Monday, April 27, 2015

Marine Depot Staff Picks: 7 of our Favorite Products



With all of the options and choices when choosing aquarium supplies, we here at Marine Depot understand that choosing the right product can sometimes be a bit confusing. We work hard to provide you with the best selection of quality products and empower you with the knowledge you need to build a successful tank.

We asked our team of aquarium experts to pick out some of their favorite everyday aquarium items to share with you. Read on to see our "Staff Picks" and to learn about some great products that can help make your reefkeeping experience a success!



A single comprehensive supplement that contains pretty much all of the necessary building blocks corals need to grow and thrive. It will maintain both calcium and alkalinity along with trace elements and amino acids. It works best with mixed reef aquariums that do not have a high demand for calcium and alkalinity and is great for small aquariums where you want to avoid unsightly equipment like dosing pumps and calcium reactors.




One of the newest skimmers from AquaMaxx that is basically the in-tank version of the best-selling AquaMaxx HOB-1. It has a slim profile and small footprint of 5.9" x 3.2" which makes it easy to fit in tight spaces. It is rated for aquariums up to 65 gallons and comes with a modified Sicce pump which makes for quiet operation and great performance.




A two-part additive that helps increase coloration, growth and polyp extension among your corals. The A portion is a concentrated energy source for the corals to absorb directly from your water column and will not introduce any unnecessary waste into your tank like you might experience with many popular liquid coral foods. Reef Energy B contains vitamins and amino acids which are the basic building blocks corals need to synthesize and produce protein. Many hobbyists, including our staff members, have noticed almost immediate improvements when dosed together. These products have also received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from customers on our website.




A great little internal skimmer that boasts some awesome features from a very reputable manufacturer. The surface intake pulls the protein rich water from the surface of your aquarium allowing the skimmer to remove high levels of organic waste with each pass through the skimmer body. Strong magnet mounts and air flow regulation with silencer make for quiet operation and easy adjustments. It is manufactured in Germany and is backed by a generous 2 year warranty.




This media has quickly become the all-in-one media of choice by reef hobbyists everywhere because of its effectiveness and longevity. It contains a mixture of high grade activated carbon along with a mixture of ion-exchange resins that will not only keep your water clear but also reduce organic waste. It helps keep your pH stable and removes harmful heavy metals as well as odors. When used correctly, a single dose can last for up to 6 months!




A bacterial additive that helps break down organic waste and loosen detritus in your aquarium. It makes keeping your tank clean and free of debris much easier by loosening unwanted buildup from your tank walls, rock and sand for removal via filtration or water change. The unique formulation can be used weekly to maintain a pristine aquarium  or dosed daily to help repair and clean up a tank that has fallen victim to poor maintenance.




Although there are a variety of two-part solutions available, ESV B-Ionic has time and time again been rated as one of the best because, in addition to maintaining calcium and alkalinity, it also contains major, minor and trace elements your corals need to grow and thrive—oftentimes eliminating the need for additional supplementation. It is nitrate and phosphate-free, proven effective and has earned a 5 out of 5 rating from customers on our website.

We pride ourselves on providing the best aquarium support our industry has to offer and really strive to share our love of reefkeeping with you! To see more of our staff's favorite products, please request a copy of our paper catalog or contact our customer service team for free and friendly support.

Until next time... take care and happy reefkeeping.



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