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Staff Picks

Staff Picks is a list of recommended equipment that we actually use on our own tanks here at SaltwaterAquarium.  You will see a category for each staff member and the gear they are currently using on their own tanks or have recently used.  We aren't just making these up because we think they look cool, this is what we are actually using in our own reef tanks.

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    Real Reef Rock (by the pound) - Mixed Sizes - Real Reef
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    Real Reef Rock (by the pound) - Mixed Sizes - Real Reef

    Real Reef

    $6.99
    $5.94
    "By the Pound" means you are choosing the weight of your rock.  Ex: Qty 5  is 5 Pounds of Rock, NOT 5 Rocks. Selling individual rocks is impossible due to the fact that every rock is unique in size/shape/weight.   Rock Sizing:...
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    Chaeto (Spaghetti Algae) Chaetomorpha
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    Chaeto (Spaghetti Algae) Chaetomorpha

    SaltwaterAquarium

    $35.00
    $29.75
    Chaeto ships UPS 2 Day Air - We only ship Chaeto Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday till 1 pm to prevent it from sitting in UPS trucks/warehouses over a weekend. Spaghetti Algae, as Chaetomorpha is sometimes referred to, grows in a tangled mass. It...
  • VorTech MP40wQD QuietDrive Propeller Wave Pump - Ecotech Marine

    VorTech MP40wQD QuietDrive Propeller Wave Pump - Ecotech Marine

    Ecotech Marine

    $469.99
    The gold standard for generating flow in reef tanks, the VorTech® is unsurpassed in beauty and functionality. Dimensions Dry-Side: 3.00 x 2.25 inches (76.0 x 57.0 mm) Wet-Side: 3.00 x 3.00 inches (76.0 x 76.0 mm) Flow Flow: 4,500+ gallons...
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    HI98319 Salinity & Temperature Tester - Hanna
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    HI98319 Salinity & Temperature Tester - Hanna

    Hanna Instruments

    $79.99
    $67.99
    We are pleased to announce our NEW HI98319 waterproof salinity and temperature tester! Waterproof and floats! Includes 4x of the Salinity Calibration Fluid Packets. Automatic Calibration – A 35.00 ppt solution is used for calibration and...
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    Glass & Acrylic Cleaner (8 oz) - Fritz Aquatics
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    Glass & Acrylic Cleaner (8 oz) - Fritz Aquatics

    Fritz Aquatics

    $8.79
    $7.47
    Most household glass cleaners contain ammonia or other harsh chemicals that are toxic to fish, reptiles and invertebrates. Fritz Glass & Acrylic Cleaner is ammonia free and safe to use on exterior surfaces around an aquarium or terrarium. Unique...
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    (306T-WIFI) WiFi Aquarium Heater Controller - Inkbird
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    (306T-WIFI) WiFi Aquarium Heater Controller - Inkbird

    Ink Bird

    $59.99
    $50.99
    Pre-wired Electronic Heating Thermostat Temperature Controller and Digital Timer Controller for Aquariums, now with WIFI control. ITC-306T WIFI is a pre-wired heating output temperature controller with time function specifically for aquariums. It can be...
  • POD PACK Multiple Copepod Pack- Reef Nutrition

    POD PACK Multiple Copepod Pack- Reef Nutrition

    Reef Nutrition

    $71.00
    When it comes to copepods, Reef Nutrition has you covered whether you want to seed a tank, boost a population, use for feed or culture.  Pack contains 6 oz bottles of LIVE Apex-Pods, LIVE Tigger-Pods and Artci-Pods concentrate. Keep in...
  • Versa VX-1 Dosing Pump (Single Head) - Ecotech Marine

    Versa VX-1 Dosing Pump (Single Head) - Ecotech Marine

    Ecotech Marine

    $209.99
    The Versa is a specifically designed peristaltic pump from EcoTech Marine. The Versa is extremely precise, robust and versatile.  The Versa is capable of being used as a dosing pump, as an auto top off (ATO) pump and even for automatic water...
  • On Sale 20%
    Captive-Bred Black & White Ocellaris (Amphiprion ocellaris) - ORA
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    Captive-Bred Black & White Ocellaris (Amphiprion ocellaris) - ORA

    ORA

    $32.99
    $26.39
    The Black Ocellaris is a stunning color morph of A. ocellaris that is sometimes referred to as the Darwin Ocellaris or the Darwin False Percula.  This is a naturally occurring variation for the species with a very limited range.  It...
  • On Sale 20%
    Syncra SDC 3.0 WIFI Return Pump (260 - 800 gph) - Sicce
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    Syncra SDC 3.0 WIFI Return Pump (260 - 800 gph) - Sicce

    Sicce

    $269.99
    $215.99
    SYNCRA SDC 3.0 is the latest to complete the successful Sicce Wi-Fi controllable pumps range This compact pump integrates all SYNCRA SDC pumps main features and has been upgraded by an immediate and easy set up system while connecting the pump to the...
  • Neptune SKY LED Aquarium Light - Neptune Systems

    Neptune SKY LED Aquarium Light - Neptune Systems

    Neptune Systems

    $869.99
    The SKY is a 200w, LED aquarium light, with patented diffuser technology, that smoothly blends all of its 104 LEDs to create a homogeneous field of coral-health-optimized light — no hotspots, no disco-ball effect, no need to augment it with other...
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    Small Captive-Bred Aiptasia Eating Filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus) - ORA
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    Small Captive-Bred Aiptasia Eating Filefish (Acreichthys tomentosus) - ORA

    ORA

    $59.99
    $47.99
    One of the best options for clearing an aquarium of invasive Aiptasia or Glass Anemones is the ORA Aiptasia-Eating Filefish (also known as the Matted Leatherjacket or Bristletail Filefish.)  In the wild, the Aiptasia-Eating Filefish...
  • Black Standard Aquarium Controller Mounting Board - Adaptive Reef

    Black Standard Aquarium Controller Mounting Board - Adaptive Reef

    Adaptive Reef

    $153.99
    The perfect solution to help organize and control the rat's nest of wires that most aquariums suffer from.  This board was created to easily allow you to mount an apex, power strips, equipment controllers and much more so they are easily accessed an...
  • MP60 Vortech (Mobius) Quiet Drive Pump (MP60M-QD) - Ecotech Marine

    MP60 Vortech (Mobius) Quiet Drive Pump (MP60M-QD) - Ecotech Marine

    Ecotech Marine

    $879.99
      In an aquarium, having the right amount of flow is crucial to the health of the ecosystem. With VorTech QuietDrive choosing the correct water circulation equipment has never been easier.VorTech pumps are designed by aquarists to be...
  • On Sale 20%
    Syncra SDC 6.0 WIFI Return Pump (530 - 1450 gph) - Sicce
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    Syncra SDC 6.0 WIFI Return Pump (530 - 1450 gph) - Sicce

    Sicce

    $369.99
    $295.99
    SYNCRA SDC are the latest generation of SYNCRA pumps and are equipped with integrated intelligence systems to meet the needs of advanced recirculating applications. With programming freedom, controllability is finally coupled with power, energy...
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    Care Magnet Strong 0222.020 Aquarium Algae Cleaner w/Care Booster - Tunze
    On Sale 15%

    Care Magnet Strong 0222.020 Aquarium Algae Cleaner w/Care Booster - Tunze

    Tunze

    $82.99
    $70.54
    The "Care Magnet" is a breath of fresh air in the field of aquarium pane cleaner design, consisting of an ergonomic handle and special plastic blades made of wear-resistant high performance plastic. The patented slim Care Magnet is significantly more...
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    Syncra SDC 9.0 WIFI Return Pump (800 - 2500 gph) - Sicce
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    Syncra SDC 9.0 WIFI Return Pump (800 - 2500 gph) - Sicce

    Sicce

    $499.99
    $399.99
    SYNCRA SDC are the latest generation of SYNCRA pumps and are equipped with integrated intelligence systems to meet the needs of advanced recirculating applications. With programming freedom, controllability is finally coupled with power, energy...
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    Frozen Formula Variety Pack Roll-A-Cube (2 lb - 216 cubes) - Ocean Nutrition
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    Frozen Formula Variety Pack Roll-A-Cube (2 lb - 216 cubes) - Ocean Nutrition

    Ocean Nutrition

    $53.99
    $45.89
    An assortment of the Ocean Nutrition™ Frozen Formula Foods™ in one convenient resealable package. Includes Formula One, Formula Two, Prime Reef, Angel Formula, Brine Shrimp Plus, Spirulina Formula, and Special Formula VHP...
  • Radion XR30 G6 Pro LED Light Fixture - EcoTech Marine

    Radion XR30 G6 Pro LED Light Fixture - EcoTech Marine

    Ecotech Marine

    $999.99
    In the aquarium, enjoy richer colors, pop more fluorescence and create the ultimate balance between crisp and actinic. From its inception, Radion has set the standard for what full spectrum aquarium LED lighting can be. The 6th generation pushes the...
  • TDO-3 oz Value Pack Chroma Boost Fish Food (3x - 3 oz) - Reef Nutrition

    TDO-3 oz Value Pack Chroma Boost Fish Food (3x - 3 oz) - Reef Nutrition

    Reef Nutrition

    $27.99
    TDO Chroma BOOST is a granulated and pelleted fish and coral feed "top-dressed" with Haematococcus (which provides an excellent source of astaxanthin) for vibrant color and superior nutrition.  New formulation optimized with 400 ppm astaxanthin for...
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    FUZZ OUT Algae Removing Filter Media - Removes Hair Algae (16 oz) - Fritz
    On Sale 15%

    FUZZ OUT Algae Removing Filter Media - Removes Hair Algae (16 oz) - Fritz

    Fritz Aquatics

    $19.99
    $16.99
    FuzzOut helps combat stubborn hair algae in the aquarium. FuzzOut removes all toxins, metals and odors in the water column while simultaneously providing bacteria that oxygenates the water column. FuzzOut also aids in the removal of...
  • A3 Apex PRO System (A3PROSYS) - Neptune Systems

    A3 Apex PRO System (A3PROSYS) - Neptune Systems

    Neptune Systems

    $945.99
    Key New Features in our A3 Series: The A3 Pro will include all new, industry-first, Liquid Level Sensor (LLS) which will have the ability to measure and monitor the depth of water and a new optical multi-surface leak detection probe that works on any...
  • 6 Way Apex Switch Toggle Box - Adaptive Reef

    6 Way Apex Switch Toggle Box - Adaptive Reef

    Adaptive Reef

    $134.99
    Adaptive Reef in conjunction with Harry's Aquatics is pleased to bring a full line of products designed to work with and enhance the user experience with aquarium controllers. From switch control boxes and 0-10v based devices to warning lights and...
  • On Sale 15%
    Hanna Algae Control Beginner Kit (774 ULR Phosphate, 782 HR Nitrate) Checker HC (Saltwater) - Hanna Instruments
    On Sale 15%

    Hanna Algae Control Beginner Kit (774 ULR Phosphate, 782 HR Nitrate) Checker HC (Saltwater) - Hanna Instruments

    Hanna Instruments

    $129.90
    $110.42
    774 CheckerThe HI774 Ultra Low Range Phosphate Checker HC (Handheld Colorimeter) provides a simple, accurate and cost-effective way to measure phosphate in marine systems including reef tanks. Phosphate is an important parameter to measure in aquaculture...
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    Syncra SDC 7.0 WIFI Return Pump (800 - 1900 gph) - Sicce
    On Sale 20%

    Syncra SDC 7.0 WIFI Return Pump (800 - 1900 gph) - Sicce

    Sicce

    $429.99
    $343.99
    SYNCRA SDC are the latest generation of SYNCRA pumps and are equipped with integrated intelligence systems to meet the needs of advanced recirculating applications. With programming freedom, controllability is finally coupled with power, energy...
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    Hanna Core Parameters Kit (772 Alk, 758 Calcium, 783 Magnesium) Checker HC (Saltwater) - Hanna Instruments
    On Sale 15%

    Hanna Core Parameters Kit (772 Alk, 758 Calcium, 783 Magnesium) Checker HC (Saltwater) - Hanna Instruments

    Hanna Instruments

    $194.85
    $165.62
    772 CheckerThe HI772 Checker®HC (Handheld Colorimeter) provides a simple, accurate and cost effective way to measure alkalinity in degrees of calcium hardness, commonly abbreviated as dKH. Critical to marine environments, alkalinity not only provides...
  • Flipper EDGE MAX Magnet Cleaner (up to 1" Glass) - Flipper Cleaner

    Flipper EDGE MAX Magnet Cleaner (up to 1" Glass) - Flipper Cleaner

    Flipper

    $129.99
    Give Yourself The Edge - The Most Advanced Handheld Aquarium Cleaner Ever Made!   FLOAT. FL!P. SCRUB. & SCRAPE. Now with TWICE the cleaning power! FL!PPER Aquarium Products' patented 2-in-1 magnetic aquarium cleaner, now with dual...
  • Full Apex A3 PRO Trident DOS Package - Neptune Systems

    Full Apex A3 PRO Trident DOS Package - Neptune Systems

    Neptune Systems

    $1,869.85
    This Package Includes: 1x - Full Apex A3 PRO WIFI Controller System 1x - Apex TRIDENT - Automatic Water Tester w/2 Month Reagents & Calibration Fluids 1x - Neptune DOS Dosing Pump The New Apex System includes probes for Temperature, pH, and...
  • On Sale 10%
    Skimate Waste Collector 6-12" (holds 1.5 Gallon) - Bashsea
    On Sale 10%

    Skimate Waste Collector 6-12" (holds 1.5 Gallon) - Bashsea

    Bashsea

    $129.00
    $116.10
    Bashsea specifically designed this to provides an extra reservoir for skimate collection. A perfect companion to your Bashsea Skimmer. • Reduces protein skimmer collection cup maintenance • Easily disconnects to empty and clean •...
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    SS-60 Signature Series Sump (60" x 15" x 16") - Bashsea
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    SS-60 Signature Series Sump (60" x 15" x 16") - Bashsea

    Bashsea

    $1,149.00
    $1,034.10
    Signature Series Sumps - Bashsea's flagship sump series that changed the industry. Bashsea's Signature Series Sumps are packed with premium features that are normally considered custom by other sumps in the industry. Pair that with our bold look, pure...
  • 23" Liquid Level Sensor (LLS-23) - Neptune Systems

    23" Liquid Level Sensor (LLS-23) - Neptune Systems

    Neptune Systems

    $84.99
    The 23″ sensor is a bit larger version of the 15″ sensor and can be utilized in similar applications to the 15″ but for larger sized-aquariums.   A great application to consider is utilizing these advancing a roller mat...
  • On Sale 10%
    6-18 Media Chamber Reactor - Bashsea
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    6-18 Media Chamber Reactor - Bashsea

    Bashsea

    $219.00
    $197.10
    The perfect multi-media aquarium reactor.  Extra large design allows for high media volumes, while producing even flow to maximize water-media contact time. Dimensions: 8.5" x 8.5" x 19.25" Chamber Dimensions: 6" x 17...
  • 32 Gallon BioCube Aquarium w/LED (Tank Only) - Coralife

    32 Gallon BioCube Aquarium w/LED (Tank Only) - Coralife

    Coralife

    $429.99
    The Coralife Size 32 LED BioCube Aquarium features LED lighting and timer capabilities–taking it to the next level of all-inclusive aquariums. Just like older BioCubes, it has a compact and customizable filtration chamber, hinge-top canopy design,...
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    Captive-Bred Mocha Storm Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) PAIR - ORA
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    Captive-Bred Mocha Storm Clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) PAIR - ORA

    ORA

    $289.76
    $231.81
    The Captive-Bred ORA Mocha Storm Ocellaris Clownfish is a distinct designer clownfish that derives its lineage from a mutation that appeared during the selective breeding process. The Captive-Bred ORA Mocha Storm Ocellaris Clownfish demonstrates an...
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    Captive-Bred Frostbite (Amphiprion ocellaris) - ORA
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    Captive-Bred Frostbite (Amphiprion ocellaris) - ORA

    ORA

    $89.99
    $71.99
    Created by blending all the best traits of an ORA Snowflake with an ORA Gladiator, our Frostbites have some beautiful and distinct features. Typically these fish will have a dark black trim around vibrant orange faces and tails. As they...
  • 16 Gallon BioCube Aquarium w/LED (Tank Only) - Coralife

    16 Gallon BioCube Aquarium w/LED (Tank Only) - Coralife

    Coralife

    $339.99
    The Coralife NEW STYLE Size 16 LED BioCube Aquarium features LED lighting and timer capabilities–taking it to the next level of all-inclusive aquariums. Just like older BioCubes, it has a compact and customizable filtration chamber, hinge-top...
  • Quantum 300 Skimmer - NYOS

    Quantum 300 Skimmer - NYOS

    NYOS

    $1,169.99
    The NYOS® Quantum® 300 is an efficient and silent high performance skimmer for tanks up to 4.000 litres (1000 Gallons).    Pump: Quantum 5.0 x2    Air max.: 2x 2200 l/h (550 gal/h)    Power: 22 W...