Category Archives: Equipment

Aquascape with Base Rock

After moving to a larger tank, I knew I was missing quite a bit of live rock. The live rock I had in my old 18 gallon reef tank plus any rock I had in buckets was not enough to fill my new 60 gallon aquarium. I stacked the rock the best I could and […]

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.

Product Review: EcoTech VorTech Battery Backup

EcoTech Marine VorTech Battery Backup Item Code: EM1711 Specifications: 18 Amp-Hour 12-volt sealed battery Powder-coated white aluminum housing Dimensions: 9″ x 7″ x 3.25″ Product Contents: Battery Backup One page instructions with warranty on back Power Adapter Two VorTech cables Useful Information: Up to 20 hours with MP60w, 36 hours with MP40w, and 72 hours […]

Ecoxotic EcoPico: Plants & Parts

A week passed after filling my Ecoxotic EcoPico with reverse osmosis water and the tank was still cloudy. I was seriously regretting not rinsing the Seachem Flourite before putting the substrate inside my little tank. My boss hooked me up with some plants and rocks he’d received from members of SCAPE (Southern California Aquatic Plant […]

Product Review: AquaticLife 3700L High Head Submersible Pump vs Mag-Drive 9.5

Product Review: AquaticLife Marine Utility Pump 3700L (976 GPH) Item Code: AK01025 Dimensions: 7.5″ x 3.5″ x 5.1″ Inlet / Outlet: 3/4″ FPT, 3/4″ MPT Power Cord: 6.5 ft Voltage: 120V, 60Hz Watts: 82 Maximum Head Height: 12.3 ft   AquaticLife Marine Utility Pump 3700 (976 GPH)  Package contents include: AquaticLife 3700 Pump, […]

ATI T5 HO Light Fixtures & Bulbs

ATI is a German company that develops high quality aquarium equipment, from protein skimmers to lighting. Their T5 fixtures and bulbs in particular are generating positive word-of-mouth, especially among reef aquarium hobbyists. ATI light fixtures are special for a few reasons. An active cooling system helps to keep T5 bulbs within optimal temperature ranges. This […]

Ecoxotic EcoPico: Unboxing + LED Upgrade

It’s been about 2 years since I’ve had an aquarium of my own. One of the perks of working at is that I see aquariums every day. Monday through Friday, at least. But still, it’s not the same. I’ve been plotting my return to the hobby since I got married last May. Since we’re […]

Product Review: ATI SunPower 36 Inch 6x39W T5HO Fixture

ATI SunPower 36 Inch 6x39W T5HO Fixture Item Code: UZ3007 Size: 36″ (Actual Dimensions: 35″ x 13.4″ x 2.1″) Bulbs: Six 39w T5HO (234 total watts) Reflectors: Individual Parabolic silver coated 98% reflective German-made aluminum Cooling: Dual 3″ x 3″ Fans Lamp Shield: 1/8″ Thick Acrylic Suspension Cable: 5ft long adjustable grip-lock hanging kit Mounting […]

Coming Soon: Current USA TrueLumen Pro LED Striplights

We’ve had Current USA’s smaller LED strips available for a while now, but today we got a sample of the Pro sizes and, boy, are they bright. The first thing we noticed after taking them of the box is that they have a very sturdy construction. They definitely feel high quality. They don’t make any […]

15% off ALL AquaC EV Series Protein Skimmers

For November only, we’re offering AquaC’s entire line of EV Series protein skimmers for 15% off. Enter coupon code AQUAC15 during checkout to redeem these limited-time savings. We’re also offering free shipping on all EV models, no coupon required. AquaC EV Series skimmers are rated for marine and reef aquariums from 40 to 2,000 gallons. […]