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Products of Merit

Here are some of the products that I have found to live up to their claims, I own or use each of these and would highly recommend each one of them. If you use a product that you are happy with, please fill out the product form and I will add it to the list. Most of these products can be purchased from, by clicking the banner above.


These are my favorite filters, Eheim filters. I believe were the first and still the best canister filters on the market. They are more expensive initially and the most helpful accessories are sold separately. Their higher cost is well offset by their reliability. This was one of the first filters I bought and it is still running seventeen years later. Thats quality!

Hagen Aqua Clear were first introduced years ago I believe as Bio-Zonics and their design has remained basically the same. They are easy to set-up and a snap to clean. A great filter for the novice and expert alike.

Vortex Diatom filters are another long time stand-by. They are an excellent polishing filter, although somewhat difficult to set-up and clean.

Filter Media-Resins

Boyds Chemi-Pure is a product that I used successfully in my salt-water tanks, it performed well and kept my water crystal clear.

Poly Filter is another multi-use product. It is an excellent filtration medium and is unmatched in the removal of dissolved medications. My current favorite is Bio-Chem Zorb which combines carbon, resins and zeolites, all in one easy to handle pouch. It does a superb job.


One of the most overlooked but essential part of any aquarium is the heater. There are dozens of makes and models available, with a wide range of wattages. With such an assortment to choose from it can hard to make a selection. Price should not be a factor. A heater loss could mean the lose of all your tanks inhabitants. My choice and favorite are the heaters made byEbo-Jager. They have been around a long time with little change in design. I have found them to be completely reliable and accurate in their control. I have tried many other heaters, but always return to Ebo-Jager.

Chemicals and Misc.

I rarely use any chemicals in my aquaria however I've foundStress Coat to be a useful product. It is a fine chlorine remover that also helps protect the fishes slime coat.

Tap Water Purifier is an ion exchange unit that completely de-salts and de-mineralizes tap water. A must for areas of high ph. and high water hardness. It is easy to use and changing cartridges is a snap.

New Products

I recently got bit by the Salt water bug again, and set up a new tank. I decided to try one of the new all in one units and picked the Marineland Eclipse

it is a tank top unit that combines thefilter and lighting in one unit.I am very impressed with the system, it is well thought out and arranged. Set up was simple and quick with easy directions. It has only been running a short time but I find it quiet and efficient, the bio-wheel runs smooth, the filter cartridges change easily, the light has a protective cover, it even has a clip to keep the cords neat. It's available for the standard ten, twenty and twenty-nine gallon fish tanks. I would call this a best bet for anyone setting up a new tank. If you have an older unit please call the manufacturer for a free mounting kit that will keep your motor unit straight and running quiet. I recently bought the double light fixture that is available for the Eclipse 1, this is great if you want to try a micro reef set up.

Food / Nutrition

Normally one would not think of fish food as being new or exciting, it just something we sprinkle on top of the water. All fish foods are not the same. The major brands will keep fish healthy and growing as they are basically identical. Recently a new brand has appeared that I feel is superior in all aspects. The food called Vibragro, looks the same, but it has color and growth additives mixed in the formulation. It also has "flavor enhances" that make it more appealing to your fish.I bought it as a buy one get one free special from one of my mail-order sources, but would not hesitate to pay the regular price. TRY IT.



I Use the new Coralife normal output 10,000k flouresent on my micro reef and find it to be a very bright White light that penetrates the water well. On your next bulb replacement try one, I think you will be very happy.

Readers Reviews


    Four Flake Frenzy Tropical


    Fluval 401

    Aquarium products System 2 overhead wet-dry filter.

    sys2 sys2

    Marineland Penguin 330, 170, 125, and 100

    Marinelands BioWheel Pro60.

    Marinelands Emperor 200 Power Filter.

    Marinelands Emperor 400 Power Filter.

    Marinelands Eclipse

    Marinelands Powerhead 550


    Proper pH 8.2
    Aquarium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Plant Fertilizers

    (S7, E15, V30)
    (manufacturer) Dennerle.


    Tronic 100 watt heater
    Rolf C. Hagen

Misc. Products

    Ultimate Gravel Vac 50'
    Lee's Aquarium Products


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