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The TRITON Method: Replacing Trial and Error with Conscious Control

The TRITON Method is a holistic reef keeping system. You do not need to be a chemist to use it. Just test your seawater, know what’s in it, and act to fix it. To take full advantage of the program, it is recommended you have a sump with a refugium that is 10-20% of your total system volume.


A Quick Guide to Fishless Cycling: An Easy Way to Start Your New Aquarium

Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec presents a short, concise recipe on how to fishless cycle your aquarium. You can add DrTim’s One & Only Live Nitrifying Bacteria or not with this method. By adding the bacteria, your cycling time will be shorter and you’ll be watching fish in your aquarium sooner.


How to Cycle a Saltwater Tank: Tips To Help You Succeed with Your New Aquarium

Setting up an aquarium is an exciting project. Typically, we can’t wait to start adding fish, corals, and invertebrates, but, a newly set up aquarium is not ready for new animals right away. In this episode, we’ll share our best tips to help you succeed when cycling your new aquarium.


Transform Your Aquarium Experience with Sound and Color — Marine Depot Chats with Experts #11

Current USA’s Serene combines aquarium lighting, background lighting, and audio to change your mood and stimulate your feelings using a technique called chromotherapy. Learn more in our latest Chats with Experts!


Nero 5 Pump Review: Design, Performance, Control, and Scheduling Using myAI App

Aqua Illumination is one of the original companies that pioneered LED aquarium lighting and make it available to the masses. Recently, they’ve taken an exciting leap into the circulation pump market with the Nero 5 powerhead release.


Testing Test Kits: We Compared 5 Popular Aquarium pH Test Kits—Here Are the Results

For our test kit evaluation, we used a “blind” test panel of three persons. We knew what the pH levels were in the water samples, but the observers didn’t. They simply performed the tests and wrote down the results.


How to Grow Coralline Algae In Your Aquarium: The Simple Truth

Growing coralline algae is one of the most discussed topics among reef aquarists. But here’s some good news: there is no magic formula or aquatic voodoo. Growing coralline algae is quite easy—and here’s what you need to know!


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.


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.


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.