Aquarium Water Testing and Why it Matters

Not all aquarium life requires the same water parameters. It is critical for success to know which species you are keeping, their water requirements, and what your water quality levels are. Check out these guidelines for fresh and saltwater tanks!

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How to Lower Nitrates in a Saltwater Aquarium: Proven Techniques For Success

Keeping nitrate under control has always been a concern because nitrate is the end-product of nitrification via your biological filtration so it’s continually added to your aquarium water. It may seem like a constant battle to keep nitrate under control. The good news is there are many proven ways to minimize nitrate build-up.

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Red Slime!!! – Reef Tank Pest Control #3: How to Get Rid of Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria, or Cyano for short, is not an algae like what many of you might think but is in fact a photosynthetic bacteria that can quickly coat the surfaces inside your tank. Its ugly, prolific and can even out-compete your coral. Here is your guide to preventing this plague and some helpful tips for cleaning it up.

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How to Cycle a Saltwater Tank: Tips To Help You Succeed with Your New Aquarium

Setting up an aquarium is an exciting project. Typically, we can’t wait to start adding fish, corals, and invertebrates, but, a newly set up aquarium is not ready for new animals right away. In this episode, we’ll share our best tips to help you succeed when cycling your new aquarium.

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You’re Using The Wrong Test Kit: Why Aqua Medic’s Marine Lab Is Better Than ICP For Many Hobbyists

Aqua Medic Water Testing is the only service that does not use ICP machines to get results. We reached out to find out why. What we learned was that their time-tested service is more practical for the majority of hobbyists.

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Why Chasing Colors is Better Than Chasing Numbers – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #9

We quiz Jeremy Howell of Brightwell Aquatics about phosphate, nitrate, testing, dosing, and more. Then hobbyists from around the world had the opportunity to ask him everything they’ve ever wanted to know about coral colors and the Brightwell product line.

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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.

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Red Sea Aquariums: Past, Present, and Future – Marine Depot Chats with Experts #4

We chat with Scott Kohler of Red Sea about all the new aquarium products they debuted at Interzoo this year like the ReefClean, ReefDose, and ReefLED. Then callers from around the US join the call to ask Scott about NO3:PO4-X and a whole lot more!

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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.

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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.

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