66 articles submission by the Saltwaterfish.com community.

Protein Skimming: What it is, Why and when to do it.

Created on 2014-12-14 by snakeblitz33

     Protein Skimmers have been around for at least the last 60 years and have come in a wide variety of forms and efficiencies. The first protein skimmers were simple triangle pieces of glass that were fit into the side of an aquarium, and powered from the bottom up with a simple wooden air stone. Inside of the unit, there would collect on the glass a very slimy, brown and green sludge which would then be cleaned off manually (Goldstein 46).      Protein skimmers are also known as foam fractionaters. The purpose of a protein skimmer is to remove organic… Read more »

Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful, but Inside it’s so Delightful…

Created on 2014-12-12 by candaceswf

Delightful inside the Saltwaterfish.com packaging that is… When you order from Saltwaterfish.com you get the very best in marine Life packaging.  Our system automatically pulls up the weather forecast for every order that is going out, and prints the information on the packing lists for our elite packers to see.  We know whether to add heat packs or cool packs depending on YOUR weather!  We have experience shipping in the high heat of summer in Texas, and the frigid cold of Alaska…. and everything in between.  If we think there may be an issue in your area, we will call you.  Yup… Read more »

Reverse Osmosis / Deionization units and maintenance

Created on 2014-12-07 by snakeblitz33

Reverse Osmosis / Deionization Units   Being a responsible reef keeper means doing everything that we can to ensure the short and long term survival of our aquariums inhabitants. This means starting your aquarium with pure, fresh water. Pure water is important, because it does not contain any nitrates, phosphates, ammonia, medications, bacteria, cysts, sediments, heavy metals and other chemicals that are present in tap water. By starting with pure water, you are no longer adding those chemicals into your tank, which can cause problems, both long term and short term. This article will go into detail of selecting and… Read more »

Water Quality Maintenance

Created on 2014-11-30 by snakeblitz33

Water Quality Maintenance   As a responsible aquarist, it is up to us to maintain homeostasis in our little salty ecosystems. Different tanks have different requirements, and so it is up to the aquarist to try to maintain an accurate and stable balance of chemicals, nutrients, food and waste with proper upkeep. This article assumes, first, that you have a saltwater aquarium that you have already set up and you can tell that something isn’t going the way that it should. I will try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions on saltwaterfish.com’s forums about water quality and… Read more »

Saltwaterfish.com Thankful for...

Created on 2014-11-28 by candaceswf

At the start of the holiday season, it is a great time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for and to reflect on the accomplishments of the prior year. First and foremost, we are blessed to have a great group of people to be working with at Saltwaterfish.com. Tom, Brandon, Mary, Candace, Larry, Sergio, Jaime, Tom, Andrew and JR. Thank you for your hard work and dedication over the past year. We appreciate all your efforts! Most of our employees have been with us since the beginning, and we are so thankful for their great commitment… Read more »

Saltwaterfish.com is a Certified Aquaculture Facility

Created on 2014-11-21 by candaceswf

People often ask about our facility in Fort Pierce, FL. The common answer is that we have a 10,000 square foot facility housing the most corals, marine fish, and invertebrates in the state. We are a closed facility, meaning that people cannot visit us and buy because it would interfere with our daily collection and shipping activities. But to a hobbyist, we are a dream come true when you see all the marine life under one roof. What is not widely known is that we are a Certified Aquaculture Facility. The State of Florida inspects our Facility, and we follow… Read more »

How do hermit crabs molt?

Created on 2014-11-19 by silverado61

    Hermit crabs most shed their old exoskeletons and produce new ones to grow and heal from injuries. This process is called molting. Hermit crabs will molt many times when young to grow rapidly and then the molting rate slows as they grow larger. Depending on the species, adults will molt any where from once every couple of months to only once or twice per year. Injured hermit crabs may molt after a shorter than normal time period to regenerate lost or damaged limbs.       Hermit crabs molt by backing out of their old skin just behind the carapace. Limbs and other eventually… Read more »

What makes a successful saltwater aquarist? Here's how YOU can become the wholesaler!

Created on 2014-11-12 by candaceswf

As you may know, salt water aquariums really took off in the last few years, as both a hobby and business ventures. A big part of the reason was the development of a committed online community, dedicated to exchanging ideas and spreading knowledge about all things saltwater. Nowadays, it’s so much easier to know which is the best saltwater aquarium or saltwater tank for your needs, learn all that you need to know about the different saltwater fish, learn how to build your own slice of the ocean… In short, everything you need to know to be a successful saltwater… Read more »

Cold Weather is Coming!

Created on 2014-11-07 by candaceswf

Once the leaves change and the colder weather kicks in, many people come inside and start to concentrate on their aquariums. We see this every year, and there is a direct correlation between our sales and the first cold spell up north. As the temperatures drop, our sales rise. Whoever thought there was seasonality in marine life? The colder weather means it is time to look at your livestock. Usually, a reef recharge pack or two is in order to replenish the crabs, snails and miscellaneous janitors that make up your cleaning crews. Saltwaterfish.com usually has a great assortment of… Read more »

A Typical Day at Saltwaterfish.com

Created on 2014-11-03 by candaceswf

Have you ever wondered what a typical day is like at Saltwaterfish.com? How we get all those orders to you is part science, part process, and part poetry…Read on. Our day starts early at Saltwaterfish.com. At 7:30 AM we select all the orders we are going to process for the day from the website, and begin the process of preparing the day’s collection. Our website is heavily customized, so we can automate many of the processes required for the day. Brandon, our Facility Manager runs a report listing all the marine life that we need to collect for the day.… Read more »