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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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Join us at the Marine Aquarium Expo

Do you have weekend plans? If so, cancel them … we have something much more fun in mind. Come visit our booth at the Marine Aquarium Expo this Saturday and Sunday at the OC Fair & Event Center and pick up a catalog along with some exclusive event coupons for our online store. If you […]

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Q&A with Keith, 3/27/09

QUESTIONAbout 2 months ago I was having issues with my Red Sea Max. I was getting a lot of red slime on my sand. I went to my LFS and he said taking the sand out and running the system with no sand would be the best thing to do. Since then I have had […]

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Q&A with Keith, 3/20/09

QUESTIONI have a 37-gallon tank I just started. It currently has live sand and 30 lbs of live rock. The only livestock in it is a Stars and Stripe Puffer. It seems pretty aggressive. I would like to add some live corals and invertebrates. Is it possible with the puffer? If so, I would appreciate […]

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JBJ Introduces Quad PowerCompact Nano

JBJ introduced the popular nano cube to aquarium hobbyists a few years ago. Today they are releasing the latest in their line of nano tanks perfect for your home or office: the Quad PowerCompact model. This new tank comes with a 105-watt power compact bulb to illuminate your tank and ensure your corals get the […]

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