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Vacation Preparation: Readying Your Tank Before You Go By Keith MacNeil, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

I have been an avid aquarium hobbyist for many years and been working in the industry for well over 20. A common story I have heard far too many times is “I came home from vacation and everything in my tank was dead.” The last thing you want to come home to after a relaxing […]

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How to Maintain Calcium and Alkalinity By R. Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Calcium is an essential building block for wild and captive reefs alike. Calcium combines with carbonates (alkalinity) and other elements in the water to create calcium carbonate. Stony corals synthesize calcium carbonate along with trace elements from the water in order to build rigid skeletons which ultimately end up creating a foundation for wild reefs. […]

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The ABCs of LEDs, Part 1 By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Responsible reefkeepers know conservation is playing a huge role in the growth and evolution of the aquarium hobby. Yet, those outside the aquarium hobby sometimes fail to recognize how much we, as a community, truly care about Mother Earth and her oceans. We support efforts to eliminate abuses in collection, encourage captive breeding and propagation […]

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

Have you ever seen the movie Ghostbusters?Do you remember Slimer, the ugly spud-shaped ghost that left a nasty slime trail everywhere it went?While funny in the film, having slime inside your aquarium is no laughing matter. It consumes nutrients in your water, blankets coral and creates an unsightly aquascape.Cyanobacteria is classified as a photosynthetic organism with […]

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Top 10 Aquarium Myths By Chris Romero, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Technology in the aquarium hobby and the way we think about our aquariums continues to evolve. Decades ago, an undergravel filter was the only way to filter an aquarium, saltwater was collected from the ocean and keeping coral in a closed environment was almost unheard of. As times and technology have evolved, a lot of […]

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How to Organize Your Aquarium Equipment by Jose Serrano, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

How many times has water fallen on the power strip you plug your aquarium supplies into? How often do you unplug the wrong piece of equipment because you have no idea which plug it is? Are your cables so intertwined they resemble braids of hair or worse, tangled into a veritable bird’s nest? Don’t worry: you are […]

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Setting up a Biopellet Reactor By Murray W. Camp

So, you just purchased a new biopellet reactor. Congratulations! You may be saying to yourself: “what do I do now”? Hopefully, this article will answer some of your questions. What are biopellets? “Biopellets” are beads or pellets of a solid plastic, used in an upflow reactor, for nutrient control. The basic idea behind this methodology is that […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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