2017 Marine Depot Best of Awards Seal

The Marine Depot Best of Awards recognize aquarium supply manufacturers and products that have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout a one-year period. In 2017, more than 180 brands from across the globe were considered for the 7th annual Marine Depot Best of Awards. Product winners were selected based upon key performance metrics including sales volume, internet searches, website searches, customer rankings and call center data. To see 2016's award winners, click here.

Best In Show

Neptune Systems Trident Calcium, Alkalinity, and Magnesium Monitoring System

The latest one of a kind gadget from Neptune Systems allows hobbyists to monitor the major elements - Calcium, Alkalinity, and Magnesium without ever touching a test kit. Furthermore, when integrated with the powerful DOS, hobbyists will not only be able to monitor but also precisely maintain critical water chemistry via the automatic addition of supplements based on the Trident parameter readings. The Trident utilizes 3 proprietary reagents to automatically test your parameters and with the use of the robust Neptune Systems control platform you can customize the frequency of testing to suit your needs. A single tube draws water from your aquarium for testing and the wastewater is then drained into a waste collection container via a second tube after testing is complete. This type of precision monitoring of major reef aquarium parameters has never been accessible for hobbyists and will eliminate one of the most complicated aspects of maintaining a reef tank.

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Best New Product

Pax Bellum ARID Macroalgae Reactors

This ingenious device utilizes macroalgae (specifically Chaetomorpha) to function as a nutrient export mechanism. Eliminate the clutter around your aquarium—the ARID can function as a stand-alone filtration system. Designed to replace GFO, nitrate reactors, biopellet reactors, carbon dosing and even protein skimmers. The unique design of the ARID incorporates a coaxial LED light array housed in a tube to maximize light penetration and efficiency. Vapor heat pipe technology keeps the LEDs running cool for maximum light emission and lifespan while keeping the heat out of your aquarium. The additional benefit of helping remove dissolved CO2 from your aquarium helps to keep a more stable pH, especially when run in conjunction with a Calcium Reactor and the optional Calcium Reactor Feed/Injection Port.

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Best Protein Skimmer

Eshopps S-Series Protein Skimmers

Eshopps premier skimmer line uses the company’s patent-pending Eshopps Intelligent Design (EID). At the heart is an innovative bubble plate called EDDY. Bubbles are forced through spinning blades that act as baffles inside the EDDY, lengthening the path of the bubbles through the skimmer chamber and increasing contact time for optimal waste removal. An easy twist-of base, quick-release pump lock, transparent venturi, large collection cup, and cool blue color accents make the S-Series a welcome choice for reefs 40-500 gallons.

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Best In Flow

IceCap 3K Gyre Generation Flow Pump

The IceCap 3K Gyre is essentially a lite version of the Maxspect Gyre XF250. It's similar in size and produces 3,000 gallons per hour of linear flow. Although it has 5 controllable flow modes, some of Maxspect’s more advanced features are purposefully omitted to keep the price under $150. It is well-suited for budget conscious and entry level hobbyists who want that iconic Gyre flow but don’t need all the bells and whistles.

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Best Light

Current USA Orbit Marine IC Lights with LOOP

Current USA’s LOOP is a complete ecosystem of affordable aquarium products you can connect and control from a single interface. Sync multiple lights, wave pumps, along with a return pump all for a ridiculously low price. The Orbit Marine IC delivers high output lighting for reef systems and includes a remote for wireless light and pump control, adjustable tank mounting, and a manifold HUB power supply. The light is fully upgradeable with a Bluetooth module that allows you to then control and access any device connected to the LOOP system with your smartphone or tablet.

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Best Nano Light

Aqua Illumination (AI) Prime HD Lights

The pint-sized, powerful, and Wi-Fi controllable AI Prime was an instant hit upon release. Not resting on their laurels, AI decided to incorporate the HyperDrive functionality used in their popular Hydra HD Series lights into the Prime without substantially increasing its price. The result is you are no longer limited to using a fixed amount of power for each channel. Now you can shift power from the unused channels to boost the power to the channels you are so they are brighter. The fixture is available in black or white, has a variety of cool mounting options available, and the app is nimble and user-friendly. For a nano reef, you can’t go wrong with the Prime HD.

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Best Test Kits

ATI Lab Test Kit for ICP-OES Complete Water Analysis

ATI Lab is an aquarium water testing service that measures 43 different water parameters using an ARCOS II ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma - Optical Emission Spectrometry) machine along with two other test techniques to provide you with a complete and comprehensive water analysis. The kit contains 3 test tubes to sample both your RO water and aquarium water for a complete analysis at an incredible price. Results are available online and future tests are recorded in your profile so you can chart your tank’s history. The ATI Lab water testing service is designed to be used in conjunction with ATI Essentials and ATI Elements supplements. Once armed with accurate water quality measurements from ATI Lab, you can use ATI Essentials for the day-to-day replenishment of major and minor elements and ATI Elements to fill in the occasional gap—potentially making water changes a relic of the past when proper nutrient export techniques are employed.

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Best Aquarium

Innovative Marine NUVO Fusion Peninsula Aquariums

Born out of the demand of hobbyists requesting a long all-in-one tank with filtration on the side comes the Fusion Peninsula. A traditional rectangular tank allows viewing from a large front pane and two shorter side panes. Fusion Peninsula aquariums allow viewing from two large panes and one short pane. This means the tank can function as a room divider! Whether you are a beginner or an advanced hobbyist, an AIO style tank is just about the easiest type of aquarium system you can buy. The filtration is built into the tank itself so it is ideal for desks, bookshelves, and countertops since a stand isn’t necessary. The Fusion Peninsula falls under Innovative Marine’s Desktop category, so there are a bunch of neat accessories and upgrades available like skimmers, reactors, media baskets, and filter socks that fit these tanks perfectly.

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Best Media Reactor

Accel Aquatics Media Reactors

A popular choice for nitrate reduction! The FR-Series from Accel Aquatics are a new take on the classic fluidized media reactor and are specifically designed for biopellet media. These reactors break the mold by using a flow accelerator to feed water through the top of the reactor. An inverted conical bottom keeps the biopellets circulating. This is a much more efficient and effective way to run biopellets. Keeping the entirety of the media suspended eliminates channeling and maximizes water-to-media contact time.

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