Category Archives: Aquariums

Aquarium Probiotics and their Benefits

Aquarium probiotics have many benefits when it comes to the health of your fish. Probiotics can be a great help at whatever level of the hobby you are at!


Why Testing Aquarium pH is Important

One of the most frequently tested and important parameters in aquariums is pH. Whether you are keeping Discus, African Cichlids, or reef aquariums testing and monitoring your aquarium pH is crucial for success.  This short overview will help anyone who is new to testing pH in aquariums – or anyone who is having trouble with their testing – to better understand […]


Freshwater Shrimp Keeping and Shrimp Safe Products from Brightwell Aquatics

At Marine Depot, we carry much more than saltwater products. We also carry a large range of freshwater products like live plants, CO2 supplies and glassware, fertilizers and shrimp safe products.


Does your TDS Meter Measure Up?

In this blog we will dive deeper into understanding Total Dissolved Solids and Electrical Conductivity Measurements and the impact that these measurements can have on your RODI filters in your aquarium.


Salinity Measurements in Aquariums

Alkalinity is one of the most widely tested parameters in saltwater aquariums. It is often the first water parameter many aquarists test for as it is crucial in making artificial saltwater. There are many ways to measure salinity, some more accurate than others. In this blog, we will discuss what salinity is, its importance in saltwater aquariums, and how to take salinity measurements.


DrTim’s Aquatics Recipes for Success: Fishless Cycling a New Aquarium (Using One and Only, Ammonium Chloride, and First Defense)

The “fishless cycle” is designed to establish biological filtration before any marine life is added. This method relies on a higher initial ammonia dose to “force feed” the bacteria and develop a substantial biofilter before adding livestock.


How to Lower Nitrates in a Saltwater Aquarium: Proven Techniques For Success

Keeping nitrate under control has always been a concern because nitrate is the end-product of nitrification via your biological filtration so it’s continually added to your aquarium water. It may seem like a constant battle to keep nitrate under control. The good news is there are many proven ways to minimize nitrate build-up.


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.


Reefer Deluxe 525 XL Tank Build #4: GHL ProfiLux 4 Setup and Mounting

The Red Sea tank in our office here has been cruising for some time now and I know it has been a while since we shared our work on the tank. As of today, the corals and fish are all looking wonderful and really maturing.