Aquarium Starter Kits make it easy for you to get everything you need to begin building a happy, thriving saltwater fish tank. Instead of trying to put your refugium together piece by piece, these kits are already pre-built to include the live algae and copepods, biological filtration, and bacteria starter you will need to get it up and going.
To start, the concentrated bacterial starter will initiate your cycle by providing multiple strains and species of bacteria, each responsible for a portion of the nitrogen cycle. These bacteria will settle and begin living in your biological media. The ceramic media blocks, Marine Pure, provide a huge amount of surface area for nitrifying bacteria to colonize, which detoxifies ammonia and nitrite. In addition, they will serve as a copepod haven, where pods can live and reproduce without predation. That means you can maintain a stable population to feed finicky fish and keep the tank as consistent as possible. The copepods themselves are a mix of Tigriopus, Apocyclops, and Tisbe species so you can guarantee that you benefit from the strengths of each individual type. After all, a greater biodiversity means a healthier, more self-sufficient tank! Copepods consume detritus and phytoplankton, so each kit contains a bottle of blended phyto. Not only will your pods enjoy this live food, but all filter feeding invertebrates and corals will as well. Finally, to finish off your ultimate refugium, is your choice of macro algae. Choose from a selection of different species to suit your tastes! Macro algae actively removes nutrients and toxins from your system, and allows you to offer the cleanest, healthiest water possible to your livestock.
Our other offering, the Clam Keeper kits, are great for aquarists who want to own a clam and don’t know where to start. Each kit contains your choice of blue or gold Maxima, assorted Derasa, or assorted Squamosa clam. Each will arrive at 5 to 6 centimeters, and is captive bred. Our signature copepod blend is included as well to ensure that your clam will stay clean. Clams will also consume any small pods that they filter out of the water column! Phytoplankton will complement copepods, and will ensure your clam is well fed with the best nutrition possible. The final item included will be a clam rock, something often overlooked but incredibly beneficial to your new addition. Clams enjoy strong current and need flow for survival. But, they are fragile and need to be allowed to attach themselves to the tank bottom or a live rock. It can be hard to find an area in a tank where flow is high enough, but that the clam won’t constantly fall over or off the rocks. Clam Rocks are specifically created from dry reef rock and offer a natural appearance, and a divot in the center to set the clam in. Here, they fit snug and can still fully extend their mantles, and can be placed in higher flow. The protection from the divot will encourage your clam to attach and acclimate quickly. No matter what species you want to keep, this starter kit is incredibly helpful to starting off on the right foot!