Category Archives: Equipment

Trick-Out My Tank Part One: AquaMaxx 12 Gallon Long Aquarium.

Everyday we receive questions about aquarium accessories and how they will fit on our customers tanks. So, we thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the best accessories to help build out some of our most popular aquariums. In this particular blog, we are going to dive into some accessories that […]

Reefing On a Budget: Part Two

In part one of this series we discussed a plethora of ways in which you can save money in the reef keeping hobby. Today, we are going to explore a few under the radar methods that allow you to keep a reef aquarium on a budget. While helping reefers save money is our ultimate goal […]

Our top picks for dad this Father’s Day

Father’s day is just around the corner and what better way to gift the father in your life than with a new gadget for their favorite hobby. Within this piece we are going to highlight fifteen new and exciting aquarium gadgets that can make perfect gifts for any father in the aquarium hobby. While we […]

How to Choose the Right Valve – Plumbing Basics, Part 3

Valves are an important component in aquarium filtration systems. They start, stop, and regulate the flow of water and prevent leaks in case of emergency or maintenance tasks. You’ll find valves used in refugiums, contactors, protein skimmers and on water pumps. Even canister filters use small shut-off valves on the quick-disconnect feature. If you’re building […]

Reefing On a Budget: Part One

Those who choose to become a part of the reef keeping community join a diverse club of individuals with a passion for the ocean and the species that reside within it. As technology within the hobby has continued to evolve, the cost of keeping a reef system has risen substantially. That being said, there are […]

How to Size Bulkhead Fittings – Plumbing Basics, Part 2

Bulkhead fittings are identified by the size of the pipe it connects to. But don’t make the mistake of thinking a one-inch bulkhead fitting requires a one-inch drilled hole. This article discusses what you should know about bulkheads and the appropriate hole sizes to accommodate them.

Best RO/DI Units for Aquariums: Our Top Picks

The water within your aquarium is arguably the most important factor in creating a successful system. Whether you are building a vibrant saltwater reef, a beautiful planted aquarium, or a simple fish only tank, producing reverse osmosis deionized water will give you the foundation needed for a happy and healthy system.  Within this article we […]

PVC – Plumbing Basics, Part 1 – What you Should Know

Matching PVC pipe and fittings is not that difficult. You can use all the same size piping or mix and match to create your own custom water management system. But if this is all new to you, this article discusses the basics of PVC plumbing.

Best Aquarium UV Sterilizers: Our Top Picks

UltraViolet aquarium Sterilization is a great way to keep your tank water clear and free of parasites. As the aquarium hobby has evolved, UV sterilizers have evolved with it. These units now come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any aquarium. Sterilizers can be used on both freshwater and saltwater aquariums in […]

pH Probe Calibration and How to Care for One

A pH meter is a great tool for monitoring the pH in your aquarium and tap water. With proper care and calibration, it will provide years of reliable service. Here’s what you need to know to keep your pH readings accurate.