Twelve winners were presented with beveled teardrop-shaped awards during the world’s largest aquarium expo, Reef-A-Palooza, October 22-23 at the OC Fair Grounds in Costa Mesa, CA.
More than 170 brands from across the globe were considered for the MarineDepot.com Best of Awards, which recognize aquarium supply manufacturers and products that have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout a one-year period.
“As the aquarium hobby continues to grow, so does the number of products shoppers have to consider before they buy,” notes Ben Ros, Director of Operations for MarineDepot.com. “The Best of Awards are a way for shoppers to distinguish the brands that go above and beyond the norm to provide exceptional products and customer support.”
Product winners were selected based upon key performance metrics including sales volume, internet searches, website searches and customers rankings. The Best Warranty was based upon the strength, length and level of supported offered by the manufacturer combined with the brand’s return rate and MarineDepot.com’
AquaticLife, founded in 2008 by Michael Elliott and David Troop, earned Best New Product in addition to Best Warranty.
“It is an honor to be named among the aquatic industry’s elite not once, but twice,” said Elliot. “It feels great to be recognized for building quality equipment and putting the customer first.”
Below is the complete list of MarineDepot.com Best of 2011 award winners:
+ Best New Product: AquaticLife 4-Stage 200GPD RO/DI Professional Water Purification System
+ Best Protein Skimmer: Tunze Nano DOC Protein Skimmer 9002
+ Best Reactor: Two Little Fishies Phosban Reactor
+ Best Light: Ecoxotic Panorama LED System
+ Best Nano Aquarium:
+ Best Powerhead: Hydora Hydora Koralia Powerheads
+ Best Controller:
+ Best in Show: Neptune Systems Aquarium Controller App for iOS Devices
+ Best Website: EcoTech Marine
+ Best Warranty: AquaticLife
+ Best Salt Mix: Red Sea Coral Pro Salt Mix
+ Best Nano Product: Two Little Fishies Nano Mag
For more information about MarineDepot.com and the Best of 2011 Awards, please visit
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MarineDepot.com is the world’s #1 supplier of marine and reef aquarium supplies. The company was founded in 1997 by self-professed “fish geek” Ken Wong after he became frustrated by the lack of selection and support provided by many local fish stores. Today, MarineDepot.com offers over 7,500 popular and hard-to-find products with free technical support provided by a staff of aquarium experts known as the Reef Squad. MarineDepot.com employs 45 full- and part-time employees in Garden Grove, CA. The company was included in the 500|5000 List of Fastest Growing Businesses in 2011 and is a 3-time Top 500 Internet Retailer and BizRate Circle of Excellence winner.