Why Testing Aquarium pH is Important

One of the most frequently tested and important parameters in aquariums is pH. Whether you are keeping Discus, African Cichlids, or reef aquariums testing and monitoring your aquarium pH is crucial for success.  This short overview will help anyone who is new to testing pH in aquariums – or anyone who is having trouble with their testing – to better understand […]

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DrTim’s Aquatics Recipes for Success: Fishless Cycling a New Aquarium (Using One and Only, Ammonium Chloride, and First Defense)

The “fishless cycle” is designed to establish biological filtration before any marine life is added. This method relies on a higher initial ammonia dose to “force feed” the bacteria and develop a substantial biofilter before adding livestock.

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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 Use Hanna Checker Colorimeters to Dial In a 2-Part Calcium & Alkalinity Dosing Regimen

Maintaining proper water chemistry is arguably one of the more difficult aspects of keeping a healthy captive reef tank. Thankfully we have amazing tools to help us out! In this video, we show YOU how to dial in your ESV Two Part dosing using the Hanna Instrument’s Checkers.

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How to Lower Phosphates in a Reef Tank: Mastering Nutrient Control

Phosphate has always been a hot topic with reef keepers. It’s in our tap water. It’s in fish and invert food. Phosphate gets the blame for algae problems. Some say it even hurts corals. We’ll break it down and tell you everything you need to know about phosphate and how to control it in your aquarium.

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A Quick Guide to Fishless Cycling: An Easy Way to Start Your New Aquarium

Dr. Timothy A. Hovanec presents a short, concise recipe on how to fishless cycle your aquarium. You can add DrTim’s One & Only Live Nitrifying Bacteria or not with this method. By adding the bacteria, your cycling time will be shorter and you’ll be watching fish in your aquarium sooner.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Roger Vitko Interview: Discussing Tunze’s History, The Golden Rule, Product Development, and Trends in the Aquarium Hobby

Roger on what separates Tunze from other brands: “If your name is on the box, that means something that most other companies don’t have. There is personal shame in failure and glory in success.”

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