Friday, November 29, 2013

Innovative Marine Auqa Gadget Aquarium Upgrades

We tricked out a 24-gallon NUVO aquarium with all the best Auqa Gadgets Innovative Marine has to offer in our latest video, including:

★ Black Friday Weekend Blowout ★

Happy Black Friday! Take 10% off all Maxspect, CoralVue, Reef Octopus, Elos and Flipper brand products with coupon code BLACKFRIDAY.

OR use coupon code EPICSALE to save 15% off one single item of your choice! Some exclusions apply and coupons cannot be combined.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

What are the "best" reef aquarium supplements?

I hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving!

Being a foodie, I LOVE to eat. Thinking about what I will be cooking and eating for the holidays also has me thinking of what I feed to my tank.

One question that we are frequently asked, and always have trouble answering is "what is the best supplement for my tank?" Just like going into your local supermarket and asking the associate "what is the best cereal?" The answer really is "it depends." Are you looking for the tastiest cereal, the least fattening, the most nutritious, or the one that will keep you full the longest? Adding to the difficulty is that everyone has different preferences and are usually taking multiple criteria into consideration.

A similarly long laundry list of criteria exists for a reef aquarium supplements. Are you looking for supplements that will give you the fastest growth for your zoas and palys or the best color for your SPS? Or are you looking for supplements you won't have to dose too often? What about supplements that will keep your corals the healthiest?

As different corals have different requirements, the mix of corals you have in your aquarium will also influence your decision on what to dose. Further adding to the complication is that your water quality and how frequent you perform water changes will also affect what you need to, or should, add.

Here are what I feel are the "best" supplements for my reef tank:

Starting with the basics, I am using the AquaMaxx Synergy Plus to maintain my calcium and alkalinity levels. Brightwell Magnesion and Strontion are used to maintain optimal magnesium and strontium levels.

As my reef aquarium is a mix-reef with both soft and hard corals, I also add RedSea Reef Colors A (iodine) for my soft corals, the Reef Colors B, C, D to improve the colors of my hard corals. One of the issues I battle regularly is that I probably have more fish than I should have and I LOVE to keep them well-fed. The RedSea NO3:PO4-X, my over-sized protein skimmer and regular water changes help to keep my nitrate and phosphate levels in check.

From time to time, you will hear that corals can just live off of fish poop. This may be okay for some of the easier to keep corals, but definitely not the ideal. Just as I can probably live off of eating just chili cheese fries—but probably shouldn't. There are much better, healthier foods available. There is also a lot more than just fish poop floating around in natural coral reefs.

The Brightwell Reef Snow is one food that simulates natural "marine snow" flocculants. Certain corals, such as the goniopora and dendrophyllia corals, require being target fed and will not survive otherwise. Polyp Lab Reef-Roids and Two Little Fishies Gioniopower are both powder foods that are scientifically engineered to provide the ideal particle sizes and correct nutrition. 

In additional to providing the required nutrition for my goniopora and dendrophyllia corals, these foods also help to boost the health and growth of all my other corals. One important consideration that you should make note of is that food equals organics. Over-feeding your corals will lead to elevated nitrate and phosphate levels.
The last of my supplements include the Salifert Coralline AminoAcids that helps to improve skeleton formation and Salifert Trace Hard to help replenish trace elements consumed by my corals.

These are the 14 supplements I feel are "best" for my reef. Since your tank is different from mine, the best supplements for your tank will be different than mine.

First, make sure to have all the basic reef tank parameters within range (pH, nitrate, phosphate, calcium, alkalinity, magnesium). Next, select supplements for your corals that will help you achieve the effects you are looking for. Doing so will ensure your corals are as happily fed as you are during this holiday season!

If you have questions about supplements, leave a comment below or call 1-800-566-FISH (3474).

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Marine Depot Black Friday Sale 2013

Sale ends 12/4/13

Take 15% off just about any item in our store until midnight Monday with coupon code EPICSALE and save even more on our Black Friday deals!

Most orders ship for a sweet low rate of $5.99 and most orders over $175 ship free!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our customer support supervisor's 60-gallon reef tank

After sharing our customer support supervisor's elaborate Bubble Magus dosing system yesterday (see post), we received a lot of requests for photos.

Here are a few pics of Walter's 60-gallon reef tank, including a FTS.

Black Friday Doorbuster #9: 50% off NPX BioPlastics Filter Media

Black Friday Doorbuster #9: 
50% off NPX BioPlastics Filter Media

Monday, November 25, 2013

A peak inside our customer support supervisor's aquarium stand

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Here is a peak inside our customer support supervisor Walter's aquarium stand. Inside you'll find a Bubble Magus BM-T01 Dosing Pump with 2 x BM-T02 Pump Extensions.

Here is how Walter doses his reef tank:
"I used to dose this weekly BY HAND... not anymore! More free time to enjoy!"

Update: We've received a lot of requests from hobbyists interested in learning more about Walter's tank and dosing regimen, so we posted some photos of Walt's tank and will be shooting a video next week to post soon to our YouTube channel!

Black Friday Doorbuster #8: 30% off Instant Fish Quarantine

Black Friday Doorbuster #8:
30% off Instant Fish Quarantine

Win AquaMaxx Synergy Plus 2-Part Supplements!

The most popular way to maintain calcium and alkalinity levels in a reef aquarium is to use balanced 2-part calcium and alkalinity supplements.

This week we are giving away 2 x 32 oz. bottles of AquaMaxx Synergy Plus. The "Plus" in this formulation is the inclusion of iodine, strontium, bromide, boron, trace elements and magnesium to help boost the growth of your corals.

Want an easy way to maintain the ionic balance in your reef tank? ENTER NOW.

Registration ENDS at 11:59 PM PST on 11/25/13.

Details: Open to US residents 18 years or older. Void where prohibited or restriced by law. Winner will be contacted via email.

Friday, November 22, 2013

EcoTech Marine Coral Fragging Tool Kit - Unboxing Video

Designed with usability and quality as top priorities. EcoTech Marine's Coral Propagation Kit is a comprehensive kit of precision-crafted German stainless steel tools, frag plugs and Coral Glue that enables reef enthusiasts to fragment, affix and propagate hard and soft coral.
Contents of the EcoTech Elements Coral Propagation Kit include:
  • Exclusively designed kiln-fired ceramic coral frag plugs (18pcs) 3 colors
  • Coral glue, 75ml (1pc)
  • Tweezers, 160mm (1pc)
  • Scissors, 150mm (1pc)
  • Bone cutting forceps, 190mm (1pc)
  • Soft coral clamps 255mm (1pc)
The tools fit neatly inside a heavy-duty bamboo case that doubles as a cutting board and is secured with magnetic clasps.

Current USA Orbit Marine LED Aquarium Light Product Review

Being absolutely fascinated about everything related to marine fish and reef aquariums, we get just as excited about a $1,000 skimmer as a $14.99 algae magnet. Coming across our office this week is one of those products that get makes us go, “Why didn’t someone come out with this earlier?” 

The new Orbit Marine LED aquarium light from Current USA is a great LED light that packs a ton of great features at a very affordable price.
Never before has an LED light packing this many spectrums with so many features been offered at such a great price: starting at $159.99 for the 18”-24” fixture!
Out of the box, the first thing I noticed was how sleek this fixture looks. At just 0.5”, this fixture is razor thin. The 18” fixture tested here also has leg supports that stretch to accommodate aquariums up to 24” long. Other sizes include: 24"-36", 36"-48" and 48"-60". This sleek LED fixture also comes with Current USA’s new Ramp Timer Pro LED Controller, as well as a wireless remote. 

I decided to give this light a test run on a 34 gallon Solana: measuring 20” x 20” x 20”. Seeing the diminutive size of this light, my expectations were not very high. Once plugged in, I was pleasantly surprised that this little LED strip fully, and brightly, lit up the entire aquarium.

The wireless remote allowed me to quickly and easily adjust the color to my exact liking. The cloud simulation and thunderstorm buttons were also very nice features that are typically found only in high-end fixtures. Although these features may not make the corals grow quicker, they definitely made looking at the aquarium more fun.

Intensity-wise, one LED fixture is perfect for a fish-only system. Being much brighter than I expected, I would think that low-light corals such as mushrooms and leather corals would do well under a single fixture as well. For a mixed reef aquarium, a second LED fixture would definitely be required.

While most LED fixtures in this price range include only two LED colors, the Orbit Marine went a step above by including 4 different colors of LEDs: dual-daylight (8000K / 12000K) and dual-actinic (445mn / 460nm). The broader spectrum and the larger variety of LEDs definitely made the colors of the fish and corals nicer and more natural.
I did not test out the included Ramp Timer Pro extensively. Hopefully, I will have an opportunity to do so at a later time. My initial impressions are definitely favorable. The dawn/dusk features and the pre-set programs are easy to set and the moonlight feature is a real plus.
I wanted to finish off my test by seeing how much area this light can cover. Placing the fixture on one end of my larger 150-gallon reef tank, this little 18" fixture easily illuminated a 24" x 24" area. If you have been wanting to upgrade the fluorescent fixture on your fish-only or low-light reef aquarium, this would be an excellent choice.
In conclusion, I am very impressed by this new Orbit Marine LED fixture. Offering great features and providing superb performance at a budget-friendly price definitely puts it at the head of its class.

Black Friday Doorbuster #5: 45% off AquaMaxx Dry Reef Rock + 4 Bonus Offers!

Black Friday Doorbuster #5: 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Black Friday Doorbuster #4: Free Carbon w/ MiniMax Reactor

Black Friday Doorbuster #4: Free Carbon w/ MiniMax Reactor

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Black Friday Doorbuster #3: 50% off Prodibio BioDigest

Black Friday Doorbuster #3: 50% off Prodibio BioDigest

Win an Eheim Automatic Fish Feeder!

Your fish are hungry. But you're not home to feed them.


Nope! You've got an Eheim Air Automatic Feeder from Marine Depot.

Well, you might... if you enter this week's sweepstakes!

Registration ends TONIGHT at 11:59 PM PST.

Details: Open to US residents 18 years or older. Void where prohibited or restriced by law. Winner will be contacted via email.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Black Friday Doorbuster #2: 20% off 17 Gallon Aquarium

Black Friday Doorbuster #2: 20% off 17 Gallon Aquarium

Monday, November 18, 2013

Black Friday Doorbuster #1: 35% off Deluxe CO2 Regulator

Black Friday Doorbuster #1: 35% off Deluxe CO2 Regulator

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Continuum Aquatics Bacter Clean-M Product Review member Pickupman66 asked us about a new product we added to the site recently. Since we hadn't tried it out yet, we decided to send him a bottle so he could try it with his tank! Here is what happened after using Continuum Aquatics new Bacter Clean-M.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Win a Hydor Koralia Powerhead!

Instantly improve the water circulation in your reef aquarium using a powerful Hydor Koralia Evolution powerhead!

We are giving away a Koralia Evolution that pushes 850 gallons of water per hour through your aquascape using a mere 4.5 watts.

Want better flow? ENTER NOW.

Registration ENDS at 11:59 PM PST on 11/13/13.

Details: Open to US residents 18 years or older. Void where prohibited or restriced by law. Winner will be contacted via email.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day!

Our deepest gratitude to everyone who has served or continues to serve our nation. Happy Veterans Day!

Save 11% off your order today and tomorrow with coupon code THANKYOU (some exclusions apply).

Friday, November 08, 2013

Pre-Black Friday Frenzy!

We unleashed some more pre-Black Friday deals today to whet your appetites for the big day later this month!

For some really substantial savings on LED aquarium lighting, check out AquaticLife Expandable LED Light Fixtures on sale this week from $46.49—a whopping 45% off our every day low prices! 

Need a nano skimmer? Look no further than the $29.99 Nano Protein Skimmer 2 from Aqua Euro USA, rated 4 out of 5 stars by our customers. 

We've also got some sweet deals on Brightwell Aquatics Xport filter media, Cobalt Aquatics Accu-Therm Heaters and American Marine pH Controllers.

Visit every Friday to see our latest offers or subscribe to the Marine Depot email newsletter to be sent pre-Black Friday deals and doorbusters.

If you pick-up something during Black November and share it online, don't forget to use the hashtag #BlackNovember

Friday, November 01, 2013

Black November Starts Now

It's Black Friday all month long at Marine Depot!

We're kicking off Black November with some super savings on AquaMaxx Cone In-Sump Protein Skimmers. We've also slashed the price of AquaticLife's Internal Mini Protein Skimmer by 30% for those of you with nano reef aquariums. We've got a host of other deals available as well, including buy one get one free offers and more!

Visit every Friday to see our latest offers or subscribe to the Marine Depot email newsletter to be sent pre-Black Friday deals and doorbusters.

If you pick-up something during Black November and share it online, don't forget to use the hashtag #BlackNovember