The Fundamentals of Live Rock in Aquascaping by Mike Paletta

Live rock is not only crucial for biological filtration, but when done properly, it provides a natural environment for aquarium inhabitants. It can provide natural hiding places to make the fish feel secure as well as providing a natural base upon which the corals and other invertebrates may be placed. Unfortunately during the planning of the […]


Water Purification and Top-Off by Mike Paletta

“Garbage in: Garbage out” is one of the long held dictums of computers. This is also true of reef aquariums. Unfortunately, one of the most overlooked aspects of reef keeping is the quality of the tap water that is being used in a reef aquarium. Fish and corals are not only composed almost entirely of […]


Considerations When Choosing Water Test Kits by Mike Paletta

One of the first pieces of equipment most will purchase for their aquariums will be test kits. Test kits are an integral part in any marine aquarium keeper’s tools in trying to properly maintain a thriving aquarium. The responsibility of maintaining proper conditions for the animals we choose to raise begins with two simple principles: […]


Lighting a Reef Tank, Part 1 by Mike Paletta

Lighting a reef tank consists of more than putting a certain type or wattage of light over a tank. Many factors, such as size and depth of the tank and types of organisms kept, need to be considered first and foremost when setting up lighting for the tank. The cost of purchasing and running the […]


How to Restore a Neglected Tank by Mike Paletta

Due to vacations, other recreational activities and lack of time, our tanks may no longer look their best. When this happens we generally notice that a lot has happened to the tank that needs improving. Algae may be a little thicker, the water may not be as clear and the corals may not be as […]


Finding Dory Fish Tank

Finding Dory: How to Care for a Blue Tang (“Dory”) in a Saltwater Aquarium All of us here at Marine Depot are excited for new Disney•Pixar film, Finding Dory. With the original film Finding Nemo we saw a huge increase in demand for keeping Clownfish and Blue Tangs in an aquarium. As responsible aquarists, we […]


Finding Nemo and Finding Dory in the Home Aquarium

Finding Nemo: Meet the real life counterparts of the animals featured in the hit animated flickFinding Nemo was a huge hit when it debuted in theaters back in 2003. The film had such an impact within the pet industry that many insiders refer to the phenomenon as the “Nemo Effect.” People who had never cared […]


Aquarium Rock: Live, dry, cured or uncured?

As a new hobbyist, the choices between different kinds of rocks can be overwhelming. Choosing the rock that is right for you is as important as choosing the size of the tank you want. Rock forms the basis of your aquascape, whether you intend to run a FOWLR (fish only with live rock) aquarium or […]


How to Get Rid of Red Slime (Cyanobacteria) By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Have you ever seen the movie Ghostbusters?Do you remember Slimer, the ugly spud-shaped ghost that left a nasty slime trail everywhere it went?While funny in the film, having slime inside your aquarium is no laughing matter. It consumes nutrients in your water, blankets coral and creates an unsightly aquascape.Cyanobacteria is classified as a photosynthetic organism with […]