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About Us

The Store and Our Philosophy

Aquarium Store Depot was established by hobbyists to simplify the hobby.  As a regular shopper on other aquarium e-stores, we regularly grew frustrated at the overwhelming selection of products and the general nature of seeing companies trying to sell the latest and greatest tech (toys) to the industry.  We seek to change that by offering a limited selection of products vetted out by our experience as follow fish enthusiasts.  We only sell only what works, brands we trust, and products we know will make a difference to you.  Our mission is to simplify the aquarium hobby so the beginner than thrive. We accomplish this mission by focusing on the following:

  • Limited Selection -­ Go to any other supply store and you can be overwhelmed with selection. We seek to change this. We only feature what we would recommend and place in our tanks. We want you to leverage our expertise in vetting out brands and equipment. 
  • Education ­- We know that choosing the right setup can be a real challenge. That's why our Aquarium Store Experts have written the Saltwater Tank Buying Guide and the What You Need to Know about Saltwater Tank Environment . Once you have read read both of these articles, our goal is that you will be well­informed and ready to make the right choices. It is important that the aquarium setup plan you formulate fits well with your goals and your home and is appropriate for the livestock you want to keep
  • Quality Brands -­ We sell quality, well-known brands.  We know this hobby can be expensive so we want to ensure that your investment lasts. 

We take the approach that we learned many years ago when we worked with a very successful local fish store we trusted.  We would ask, "what would you recommend to us?"  The answer was a small selection of products for our setups not a list of 1000+ items.  Why should we run an ecommerce store any different?

With aquarium hobbyists, it always tempting to tinker with your setup and look for the latest and greatest.  We have the philosophy if it is working in the tank, do not replace it.  It is very easy to get lost in the tech in this hobby and make yourself go broke.  Take it slow and address only the problems that matters.  Patience is the biggest lesson we have learned being in this hobby over the years.

Over the years we have developed an in-depth knowledge of the aquatics industry and hobby. Our articles and opinions on the aquatics industry have been published and featured on sites such as Huffington Post, Patch.com, FamilyShare, and Reddit's Aquarium Subreddit:  

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We are a family business started up by hobbyists.  We seek to establish long term customers by education, only selling high quality products, and making your aquariums successful.  We believe everyone should be able to enjoy this hobby - even the novice just starting out.  The tools are there you help you out and the content we publish seeks to educate the newest of hobbyist.  We want you start off right and enjoy a lifetime of success.