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.
Tunze Cleaning Kit – Ok so this is not so high tech, but it has a lot of very handy tools you can use to clean your fish tank. Tunze is a German manufacturer of aquarium equipment and is known for its high quality. It has a small bottle of citric acid, squeezy bottle, towel with a hook, and several types of brushes designed to clean just about any type of aquarium equipment you have. It also includes an instructional DVD to show you the best ways to clean your tank.
Innovative Marine Gourmet Gadget – A set of innovative feeding tools that take the hassle out of feeding your fish. There’s a magnetically mounted frozen food dispenser that allows you to add frozen food and control when to dispense the food throughout the day. You can also use it as a feeding ring by removing the plastic cylinders. There is also a pellet food grinder. You just load the pellets and pump the spring loaded top with to grind the pellets for your fish. With the long tube, the food can be dispensed down in the tank to avoid being sucked up by the filter system. Finally, there’s the gourmet grazer that mounts on the side of the tank. You can add seaweed and close the case so your herbivorous fish can graze at it when they want.
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.
Ice Cap Reef Cam – A wifi camera that you can install to keep an eye on your fish tank remotely from your smartphone. This one is a submersible too. Not only can you keep an eye on your fish, but you can show off your awesome aquascaping (or not so awesome).
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 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.
Kessil Spectral Controller – This cool gadget controls your Kessil LED light to gradually fade and change color. It’s completely programmable so you never have to worry about manually setting the lights. It also mounts to the wall for easy access.
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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