. Using your city's water report, or private testing, you may want to verify that your water is free (or has extremely low levels) of heavy metals, phosphate, nitrate, nitrite, disinfection by-products, and uniquely high organic and inorganic chemicals. Almost none of us want to sort through that mess or deal with the uncertainty so we just produce water at home we know is safe for our reef tanks. The easiest way to do that is with a reverse osmosis deionization system commonly referred to a RO/DI. Now that we have our freshwater source covered its time to talk salt. The one question everyone wants to know is which salt is the best, there just ins’t an answer, if there was we would all know what it is by now. End of the day reefers have had various degrees of success with all of them. What we share with you is the distinct differences between a few so you can select one that aligns with your style of reefing. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 3: Sumps - What do they do, and which should you select? | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Welcome to Week 3 of 52 Weeks of Reefing. This week we are unveiling our custom made sump from Rick at Synergy Reef, as well as covering different types of sumps and which might be best for you! #BRS160 🤍 A sump can mean a lot of different things to different people but it’s really just a place to install equipment that wouldn’t fit in or on the tank itself and helps makes sure the tank looks clean and presentable in your living space. There are a few different options out there for sumps today. All In One, DIY, retail, and custom sumps are all potential options. Innovative Marine offers one the more complete solutions for a sump in the form of their Nuvo series of tanks. These tanks have the sump built right into the back of the tank and allow you to hide equipment out of site. DIY options offer a little more customization since you yourself get to design, build, and maintain the sump. It can be a little work to produce a DIY sump, however it is often cheaper than other options and allows you the greatest control of the design. Off the shelf models are often a good choice. They offer a good array of features and quality at an affordable price. Aqueon and Reef Octopus both make models that we would recommend. We chose to go custom with a Synergy Reef sump since they’re a company that lives and breathes reefing, are available to accommodate custom needs, and produce sumps with incredible aesthetic appeal. The anatomy of a sump can vary from model to model. In this case we went for a sump with a blend of high end features that fit our needs. Rick at Synergy Reef was super patient with our design process, staying in constant contact with us to make sure everything went as planned. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 36: LPS coral selection, care, & placement | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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The coral conversation continues this week where we learn all about LPS corals! From LPS coral care to where to get LPS corals and even some LPS coral identification; Ryan shares his favorite places to get LPS coral and how to keep LPS coral happy and healthy! #BRS160 Feed your corals... FEED THEM! 🤍 Last week was all about Softie and Polyp corals! 🤍 In this next video, we get into those awesome SPS corals! 🤍 You won't believe how many reefing videos we have! Find all of them here: 🤍 It's reefing chemistry, science and investigative tests. It's BRStv Investigates and its for you! 🤍 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 13: Ammonia, Not as Simple as You Think: The Ideal Tank Cycle.| 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 13 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and we're talking ammonia, bacteria, and the nitrogen cycle. We will explore the methods of using bacteria to convert this highly toxic ammonia into safer nitrite and nitrate as well as the final stage of nitrogen gas where it can leave the tank for good. #BRS160 We will also share all of the most common ways to get bacteria to populate a new tank and start the nitrogen cycle to make it safe for your fish as well as some different testing methods and share how we are going to cycle this tank. Ammonia is the result of fish and other organisms in the tank consuming large volumes of nitrogen that they really don't need for biological function and excreting it in the form of ammonia. Most organisms in the tank are going to excrete ammonia into the water but the largest source is what’s released by the fish’s gills. The gills act like a membrane which allow the high levels of free ammonia within the gills to pass through into the tank water via osmosis which has very little ammonia. This is also precisely the reason why ammonia in the tank is so toxic to the fish; with high levels of ammonia in the tank it can pass through the gills back into the fish and reach toxic levels. Luckily nature has devised a way for ammonia to be reduced down to less harmful levels: bacteria on the surfaces in your tank. The bacteria that live on these surfaces produce energy for their biological function by oxidizing the ammonia in the much safer form of nitrogen for the reef tank being nitrite. Bacteria then also convert the nitrite into nitrate which is even safer and at low to average levels not really considered toxic at all. However over time the nitrate will accumulate in the tank and will either serve as a nutrient that feeds algae growth or at higher levels will irritate fish and corals. Removing nitrate and other undesirable nutrients is the primary reason why most reefers do water changes.

Week 12: Proof: Live Sand Isn’t as Dull as You Thought! | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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We're a dozen weeks into the #BRS160, and we're making a ton of progress! This week were weighing all of our options for sand, and choosing which is best for us. Follow along with us and discover which sand is best for you and your system! In the reef tank sand provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to populate and filter your tank. However, If you have enough live rock or filtration media in the sump it's not required for that purpose. The main reason reefers use sand is purely for aesthetic appeal. Everyone has a different idea of what looks nice, but most of us prefer the tank to have sand of some type. The biggest difference between the different sands is size of the grains and to some degree the color. So how much sand should you use, and at what depth? To be honest this depends on personal preference, but the most common range is anywhere from a half inch to two inches. For the most part this is really just a balance between aesthetics and trying to prevent the sand bed becoming a nutrient sink. Shallow sand beds a low as half an inch are popular because it is really easy to maintain the sand and keep it clean. A couple of sand sifting fish like diamond gobies might even be enough. However, it’s a lot easier for bare spots to appear in these shallow sand beds from flow. Sand beds as deep as two inches sometimes look nicer and are much more difficult to create bare spots from strong flow, however most reefers find sand to be a huge nutrient sink and the reason most would never go beyond two inches. Personally, I think a one inch sand bed is a pretty good compromise. It’s fairly easy to keep clean and will likely keep the bottom of the tank covered. If not you can always adjust the flow or add more sand later. On the BRS160 we narrowed it down to two options. We like the oceans direct original grade because I can appreciate the concept of natural ocean bacteria, but we ultimately selected the Caribsea Special Grade reef because I like the more uniform grain sizes and lack of huge six millimeter particles. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 11: Simple Ways to Create the Perfect Aquascape. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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This week we're working on creating the most visually appealing aquascape for our #BRS160. We have a few tips for coming up with the best lay out, ensuring you have a sturdy 'scape, as well as some ideas for customizing your rock. In this episode you will learn: - How to use the rule of thirds in your tank - Which types of rock are good for drilling / customizing - What epoxies we like best *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 48: Keep algae out of your reef tank FOREVER! | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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What causes hair algae? What causes brown algae? How do you get rid of cyano or red slime algae? How do you get rid of bryopsis? Algae problem in reef tank questions like these have been asked by nearly every reefer and today on 52 Weeks of Reefing we help you stop these problems before they start! #BRS160 Step up your tank maintenance game! 🤍 Missed last week's episode? Here you go! 🤍 Want MORE 52-Weeks-of-Reefing? Check out Week 49! 🤍 We've got WAY more videos than just the 52-Weeks. See for yourself! 🤍 If you want to see how deep the Reefing hobby can get, BRStv Investigates is for you! 🤍 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

How to set up a reef tank | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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The entire playlist can be found here. 🤍 This is the beginning of our journey with the BRS160 and 52 Weeks of Reefing. Follow along with the setup and progress of this saltwater aquarium for over 5 years. See what went well, what didn't, how we would do it differently next time — all in real-time and tied to actual results.

Lessons From NASA - Sustaining Fish and Coral Off The Reef | 52 Weeks of Reefing Season 2

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52 Weeks of Reefing: Season 2 starts HERE! Today, Ryan is speaking about the lessons we have learned from the past 7 years of building successful reef tanks and melding in lessons from NASA life support systems. This will truly change the way we think about saltwater aquarium life support systems and make us ALL more successful reefers! Check out Ryan's Reef-A-Palooza LA keynote HERE! #BRStv Find Bulk Reef Supply on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and more! ➡ AskBRStv Facebook Group : 🤍 ➡ Bulk Reef Supply Instagram : 🤍 ➡ BRS on TikTok : 🤍 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aperture LLC. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 5: Plumbing, Overflows, and Return Pumps | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 5 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are plumbing the #BRS160! This week we are going to talk about the four types of overflows, give you some tips on installing a custom overflow including drilling the glass, various plumbing pieces, return pumps and then plumb our Reef Savvy Ghost Overflow to the sump. An overflow is used to get water from the aquarium safely down to the sump and they come in a few different types. Your typical reef ready tank comes with an overflow already installed, you can buy a hang on overflow or install a custom overflow for standard or non-reef ready tanks. There are three main ways to plumb your overflow, all of which are designed to help make it silent, safe and prevent gurgling. All three are named after the reefer who made it popular with the Durso, Herbie and Bean Animal. The Durso standpipe uses a single overflow standpipe with a vent hole and adjustable air valve in the top. This allows you to fine tune a small amount of air into the overflow. Without the air vent the pipe would pull a full siphon which will continually start and stop with a ton of really loud gurgling. Hobbyists have worked to further improve on that to make it safer and even quieter with the Herbie overflow . The Herbie uses two overflows; a primary and an emergency. Rather than use air to control the water like the Durso does it uses a gate valve to fine tine the flow of water to a complete siphon with no air getting sucked in which basically makes it completely silent. The second emergency overflow is required just in case something like a fish, snail or chunk of algae gets sucked into the main overflow and reduces flow. To step that up one more notch the bean animal combines both of these together to achieve something that is ultra silent , ultra safe and really easy to tune. The bean animal uses a gate valve on the primary overflow, a secondary stability overflow with a hole drilled in it which is capable of accounting for small fluctuations in water flow while never creating a full siphon, and an emergency overflow which will handle the water it something happens to the other two. The bean animal is really the gold standard these days and what most of us want to use if we can. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 27: Refugiums - Utilizing Algae for a Thriving Reef Tank. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Welcome to Week 27 of 52 Weeks of Reefing! This week we are exploring how we can use algae to our advantage in the reef tank to help combat nitrates and phosphates...with refugiums! #BRS160 Refugiums are essentially a location in your tank (usually the sump) that allows you to provide a safe haven more micro fauna, as well as grow beneficial macro algae like chaetomorpha or caulerpa. There are a fair share of different types of refugiums out there today, with an equal amount of opinions on how to run them. The traditional refugiums with algae and/or live rock rubble are the most popular and effective in my experience, and some of the easiest to install and maintain. An older technology that is starting to gain more ground again is the algae turf scrubber. This is essentially a very efficient refugium; algae is grown between two light sources on a medium with water flowing past it and then periodically harvested. There are also a few more creative and unique options out there like cryptic refugiums. They offer a few unique benefits. A cryptic refugium is essentially a chamber that doesn't receive light, and allows for intense growth of sponges which filter the water. Do you have a favorite refugium method you prefer to run on your reef? Let us know in the comments area down below! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 9: Why Flow Is Vital for a Successful Reef Tank. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Today we will talk about why proper flow is important; give a solid overview of most the pump options out there including ac powerheads, wave makers, DC powerheads, Gyres and external closed loops. We will also hit on all the features of the most popular brands like Tunze powerheads, Vortech MP10, Vortech MP40 and the Vectra l1. Proper ongoing maintenance for your pumps and finish with the flow solution we selected for the #BRS160. Water flow is one of the more important elements of a reef tank. Water movement promotes gas exchange which increases oxygen, decreases carbon dioxide and helps maintain the pH of the tank. Proper water flow also plays an important role in biological function within the coral. Good flow will keep the coral’s tissue surrounded with oxygen rich water, calcium and alkalinity which promotes proper respiration and calcification. Ecotech MP10 and Ecotech MP 40 powerheads have been a staple in reefing for almost a decade now. Water flow also serves as the mechanism which corals use to pump and circulate fluids, nutrients, important elements and waste within the coral by constantly pushing on the corals soft tissue with irregular patterns. Strong flow is also believed to be closely related to preventing coral bleaching by helping the coral rid itself of the toxic oxygen radicals which can be produced with long intense lighting periods like those found in many reef aquariums. These days flow is almost always provided with a powerhead of some type which is just a small efficient pump that uses an impeller or propeller to shoot high velocity water out the front. This type of pump is generally really easy to install and consumes very little power for the amount of flow it creates. AC power heads are the most popular simply because they are the most affordable. There are three major brands which all have different advantages: Tunze, Hydor, and Sicce. When more control over flow and efficiency is desired, DC powerheads will be your best bet. DC pumps are not only capable of always starting in the correct direction every time but they also can slowly and evenly ramp up and down from zero gallons to thousands of gallons an hour. This also opens the pumps up to some really unique designs. Tunze, VorTech, Neptune, and Maxspect all offer controllable DC pumps. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 4: Planning a Safer Tank with Redundancy | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are sharing a few tips on the single most important topic related to maintaining a reef aquarium long-term; redundancy. #BRS160 We are going to cover the top ten major systems your reef ecosystem relies on in order of the most common equipment failures and most likely to cause catastrophic consequences. We will go over why they are issues as well as present some solutions. For our purposes redundancy means both back up systems and equipment but also safety fail-safes such as shut off’s, alarms, and notifications. Most of us tend to live in a world where we just expect things to work and often have a misguided impression that it will work indefinitely or when it fails there will be limited impact that we can deal with when it does fail. This episode is really about brainstorming all the things we need to consider and looking at the options for planning a tank like this. We will show the actual installation of our redundancy solutions when we install the equipment in future weeks. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 41: Feeding fish - Selecting food for maximum health & longevity | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 41 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are going in depth on our feeding practices in the BRS160! We'll cover fish foods including the right type of food, how often, how much and some cool feeding accessories and tips. #BRS160 While fish can survive in a lot of different types of foods their biologic functions have evolved around utilizing a certain mix of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins. This is pretty similar to other pet foods. For instance many pet owners acknowledge their dogs and cats are carnivores and make an attempt to feed them protein rich foods which have minimal to no grain diets, many take it a step further and feed low carbohydrate or even raw foods almost completely comprised of the entire animal bones organs and all ground up to supply a very natural source of protein, minerals and vitamins. At the highest level you have you basic categories of fish. Your carnivores and your herbivores Carnivores primarily diet being flesh which is very protein rich, and herbivores diet being primarily algae or plant material. In reality a good portion of fish in the reef aquarium are omnivores which mean they consume both algae and flesh. So the first step in all this is recognizing the natural diets of the fish you selected for the tank. For the most part it is somewhat easy to recognize just from their behavior in the tank. Most of the herbivores or omnivores like tangs, some blennies and rabbit fish spend a majority of the day obviously looking for algae to peck off the surface of the rocks. Carnivorous fish primarily eat flesh and this is pretty obvious with frozen foods clams, shrimp, squid and similar items which are all obviously meaty flesh of some type. While most fish will do best with a varied diet if you are going to select one you should do so my nutritional content. The food blends like the mega marines which have been fortified with nutrients do a great job of including a varied diet with a high protein and essential fat content but I think the most popular with seasoned reefers is the Canadian Mysis shrimp because it has a naturally high protein and fat content and doesn't need to be fortified. So which foods do you prefer to feed your fish? Let us know in the comments area below, and be sure to vote in our latest poll by clicking the "i" in the upper right corner of the page. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 2: Unveiling the tank and custom built stand | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's week two of 52 weeks of reefing, and we're unveiling our new Reef Savvy tank and custom made stand by Benner's Woodworking. #BRS160 The Stand We wanted a stand that mimicked a furniture piece that you'd happily place in your living room, but it also needed be fully functional as an aquarium stand. Chris Benner accomplished both of these, and far exceeded my expectations - he produced one of the most impressive stands I have seen! Being a woodworker who is also hobbyist give's Chris a serious advantage in the stand making game. It's made of hard maple and furniture grade plywood with a UV hard cured finish on the inside of the stand. This finish is super durable; both chemical and water resistant. Our stand also features drawers for storing commonly used items like scrapers, test kits, refractometer, etc. What really sets this stand apart is the attention to detail; things like arched foot cutouts, soft-close on the drawers and cabinets, and lowered bottom, which gives around 4” of extra vertical space on the interior for working in and around the sump and room for taller skimmers. Keep in mind, this stand is custom made, so you could get your own of a varying size, design, feature, etc. Chris can do custom heights, lengths and depths, doors that easily remove or removable panels. If you have something special in mind, give him a call! The Tank We debated about what size tank to go with and ended up deciding on a 160g, because really want to have a variety of fish and corals and a 6ft tank allows that better than a 4ft. What we did not debate on is who was going to make it; this had to be a Reef Savvy tank! As most of you know, we already have 2 Reef Savvy tanks in the office and the quality and craftsmanship is second to none. The new Reef Savvy tank has the ghost overflow they're known for, but it's been updated and improved. It now has the world's thinnest external overflow, tongue and groove design, removable weir, polycarbonate cover (warp resistant), and ultra slim internal and external overflow box. This thing is amazing. Checkout the awesome blue "racing stripe" on the Phantom bottom - yet another new feature! It really adds to the already sharp design. The new Phantom bottom also now consists of 3 different materials; high impact ABS liner, glass core and closed-cell PVC liner. All these new features are really no surprise - Reef Savvy is constantly thinking of new things. This was whole tank was absolutely designed for the long-term reefer! The Foundation for our 52 Week Journey Put them together, and this set-up is stunning. The stand and tank together are something I would be proud to have in my living room, but each piece is also highly-functional and made by people who are passionate about this hobby. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 8: Tank Temperature. Finding a Way to Trust Your Heater. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 8 of the BRS160 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are going to talk about temperature control with a focus on stability. We will cover the different types of heaters, explain proper placement and demo a few different heaters accuracy and variation. We’ll also cover the temperature controllers, importance of calibration, chillers, fans and finish with our installation for the #BRS160. There is a fairly big range that a reef aquarium and it's inhabitants can survive in, commonly anywhere from 76 to 83 degrees. The biggest advantage to running higher temperatures is increased metabolic rates which can increase coral growth which is something most of us find desirable. Pretty much all of us will need a heater to maintain a stable temperature in the tank. Even in warmer states you probably frequently use an air conditioner to cool your home and even if you don't you probably have some particularly cool nights in the winter. In either case your home will be cool enough at some point that you will likely need a heater. There are four basic types of heaters common to the aquarium industry; bi-metal thermostat, electronic thermostat (both with external and internal temp probes), and heaters with no temperature control that require a separate external controller. Cooling the tank is a little bit trickier. Maybe it’s hot in your home, you have a lot of equipment or lighting on the tank or you have very little evaporation all of which can cause the tank to overheat. The best way to keep the tank cool is to remove the offending equipment or replace it with more efficient equipment so you just don't have to be concerned with this. The next best way is to increase evaporation by making sure the surface of the water is breaking with a powerhead of some type and aiming a fan at the surface. This can be done on both the tank itself and sump. If that still doesn't do it you are going to have to consider a chiller. I honestly try and avoid chillers at all cost because they are expensive, take up a ton of room and require a lot of power which you might not have available near the tank. A chiller is more or less an air conditioner so it also adds heat to the room and can’t be cycled on and off constantly because it would be bad for the compressor. You will inherently have a larger temperature swing each time the chiller turns on and off which I also find undesirable. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 16: ATO: Reducing Daily Maintenance, Safely! | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 16 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are contributing to stability, protecting your home, and evaporation with automatic top off systems! #BRS160 Today we are going to talk evaporation, why dealing with it is a critical component of tank stability and protecting your equipment, the various ways to deal with evaporation including one option where you never have to carry another bucket of top off water as well as some maintenance tips. We will of course finish with the auto top off installation for the BRS160. Every aquarium is going to evaporate water however reef tanks typically evaporate more water than most other tank types because they have more surface area, most often don't have a lid on the aquarium, and they have high flow with a lot of surface turn over. It’s common for average sized tanks to evaporate anywhere from one to four gallons a day. This is primarily a stability issue. As you know stability is one of the biggest components that differentiate the average to good tanks and the epic show tanks with incredible growth, health and coloration. As water evaporates the water leaves but the salt stays behind so all kinds of perimeters start to increase like salinity, calcium, alkalinity, and even unwanted nutrients. Basically everything gets increasingly concentrated and then suddenly reduced when you replace all the evaporated water with freshwater. Not exactly as stable as most of us would like. There are a few basic ways to top off the tank including by hand. If you do it every single day by hand, it is likely stable enough. Some reefers will set up some type of container with a slow drip to make it even more stable however doing this every single day is one of the bigger maintenance pains and not a stable or safe long term plan if you are not really going to do it every day. Topping off by hand also makes taking a vacation or leaving your tank alone for longer periods of time more complex. The most popular method is what’s known as an auto top off which uses float, optical, heat or electrical sensors to refill the tank. The simplest form is probably just a reservoir connected to a float valve in the sump. When water evaporates the float goes down and allows water to enter the tank until the level is correct again. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 29: Calcium & Alkalinity: The Science Behind a Healthy Reef. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Today on BRStv 52 Weeks of Reefing we are exploring the science behind three of the most major factors in keeping a successful reef tank: Calcium, Alkalinity, and Magnesium. #BRS160 We're going to cover all the main aspects relating to calcium, alkalinity, and magnesium starting with a deeper understanding of these elements that revolutionized reefing, the role of each in the reef tank, the desired levels, and a brief overview on the methods of maintaining these parameters. Ideally we recommend keeping the following parameters: Calcium 410-420 ppm Alkalinity of 8.5 dKh Magnesium of 1350 ppm If you have your own experiences with calcium and alkalinity, questions about the science behind calcium and alkalinity, or comments please check out the comments area down below and let us know!

Week 42: Reef Tank Maintenance: 5 minutes a day can transform your tank: 52 Weeks of Reefing #BRS160

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It's Week 42 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are showing you how 5 to 10 minutes of work on your tank a day can equal years of success! We'll share what our daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly maintenance schedule looks like for the #BRS160. Done well, maintenance can be part of the fun of owning a tank rather than a chore. It can also be the difference between a nice tank and an epic tank as well as a two year or ten year success. Maintenance is generally broke up by how often it needs to be completed, i.e. Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and even Yearly. Here are some examples of tasks you may need to complete on your tank: Daily: Quick wipe down of the glass, magnet clean glass, fish and coral feeding, a quick skimmer check, potential daily dosing of additives, and potentially running some tests, filter sock replacement, etc Weekly: Additional tests, dosing weekly additives, emptying/cleaning filtration like protein skimmers, potentially weekly water changes, etc Monthly: Filter media changes, potentially monthly water changes, checking and refilling automatically dosed elements/additives, monthly testing for slowly consumed additives like magnesium, cleaning powerheads and pumps, etc Yearly: Bulb changes, a string of a few larger water changes spread out over the course of a few days to replace a large volume of your tank's water, cleaning your sump. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

How Did the BRS160 Survive Our Mistakes?! Lessons Learned from Our Failures. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Don't worry, the BRS160 is fine, but we did FAIL along the way! Here's the biggest mistakes we made in the last almost 5-years of the BRS160. Trust us, you don't want to make the same mistakes we did! #BRStv #BRS160 Start the BRS160 Journey from the beginning, right here! 🤍 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 52: Planning a reef tank upgrade, plus a look back at the BRS160 | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Well, it's finally (and reluctantly here) the final week in 52 Weeks of Reefing. This week we are going in depth on planning and executing a tank upgrade. Plus, we'll show you the progression of the #BRS160, some changes we would implement if we were to do it all over, some successes, and finish with a montage highlighting some key moments of the BRS160 over the past year. We will also explore some popular tank options like the Red Sea Aquarium series, Red Sea Reefer and Red Sea Max. As well as the innovative marine Nuvo aquarium and Nuvo fusion 20. 🤍 🤍 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 25: Going Beyond Filter Socks: The Theiling Rollermat. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 25 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are exploring filters socks, pads, and some revolutionary new technology in the Theiling Rollermat. #BRS160 Mechanical filtration is an important aspect in the modern reef tank, with most hobbyists opting to choose filter socks as a simple means to removing particulate matter from the tank. Removing the particulate matter like uneaten food, fish waste, and detritus from the tank prior to it being broken down by natural processes is a fantastic way to contribute to nutrient control. As awesome as filter socks are, there is a new technology on the market that we have been testing over the last few months: the Theiling Rollermat. The Rollermat is an ingeniously designed system that utilizes a roll of automatically changing filter pad material to remove particulate matter from the tank. So follow along to see what method of mechanical filtration we choose for the BRS160! Do you have a favorite method of mechanical filtration? Let us know in the comments area down below! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages

Week 23: Clean-up Crew, How Many Do I Need? | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Week 23 is all about clean up crews! Hermit crabs, emerald crabs, turbo snails, trochus snails, nassarius snails, urchins, and MORE! How much clean up crew do you need in your tank? We recommend less clean up crew than you think you need, here's why. #BRS160 Happy fish, happy clean up crew. Feed your fish with these! 🤍 Missed last week's episode? 🤍 Don't miss next week! We talk about Carbon, GFO and media. 🤍 MORE videos than on reefing! Subscribe so you don't miss out! 🤍 Get nerdy with your reefing! See the science behind BRStv Investigates. 🤍 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 10: What You May Not Have Known About Live Rock. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Today on BRStv it’s everything you ever wanted to know about live rock. We're going to explore everything related to live rock starting with why we use it, benefits of dry verses wet, discuss surface area and porosity, proper curing methods, and finish with curing the rock for the #BRS160. In reef aquariums we use live rock for a few main purposes including aesthetic appeal, habitat for the fish and corals, and probably the most important element: filtering the tank. Every time I explain how to set up a reef tank to someone new the first thing they ask is, "where is the filter"? "Filter" is one of those terms that has a lot of different meanings in the reef tank. By definition filtering really means removing something, and there is some equipment like filter socks and protein skimmers that are capable of removing waste from the tank as well as filter medias like carbon, GFO, and ZeoVit which are capable of doing just that. In relation to live rock filtering the aquarium we are really using the rock and the bacteria it's surface hosts the rocks surface to process or convert broken down food and fish waste in the form of very toxic ammonia into much safer nitrite and nitrate. This entire process of filtering toxic ammonia is commonly referred to as "the nitrogen cycle". We are going to cover this and more in depth in just a few weeks. For this episode it is just important to know that the love rock more or less just serves as surface area for the bacteria to populate on and filter your tank for you. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 6: Wiring Your Reef Tank, Everything You Forgot to Think About. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Welcome to the electrifying Week 6 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, where we share some tips and tricks on electrical safety, management, and planning! #BRS160 We are dealing with saltwater and electricity which can be both a health and fire hazard. It’s not that difficult to make it safe with careful planning during tank setup. The most important components to consider are your home's electrical infrastructure, water safety, and proper cord management. We’ll of course finish with the installation of our solution for the BRS160. The first step of this is make sure you have enough power for your tank. A typical four foot reef tank might have a 300 watt heater, LED lighting around 300 hundred watts, 50 to 100 watts of powerheads, a 100 watt return pump, 50 watt skimmer, and maybe another 50 for other filtration equipment. That's a base line of about a thousand watts for a typical aquarium. Add a chiller, UV light, T5 or halide lighting, calcium reactor, ozone reactor, Zeovit reactor, refugium and other various pieces of gear and you can quickly start using a considerable amount of power. Now that you know what you are working with and what the limit is we need to figure out two things; what else is on that circuit and and how much power will your tank consume. Once you have figured out your electrical load and how you are going to handle it try to avoid plugging more occasional high consumption items into that circuit in the future. Make sure you let your family know that it is a bad idea to plug in vacuums, clothes irons, hair driers and similar items into these outlets! Since we are dealing with water it is also highly recommend to use either GFI outlets or circuit breakers which help protect your tank and home from shorts, especially those related to water. If you can’t do that you can also use power bars which have GFI’s built in. Neatness and cord management are often overlooked, but this can also contribute to your tank's electrical safety. A dedicated "electrical board" goes a long way to keeping things organized and safe. Note: When choosing a fire extinguisher for your tank, make sure you go with a CO2 filled extinguisher, and not a monoammonium phosphate or ammonium sulfate filled one.  *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 34: BEST reef tank parameters and our favorite test kits | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Today on BRStv follow along during Week 34 of 52 Weeks of Reefing as we dig into one of a Reefer's most useful tools; test kits! #BRS160 This week we are going to talk about what to test for, frequency, and the kit or method we like best for each. I think there are more or less three groups of testing: Critical to life-support: -Salinity -Temperature -Calcium -Alkalinity -pH Important but requires infrequent testing: -Nitrate -Phosphate -Magnesium -Chlorine -Chloramines -Ammonia Nice to know: -Iodine -Strontium -Potassium -Iron and more! This week's poll we are asking you how often you think reefers should test their calcium and alkalinity. To vote in the Poll, select the "i" in the top right of the video screen to display the voting panel. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 17: Protein Skimmers - Selecting and Tuning the Best! | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Protein skimmers are a staple of the reefing hobby and today we are going to talk about what they do, how they work, and if they are required to be successful at reefing. We'll cover advantages and disadvantages of different skimmer designs and brands as well as tips on how to select the right skimmer for your tank, maintenance, and what we selected for the #BRS160. When it comes down to it, we are polluting the tank every day with foods and sometimes other additives that we add to the tank. Some of these things will be consumed by fish, corals, crabs, basically most of the living organisms in the tank. The net result of all these biological processes pollutes the tank with unwanted nutrients like phosphate and nitrate, among other unwanted pollutants like yellowing color pigments, odors, and toxins. In a vast majority of cases a huge amount of the food added to the tank doesn't get eaten by the fish and it is broken down into these unwanted elements by bacteria and other processes. Really the easiest way to control the nutrient load in the tank is by controlling how much food we add to the tank. However, feeding the tank is half the fun of owning it and most people desire a large volume of fish. Proper nutrition is at the core of fish and coral health. Proper feeding and low nutrient, low toxin water kind of seem to be at odds with each other. This is where protein skimmers come in. they are designed remove organic compounds before they fully break down into the unwanted nutrients and reduce the need for water changes. For instance if we can remove half of then uneaten fish food, fish waste, and decaying matter in the tank like algae, bacteria and organic particulates we can probably cut our water change schedule in half as well. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 38: Mounting corals: epoxy, super glue, and lighting tweaks | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Today on Week 38 of BRStv's 52 Weeks of Reefing, we are showing you our favorite ways to mount corals and frags in your tank! #BRS160 Generally there are three main methods that we use when mounting frags: Gel Bubble, Air Water Gel Hybrid, and Epoxy Hybrid Gel Bubble: Super glue has a tendency to form a skin underwater. We use this to our advantage by squeezing a metal super glue tube out underwater, forming a glue bubble. This bubble can be gently grabbed under water, and pressed onto your rock work. Then, it's only a matter of placing your coral into the bubble and allowing it to cure. Air Water Gel Hybrid: One of the most popular methods of coral mounting, this involves simply applying a blob of super glue onto the mounting surface of your coral, and then pressing it onto your rock work. Giving the coral a quick twist onto the rock surface will break the super glue skin, exposing uncured glue and forming a bond to the rock. Epoxy Hybrid: This method requires the use of both epoxy and super glue. Essentially you apply a dab of super glue on each side of a ball of epoxy, sandwiching the epoxy between glue, coral, and rock. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

FAQ #7: What would be the first coral we'd recommend for an aquarium hobbyist? | 52 FAQ

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🤍 Today on BRStv, we have another episode of BRS 52 FAQ where we answer all of your frequently asked reefing questions from our popular 52 Weeks of Reefing series. This week we are answering CXKO3’s question from Week 39: "What would be the VERY first coral you would recommend for a new hobbyist?" So follow along as we answer today's question, provide some helpful insight, and help make reefing just bit more fun and easy for you and your tank. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 51: What you need to know to cure fish disease & parasites | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 51 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and today we are focusing on keeping your fish healthy. We'll touch on different ailments that might be a problem in your tank, potential solutions, medications, and methods towards curing these diseases and parasites. #BRS160 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 39: Feeding corals  -  Do the claims meet expectations? | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 39 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are feeding our corals, and sharing with you why you may want to do the same. #BRS160 Corals are unique in that many can have both autotrophic and heterotrophic traits. Meaning they can produce their own energy utilizing symbolic zooxanthellae. Zooxanthellae are single-celled protozoans which live within the corals and utilize nutrients abundant within the corals tissue like carbon dioxide and light. There are also various ways corals can commonly capture nutrients or prey. The polyps, tentacles, or sweepers directly capturing the prey and ingesting it. They can uptake dissolved organic matter directly through their soft tissues cell walls and the corals mucous membrane can capture prey or even stream out a mucus into a larger array to capture prey. So do corals require direct feedings in the reef tank? I think the most basic answer is generally no. Most common corals will survive just fine off good lighting and particulate foods generated from feeding the fish. However simple survival isn't the only goal in the reef tank. Most of us want to maximize growth, health and support general metabolic function like tissue repair and ability to fend of disease or parasites. So the real question isn’t do you need coral foods to have a successful reef tank because I think we all know that not to be the case; It’s can we use foods to promote healthier, faster growing and disease resistant reef tank? Follow along to find out on this week's episode of BRStv! Do you feed your corals? If so, let us know in the comments area down below!

Week 30: Kalkwasser: All-in-one Calcium, Alkalinity & pH supplement | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 30 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, where each week we explore a new topic with the help of our #BRS160 tank. This week, we are taking an in depth look at kalkwasser, and the science behind it. Kalkwasser is probably my personal favorite calcium and alkalinity solution because it’s the lowest cost, in some ways the easiest to implement, one of the only long term solutions for maintaining an elevated PH near 8.3 and perfectly suitable for all but the heaviest demand tanks. We are going to share the basics and some of the science behind kalkwasser, the benefits and drawbacks , the three primary methods of incorporating kalkwasser into your reef tank and finish with what a potential installation would look like for the BRS160. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 43: Aquarium Controllers: Protecting your tank, wallet and space | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 43 of 52 Weeks of Reefing, and this week we are starting an exciting new mini-series that is focused on controllers! Today we're starting with what they do a, brief overview of the different players, and a set of goals we have for all the equipment on the #BRS160. In the following weeks we will install a variety of controllers and show you how to program them to meet these goals. So what are the advantages of an aquarium controller, and why would anyone buy one? I think it revolves around three basic concepts; they save on space, money and clutter. Controllers take all the separate elements of the life-support system and unify them so they work together cohesively, and most importantly protect you from disasters as well as notify you they are happening. This gives you valuable time to save your tank from some pretty costly disasters. They save on space simply because almost all of them have built in internal timers so those timers shaped like bricks that take up multiple spots are a thing of the past. In fact we remove the need for all kinds of space eating equipment like PH, ORP, Salinity monitors or controllers, wave markers, temperature controllers and the cord octopus disaster that comes with that mess. All that clutter is not only unattractive and a pain to manage but one element that a lot of reefers miss until it’s too late is an organized install is also a safer install. We are dealing with saltwater, electricity, and cords which are more or less water freeways directly into your homes electrical outlet which have fairly obvious health and safety concerns. Remember that neatness counts! One thing a lot of newer reefers miss is controllers are also substantially less expensive than buying all this equipment separately. A bunch pf digital timers, quality power bars, temperature controllers, OPR, salinity monitors or controllers, wave makers can easily be in excess of five hundred to a thousand dollars. With something like the reef keeper you can get all this for anywhere from just over a hundred to into the two hundreds. Do you have a favorite controller? Is there something controllers don't offer that you would like to see implemented in future products? Let us know in the comments area down below! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 26: How to Leverage Bacteria for a Cleaner Reef Tank. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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It's Week 26, and we've officially hit the halfway mark in the 52 weeks of Reefing series! This week we are going to explore how organic filtration can reduce nutrients like phosphate and nitrate in the reef tank. #BRS160 More or less, this all revolves around using bacteria to process these nutrients for you. We are going to talk about the theory as well as pros and cons of marine pure and live rock, vodka dosing, bio pellets, nitrate reactors, commercial additives, and systems like Zeovit. Do you have a favorite method of organic filtration? Let us know your favorite in the comments area below! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages

Week 20: Metal Halide Lighting and the Reef Tank: A Recipe for Success. | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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Today’s episode is our second of five where we really explore lighting in the reef tank, in this one we are going to focus on metal halide lighting. We will start with who halide lighting is ideal for, the general advantages and disadvantages of halide lighting, and then evaluate halide lighting based on the criteria we developed a couple weeks ago including some really cool tests we performed based on those criteria. #BRS160 We'll share the importance of selecting the right reflector and bulb types, discuss some hybrid options and finish with some common installs and tips. Similar to T5’s, halides are a proven technology absolutely cable of maintaining awesome coral health combined with that high contrast visual appeal and shimmer everyone loves. Today’s halide users are those that only care about one thing: and that’s results. The number one advantage halides have is the longest track record of success. If maintaining a successful reef tank full of heathy corals is the only concern you can probably stop looking because halides are one of the best options and a staple in reefing for longer than most of us have even been in the hobby. The halide bulbs can produce both highly intense lighting with high PAR ratings as well as highly diffused light or even a hybrid of both all depending on the type of reflector and bulb used. The result is typically a really high contrast tank with plenty of light coverage but also a sense of depth that comes with some slightly darker areas in the tank. Halides are also considered to produce the best shimmer lines in the tank which gives that sense of movement that makes the tank look like an actual section of the reef rather than just a picture of one. The shimmer is also very natural looking and doesn't produce a "disco ball" effect. Follow along next week as we cover LEDs! *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

FAQ #11: Is a skimmer necessary on a nano reef aquarium? | 52 FAQ

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🤍 Today on BRStv, we have another episode of BRS 52 FAQ where we answer all of your frequently asked reefing questions from our popular 52 Weeks of Reefing series. This week we are answering Craig Miller’s question from Week 17: “Is it worth putting a skimmer in a nano tank?” So follow along as we answer today's question, provide some helpful insight, and help make reefing just bit more fun and easy for you and your tank. *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

Week 31: Simple 2 part calcium & alkalinity dosing | 52 Weeks of Reefing

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This week we're diving deeper into two part than ever before! Two part is by far the easiest to understand of all the methods! We'll cover the most popular brands of calcium and alkalinity as well as various methods for dosing. #BRS160 🤍 *Legal Stuff* The purpose and content of this video is to provide general information regarding the products and their applications as presented in the video. Aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents disclaim all express or implied warranties, in any way, related to the products and their application as presented in this video, make no representation or warranty regarding the products and the application as presented in this video and shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any type, including but not limited to punitive damages, or from personal injury or death resulting from or in any manner related to the video, and the products in and contents of the video. The viewer expressly agrees that aquatic sales solutions, inc. And its officers, directors, employees and agents shall not be liable for any damages or losses related to the products in and content of the video and hereby agrees to hold the foregoing harmless from any such losses or damages.

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