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You’re Using The Wrong Test Kit: Why Aqua Medic’s Marine Lab Is Better Than ICP For Many Hobbyists

Aqua Medic Water Testing is the only service that does not use ICP machines to get results. We reached out to find out why. What we learned was that their time-tested service is more practical for the majority of hobbyists.

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Biological Filtration Demystified – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #10

The way you cycle your aquarium can actually impact its success long term. We discussed the pros and cons of a fishless cycle vs. cycling with fish and how to control the uglies in a new aquarium with Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec, the founder of DrTim’s Aquatics.

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Why Chasing Colors is Better Than Chasing Numbers – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #9

We quiz Jeremy Howell of Brightwell Aquatics about phosphate, nitrate, testing, dosing, and more. Then hobbyists from around the world had the opportunity to ask him everything they’ve ever wanted to know about coral colors and the Brightwell product line.

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A Pump Upgrade That Is Worth Every Penny: The EcoTech Marine VorTech QuietDrive Driver

Backwards compatibility is one of the VorTech’s best features. Upgrade previous model pumps to the current QD versions. QD upgrade kits can significantly reduce motor noise from older version VorTechs and in some models will also increase flow.

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Neptune Systems Apex Has the Skills to Control Your Aquarium with Amazon’s Alexa

We all have probably yelled at our aquarium at some point or another, but thanks to modern technology, now they can listen! Neptune Systems recently released an official Amazon Alexa Skill to access your Apex controller from any Apex enabled device.

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Aquarium YouTubers Unite! Q&A with Melev’s Reef and Reef Dudes – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #8

We chat with Marc Levenson of Melev’s Reef and Deven Rich of Reef Dudes about how they got into the aquarium, products they recommend, triumphs and challenges of making videos, and more!

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Algae Scrubbers Explained: Natural Filtration For Your Aquarium – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #7

We ask how algae scrubbers work, what the benefits are, how scrubbers compare to reactors and refugiums, what types of fish eat the algae harvested in a scrubber, and a whole lot more. Learn about algal filtration!

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The People, Science, and Technology of Tunze – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #6

We quiz Roger about the new Tunze macroalgae reactor we saw at MACNA 2018, get updates on the Smart Controller 7000, plus talk about pumps, protein skimmers, auto top-off systems, company history and so much more!

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Always Innovative: Clever Solutions to Make Aquarium Keeping Easier – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #5

Join us for a live Q&A with Innovative Marine’s Marketing Director Royce Suzuki about the company’s new INT and EXT aquariums, APS stands, MiniMax Pro reactors, NuvoSkim DC skimmers, research and development and a whole lot more!

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Here’s Exactly What You Should Do With Your Aquarium In Case Disaster Strikes: Lessons Learned From Julian Sprung’s ‘Backup Plan’

Julian Sprung, life-long aquarist and owner of Two Little Fishies, presents his real-life story about losing power and trying to save his reef aquarium during Hurricane Irma in 2017. “Backup Plan” are lessons he learned in the wake of the disaster.

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