AmericanReef Freshwater

AmericanReef Freshwater - brought to you by the producers that bring you AmericanReef for saltwater and coral reef aquariums, is a show dedicated to educating the new hobbyists on how to keep and maintain exotic freshwater fish and planted aquariums.

Episodes Date

On this episode of AmericanReef - Mike and Sanjay discuss some specifics about the new coral reef aquarium Sanjay setup. Send all questions over to americanreef@me.com
July 22, 2017
On this episode of AmericanReef, we take a look at another Caribbean diving spot, Saba Marine Park. For more reef keeping videos head on over to americanreef.com
June 24, 2017
On this episode of AmericanReef, we are starting a new series of videos where we are following a new sumpless coral reef tank build. This video covers the first four months of setting up that coral re...
May 20, 2017
On this episode of AmericanReef, we discuss how adding the sump to the planted tank did not go so well. Please send any comments to AmericanReef@me.com.
April 22, 2017
On this episode of AmericanReef, Russ visits Mike Paletta again, this time we talk about his planted tank now that it's one year later! Please send any comments to AmericanReef@me.com.
March 15, 2017
This week on AmericanReef, We have a 1 year later look at Tim's beautiful 400 gallon reef tank. In it, Tim discusses some of the RTN issues he has had as well as the addition and changes to his life s...
February 25, 2017
On this episode of AmericanReef - Mike and Sanjay discuss Sanjay's 500 gallon reef tank, the equipment and the changes that have taken place since 2009. Send all questions over to americanreef@me.com ...
January 21, 2017
On this episode of AmericanReef, Russ visits Mike Paletta again, only this time we talk planted tanks! Please send any comments to AmericanReef@me.com.
December 13, 2016
On this episode of AmericanReef - Freshwater, Mike and Sanjay have a discussion on how SanJay can easily keep and maintain his planted tank with a minimal effort. Send all questions over to americanre...
December 11, 2016
On this episode of AmericanReef - we catch up with Mike Paletta while he is swapping out the 90 gallon sun-lit tank for a 120 gallon tank. Send all questions over to americanreef@me.com
December 3, 2016
On this episode of AmericanReef, it’s been three months and the corals in that sunlit tank of Mike's are starting to reach the surface again. As always, send any questions over to AmericanReef@me.co...
October 15, 2016
On this episode of AmericanReef, the corals in that sunlit tank of Mike's are starting to reach the surface, in this video, we review his solution. As always, send any questions over to AmericanReef@m...
September 30, 2016
On this episode of AmericanReef, 2 years have passed and we are taking a look at the 110 gallon tang tank and demonstrating how to make frozen HPD cubes. As always, send any questions over to American...
September 18, 2016
On this episode of AmericanReef, we have another video in the diving series. This dive takes place at the Turks and Caicos. As always, send any questions over to AmericanReef@me.com
July 9, 2016
On this episode of AmericanReef, we had back on over to Mike Paletta's to give you an 18 month tank update and add some additional flow to his 300 gallon mixed reef aquarium. As always, send any quest...
April 16, 2016
In this video, we discuss one strategy of how to successfully keep a relatively large amount of tangs in a relatively small tank. We also do comparisons of the tank from approximately 4 years earlier...
March 27, 2016
This week on AmericanReef, we speak with Lou Schiavo, one of the show managers of ReefAPalooza 2016, to discuss the goals they are trying to accomplish when putting together this event. As always, sen...
February 21, 2016
This week on AmericanReef, Tim shares his 14 years of an amazing journey that he has had with his beautiful 400 gallon reef tank. As always, send all questions to Americanreef@me.com
February 6, 2016
On this episode of AmericanReef, we take a look at one of the nicest coral reefs on the planet. For more reef keeping videos head on over to americanreef.com
July 18, 2015
On this episode of AmericanReef, we discuss Lymphocystis. It’s a common saltwater disease that is easily recognizable with a simple cure! For more reef keeping videos head on over to americanreef.co...
April 4, 2015
On this episode of AmericanReef, we head on over to Mike Paletta's to take a look at his 75 gallon soft coral tank. It's been about 18 months since we last saw this tank and the tank is looking better...
December 23, 2014
In part III of the Ultimate Reef Tank Lighting Series we visit Mike Paletta 8 months after the initial installation of the new lighting system. The goal of this project remains the same, find the per...
September 22, 2014
In this video from AmericanReef, Mike discusses one of the major sources of phosphates in a marine and coral reef aquarium. As always, he will also provide some insight as to some simple ways to help ...
July 13, 2014
In part II of the Ultimate Reef Tank Lighting Series we visit Mike Paletta 4 months after the initial installation of the new lighting system. The goal of this project remains the same, find the perf...
May 10, 2014
Part I of the Ultimate Reef Tank Lighting Series with Mike Patetta and AmericanReef continues the quest of trying to find the perfect man-made optimized light source for coral growth and coloration. I...
January 5, 2014
AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits with Mike Paletta for a tour of his simple to setup and maintain frag tank. As always, send any questions or comments to americanreef@me.com
September 27, 2013
AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits with Mike Paletta while he endeavors to makes some changes to the lighting and flow on his 300 gallon mixed reef. In this video, Mike also shares some details with ...
July 7, 2013
In part three of this three part series, AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits with Mike Paletta and Sanjay Joshi at Mike’s home near Pittsburgh, PA. It’s been approximately 8 months since Mike set...
April 21, 2013
In part two of the seahorse video series, AmericanReef visits with Jules to discuss more details about keeping seahorses. Specifically, he will review the types of seahorses that the new hobbyists can...
February 24, 2013
In this video, Roger Vitko, general manager of Tunze USA, shares with us the history of how Tunze was started and a how their products are designed and made. Please email any questions or comments to ...
December 29, 2012
In part two of this three part series, AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits with Mike Paletta at his home near Pittsburgh, PA. Mike is setting up a new 75 gallon reef tank to test the effects of LED l...
November 4, 2012
In part one of this three part series, AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits with Mike Paletta at his home near Pittsburgh, PA. Mike is setting up a new 75 gallon reef tank to test the effects of LED l...
September 1, 2012
In part two of this two part series, AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits with Mike Paletta at his home near Pittsburgh, PA. Mike presents his 300 gallon mixed reef aquarium. In this video he shares ...
May 15, 2012
In part one of this two part series, AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits with Mike Paletta at his home near Pittsburgh, PA. Mike presents his 300 gallon mixed reef aquarium. In this video he shares ...
March 15, 2012
AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits with Brian Taimuty at his store Wet Pets and Friends in McMurray, PA. Brian presents the store’s 460 gallon LED mixed reef aquarium. In this video he shares deta...
January 30, 2012
If you’re thinking of starting up a seahorse tank, then this episode is for you. Join AmericanReef as we interview a unique and successful hobbyist who has been keeping these amazing sea creatures f...
October 23, 2011
American Reef returns to Reef Systems Coral Farms, a collaborator in an important study of how both global warming and increasing ocean acidity affect coral life. Researchers from Ohio State Universit...
September 20, 2011
American Reef returns to Reef Systems Coral Farms, a collaborator in an important study of how both global warming and increasing ocean acidity affect coral life. Researchers from Ohio State Universit...
August 15, 2011
AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits Penn State’s Dr. Sanjay Joshi at his home in central Pennsylvania. Sanjay discusses the design points he considered when converting his 180 gallon coral reef disp...
May 1, 2011
AmericanReef’s Russ Kikel visits Penn State’s Dr. Sanjay Joshi at his home in central Pennsylvania. Sanjay discusses the design points he considered when converting his 180 gallon coral reef disp...
April 2, 2011
American Reef invites you to take advantage of over 30 years of discus fish-breeding experience, as we once again visit Brian Taimuty at Wet Pets and Friends in McMurray, PA. Brian reveals specific de...
February 16, 2011
In this episode, expert  fishbreeder Brian Taimuty gives Advanced Aquarists' viewers invaluable information on successfully keeping Discus fish. Brian and his family have been breeding fish since the...
January 15, 2011
It’s a girl! The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium has succeeded in breeding a sea lion pup for the second year in a row! Join American Reef as we showcase this achievement and learn a little more abo...
December 16, 2010
Russ goes behind the scene at Todd Melman’s coral farming facility, Coral Reef Systems. Todd explains how he maintains his facility, and details the pros of purchasing aqua-cultured specimens over w...
December 16, 2010
Bob Snowden of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium talks about one of the facility’s newer exhibits, Troubled Waters, an 1,800 gallon display of what a healthy Caribbean reef system should look li...
November 15, 2010
Todd Melman, of Reef Systems Coral Farms, gives viewers a brief overview of the pros and cons of having a coral farm from a business point of view. He also offers a special deal to American Reef viewe...
October 15, 2010
Of the seven species of sea turtles in the world, six are endangered and one is threatened. Josie Romasco, founder of the Sea Turtle Second Chance conservation program at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aq...
September 15, 2010
American Reef meets with Dr. Sanjay Joshi at Penn State University, and examines the awesome 500-gallon reef tank on display in the Student Union. Sanjay provides details relating to the design, set-u...
July 16, 2010
American Reef meets with Dr. Sanjay Joshi at Penn State University, and examines the awesome 500-gallon reef tank on display in the Student Union. Sanjay provides details relating to the design, set-u...
June 15, 2010
Bob Snowden of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium takes AmericanReef.com on a virtual tour of the facility. While walking through the various exhibits, Bob gives the home hobbyist advice on good and ...
May 15, 2010

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