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Category Archives: Testing

How to Cycle a Saltwater Aquarium By Mark Callahan, Mr. Saltwater Tank

Let’s face it: you want instant gratification. As soon as your box of aquarium supplies arrives from MarineDepot.com, you drop everything and begin fiddling with your new gear. And, once that last piece of equipment is set up, you’ll be ready to add fish to your new tank, right? Not so fast. You’ve got one step […]


How to Remove Phosphates from a Saltwater Aquarium By Joseph Chang, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

A common problem in marine fish and reef aquarium systems is high levels of phosphate. Phosphate can come from food added to the aquarium, fish waste, fish and coral respiration, low-quality carbon, impure water added to the tank along with numerous other causes. Phosphate is present in every aquarium and exists in two forms: organic […]


How to Maintain Calcium and Alkalinity By R. Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Calcium is an essential building block for wild and captive reefs alike. Calcium combines with carbonates (alkalinity) and other elements in the water to create calcium carbonate. Stony corals synthesize calcium carbonate along with trace elements from the water in order to build rigid skeletons which ultimately end up creating a foundation for wild reefs. […]


How to Get Rid of Red Slime (Cyanobacteria) By Robert Farnsworth, MarineDepot.com Reef Squad

Have you ever seen the movie Ghostbusters?Do you remember Slimer, the ugly spud-shaped ghost that left a nasty slime trail everywhere it went?While funny in the film, having slime inside your aquarium is no laughing matter. It consumes nutrients in your water, blankets coral and creates an unsightly aquascape.Cyanobacteria is classified as a photosynthetic organism with […]


Testing … 1, 2 … Testing

This is a test of the marketing department’s new aquarium. This is only a test. A test which we—or, I guess the tank, as it were—failed (cue “wah-wah” soundbyte). I’ve never been terribly good when it comes to taking tests. And—although it may be mere coincidence—I have a sneaky suspicion it is because I never […]