Category Archives: Experts

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.


Disposable Ultraviolet Sterilizers: We Chat With Royce Suzuki of Innovative Marine About Their Easy New Drop-In AUQA Shield UV Sterilizers

We spoke to Royce Suzuki, Innovative Marine’s Director of Marketing, about how ultraviolet sterilization works and why the company decided to create UV sterilizers you can simply throwaway after using.


How to Safely Medicate Sick Fish By Testing Copper Levels With The Hanna Copper Colorimeter Checker – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #1

Thinking of setting up a quarantine tank? We quiz Kevin Costa of Hanna Instruments about the technology that went into building the Copper Checker and how you can use it to monitor your quarantine so you don’t overdose or under medicate fish.


The AquaMaxx Prism Proves You Don’t Have To Spend A Fortune To Get A Powerful Controllable Reef Light

I am happy with the Prism. The combination of intensity, coloration, controllability, and aesthetics are impressive—especially at this price point. I can’t wait to see how the light performs once I add corals!


We Speak With Richard Durso, Creator Of The Durso Overflow, About How He Got Into Reefing and Giving Back To The Aquarium Hobby

Richard tells us how he came up with the overflow that now bears his name, the challenges of protecting a patent, and whether he’s tried Herbie or Bean Animal overflow designs.