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Marine Aquarium Photography: Post Processing of Coral Images

Marine Aquarium Photography: Post Processing of Coral Images

Often the subject of heated online debate is the post processing of coral photos—the manipulation of the coral image by software to tweak color and exposure levels. Post processing of coral images is a particularly hot-button issue because it is possible to abuse it. Hobbyists unfamiliar with the practice may decide to purchase a coral online based on a stunning photo and be … [Read More...]

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Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita)

Ribbon Eels: Elegantly Exotic but Usually Best Left on the Reef

Why are the most attractive and interesting-looking marine fish always the most difficult to keep alive in aquariums? Okay, maybe this isn’t actually such a truism. … [Read More...]

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Nano aquariums boast lower initial and ongoing costs compared to larger systems

4 Reasons Not to Knock Nano Aquariums

One of our earliest posts here at Saltwater Smarts was titled “4 Reasons to Start with a Bigger Saltwater Tank.” In it, we outlined the various benefits of starting … [Read More...]

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The Pros and Cons of Using a Marine Aquarium Cover Glass

The Pros and Cons of Using a Marine Aquarium Cover Glass

To put a lid on it or not to put a lid on it, that is the question! Okay, with profuse apologies to the Melancholy Dane, the point I’d like to mull over in today’s post is whether it’s a good idea to use cover glasses on marine aquariums—you know, those … [Read More...]

The Rockmover Wrasse: What a Difference Adulthood Can Make!

The Rockmover Wrasse: What a Difference Adulthood Can Make!

In a previous post titled “Marine Fish Bait and Switch—5 Adorable Juveniles that Blossom into Brutes,” I listed the rockmover wrasse (Novaculichthys taeniourus), aka the reindeer wrasse or the dragon wrasse, among four other species that are typically sold in … [Read More...]

When Piscine Personalities Collide: Incompatible Energy

When Piscine Personalities Collide: Incompatible Energy

When trying to determine whether different species of marine fish will cohabit peacefully in the same aquarium, we usually ask ourselves whether the combination will result in one fish eating another or whether interspecific squabbling is likely to be an issue … [Read More...]

Salt Speak – Episode 3: Coldwater Marine Aquariums

Salt Speak – Episode 3: Coldwater Marine Aquariums

Alright, alright...I'm back with another episode of Salt Speak! In this third installment I sat down to talk coldwater marine systems with Stu Wobbe. Stu is the owner of Coldwater Marine Aquatics in Oregon, USA. In the first half of our chat we speak about … [Read More...]

Marine Aquarium Decorations: Tacky, Tasteful, or Somewhere In-Between?

Marine Aquarium Decorations: Tacky, Tasteful, or Somewhere In-Between?

I’ve always favored very naturalistic aquariums, so when an acquaintance recently asked me what I think about using decorations in saltwater systems, my immediate response (more or less) was that I find them tacky and cringe-worthy and that corals and fish … [Read More...]