Aquarium equipment continues to evolve as technology does. I’ve tried many gadgets. Some of them work great and others not so much.
Here are ten dynamite tools that I use and cannot live without:
API Master Water Test Kit – This is the de facto kit for testing your aquarium water. If you’re like me you are constantly checking water parameters, especially when starting a new tank or doing water changes. It helps you monitor the 5 most important water parameters in freshwater aquariums, pH, nitrites, nitrates, carbonate, ammonia, and general water hardness.
Python – Frequent, small water changes are important for the health of your fish. This device makes water changes a breeze. It hooks up to most faucets and allows you to do water changes without using a bucket. It drains the water as well as fill water back up into the tank. No buckets, no siphons, no mess! Comes in 4 lengths so make sure you get the right length. Watch this video on how to use the Python.
Yeuton Stainless Steel Flexible Double Ended Brush – Ok so this is not so high tech, but this handy brush is flexible to fit into hard to get places and you don’t have to get five different brushes.
Eheim automatic fish feeder – An innovative feeding tool that takes the hassle out of feeding your fish. Just set it and it feeds your fish everyday. It’s easy to set up and comes with a free guide. It has an integrated fan and ventilation system to keep the food nice and dry.
Coralife Aqua Tongs – This thing is really great for picking up decorations or rocks and other things in your fish tank without having to reach into the tank with your hands. Made from stainless steel so it won’t rust out on you.
AA Aquarium Green Killing Machine – The green killing machine does just that. When you have a monster green algae problem, you will understand the importance of this device. It eliminates cloudiness, green algae, and other nasties leaving you with crystal clean water. A nice safe solution to your water problems. Watch this video for a review of the Green Killing Machine.
Twinstar Nano – This unique device helps to control the algae growth in your fish tank by destroying algae spores that turn into algae. It does this by generating a weak electrical current through the electrodes that break the water up into Hydrogen and Oxygen. The purified oxygen along with differences in voltage react with pollutants in the water to sterilize things like algae spores and other organic material. The device does not harm plants or fish. Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to clean up algae anymore!
Freshwater Aquarium Surface Skimmer – If you’re having issues with surface scum, this Jardli surface skimmer on Amazon will help you get rid of it. It’s stylish, fits on the back of your tank and is made out of sturdy stainless steel so it won’t rust or break like glass ones.
Ink bird Heater Temperature Controller – This device can save you from a failed aquarium heater. In the case where your heater fails, most of the time it will fail in the on position and overheat your water. The Inkbird will gauge the temperature of the water and automatically shut the heater off if the heater fails. It can be a real lifesaver!
Jackbird backup power generator – In the event of a power outage, you will need to keep your fish tank going with filter and all the other accessories. Having a good backup generator will provide power to your fish tank so you don’t have to worry about it. Not something you would think of but it’s really a lifesaver if that does happen.
Auto Aqua Water Change – Sick of water changes? This device will change the water automatically for you. You’ll need a few buckets and some hoses to get it started. Once you get it hooked up, the sensors and timers take over. Instead of doing one larger water change every week, this will do smaller water changes throughout the week so your water parameters don’t swing up or down too much.
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