About "Caribbean Chris" Aldrich

"Caribbean Chris" Aldrich is co-founder and Director of Saltwater Smarts, an avid SCUBA diver, and contributor to a live rock mariculture project in the Florida Keys. He has been an aquarium hobbyist for 20 years and his current aquarium is a 127-gallon Carib reef biotope.

2nd Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo, It’s Going to Be Huuuge!

Last year saw the emergence of what I hope to be a long-standing event in northwest Ohio, the Buckeye Reef Marine Expo. As I’ve previously mentioned, NW OH is an area that’s centrally located between several larger saltwater aquarium markets and home to a substantial hobbyist base of our own. So it always seemed odd … [Read More]

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 hobbyists, so we made it our mission. Since then, we’ve built … [Read More]

Whoa, 3 Years Already. Thank you!

It seems like just yesterday Jeff and I were scrambling to bring months of work and preparation together for the launch of Saltwater Smarts – and this week we’re already celebrating 3 years! Since then we’ve published more than 475 posts, released two full-length books (note: with another on the way), watched our salty community … [Read More]

First Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo Coming Soon!

As a long-time hobbyist in northwest Ohio, I’m accustomed to traveling outside the region for frag swaps and events of appreciable size. NW Ohio is located within reach of regular events held in northeast Ohio, central Ohio, and southern Michigan but hasn’t been home to a swap capable of drawing in many folks (and vendors) … [Read More]

Our Holiday Sale Is Happening Now

As a thank you to our readers for another great year, Jeff and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to offer a holiday sale to the Saltwater Smarts community. From now until the end of the year, use the promo codes below to receive $5 off on the eBook or print versions of … [Read More]

Help The Kids and Enter The 2015 Dream Tank Giveaway!

The saltwater aquarium industry and hobby may be small in comparison to some better-known industries, but I submit that we have just as much (if not more) compassion as those other interests. Felix Bordon, president of Reef Savvy, and his family had the scare of a lifetime when his young son was diagnosed with a … [Read More]

MACNA 2015 – Nation’s Capital Soon To Be Salty

Update: Check out our MACNA 2015 recap!In a little more than a week, thousands of marine aquarium hobbyists and industry professionals will shoal in Washington, D.C. for the 27th annual MACNA (Marine Aquarium Conference of North America). If you attended MACNA last year in the Mile-High City or in South Florida the year before, you’ll … [Read More]

The 2015 MBI Workshop Revisited

Last weekend I traveled up to Bloomfield Hills, Michigan with SWS contributor Dave Bowers to attend the 6th Annual Marine Breeder’s Workshop. It’s the only marine aquarium conference dedicated solely to marine ornamental captive breeding. My last trek to the workshop was three or four years ago, so it was long overdue. Just as I … [Read More]

You Asked Us…So We’ve Answered!

Since we released The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fishes eBook earlier this year, the support from readers has been unequivocally positive. But, what’s the one thing that’s been requested many times since then? A print version – so folks could add it into their aquarium library! It’s totally … [Read More]

Salt Speak – Episode 5: Florida Keys Fish & Invert Collection

For this fifth episode of Salt Speak, I wanted to get the inside scoop from someone working the front lines in the fish and invertebrate collection portion of the saltwater aquarium industry. So I sat down with Kara Rauch of KP Aquatics to discuss the different aspects of operating a small collecting business in the … [Read More]