Category Archives: Advice

Top 7 Live Rock Hitchhikers by Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

If you have ever set up, maintained or even researched marine aquaria, I am sure you are aware of live rock and its role in this hobby. Live rock is generally a piece of reef rock (ancient dead corals) that is pulled directly from wild reefs or culture facilities. It is then boxed and immediately shipped to […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Planted Tanks

In recent years we have seen many advances in aquarium technology and many new approaches to aquariums in general. One of the most interesting and artistic advances has been the planted aquarium.

The Best Clean Up Crew Critters and Equipment For Your Reef Aquarium

Spring time has lots of difference faces depending on where you are located. For me living in the Northeast, it means I can finally get outside and tackle the chore of cleaning up my yard from winter (and sneaking out to the golf course as well). But no matter where you live, all of us […]

How and Why to Test Your Aquarium Water by Keith MacNeil, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

We all know we should test our aquarium water regularly. Yet many of us fall into the “well, the tank looks good… so there probably aren’t any problems” school of thought. Unfortunately this mentality often leads to major headaches down the road. Algae blooms seem to pop up out of nowhere. Corals once vibrant and […]

Comparing Reef Aquarium Test Kits by Keith MacNeil, a Marine Depot Staff Member

I am going to start this article with a confession: I do not like testing the water parameters in my reef aquarium. I tend to be one of those “lazy” reefers that doesn’t test his tank and just waits until he notices a problem. Then, when a problem does occur, all of a sudden I […]

Water Movement in Aquariums: An Overview of Powerheads by Keith MacNeil, MarineDepot Reef Squad

After lighting, the second most discussed topic in the reef aquarium hobby is how to provide adequate water movement in the tank environment. There is so much information available online and in books that figuring out which powerhead and controller to use may seem overwhelming. This article should be helpful for reef aquarium hobbyists of all […]

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: What To Know Before You Buy

Before you purchase a light fixture for your aquarium there are a few items you should know.  By understanding these items it will help you make a more educated and appropriate choice for lighting your aquarium. Understanding the different types of lights/bulbs available: The most popular and common types of fixtures available to light your aquarium […]