Category Archives: Filters

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.


Thinking About Setting Up A Freshwater Planted Tank? Here’s What You’ll Need

Planted aquariums are not difficult but they do provide a challenge both in aquascaping along with plant care. Many tropical fish develop richer colors when kept with live plants. Follow along as we take a bottom to top approach to setting up a planted aquarium.


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.


Is it a Protein Skimmer or Power Filter? Both! Meet the Compact 2-in-1 Coralife Marine Filter

If want an easy way to provide filtration and protein skimming for your small reef tank while eliminating bulky gear and messy power cords, the Coralife Marine Filter is exactly what you’re looking for!


Reef-A-Palooza Roundup: A Water Testing Robot, Apex Control with Alexa, More Natural Rock Shapes, and Speaker Recaps

Join us for a look at exciting new products, expert speaker recaps, a behind-the-scenes visit to a coral farm, and more! See highlights from the 2018 show in this 6-minute episode.


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.


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.


The Walt Smith Story: His Rich History in the Marine Aquarium Hobby and the A.D.E. Project

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with industry pioneer Walt Smith about his Aquaculture Development for the Environment (A.D.E.) Project and rich history in the marine aquarium hobby.


AquaMaxx FC-Series Skimmers Strip Organics From Your Reef Tank and Look Great Doing It

We see a lot of interesting skimmer designs but one brand that always seems to stand out is AquaMaxx. A combination of innovative features and economical pricing is the hallmark of the AquaMaxx line.


5 Awesome (and Affordable!) Gifts for Reef Hobbyists

We’ve selected gifts that are economical and useful to anyone with a reef aquarium. If you’re already an aquarist and want to drop a gift hint, just pass this along as a helpful shopping guide!