Saltwater Smarts in 2015: Looking Forward to an Exciting New Year

2015-1Since Chris and I launched Saltwater Smarts back in April of 2013, we’ve been immensely gratified to welcome a steadily increasing number of visitors to our site, to have the opportunity to share our personal insights on a wide variety of topics related to marine aquarium keeping, as well as to bring you authoritative perspectives from a variety of aquarium industry professionals and other seasoned hobbyists.

Special thanks to all who helped make 2014 such a stellar year here at Saltwater Smarts: our regular contributors, Jay Hemdal, Than Thein, Paul Baldassano (PaulB), Paul Poeschl, and Dave Bowers; our site sponsors, Doctors Foster and Smith, Tidal Gardens, Advanced Reef Aquarium, GHL, Coral Reef LLC, Coralreefaquarist.com, and Majano Wand; and, of course, each and every salty out there who took the time to visit our site over the past year!

Today, as we stand on the cusp of 2015, we’re bullish about our trajectory and looking forward to some exciting changes and new offerings ahead. Here’s a sampling of what you can expect from Saltwater Smarts over the coming year:

New media

You could say Chris and I both have perfect faces for radio, but I’m afraid you’ll be seeing more of our ugly mugs in 2015. We plan to step away from the keyboard from time to time and bring you more video offerings—for example a series of short how-to’s on basic marine aquarium techniques, one documenting our recent efforts to capture and remove several rogue damsels from the display tank in a local coffee shop, and much more.

New resources

We’re also thrilled to announce that day one of 2015 will see the release of Saltwater Smarts’ first eBook, The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fishes, penned by Jay Hemdal, Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates at the Toledo Zoo. Be sure to tune in to Saltwater Smarts this coming Friday (January 2) for much more information on this exciting new resource.

And Jay’s disease guide is just the beginning. Look for more new eBook titles and other helpful resources from your friends here at Saltwater Smarts over the coming year.

New contributors

Okay, this one is really more of an invitation than a promise. We know that lurking out there in the cyber-shadows are plenty of experienced hobbyists who have more expertise than Chris and I combined. If that describes you, and you have a penchant for writing, we’d love to hear from you in 2015. I’ve long contended that this hobby of ours needs an infusion of new writers and different voices. Why shouldn’t one of them be yours?

New projects

I, for one, am long overdue in taking on a new marine aquarium project. So, over the coming months, I’ll be giving my 75-gallon soft coral reef tank a complete overhaul and sharing the process here at Saltwater Smarts—once I figure out what I’m actually going to do with it, that is. Maybe lose the softies and go all stony? A breeding colony of yellowhead jawfish? A dry diorama replete with fish and coral photos cut from magazines? I’m completely open to suggestions!

Who knows, “Caribbean Chris” might go completely off the rails this year and keep a species that didn’t originate in the Caribbean or tropical Western Atlantic. Heck, by this time next year, we might even be calling him “Indo-Pacific Chris.”

Meeting more of you!

Chris and I hope to make in-person connections with more of our fellow salties in 2015. One opportunity to do just that will be MACNA 2015, to be held in Washington, DC, September 4 through 6. We’d love to meet any of you who are able to attend. We’re also hoping to get away from our computer screens to attend other hobby-related events and conferences where we can actually interface with more of you in the real world!

Welcoming your suggestions

Last, but certainly not least, if you have any thoughts or suggestions on our direction going forward, we’d love to hear them. Contact us, or let us know in the comment section below.

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About Jeff Kurtz

Jeff Kurtz is the Co-founder/Editor of Saltwater Smarts, former Senior Consulting Editor for Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine, and the aquarist formerly known as “The Salt Creep.” He has been an aquarium hobbyist for over 30 years and is an avid scuba diver.

Comments

  1. happy new year guys I hope you have a good one get ready for me picking your brains in 2015

  2. Matt Bowers (Muttley000) says:

    Chris and Jeff, thanks for what you have done, and continue to do. I still hope to make time in the schedule to write something for you, but until then I hope you are fine with the occasional remark to other posts. Happy 2015!

    P.S. Do you see any of the now e-book releases being offered in print?

    • Chris Aldrich says:

      And thank you, Matt! We’re happy to have you as part of the community. Happy new year to you!

      We’re launching The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fishes (in just a handful of hours, actually!) in three electronic formats, but if demand reaches critical mass we’ll certainly look into a printed version.

  3. Happy New Year! Thanks for the great articles and helpful advise. My number one go to spot. The best part is the humor, love it.

    • Jeff Kurtz says:

      Happy New Year to you, too, Kathy, and thanks so much for your kind comments! It’s great to have you with us!

  4. Appasamy Singapore says:

    Wish you a happy new year guys!.

    Everyday I will be looking forward for your interesting article as I did in 2014.
    Thanks for all your articles in 2014. It helped me in my hobby a lot.

    Appasamy
    Singapore

  5. Paul Baldassano says:

    Happy New Year guys, it’s been a great year, fish speaking. I love the articles, (the ones I don’t write of course as that would just be stupid) Keep up the good work.
    Paul B

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