Category Archives: Experts

The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 3

Filtering your tank using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 3 of a multi-part series, we discuss the similarities and differences of freshwater and saltwater scrubbers. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.


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.


Aquarium Water Testing and Why it Matters

Not all aquarium life requires the same water parameters. It is critical for success to know which species you are keeping, their water requirements, and what your water quality levels are. Check out these guidelines for fresh and saltwater tanks!


The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 2

Filtering your tank using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 2 of a multi-part series, we discuss the pros and cons of buying an algae scrubber vs. building one. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.


DC Runner G2 Pumps Are a Hit With Hobbyists—We Talk With Aqua Medic’s Chad Wohlers About The Improvements They Made This Go-Round

Aqua Medic moved all the computer components from the pump into the controller itself. There have also been improvements made to the impeller and body designs that have resulted in near silent operation. Plus 0-10v connectivity!


DrTim’s Aquatics Recipes for Success: Getting Rid of Cyanobacteria and Algae (Using Re-Fresh and Waste-Away)

The long-term solution to cyano and algae is adding competing bacteria back into your aquarium that will consume nutrients and then removing those organisms, thereby removing the nutrients from the system. It’s not as hard as it sounds!


Support Walt Smith’s Efforts to Save Our Oceans with Bula Buddies

Around the world, our oceans and seas are facing severe problems that we’ve never seen before. Our Coral Reefs are not only a source of inspiration but are also a highly valuable and delicate ecosystem.


The Complete Guide to Algae Turf Scrubbers: Part 1

Filtering your aquarium by using “algae to fight algae” has gained popularity in recent years. In Part 1 of a multi-part series, we’ll learn the history of algae scrubbers from the 1970s to today. This guest post was researched and written by our friends at Santa Monica Filtration.


Choosing the Right Light For Your Aquarium — Marine Depot Chats with Experts #12

David (Dave) Troop of Aquatic Life joined us to share his lighting expertise to help you select the right light for your tank. We discussed LED, T5, and—you guessed it—hybrids! His company also produces reverse osmosis systems and accessories for aquarium use so we explore that topic as well!


Join Us For a Dive Trip in The Pacific with Concordia University Irvine Marine Lab

This is the third addition to our series with Concordia University Marine Lab in Irvine, CA. This time Robert joins Sean and Noah on a dive trip to collect animals for interactive touch tanks and research at the CUI Marine Lab. We’ve got great footage above and below the ocean surface!