Hamilton Technology Cebu Sun: A Tried-and-True Lighting Combination

With an increasing number of hobbyists becoming disappointed with their LED lights, many have switched back to the tried-and-true combination of Metal Halides & T5 High Output—which has often been revered as the best lighting you can buy for any reef aquarium. We hear from veteran reefers all the time that the lighting combination of […]

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Hack Your Tank: Ways to Modify Your All-in-One Aquarium

Here are just a few of our favorite nano tank modifications. Which is your favorite? Outside the box thinking seems to be a reoccurring theme in many aspects of our lives these days. Using your own ingenuity and intellect to change something to suit your needs can really make an impact. Applying this outside the […]

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Robert’s DIY LED Light Fixture, Part 2

Robert’s DIY LED Light Fixture v2.0 Since I made the big switch to LED, I have been pretty pleased with the results. Temperatures have become much more stable in my aquarium and I saved about $30 on my electricity bill the first month. For those of you who followed my DIY LED fixture post I […]

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Setting Up The Digital Aquatics Lifeguard

I just got a hold of the new Digital Aquatics Lifeguard Aquarium Monitoring System. I wanted to give folks a quick rundown in order to show how easy this unit is to use for those of us who are not so Johnny 5, if you will. The unit comes complete with everything you need to […]

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Robert’s DIY LED Light Fixture, Part 1

DIY LED light fixture from a MarineDepot.com staffer With all the recent excitement around LED lighting, I could not resist the temptation to make a change. I was previously running a 250 watt metal halide over my 24” cube reef aquarium. We’ve experienced some killer heat waves in California and the tank was running consistently […]

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Ecoxotic EcoPico: Shopping for Fish

Acclimating fish using the Float Method. After fertilizing, planting and outfitting my Ecoxotic EcoPico with a teeny-tiny heater from Hydor, I decided to let the tank get established for another month before adding livestock. What secrets lie behind the driftwood? Experienced aquarists often emphasize the importance of patience in this hobby. I am by no […]

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Ecoxotic EcoPico: Plants & Parts

A week passed after filling my Ecoxotic EcoPico with reverse osmosis water and the tank was still cloudy. I was seriously regretting not rinsing the Seachem Flourite before putting the substrate inside my little tank. My boss hooked me up with some plants and rocks he’d received from members of SCAPE (Southern California Aquatic Plant […]

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Ecoxotic EcoPico: Driftwood and Cabinet

After a successful 48-hour leak test, I decided to shop for rock and driftwood. I was getting anxious. I wanted to get the new tank up and running! I visited a local fish store in Fountain Valley, CA with my boss during our lunch hour. I picked through two or three dozen antler-shaped branches. Most […]

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Ecoxotic EcoPico: Unboxing + LED Upgrade

It’s been about 2 years since I’ve had an aquarium of my own. One of the perks of working at MarineDepot.com is that I see aquariums every day. Monday through Friday, at least. But still, it’s not the same. I’ve been plotting my return to the hobby since I got married last May. Since we’re […]

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Q&A with Keith, 4/10/09

QUESTIONWhat type of medicine would you use to treat ich in a mixed and/or nano aquarium? Can Melafix be used in a tank with anemones, starfish and coral? Are there “maintenance” medications you can use for typical stuff? ANSWERThere are a few medications considered “reef safe” for ich, although they generally are not as effective […]

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