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Category Archives: Experts

Optimizing Lighting and Flow to Grow Healthier Corals in your Reef Aquarium – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #3

How important is water flow for coral health? How do we maximize coral coloration and growth while keeping operating costs low? What are the benefits of syncing lighting and flow? Join us for an enlightening conversation with Jay Sperandio of EcoTech Marine.


Vinny Altamirano Shares GHL’s Company History, Explains What Sets Their Aquarium Controllers and Dosers Apart From Competitors, and Teases a New Product to Control Calcium

We go deep with GHL’S Vinny Altamirano to find out the answers to important questions like “What does GHL stand for?” Vinny also shares what he thinks differentiates GHL from the competition and how aquarium controllers benefit fresh and saltwater hobbyists alike.


Starting Your First Saltwater Aquarium? Here Are The Top 5 Best Beginner Saltwater Fish

If you are new to saltwater fishkeeping, you’ll want to start off with fish that are hardy, easy to care for, and adapt to aquarium life well. There are plenty of species which are both beautiful to look at, and some of them even help to keep your aquarium clean! Here are our Top 5 fish for beginning hobbyists!


We Get The Lowdown On The MiniMax Pro Reactor from Innovative Marine’s Royce Suzuki—BONUS: A New IM Skimmer Is Coming Soon!

The reactor is available in two sizes and designed to fit in the back of all-in-one aquariums where space is scarce—a place where fast, easy, and mess-free maintenance determines whether you love or hate a particular piece of equipment. Royce also tell us about their new NuvoSkim DC protein skimmer!


Practical Solutions For Controlling Nutrients in Your Reef Aquarium – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #2

How do high nutrients affect a reef tank? What problems might you face with out-of-control nutrient levels? How do you get your water parameters in check? Find out the answers to these questions and more in our live chat with Eric Cohen.


Does Your TDS Meter Measure Up?

A healthy aquarium begins with quality water. In this guest post from Kevin Costa of Hanna Instruments, 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 and your aquarium.


The Ultimate ATO Is The World’s First Auto Top Off With 4 Optical Sensors To Keep You From Shouting 4 Letter Words At Your Aquarium

XP Aqua spent a year designing, developing, and testing the Ultimate ATO. It is the first auto top-off system with 4 optical sensors which are used for top-off detection, dual over-fill protection, and run-dry protection. Packed with sophisticated safety features but with easy plug-and-play installation!


We Talk to Julian Sprung About His First Aquarium, Growing Algae To Filter Water, And The #1 Mistake Most Hobbyists Make

Julian Sprung is one of our favorite writers about all things aquaria. He co-founded a company you probably know called Two Little Fishies in 1991 to publish books about the hobby and create practical products many of us at Marine Depot use every day on our tanks.


The Sumpless ATO from XP Aqua is the First Auto Top-Off Built for Tanks Without Sumps

The Sumpless ATO from XP Aqua is the first and only auto top-off system specifically designed for aquariums without sumps. The dual-optical sensor ATO is hidden inside the included overflow box which acts as a surface skimmer but doubles as a media reactor.


Secrets For Success: Rules You Should Follow To Keep Your Seahorse Aquarium Thriving

So you’re interested in seahorses? It’s easy to see why! Keeping seahorses is not more difficult than keeping a reef aquarium, it’s just different. If you have reefkeeping experience, you will need to unlearn some of what you know and follow a set of seahorse specific rules.