Saltwater Smarts Turns Two: Another Gratifying Year in the Books!

Chris and Jeff discuss the website with Mark of Coral Reef

Chris and Jeff discuss the website with Mark of Coral Reef

It’s hard to believe that we’re celebrating our second anniversary here at Saltwater Smarts. When Caribbean Chris and I launched this site back in April of 2013, we had no idea how it would be received—or whether we’d even last more than a few months in such a crowded online space. We just had the kernel of an idea that a certain subset of hobbyists out there might appreciate coming to a place where they can get reliable, authoritative information that promotes success yet still enjoy a few laughs along the way.

Over the past two years, we’ve tried to take a more egalitarian approach to information sharing, in which different—even opposing—viewpoints are welcomed and respected. We know the methods that we share here will work for you, but we also want to know what you’re doing that might work even better. In other words, we stand to learn just as much from you as you do from us. And with more and more visitors from countries all around the world joining us every month and offering their input, we’re confident that this approach is resonating.

New offerings

Regular visitors have probably noticed that the last year has seen some exciting changes here at Saltwater Smarts. This January, we released our first ebook—The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fishes by Jay Hemdal—which continues to build momentum in sales. Also, we recently launched our new Salt Speak video interview series, in which CC seeks insights from various aquarium industry experts. (Stay tuned for episode 3, featuring Stu Wobbe of Coldwater Marine Aquatics.)

What the future holds

Looking forward, we have more ebooks on the horizon, two of which are currently in the editing phase (now, if our editor would just get off his duff!). We’ll also be introducing a series of brief how-to videos demonstrating basic aquarium techniques very soon. And, of course, we’ll continue to share our thoughts and impressions of the marine aquarium hobby in the form of written posts—even if PaulB can’t read them without his bifocals.

Thanks to our sponsors

Of course, Saltwater Smarts simply wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for our sponsors, namely Drs. Foster and Smith, Tidal Gardens, Advanced Reef Aquarium, GHL, and our favorite LFS, Coral Reef in Perrysburg, Ohio. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to these companies for their ongoing support.

And our contributors

Special thanks also to the cadre of contributors who graciously lend their time, talent, and expertise to Saltwater Smarts: Than Thein, owner of Tidal Gardens and Advanced Reef Aquarium; Jay Hemdal, Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates for the Toledo Zoo; long-time hobbyist Paul “PaulB” Baldassano, inventor of the Majano Wand (among many other helpful devices) and veteran of the Vietnam War; shark/ray expert Paul Poeschl, Supervisor of Collections for Living Exhibits Inc.; Dave Bowers, marine biology teacher at Bellevue City Schools in Ohio and adjunct instructor of coral reef ecology at The University of Toledo; and US Navy veteran and SPS aficionado Joe Garza.

And you!

Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all our fellow salties out there who check in with us and share their comments on a regular basis. These last two years have been a blast for us, and we hope you’re having as much fun visiting our site as we have bringing it to you!

Photo credit: Toledo Free Press

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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.


  1. Matt Bowers (Muttley000) says:

    Happy anniversary!
    Thanks for doing what you do Chris and Jeff!

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