The products, shown on this page, are the products that DrTom
and Nevin own and use in their aquariums.
The Bailey Brothers
with Tom on the right and Nevin on the left are two
of America's most trusted aquarium experts with a combined 90+ years of fish and aquarium experience. On
this page they use all of that experience to help you choose the best equipment for your aquarium.
Stronger, lighter, and longer
lasting than glass aquariums. Both DrTom and Nevin have acrylic aquariums in their living rooms.
Bio-Wheel Aquarium Filters
The best way to filter aquarium
water. Tom has a Penguin 350B filter on each of his 55-gallon acrylic aquariums.
here for more information
about Bio-Wheel Filters.
EcoBio-Stone The best way to insure crystal clear
Wow this must-have product combines the power
of maintaining high levels of beneficial bacteria with the nitrate absorbing benefits of plants.
A EcoBio-Stone will truly create a perfect ecosystem in your aquarium. Highly recommended.
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Online for EcoBio-Stone Products.
The tapwater from your faucets contains harsh
chemicals that are toxic to your fish. These chemicals, such as chlorine, chloramines and ammonia,
are put in tap water to kill bacteria, viruses and parasites, and make tap water safe for you to
drink. But these same chemicals can harm your fish.
AquaCleanseneutralizes these chemicals and makes your tap water safe for your
fish. Add AquaCleanse to your tap water when setting-up a new aquarium and when doing routine partial
water changes. Highly recommended as the best water conditioner for freshwater aquariums, saltwater
aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds. Both DrTom and Nevin use AquaCleanse in their aquariums.
Waste-Away sludge busting beneficial
bacteria will naturally dissolve the sludge and dirt that accumulates in an aquarium and prevent
the build-up of debris when used on a regular basis.
Waste-Away is fast acting and specially formulated to remove aquarium gunk, unclog gravel/coral
beds, and keep filter pads freely flowing longer. This results in better water flow, more oxygen
and a healthier aquarium environment.
Waste-Away should be used on a regular (weekly) basis to keep sludge from accumulating, which can
negatively affect fish and corals. Contains no phosphates. Both DrTom and Nevin use Waste-Away in their aquariums.
These rocks are sold and intended for use in aquariums. Put them in
an aquarium, and the beneficial bacteria will begin to reproduce and remove nitrate from the aquarium
Right now we recommend an 8 oz. package for each 50-gallons of water. Then you should use the
Aquarium Water Test Strips, shown below,
to test for nitrate, and add or remove Lava Rocks, until the nitrate reads between 20 and 40 ppm.
Both DrTom and Nevin have the right amount of Lava Rock in each of
Both DrTom and Nevin have Visi-Therm heaters in their
Note added 07/23/2014. We've been told the quality of Visi-Therm has slipped, but we do not know
this first hand. We recommend that you check current forums for recommendations about heaters.
for more information about these Aquarium Heaters.
The Ideal Aquarium Caves for Pet Fish Both DrTom and Nevin have Cichlid Stones in their aquariums.
here to learn more
and to buy Cichlid Stones now.
Aqueon Water Changer
The easiest way to do partial
water changes. Both DrTom and Nevin use an aquarium water changer to regularly
change water in their aquariums. How often? Twice a week. How much of the water? 20%.
How does it work? Connects to a faucet and draws water out of the aquarium, then flip the valve
to easily refill the aquarium. No lugging buckets or mopping up spills! Highly recommended.
The best way to scrub an aquarium.
Both DrTom and Nevin use Magnetic Scrubbers to clean their
aquariums. How does it work? Two parts: one on the inside surface of the aquarium does the scrubbing,
while the other part is outside the aquarium in your dry hand! A very bright idea! Takes all the
hassle out of scrubbing an aquarium! Highly recommended.
These buckets have many uses around aquariums.
You can move fish in them from one aquarium to another. You might use this bucket to move water
to and from a small aquarium, but for a larger aquarium you should have a Python No Spill, as shown
above. A utility bucket is nice to use to scrub items from an aquarium. Just
put a few inches of water from the aquarium into the bucket, then remove a dirty item from the aquarium,
scrub it in the bucket without using soap or any other cleaners, then return the item to the aquarium.
A bucket like this is a good place to store you scrubbing pad, siphon,
and other aquarium maintenance items. Do not use the bucket for anything else like scrubbing your
floor or your car. It's a good idea to mark the bucket with a black marker pen, "AQUARIUM ONLY!!".
These buckets are sold in home improvement centers and lots of other places. Every aquarist should
have one. Both DrTom and Nevin use a Utility Bucket like the one shown above.
Several experienced aquarists have pointed out that they have several dedicated buckets, and it
seems to be very useful to have several sizes from maybe a quart or two quarts up to maybe 5-gallons.
DrTom and Nevin looked around and realized they have lots and lots of dedicated containers and buckets.
16. Bottle Brush
Use this brush to clean the inside of the tube
that carries the water to the filter. This tube must be scrubbed out once in a while as part of
your regular aquarium maintenance. Brushes for use in kitchens, around food, and for scrubbing a baby
bottle are available from many mass merchandisers, and you should own one that you use only in your
aquarium. Store it inside your utility bucket. Both DrTom and Nevin use a Bottle Brush like the one shown above.
These filters are very good with small fish that might
get sucked into a filter with a powerful pump such as a BIO-Wheel Filter, like the one shown far
above on this page. Both DrTom and Nevin have used Sponge Filers for may years in aquariums with
TDS means Total Dissolved Solids. This small
pocket size TDS meter reads the amount of solids dissolved in the water, and gives a good idea of
how much mineral matter is dissolved in your aquarium water, which is not too important if you want
to keep fish, but can be very important if you want to spawn fish and raise the babies. Both DrTom and Nevin use a TDS Meter to test their aquariums for dissolved
You assemble the 12 stiff plastic edges, then
put the netting over the four sides and the bottom, making a box-shaped container that goes inside
your aquarium and attaches to the rim of your aquarium. You can put fish that need to be isolated
in this contraption. Both DrTom and Nevin have owned and used Net Breeders for may years
to protect baby fish.
This is Aquarium Salt for freshwater aquariums.
It's not suitable for saltwater aquariums, which require marine salts that contain a wide variety
of salts. Aquarium Salt is almost entirely sodium chloride, but do not use table salt, which may
also contain iodine and other additives. Both DrTom and Nevin have and use Aquarium Salt from time to time.
It's amazing how much more you can see with
a magnifying glass, and when you can see more, it will make your fish all the more fun to watch!
See more details of your fish. Watch tiny baby fish eat. A magnifying glass can also help you to
see and recognize a disease like ich. Highly recommended. Tom has 3" and 5" Magnifying Glasses that he uses to see his fish
in greater detail.
You can learn a lot about the quality of the
water in your aquarium by using your nose, eyes, and finger tips!! Click here
to read more about that. But you probably can't determine the level of nitrate with a test kit.
We've used the Jungle Quick Dip, and checked its accuracy with a very high quality test kit.
These strips are pretty good and accurate enough for most of what
we want to know. They give results for several water parameters. They're very convenient to use
and give the test results in a minute or two. We recommend this product.
Both DrTom and Nevin have an use Water Test Strips from time to time.
HydroCarbon 2 is a granular activated carbon
designed specifically for the purification of aquarium water. It has an extremely porous texture
which makes it ideal for both fresh and saltwater aquariums and does not leach phosphates into the
water, which can cause outbreaks of algae. This activated carbon absorbs both large and small molecular pollutants
such as the defense substances released into the water by both soft and stony corals and will also
pull out the water-yellowing tannic and humic compounds. After months of use it also becomes a very active biological filtration
community full of beneficial bacteria and microorganisms. It can thus be used as a biological nitrification
and denitrification media or to seed new aquariums with active bacteria cultures. Both DrTom and Nevin have a small bag of Activated Carbon in each
of their aquariums.
Yikes! We almost forgot to include our Favorite
Aquarium Product!! Well, we'll make the same excuse often given, when someone forgets to mention
something very import, "We saved the best for last!" And that's true. Premium Foods greatly increase the health, energy, and coloration
of all fish. Premium fish foods also do not contain fillers that produce lots of excess fish waste
("Poop") and so keep the aquarium cleaner, fresher, and reduce the amount of time you have to spend
cleaning our aquarium. ;^ } Both DrTom and Nevin feed their fish premium fish foods.
here to learn more about premium fish foods now.
The Bailey Brothers
with Tom on the right and Nevin
on the left are two of America's most trusted aquarium experts with a combined 80+ years
of fish and aquarium experience. On this page they use all that experience to help you
choose the best equipment for your aquarium.
On this page you can click on links to buy the Bailey Brothers'
favorite aquarium equipment and supplies, including an aquarium, a matching aquarium stand, a Bio-Wheel
filter, aquarium caves, siphon, magnetic scrubber, and many more aquarium items. All of these items
are highly recommended to make aquariums easier and more fun.
More Favorites Coming
Aquarium Nets, Special Aquarium Light Fixtures and
Bulbs, R/O Water Filters, Decorations, and more.
Summary You may have noticed that several of these items
are very inexpensive and widely available. You may also notice that many of the most expensive kinds of
aquarium equipment are missing from this list. We recommend the biggest acrylic aquarium you can afford or several aquariums,
which will make your aquarium hobby even more enjoyable. Next we recommend a professionally built aquarium
stand that fits your aquarium. We strongly recommend a filter with a BIO-Wheel Filter for almost all aquariums,
because Bio-Wheel filters are very effective and very inexpensive to buy and to run. We highly recommend adding DrTim's Waste-Away to your aquarium water each
week, and we recommend having some Denitrifying Lava Rock in each of your aquariums. It is very convenient
to use Aquarium Water Test Strips to test your aquarium water regularly. We also like equipment, like the Python, the Magnetic Scrubber, a Bottle Brush,
and a Utility Bucket that make cleaning and changing water much easier, so all of us will do it more often!
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important details about how to properly start a new aquarium.
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