The list author says: "In my years of fish keeping there have been many trials and errors. I have purchased "can't live without" products that you could clearly live without and I have used certain products (some aquarium related, some kitchen and home related) that I now could not even think to live without. Here is a list of aquarium products you might not think of when setting up and running a new aquarium, but these products are little 'secrets' that may make your aquarium care just that much easier."
"A mechanical extension grabber can move decorations and plants without getting you whole arm wet. A grabber will also come in handy when items fall into you tank (which will happen) and you don't want to get your hands wet."
"Turkey basters are surprisingly useful in the aquarium. I picked up my first one initially to target feed fish that were not aggressive eaters and to target feed sick or nursing fish. But aside from the basters target feeding capabilities, it works wonders when used as a hydro-pressure hose to stir up detritus or blow algae off of decorations."
"A set of high quality measuring spoons is needed to ensure proper dosage when using conditioners and medicines. I suggest a stainless steel set because of the ease of cleaning and ability to sterilize."
"If you are placing your tank on a traditional tank stand, a mountable power strip will come in handy. So handy, you may wonder how you managed without one. Power strips come in lengths that reflect the widths of most tank stands, 24", 36", 48" and even bigger. Simply mount the strip under your tank high enough to ensure the wires from your equipment will make a good "drip loopÂ."
"A light timer doesn't seem like it would be much of a necessity. You can replace its function by simply doing it yourself. But I have learned that fish are very much creatures of habit and do best in controlled situations where they can expect night and day. Timers are easy to use, not very expensive and really make a difference."
"If you use the space beneath your tank for storage or to keep canister filters and such, do yourself the favor and buy a LED strip light that can be mounted on your stand. The extra light will come in very handy when looking through items or servicing canister filters and pumps. The LEDs are inexpensive, last forever and use barely any electricity."
"These labels are one of the most important tools in my aquarium arsenal. I label each pump, powerhead and filter wire before I plug them in. Now when I need to unplug my heater, I am not unplugging each cord until I find the right one."
"This product isn't really surprising as magnetic aquarium cleaners are nothing new, but the Mag Float is a pleasure to use since when separation occurs, the piece just floats to the surface and awaits for you to reconnect it to its dry counterpart."