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How to Test Calcium in Your Aquarium with a Hanna Calcium Checker

Calcium should be checked weekly at minimum, and every time you add or remove any organisms from your tank. The Hanna Calcium Checker generates an accurate digital readout in PPM.

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8 Best Practices for Using Your Hanna Marine Checker

Testing the levels with your Checker may seem to be a cut-and-dry process, but there are a lot of small things that can happen during testing which negatively impact your results.

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How often should I change my T5 bulbs?

To keep corals happy, T5 bulbs need to be replaced regularly. This article from popular T5 bulb manufacturer ATI breaks down the factors that affect bulb life and explains when and how to replace them.

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Introducing Marine Depot Rewards + Get 10% Cash Back on Most Purchases This Month

You can now rack up reward points to earn discounts on future purchases at Marine Depot! Get points by writing reviews, asking questions, buying products, and more!

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5 Simple Steps to Making Your Own Saltwater

Today we’ll explore some time-tested techniques that make mixing saltwater for your marine or reef aquarium easier and more consistent each and every time.

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5 Effective Ways to Control Algae in Reef Aquariums

We all struggle with algae problems in our reef tanks. Algae are an essential part of the aquarium’s food chain and ecosystem. It’s impossible to eliminate algae from our reef tanks but we can take steps to keep algae under control. The idea is to maintain the right natural balance so algae cannot take over […]

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SeaChem PhosGuard is a fast-acting and effective way to lower phosphate in a reef tank

If you run a reef tank, chances are that you will also run into phosphates. Phosphate (PO4) is a compound of phosphorus and is an essential trace element in saltwater. It is a nutrient source for corals and algae, a building block for living matter and is present in every reef tank. Phosphate can be […]

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How to Install and Maintain an In-Sump Protein Skimmer

A protein skimmer is considered by most hobbyists to be the heart of a saltwater aquarium filtration system.  Protein skimmers remove waste from your aquarium water before it has a chance to break down into nitrate and phosphate.  Therefore, using a protein skimmer really helps keep your aquarium water clean and helps to avoid unsightly […]

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How to Introduce Copepods into your Reef Aquarium

I find that one of the most fascinating aspects of keeping a reef aquarium is the immense diversity of organisms that grow and thrive in your reef tank.  This extreme biodiversity really helps a tank to thrive. Bacteria, algae, small crustaceans, tiny starfish and worms are all present in a reef tank and can play […]

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Transform your reef aquarium into THE ULTIMATE TECH TANK

We started out with a fish only system, then converted the tank to a reef system.  In this video we are going to turn this tank into the Ultimate Tech Tank by installing a Neptune Systems Apex Wi-Fi controller along with a handful of Apex accessories. Adding a controller to your tank is hands down […]

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