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.

2nd Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo, It’s Going to Be Huuuge!

Last year saw the emergence of what I hope to be a long-standing event in northwest Ohio, the Buckeye Reef Marine Expo. As I’ve previously mentioned, NW OH is an area that’s centrally located between several larger saltwater aquarium markets and home to a substantial hobbyist base of our own. So it always seemed odd … [Read More]

We’re In Good Company

There is no shortage of great information outlets online for a saltwater aquarium hobbyist to peruse and learn from. When we were refining the concept for Saltwater Smarts over 3 years ago, it was important for us to cater directly to beginner and intermediate hobbyists, so we made it our mission. Since then, we’ve built … [Read More]

Whoa, 3 Years Already. Thank you!

It seems like just yesterday Jeff and I were scrambling to bring months of work and preparation together for the launch of Saltwater Smarts – and this week we’re already celebrating 3 years! Since then we’ve published more than 475 posts, released two full-length books (note: with another on the way), watched our salty community … [Read More]

First Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo Coming Soon!

As a long-time hobbyist in northwest Ohio, I’m accustomed to traveling outside the region for frag swaps and events of appreciable size. NW Ohio is located within reach of regular events held in northeast Ohio, central Ohio, and southern Michigan but hasn’t been home to a swap capable of drawing in many folks (and vendors) … [Read More]

Reefs Magazine Reviews “…Diseases of Marine Fishes”

In the latest issue of Reefs Magazine, editor Randy Donowitz published a review of The Salt Smart Guide to Preventing, Diagnosing, and Treating Diseases of Marine Fishes. He discusses the overall format, types of information included, and how the knowledge included in this resource can benefit saltwater aquarium enthusiasts at large. The majority of the … [Read More]

Salt Speak – Episode 1: FishBit

In 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 … [Read More]

Tank Profile: Joe Garza’s SPS-dominate Reef Savvy Rimless Aquarium

The blue thumb behind this beautiful reef, Joe Garza, is a U.S. Navy veteran who spent years traveling the oceans, exploring the globe, and admiring the beauty of the aquatic world. He kept aquariums filled with all sorts of colorful fish for 17 years before deciding it was time for another challenge, which just so … [Read More]

Thomas Brown Joins Salty Supply

We’d like to pass along congratulations to our friend Thomas Brown for his recent appointment to Lead Video Content Director at online aquarium retailer, Salty Supply. Thomas has produced a wide variety of video content ranging from numerous web series (The Aquarium Report, The Ultimate Tank Build, etc.) and LFS/manufacturer spotlights to product reviews and … [Read More]

Tank Profile: Marco Pardun’s 104-gallon Room Divider Triton Reef

When I first came across this aquarium, it caught my eyes for a variety of reasons. First and foremost was the variety of color in its inhabitants. Next is the fact that it is a room divider (something I’ve always wanted to build) and the whole setup is really sleek, very clean, and well executed. … [Read More]

Bellevue H.S. Marine Science Lab Expands

Last year I introduced you to David Bowers and the incredible marine science classroom laboratory he runs at Bellevue High School in Ohio, USA. Over the last 20 years, David and his students have transformed the humble classroom from a single modest aquarium to one of the best self-funded high school marine biology programs in … [Read More]