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Reefkeeping Happiness Is…

Reefkeeping Happiness Is…

In discussing the myriad rewards of reefkeeping, we marine aquarium hobbyists tend, at least in my humble opinion, to exaggerate the “soothing and relaxing” nature of our systems. If I’m being perfectly honest, on balance I probably derive more tension than tranquility from this hobby—or at least both elements in equal measure. In part, this can be attributed to my … [Read More...]

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Salty Q&A: Bay Window Reef Lighting?

Salty Q&A: Bay Window Reef Lighting?

Question I’m setting up my first reef aquarium and want to keep my approach as natural as possible. The room where I plan to place the tank has a really big bay … [Read More...]

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Ricordea florida: an Underappreciated Caribbean Beauty

Ricordea florida: an Underappreciated Caribbean Beauty

As an American reefkeeper, it’s all too easy for me to forget that some truly gorgeous invertebrate livestock originates relatively close to home in the tropical … [Read More...]

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5 Practical Uses for Rock Rubble in Marine Aquaria

5 Practical Uses for Rock Rubble in Marine Aquaria

When working with rocks, live or otherwise, in marine aquaria, we often end up with little chunks of rubble that break off the larger pieces. While this rubble may not be particularly useful for large aquascaping projects, it can come in quite handy in a … [Read More...]

We’re In Good Company - Saltwater Smarts ranked #1 Best Saltwater Aquarium Blog

We’re In Good Company

There is no shortage of great information outlets online for a saltwater aquarium hobbyist to peruse and learn from. When we were refining the concept for Saltwater Smarts over 3 years ago, it was important for us to cater directly to beginner and intermediate … [Read More...]

Salty Q&A: Calcium and Alkalinity Out of Whack

Salty Q&A: Calcium and Alkalinity Out of Whack

Question I’m having an issue with the calcium and alkalinity levels in my reef tank. Right now, the calcium is at 380ppm, which is at the low end of the acceptable range, and the alkalinity is at 10dKH, closer to the high end of the acceptable range. I’d like … [Read More...]

Tidal Gardens Substrate Update

Tidal Gardens Substrate Update

In 2016, the systems at Tidal Gardens are a mix of custom glass aquariums and Rubbermaid stock tanks. Originally back in 2002, all the tanks were some combination of 300-gallon and 150-gallon stock tanks because they were by far the most cost-effective … [Read More...]

Don’t Be a Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish Marine Aquarist!

Don’t Be a Penny-Wise, Pound-Foolish Marine Aquarist!

Okay, class, please put away your notes and calculators, take out your number-two pencils (clear-a-vous but for a number-two!), and complete this easy multiple-choice quiz: Which of the following reef-lighting options costs the least? A) Zany Caribbean … [Read More...]