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Harlequin Shrimp (Hymenocera picta)

Harlequin Shrimps: Seeing Stars (On the Menu)

Somewhat comical and cartoonish in both name and appearance, harlequin shrimps (Hymenocera picta) are not invertebrates to be purchased on a whim. Keeping these critters, as I’ll soon explain, demands an investment of cash and effort that not every marine aquarium hobbyist is willing to undertake. Not to mention, their very narrow feeding habits are not necessarily for the … [Read More...]

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The Blue Tang (Paracanthurus hepatus) is known by a number of common names.

Why Use Scientific Names for Saltwater Fish and Inverts?

Hobby newcomers often wonder why fish are so frequently identified by two-part scientific names in aquarium literature and online resources like Saltwater Smarts. … [Read More...]

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Bird’s nest coral (genus Seriatopora)

The Perfect Beginner SPS Coral: Seriatopora (Bird’s nest)

If ever one is looking to get into small polyp stony (SPS) corals but is hesitant because of the challenges associated with them, consider an SPS coral from the … [Read More...]

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S.E.A. Aquarium in Singapore

Experiencing Singapore’s Stunning S.E.A. Aquarium

Visiting public aquariums can be a hit-or-miss experience. There are many aquariums that are less than dazzling to the trained eye of a reef aquarium hobbyist. If ever there was a downside to our experience in this hobby, it is the fact that we have seen what … [Read More...]

DIY marine aquarium chiller

DIY Marine Aquarium Chiller

Aquatic creatures, with the exception of mammals, are all cold-blooded animals. Some sharks and tuna slightly warm their blood through the movement of their muscles, but we don't normally keep pelagic sharks or tuna in our tanks, so we don't have to discuss … [Read More...]

Wartskin Anglerfish (Antennarius maculatus)

The Fantastic Fishing Gear of Antennariid Anglerfishes

As someone who enjoys a day on the water fishing, I have to give a tip of the hat to the various anglerfishes (a.k.a. frogfishes) of the family Antennariidae. These incredibly cryptic fishes make us human anglers look like rank amateurs. After all, to pursue … [Read More...]


5 Types of Marine Fish that are Reef Safe with Caveats

When we say a marine fish is “reef safe,” we usually mean that it won’t eat the corals or other sessile invertebrates that we keep in reef systems. Using that definition, we can easily determine that, for example, the peaceful, planktivorous purple dartfish … [Read More...]

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 12: A Work in Progress

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 12: A Work in Progress

Salties who have been following the $25.5 million renovation of the Toledo Zoo’s Aquarium (slated for completion in 2015) might be wondering about the status of the project since we haven’t provided an update in a while. Well, we can assure you that the … [Read More...]