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OPINION: You should only buy high-end aquarium equipment

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of ways to set up a reef aquarium. If we were to take a closer look at 100 different reef aquarium systems, there would be some similarities, but most would be unique. How can a hobbyist be sure the equipment they are buying is built to last? Does high-end […]

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New 10 and 20 Gallon NUVO Fusion Nano Tanks from Innovative Marine Available Now for Pre-Order

Innovative Marine made some significant improvements to their NUVO aquarium line earlier this year with the release of the Fusion 30L and Fusion 40, which incorporated some of the cooler features of their SR-Series (shallow reef) tanks, like higher quality low-iron glass and mesh screen tops. Now Innovative Marine has taken the next logical step […]

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I Like Booger-Sized Corals—And So Should You

Over the past several years, local fish stores (LFS) have been getting a bad rap for selling tiny booger-sized coral frags. Personally, I LOVE these diminutive-sized jewels. Some hobbyists believe that all LFS are price-gougers who make a ton of money and rinse out their filter socks with bottles of Fiji Water. The truth is […]

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8 Things You Should NEVER Do When Starting a New Reef Aquarium

They say we learn from experience—good or bad—and that experience is a great teacher. The only problem with that for the new reef keeper is your bad experience may result in dead fish, dead corals and a lot of heartache. Aquarium keeping is one hobby where you should learn from the experience of others before […]

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Tools Every Reef Tank Owner Should Keep in their Toolbox

So you think you have your reef tank all figured out?Just when you have installed the ATO, got your dosing regimen down and your corals are starting to grow in nicely—your return pump freezes up and now your tank is down until you can get it back up and running. Maybe you went on vacation for […]

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The Truly Innovative MiniMax All-In-One Media Reactor

If you’ve shopped for a media reactor, you probably noticed they all seem to share the same basic design. Innovative Marine recently broke the mold when they introduced the MiniMax, an all-in-one media reactor that is easy to set up, easy to clean and easy to swap swap media out of. If you’ve owned a media […]

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Get the most out of your carbon and GFO with an AquaMaxx media reactor

As aquarium hobbyists, we are always looking for ways to make our tanks look cleaner and more colorful.Most of us use activated carbon to polish aquarium water and remove organics and unwanted chemicals. Many of us also use GFO to control phosphate levels, minimize algae growth and maximize the color of our corals. However, being […]

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Is it Time to Graduate to a Sump?

The clean sump setup inside one of our employee’s aquarium stands. To sump, or not to sump? That is the question pondered by many aquarium hobbyists. With all the useful gear available for reef tanks, one of the most beneficial pieces of equipment is sometimes overlooked because it is usually kept hidden inside the aquarium […]

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Will it Fit? Video Series: JBJ 45-Gallon RL Rimless Cube

This is the fourth installment of “Will it Fit?”, a new Marine Depot video series! One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from hobbyists is “Will this skimmer/reactor/etc. fit in my aquarium?” We felt this presented us with an opportunity to make a fun new video series to demonstrate whether some of our […]

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Cobalt Aquatics E-X-T 800 is the perfect pump for reactors, small UV sterilizers, chillers and heaters

The new Cobalt E-X-T 800 Pump may be precisely what many hobbyists have been searching for. Finally, a perfect little external pump for media reactors, small UV sterilizers, small chillers, inline heaters and more! At 210 GPH, this pump has the perfect flow rate for a small chiller for your BioCube or Nano Cube. Now […]

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