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Category Archives: Product Reviews

Testing Test Kits: We Compared 4 Popular Aquarium Ammonia Test Kits—Here Are the Results

For this ammonia test kit evaluation, we used a “blind” three-person test panel. The water samples contained known lab-prepared ammonia levels. But none of the people using the kits had any idea what the levels were.


Prime Fuge Review: The Best Refugium Light We’ve Ever Tested—Grow Macroalgae FAST!

The all new Prime fuge was designed specifically for refugiums to promote faster and more robust growth among your macroalgae.


Nero 5 Pump Review: Design, Performance, Control, and Scheduling Using myAI App

Aqua Illumination is one of the original companies that pioneered LED aquarium lighting and make it available to the masses. Recently, they’ve taken an exciting leap into the circulation pump market with the Nero 5 powerhead release.


Testing Test Kits: We Compared 5 Popular Aquarium pH Test Kits—Here Are the Results

For our test kit evaluation, we used a “blind” test panel of three persons. We knew what the pH levels were in the water samples, but the observers didn’t. They simply performed the tests and wrote down the results.


A Pump Upgrade That Is Worth Every Penny: The EcoTech Marine VorTech QuietDrive Driver

Backwards compatibility is one of the VorTech’s best features. Upgrade previous model pumps to the current QD versions. QD upgrade kits can significantly reduce motor noise from older version VorTechs and in some models will also increase flow.


Mail-In and ICP Aquarium Water Testing: Which Service is Right for You?

There are 4 major water testing labs specializing in saltwater analysis: ATI Lab, AquaMedic AWT, ICP-Analysis.com, and Triton Lab. We sent identical water samples to each and discuss our test results in this comprehensive review.


Turn Your ATO Reservoir Into A Refugium And 4 Other Easy Mods For Your Red Sea Reefer 350

The Reefer 350 is a beautiful 73 gallon reef system from Red Sea. There’s not much you can really improve upon, but aquarium hobbyists always seem to find a way! Metrokat found four easy modifications online and performed them on her own aquarium. Check out the results!


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!


APS Stand Shelf Kits Let You Customize Your Aquarium Stand–See Photos, Details, Pricing

Did you know Aluminum Profile Series (APS) stands can be used for more than just Innovative Marine brand aquariums? We’re also breaking the news that APS Stand Shelf Kits will be released in about a month!