Salt Speak – Episode 1: FishBit

FishBit saltwater aquarium and monitoringIn our 2015 outlook writeup at the beginning of the year, Jeff hinted at new media we would be bringing to our content stream, specifically video. Salt Speak is the first of those new features. It will be an ongoing series where I chat with folks involved in the hobby and industry to discuss a wide variety of topics.

The inaugural episode focuses on FishBit, a new aquarium monitor and controller. I recently sat down with Nathan Levine, co-founder of Current Labs, to talk about how their product is different, BETA version testing, commercial releases dates, the aquarium automation segment, how FishBit could spark a whole new group of folks people interested in monitoring and automating their systems, and more.

I hope you enjoy the chat! Let me know what you think in the comments below and be sure to share this post with anyone you think might be interested in FishBit.

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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.

Comments

  1. Paul Baldassano says:

    Chris, I think you guys may be on to something. I like to read but I know many people just want to listen and for them, this is a wonderful idea. One suggestion, although you are very good looking, I think someone like Claudia Schiffer should be used to ask the questions. I realize they may not be pertinent, but who cares.
    Good luck with this new endeavor.
    Paul

    • Chris Aldrich says:

      Thank you, Paul! I’m excited about the variety of topics we’ll be discussing in this series. In many ways, the video medium makes it easier for folks to digest a long form discussion.

      To your other point, I agree, I have a face made for radio. However, until we can find a supermodel that not only wants to hang out with fish geeks but ask questions of them as well, I’m stuck being the host. Haha!

    • Jeff Kurtz says:

      Paul, I offered to read the questions wearing a Claudia Schiffer wig and high heels, but Chris put the kibosh on that and insisted on doing it himself. He was all worried about “creeping out” viewers or “giving them night terrors” (as if!).

  2. I think the fish bit is a nice Freshwater entry level unit but bare bones for any saltwater system. Take a look at the other companies who offered introductory configurations.They all end up being upgraded fairly quickly (just look at the for sale foumrs) since people find out that they want more control or more feedback. Maybe it’s the hardware junkie in me but my dream system also comes with automated Ca, Alk, Mg, PO4 readouts in addition to be able to setup the system to be self sustainable and maintainable.

    • Chris Aldrich says:

      I think the technophile aquarists would definitely turn to other controller options on the market to fulfill their needs. To Nathan’s point, I agree those types of folks in the hobby are the minority. And yes, I know you love your automation, Ellery. :) Some of the things you and other folks have been able to accomplish is awesome!

      FishBit is targeted at the casual to intermediate aquarists who are looking for some monitoring and control capabilities, but are not particularly tech savvy and prefer more of a plug-and-play product. Is there some overlap in the aquarium controller market? Absolutely. However I think FishBit looks to cater to the segment that at this point is least served, or bring folks in who aren’t currently doing any automation/monitoring.

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