Feeding Corals with Sustainable Aquatics Hatchery Diet

If you are unfamiliar with the Tidal Gardens coral farm, much of our aquaculture process depends on the fast growth of our corals and the long-term health of our colonies. Coral nutrition is a major factor. We constantly experiment with different foods for our coral. Corals that are fed consistently have dramatically improved coloration and … [Read More]

7 Guidelines for Mindful Medication of Marine Aquarium Fish

Let’s face it, when a fish in our care exhibits symptoms that might suggest disease, we want to fix the problem and we want to fix it fast. What that usually means is running to the local fish store and frantically scanning the medication aisle for a product that seems to cover the condition in … [Read More]

Toledo Zoo Aquarium Renovation – Update 8: A Different View

With the Toledo Zoo’s Aquarium currently undergoing a $25.5 million renovation and the new Aquarium slated to open in 2015, curious Zoo visitors frequently ask what exhibits the new Aquarium will feature. In this installment, let’s continue our exploration of these new exhibits with a look at the different ways some of the exhibits will … [Read More]

The Translucent Allure of Cynarina Corals

Cynarina are commonly referred to as meat corals or cat’s eye corals. They are large-polyp stony (LPS) corals that grow as a single massive polyp. In many ways, Cynarina share similar traits to Scolymia, Acanthophyllia, and bubble corals of the genus Plerogyra. They are very similar to Plerogyra in particular given that they both have … [Read More]

Simple Tips for Effective Marine Aquarium Aquascaping

Since we launched Saltwater Smarts, we’ve been sprinkling the term “aquascaping” into our posts with reckless abandon. While many of you seasoned salties out there might be well acquainted with this term, others may find themselves scratching their heads each time they come across it. Aquascaping simply refers to the manner in which the rockwork, … [Read More]

4 Techniques for Target Feeding Marine Fish

Feeding saltwater fish isn’t always a simple matter of plopping food in the water and looking on as the frenzy ensues. In any community of fishes, some species (or individual specimens) are going to be more aggressive in their eating habits than others, so oftentimes you have to be a bit more targeted in your … [Read More]

Top 5 Beginner-Friendly LPS Corals

With so many corals available on the marine aquarium market today, even experienced reefkeepers can have a difficult time deciding which species to choose. But for the novice reefkeeper, figuring out which corals are beginner-friendly and which are best left to more experienced hobbyists can seem downright overwhelming. Here at Tidal Gardens, we’re frequently asked … [Read More]

Recapping a Memorable MACNA 2013

Warm ocean breezes, an opulent venue, fascinating and informative presentations by distinguished speakers, and innovative and engaging vendor displays all combined to make MACNA 2013, held August 30-September 1 at the luxurious Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida, an event to remember. For your friends here at Saltwater Smarts, the 2013 Marine Aquarium … [Read More]

Marine Fish Bait and Switch—5 Adorable Juveniles that Blossom into Brutes

Their alluring cuteness beckons from across the LFS. At just a few inches in length and sporting dazzling colors, comical polka dots, interesting morphology, or fascinating finnage, they’re practically irresistible to the average marine-aquarium hobbyist looking to acquire a show-stopping specimen. The only problem is, it’s all a cruel ruse. Give in to the temptation … [Read More]

Harlequin Tuskfish: A Charming, Colorful Wrasse for the Semi-Boisterous Community

Among the members of the vast Labridae family—the wrasses—are myriad gorgeous species. Some, owing to factors such as enormous adult size or extremely finicky feeding behavior, make poor choices for aquarium keeping. Others make very desirable aquarium candidates, staying relatively manageable in size and generally adapting well to captive conditions and menu items. Included in … [Read More]