Friday, December 28, 2012

Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump Product Demo

In today's video installment we're going to talk about the Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump.

The Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump is the most widely used dosing pump in the aquarium hobby because it is inexpensive and has a number of different applications. It's useful for the daily dosing of aquarium additives/supplements, used in conjunction with an auto top-off system to replenish aquarium water after it evaporates, keeping a constant prime on your overflow box as well as feeding a calcium reactor or denitrator.

Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump,
Suction Pre-Filter & 25 Feet of Flexible Air Line Tubing
The pump uses ¼" airline tubing which connects to the inlet and outlets ports on the pump. The pump runs on standard 110V electricity for easy connection with aquarium auto top-off systems. The flow rate is slow which makes it easy to monitor for top-off or daily dosing.

The Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump is very easy to use. The resides outside your aquarium and can be easily mounted with a screw or nail on your aquarium cabinet/stand to reduce pump vibration.

The Tom Aquatics Aqua Lifter Suction Pre-Filter installs inline with the suction side of the pump to help prevent debris from entering the diaphragm.

The inlet and outlet ports on the Aqua-Lifter pump are labeled with two arrows which makes setup a no-brainer. The suction side is connected to the arrow pointing toward the pump. Next, attach the airline tubing to the center port on the pre-filter. Then attach the suction line to the other port on top of the pre-filter. The other end of the line will be inserted into your top-off reservoir or supplement solution. Finally, attach the outlet line to the other port on the Aqua-Lifter that has the arrow pointing away from the pump. That is the line that will be used to dose your aquarium.

If you have any questions about Tom Aquatics Aqua-Lifter Dosing Pump, Suction Pre-Filter or AirLine Tubing, please give us a call at 1-800-566-FISH (3474) or leave us a comment below.

If you are interested in purchasing the Aqua-Lifter or reading product reviews from aquarium hobbyists just like you, please visit our website.

If you would like to read how one of our team members used the Aqua-Lifter to setup an auto top-off system for his tank, please check out this article.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

After Christmas Sale: 10% off Everything!

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Shark Tank Bursts at Mall, Shoppers Flee

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The pH is Too Damn High

Friday, December 21, 2012

How Often Should I Maintain My Tank? Part 1

This hobby can be really easy to maintain if you keep up with your chores.  Every tank is different and run differently but you can apply the same rules to all set-ups.  It's easier to break down the maintenance if you separate them.  I recommend a journal or a simple notebook to write down the days you need to clean your tank or change your media.  I myself keep a record on my phone and alerts me when it's time for some tune up.

I run Filter Floss, Purigen and Chemi-Pure in my Mediabasket. I replace my Filter Floss every week, Purigen is recommend to be change every 6 months or until the beads exhaust and turn brown/dark.  The Chemi-Pure, according to the manufacturer is suppose to be change every 6 months as well, suggestions by other forum members and hobbyist suggest 3-4 months.  I look at it as depending how my tank looks and its bio-load, usually lasts me from 4-6 months.  Since this tank is fairly recent I used the Chemi-Pure Nano when I set it and let the tank cycle. Once my ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates where 0, it was time to get rid of it and replace it with a regular size 6.5oz.  Now I will place a memo on my phone to remind me to within  4 months to check the status on how it's doing.  

So being that I'm replacing my Chemi-Pure I figure I might as well check my Purigen and since my Filter Floss is schedule to be replace I start doing my changes.

Now as you can see my Purigen has turned brown and it's exhausted so it's time to remove.  The Purigen can be either replace or wash under a certain process to bring it back to life(I will discuss this on a later blog).

As you can see we are ready to go. I then turn off my pumps and proceed to start scraping and cleaning my glass.  Any detritus will fall on the substrate and here is where your siphon tube is good for. I myself do a 10% water change.  You wanna make sure to siphon your substrate and pass on lightly enough to not disturb your sand.   I use a turkey baster to blast any detritus on rock surfaces. Now that you siphon your water it's time to replenish your tank.

I have my water ahead of time, it's always good to be prepare, either if you buy or make your water mix.  I use a 5gl container I bought at Home Depot to store my prepared water, I leave a heater and powerhead to get the right temp to match with my tank.  Once the desire temperature is achieve I start to fill in the tank.

I use a Maxi-Jet pump I have laying around to start filling the back of my tank.  I always place the hose starting on the back chambers to avoid any disruption on my aqua scape and corals.
Next step is to turn back on your pumps and your set to go for your next maintenance schedule.

(Next upcoming blog... maintenance part II, taking pumps, skimmers, and powerheads and giving them a good scrub)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Eheim Jager TruTemp Aquarium Heater Product Demo

Eheim Jager TruTemp Heater
We'll be discussing the Eheim Jager TruTemp aquarium heater in today's video installment.

Eheim Jager TruTemp heaters are a best-seller because they are affordable, reliable and they allow you to calibrate the thermostat.

The calibration feature is unique because it allows you to compensate for any differences between the heater itself and your aquarium thermometer. With TruTemp heaters, you get truly precise temperature control which is essential when caring for delicate aquatic life that is sensitive to water conditions.

The heater will be factory calibrated right out of the box. Adjust the blue thermostat dial to your desired aquarium temperature and place the heater inside your aquarium water. Wait 30 minutes before plugging the heater into a power outlet to give the glass time to adjust to your current aquarium water temperature.

Let 24 hours pass. Then check your aquarium thermometer to see whether or not the heater has achieved your desired water temperature. If not it hasn't, you can adjust the red dial to the observed water temperature in your tank. Then reset the blue thermostat dial to the desired temperature. You will have then calibrated the heater to make up for any differences between your aquarium thermometer and the thermostat on the heater.

If you have at any questions about the Eheim Jager TruTemp Fully Submersible UL Approved Aquarium Heater, please leave us a comment or call us at 1-800-566-FISH (3474). If you'd like to select the right size heater for your aquarium and/or read 140+ product reviews by hobbyists just like you, please visit our website.

The Jumping Dead

So wrong...

Monday, December 17, 2012 Joins Lincoln Training Center’s Efforts to Help Adults with Disabilities announced today they have partnered with Lincoln Training Center to foster independence and improve the quality of life for individuals with disadvantages or developmental disabilities.

Lincoln Training Center will begin placing workers at the popular online aquarium supply store’s corporate headquarters today. Three workers and a job coach are set to replace’s janitorial staff and take over custodial duties in 2013. The goals are so adults with disabilities can learn job skills, gain confidence and achieve success in the workplace. Each individual earns a paycheck, which leads to self-esteem and independence.

“Our company believes we should give back and provide opportunities for people in the community that may not have the same opportunities we do,” said David King, Chief Operating Officer for “Lincoln Training Center is widely recognized as a leader in teaching adults with disabilities the skills they need to obtain employment and gain independence, so they were a natural choice for us to partner with.”

Lincoln Training Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded in 1964 by a group of parents for the purpose of providing meaningful employment for adults with disabilities. Today, Lincoln Training Center is headquartered in a 32,000 square-foot facility in South El Monte. Their Production Services Department provides support to more than 500 adults with disabilities and offers packaging, sorting, weighing, assembly, disassembly, labeling, laminating, collating, shrink wrapping and light manufacturing services. Offsite, their Supported Employment program places workers into community job settings, such as performing custodial work at, and currently partners with over 50 companies throughout California.

“We are very proud to be partnering with and appreciate the jobs they are creating for adults with disabilities. They see the value in hiring people with disabilities and recognize their capabilities,” said Casey Richards, Director of Community Services for Lincoln Training Center.

Lincoln Training Center’s focus is providing vocational programming for individuals with disabilities who may not be able to work competitively in the community, or who may need assistance in maintaining competitive employment. Workers are paid for their services according to their participation and productivity, and receive vacation pay, bonuses and workers compensation benefits.

“This is not only an opportunity for us to help others grow,” King said. “We see this as a way to cultivate character in our own staff by inspiring them to give back and make a difference whenever possible.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

The Phos

Phosphate issues? The Phos can help!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactor Product Demo

If you're shopping for a versatile and affordable aquarium filter,'s new GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactors may be just the solution you're looking for. In today's video, we'll take a look at these economical reactors and show you how to install and run the single chamber model with carbon filter media.

Available in a single, double or triple cartridge designs for a variety of tank sizes, these brand-new reactors are perfect for GFO (granular ferrous oxide), activated carbon, biological and other popular aquarium filter media.

Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactors come with everything you need to install except for the media itself and a water pump. That includes a filter wrench, quick disconnect fittings, a ball valve for precise flow adjustment and a wall bracket for installation inside/outside your aquarium stand or on a wall. The pump we recommend and used in this video demonstration is the Cobalt Aquatics MJ Multi-Purpose Powerhead/Pump. We used the 20-watt 295 GPH MJ1200 model which currently retails for $38.99.

If you have questions about the products used in this video, please don't hesitate to contact us at 1-800-566-FISH (3474) or just leave us a comment below and we'll reply right here on YouTube. To stay up-to-date on the latest aquarium hobby news, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thanks for watching!

  • Heavy-duty, durable construction
  • Clear housing for easy visual inspection
  • High-capacity cartridge
  • Quick disconnect fittings for easy servicing
  • Ball valve for precise flow adjustment
  • Fitting allows for quick-disconnect with any Cobalt MJ or MaxiJet powerhead
  • Wall bracket for installation inside aquarium stand
  • Filter wrench included
To purchase or learn more about Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactors, click here.
For more info about the pump used in this video and to read product reviews from actual users about it, click here.
For instructions and reviews on the E.S.V. Granular Activated Carbon used in this video demonstration, click here.
Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactor
Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactor - Double
Marine Depot GFO and Carbon Filter Media Reactor - Triple