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A Pint-Sized, Potentially Picky Lionfish: Dendrochirus biocellatus

A Pint-Sized, Potentially Picky Lionfish: Dendrochirus biocellatus

Yearn to keep a lionfish but don’t think you have the tank space to accommodate one? You might want to think again! While having a small to medium-sized tank might preclude keeping some of the popular Pterois species, there are several lionfish species in the genus Dendrochirus that are small and retiring enough to be kept successfully in fairly modest-sized quarters. Among … [Read More...]

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Lamarck's Angelfish (Genicanthus lamarck)

Genicanthus lamarck: An Elegant, Reef-Safe Angelfish

Owing to the natural tendency of many species to nip at or outright consume sessile invertebrates, angelfishes are often of dubious suitability when it comes to … [Read More...]

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A whole mess of bubble algae.

End the Toil and Trouble of Bubble Algae

“Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble” could be the lament of any marine aquarium hobbyist battling a stubborn outbreak of green bubble algae. (Okay, “Double, double … [Read More...]

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Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 15: Grand Opening Today!

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 15: Grand Opening Today!

Virtually since we launched Saltwater Smarts back in April of 2013, we’ve been bringing you regular updates on the progress of the $25.5 million renovation of the Toledo Zoo Aquarium. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that this ambitious project has finally … [Read More...]

How to Acclimate Marine Animals in 8 Easy Steps—Plus 5 Cases When You Can’t

How to Acclimate Marine Animals in 8 Easy Steps—Plus 5 Cases When You Can’t

In his book The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fish, Jay Hemdal provides a surprisingly simple method for acclimating marine animals—just one of many useful tips readers will discover in this authoritative tome. … [Read More...]

Salt Speak – Episode 2: Than Thein

Salt Speak – Episode 2: Than Thein

We're back with another episode of Salt Speak! First off, I'd like to thank everyone who reached out with kind words for this new series. It was great to hear the interest in episode 1 and excitement for future installments. In this second episode, I spoke … [Read More...]

Want Healthy, Spawning Fish? Feed Them Properly!

Want Healthy, Spawning Fish? Feed Them Properly!

Feed your fish. They are hungry. That may sound obvious, but most fish in captivity are starving to death because we are so fixated on water parameters. It’s fine to worry about water parameters, but you still need to feed your fish. Yes, water parameters are … [Read More...]

Marine Fish Issues: When It’s Best to Leave Well Enough Alone

Marine Fish Issues: When It’s Best to Leave Well Enough Alone

In most cases, issues affecting marine fish—diseases, behavioral issues, compatibility concerns, etc.—should be addressed and rectified as quickly as possible, lest small problems transform into much bigger ones. But there are some circumstances in which the … [Read More...]