The Best Salt For Saltwater Aquariums – Reef Builder Gear Guide

Are you guilty of just using whatever salt you can find, or have you ever really given much thought to the salt you are using and why? Salt formulas DO MATTER, and using the wrong salt could be doing more…

Top 10 great legacy aquarium products that are still being sold

A couple of weeks ago we lamented the fact that some pretty useless aquarium products are still widely available to purchase. Today’s piece is the flip side of that coin, with an overview of some great legacy products that you…

Instant Ocean want you to design its next T-shirt

At one point or another, we’ve looked at a T-shirt design for a product and thought, “Hey I coulda done it better!” Well now is your chance as Instant Ocean is crowdsourcing its next T-shirt design and if they select…

Hands-on with the Instant Ocean 2.5 gallon jug & salt kit

On a recent visit to the LFS, we couldn’t help but notice the giant boxed Instant Ocean jug and the 25 gallons of salt mix that comes prepackaged with it. Instant Ocean is releasing the 2.5 gallon commemorative jug to…

Instant Ocean 50th anniversary commemorative 2.5 gallon jug kit available for limited time

To celebrate 50 years of providing synthetic sea salt to aquariums and hobbyists Instant Ocean released a limited edition 50th anniversary commemorative 2.5 gallon jug kit. These handy kits include enough salt to make 25 gallons and are a perfect…

Free ebook tells the history of Instant Ocean & synthetic sea salt

As scholars of aquarium history, we were thrilled to discover that a free ebook is available highlighting the roots of marine aquariums, and the development of synthetic sea salts in particular. The Story of Aquarium Systems produced by the European…

Instant Ocean developer, pioneering researcher dies at 93

William E. Kelley Jr., the man behind the creation of Instant Ocean salt and the founding president of the Connecticut’s Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, passed away earlier this month at the age of 93 and was buried yesterday…

Biopolymer particles are readily visible in the goopey matrix of Natural Nitrate Reducer

It’s hard to not be skeptical of aquarium products and additives that seem to contain more sci-fi techno-babble than actual substance. We were pleasantly surprised when we poured out a goop of Instant Ocean’s Natural Nitrate Reducer  and it was…

Natural Nitrate Reducer from Instant Ocean aims to deliver fluid form of Solid Vodka Dosing via Suspended Biodegradable Polymers

Natural Nitrate Reducer from Instant Ocean is one of the company’s latest products that claims to use “Suspended Biodegradable Polymers” which sounds very much to us like fluid Solid Vodka Dosing. Having another large company hitting the market with a…

Is this Instant Ocean’s new Gel Based food?

An anonymous tipster sent us a shot of what they claim to be is Instant Ocean’s new gel based food. The food looks to be Krill (Euphausia pacifica) in some sort of gel. Our guess is that this Gel that…