Installing a Gravity Fed Auto Top Off System [Video]

Making up for water lost to evaporation is probably the most immediate and frequent ‘chore’ of any aquarium, and since it’s such a simple action it’s one that most aquarists are happy to automate. The need to keep liquid reservoirs…

Top 5 Tips to put a Reef Aquarium on Cruise Control

As long as I’ve been keeping aquariums, I’ve always wanted more than one, or two, or five assorted freshwater, fish, and reef tanks. As you’ve read in the blog and seen in our videos, I also like to travel and…

EHEIM Waterrefill Uses Completely External Water Sensor

The Eheim WaterRefill is a boxy looking Auto Top Off kit which could be forgiven for appearing like just another ATO, but it’s actually using a relatively new approach to sensing water level in aquariums. As far as we can tell,…

Smart ATO Duo Packs Two Optical Sensors in One Tiny Package

The Smart ATO Duo is a new anti-evaporation device from Auto Aqua which brings even more safety and reliability in this important component of aquariums. The Smart ATO Micro has been such a great top off sensor we’ve been wondering for…

Salty Q&A: How Do You Make Small Salinity Adjustments?

Saltwater Smarts visitor Andrew had the following question about our post titled “5 Tips for Maintaining Stable Salinity in a Saltwater Tank.” Since we get similar questions quite frequently, we thought it might be helpful to elaborate on our response…

The Pros and Cons of Using a Marine Aquarium Cover Glass

To put a lid on it or not to put a lid on it, that is the question! Okay, with profuse apologies to the Melancholy Dane, the point I’d like to mull over in today’s post is whether it’s a…

4 Marine Aquarium Problems That Sneak up on You

There’s an old saying that only bad things happen quickly in a marine aquarium. That’s certainly true enough, but it’s also important to keep in mind that some problems that can affect the health and wellbeing of livestock tend to…

Marine Aquarium Acclimation: Bridging the Specific Gravity Gap

In today’s post, I’d like to address a very common issue marine aquarium hobbyists encounter when purchasing livestock (particularly fish) and offer a simple method for addressing it. The issue in question is how to deal with the dramatic difference…

5 Tips for Maintaining Stable Salinity in a Saltwater Tank

While salinity and other water parameters are relatively constant on the natural coral reefs, they’re highly prone to undesirable fluctuation in the closed system of a marine aquarium. As conscientious hobbyists who want to provide the most naturalistic environment possible…