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Category Archives: Experts

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.


NUVO EXT: Innovative Marine Grants Our Wish And Builds Reef-Ready Tanks With External Overflows So We Can Finally Use A Sump

Up till now, IM’s aquariums were predominantly AIO designs. But many of you want to use an external sump system. NUVO EXT aquariums are designed with an external overflow based on the reliable “Herbie safety drain” system.


Reuse Your Filter Media Over and Over (and Over) Again: We Talk To Eric Cohen About Blue Life USA’s New Regenerable Resin Line, Blue Fx

Blue Fx regenerable resins are an easy-to-use and cost-effective approach to aquarium filtration. All resins are regenerable 6 or more times with the Regen Fx Kit. Let’s look at each media and see which may be right for you.


Innovative Marine’s WaveLink and MightyJet Have Us PUMPED: Compact, Controllable, and Purpose-Built For Upgrading Your AIO Tank

Innovative Marine released four controllable pumps specifically designed to fit in your all-in-one nano reef aquarium. We’ve got photos, video, and speak to the company about their new WaveLink and MightyJet pump lines.