Resources


I created this resource page to help you with your aquarium needs. I have referenced the equipment I have used with my own aquariums for those who are interested.

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these products, and I recommend them because I use them in my own aquariums, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you with your aquarium.



Helpful Pages


The Basics of Fish Care

The above link takes you to a section of the site that is devoted to getting started with setting up a fish tank and maintaining it. This is a great section for those who are setting up an aquarium for the first time, or who have just set up an aquarium.




Equipment & Supplies

-Filters & Heaters

-Lighting

-Maintenance

-Miscellaneous




Filters & Heaters


AquaClear Hang-On Filter

I have used AquaClear Filters in my aquariums for years. The thing I like most about them is their flexibility in the different filter media you can use. Besides that, there are many people who have made modifications to the filter to make it even more versatile. It's a high quality filter that can be used in freshwater or saltwater fish tanks. When choosing the filter for your tank, just make sure it's rated for the correct tank size.
















Tetra Internal Filter

In some tanks, especially when the water level won't be at the top, I use internal filters. Filters that hang on the back can't work when the water level is too low, which is why I use internal filters. There are probably others out there that work great as well, however I've always used the Tetra brand internal filter.When choosing the filter for your tank, just make sure it's rated for the correct tank size.
















Aqueon Heater

I've tried many different brands of heaters over the years, and I've found that the Aqueon brand is the most stable. I especially like the Aqueon because this filter is shatterproof and pretty much indestructible. Also, it's fully submersible so you can place it in the tank completely underwater and not have to worry about if the water level drops a little. Even if it is left out of water, the heater shuts off so it doesn't over heat or cause a fire. When choosing the heater for your tank, just make sure it's rated for the correct tank size. Generally speaking, you want at least 5 watts per gallon.
















Digital Thermometer

You should always have a thermometer in your aquarium so you know the temperature of your fish tank. You could use the sticker or some other thermometer, but I personally like to use a digital thermometer. Maybe I'm lazy, but I don't want to have to think or squint to see the temperature on a thermometer so I've always liked using the digital ones.



















Lighting


Current Light Fixtures

In my opinion, changing out a light can make an aquarium look amazing. The same fish tank under better lighting makes everything pop, and I LOVE the Current brand as far as lighting is concerned. I've been using lights made by current since my first reef tank. Back then it wasn't LED lighting, but it was still a quality light that I still have today. I've used Current lights on freshwater and saltwater fish tanks, and just bought a brand new one for a reef tank I'll be setting up next year.
















Marineland LED Light

This was the first LED light that I ever tried. I really like the size of this light for smaller fish tanks. Although it is rated for aquariums up to 29 gallons, I've only used it on aquariums 5 gallons or smaller. On a smaller aquarium, it provides a really bright light that I've actually been able to grow corals under. If you are looking for an LED light for a smaller tank, this is an excellent choice.



















Maintenance


Prime Water Conditioner

If you are using tap water in your aquariums, you should make sure to use a water conditioner. Nowadays I use specially filtered water (RO/DI), but when I used to use tap water, I always used Prime as a water conditioner.
















Formula 1 & 2 Food

For my reef fish tanks, I feed all my fish Formula 1 & 2 Pellets. I even have a mandarin who eats these pellets. They provide great nutrition and I think really bring out the colors of the fish.
















Magnetic Algae Scrapper

I hate the look of algae on aquarium glass, but I also hate even more having to put my hands into the tank to clean it. Call me lazy, but I hate pulling the top of the tank off and getting my hands wet and then having to dry them off. Because I'm lazy, I use magnetic algae scrappers like the one to the left so I don't have to deal with that.


















Miscellaneous


Glass Top

A lot of the times when you buy a fish tank it comes with a top. Those can work just fine, I've just always liked using glass tops because they offer more flexibility. With the top that comes with the tank, you've usually stuck with the light it comes with as well. Glass tops let you change the lighting to whatever you want. If you use the link to the left, make sure to buy the top that is the right size for your aquarium.
























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