Calling All Freshwater Keepers, You Can Make the Switch!

I’ve kept freshwater aquariums before, but saltwater aquariums? Aren’t they really difficult?” Chris and I frequently hear comments like this from non-hobbyists as well as from freshwater aquarists who are contemplating making the saltwater switch. The prevailing impression among the uninitiated seems to be that keeping a saltwater aquarium with any degree of success demands … [Read More]

Turning Up the Heat on Tropical Saltwater Aquariums

The vast majority of saltwater aquarium hobbyists choose to keep fish and invertebrates that were collected on and around tropical coral reefs. Thus, if they want to keep their marine livestock alive and thriving, it’s essential that they maintain tropical temperatures in their tanks. The good news is, owing to the ready availability of high-quality, … [Read More]

SWS Talks Marine Aquariums On the Radio

Saltwater Smarts was on 1370 WSPD with Michael Miller (Editor in Chief of the Toledo Free Press) this past Friday to discuss our website, saltwater aquariums, and the hobby as a whole. You can listen to the podcast on WSPD’s website. Our segment starts at the 8:33 mark. Have a listen! Photo Credit: Renee Johnson

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 2: Where did the fish go?

The Aquarium building at the Toledo Zoo opened in 1939. Originally housing only freshwater fish, this W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration) building gradually had marine exhibits added starting in the 1970’s. Through the 1990’s to 2012, the animal collection housed in the building more than doubled. The below graph tells quite a bit about the recent … [Read More]

Buying Marine Fish and Inverts: LFS vs. Online

Once a new saltwater aquarium is up and running, fully cycled, and ready to receive fish and/or invertebrates, the hobbyist has the choice of buying livestock from a local fish store (LFS) or from various online sources. Both options are perfectly viable, but one choice or the other may be a better fit for you, … [Read More]

The Ebb and Flow of Marine Aquarium Water Movement

Water on the coral reefs is ever on the move. Constantly shifting currents, changing tides, and rolling or crashing waves make for quite a dynamic environment that saltwater aquarium hobbyists must attempt to recreate in their systems for the health of the fish and invertebrates in their care. Water movement performs several vital functions in … [Read More]

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 genus Seriatopora. Seriatopora corals, commonly referred to as bird’s nest corals, are very fast growing, are forgiving in their care requirements, and may be the perfect … [Read More]

The What and When of Feeding Saltwater Fish

Feeding time is one of the most rewarding aspects of keeping saltwater fish. Let’s face it, fish don’t exactly reciprocate affection the way dogs and cats do. The closest we can really get to interacting with them is when we deliver their meals. Some of the more intelligent species may even learn to recognize and … [Read More]

SWS Featured in the Toledo Free Press

Saltwater Smarts has been featured in the print and online edition of the Toledo Free Press this week. You can check out the article on their website. If you’re in the northwest Ohio local area, you’ll be able to find the print edition on newsstands starting today. Photo Credit: Toledo Free Press

5 Ways to Save Money When Starting a Marine Aquarium

A top-of-mind concern for virtually every first-time saltwater aquarium keeper is the high price tag that can accompany marine systems. And there’s no question that the saltwater aquarium hobby can get pricey. Every piece of equipment you shop for produces a greater state of sticker shock than the last, especially if you’re setting up a … [Read More]