Category Archives: Advice

Fish Traps: How to catch aquarium fish like a PRO

Over my years of keeping fish, something I have most definitely learned to be true is that fish have personality. Every fish is different and sometimes it is important to learn the habits and temperaments of your fish in order to provide them with the right type of care. Sometimes, you come across a fish […]


Bacteria for Beginners, Part 1

COOTIES? Eeoww!  Bacteria gets a bad name because of the serious illnesses some of them can cause. But not all bacteria are bad, in fact most are not just good, but critically important for life on Earth. To help understand what role bacteria play in our reef tanks, we are introducing a multi-part series on […]


Aquarium Rock: Live, dry, cured or uncured?

As a new hobbyist, the choices between different kinds of rocks can be overwhelming. Choosing the rock that is right for you is as important as choosing the size of the tank you want. Rock forms the basis of your aquascape, whether you intend to run a FOWLR (fish only with live rock) aquarium or […]


How to Lower Nitrates in a Saltwater Aquarium by Joseph Chang, Marinedepot.com ReefSquad

Marine fish, corals and invertebrates are delicate specimens that require pristine water conditions to thrive. High nitrate is often the cause of algae problems and ailing fish or corals. In a fish-only aquarium, you will want to keep the nitrate level below 10ppm. In a reef aquarium, the nitrate level should be as close to […]


How to Dip Corals By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

12 months have passed since setting up your tank, fish are healthy and many of the new corals you added are flourishing and beginning to grow. You get home from work one day, take a gander at the tank and you see what looks like little bugs crawling on your corals leaving behind tiny bite marks in the […]


How to Get Rid of Brown Slime (Dinoflagellates) By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Reef aquariums come with baggage, just like any relationship. It is your responsibility as a hobbyist to understand and overcome the “not so fun” aspects of the hobby. What am I talking about here? Well, things like water changes, daily dosing, nuisance algae control and maintenance in general can steer even the most dedicated hobbyist […]


How to Care for SPS Corals by Robert Farnsworth

Within the reef aquarium hobby, you often hear the terms soft corals, LPS and SPS used to identify different groups of corals. Grouping corals in this fashion is useful because it not only describes the coral itself, but also helps aquarium hobbyists understand what a particular coral will need from us (lighting, placement, flow, parameters, etc.) in order to survive. If […]


How to Care for Soft Corals By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Within the reef aquarium hobby, you often hear the terms soft corals, LPS and SPS used to identify different groups of corals. Grouping corals in this fashion is useful because it not only describes the coral itself, but also helps aquarium hobbyists understand what a particular coral will need from us (lighting, placement, flow, parameters, etc.) in order to survive. This […]


Starfish for Marine Reef Aquariums By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Starfish or Sea Stars are one of the more unique and intriguing specimens found in reef aquaria. Whether you are a seasoned hobbyist or beginner, you are most likely familiar with these stars of the sea. They are available in a variety of brilliant colors and can perform a critical function in your reef aquarium. […]


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Aquarium Heaters By Keith MacNeil, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

As the winter months draw near, colder temperatures—both inside and outside—are fast approaching. It’s around this time each year I begin to see threads pop up on aquarium message boards discussing aquarium heater failure. Sometimes hobbyists are lucky: the heater simply did not turn on and their tank got colder. In other instances, heaters actually […]