Created on 2014-12-22 by
The use of marine plants to control ammonium, nitrates, and phosphates is not new to the hobby. The extensive use of macroalgae was first experimented with in the 60s and 70s by pioneers in the saltwater industry. Since then, the use of marine plants to control nutrients has been widely regarded as an effective means to control water quality in marine aquariums.
This article will cover the benefits of adding a refugium, how to set up and maintain a refugium, different types of algae you can add and other technical aspects of keeping a refugium. A refugium is simply… Read more »
Created on 2014-12-19 by
As the famous yuletide carol says: “Saltwater Santa is Coming to Town…” The Elves at Saltwaterfish.com want you to know there is still time to get your tank in tip top shape before the holidays. Get that cleaner crew in place or that majestic centerpiece before the holidays get in full swing. This weekend will see the best inventory of the season, so order quickly for best selection…alter all…we don’t want you calling us ‘the grinch’ because what you’ve been watching is now out of stock.
The Saltwater Santa Overnight Express leaves every night for arrivals up to December 24th… Read more »
Created on 2014-12-14 by
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 »
Created on 2014-12-12 by
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 »
Created on 2014-12-07 by
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 »
Created on 2014-11-30 by
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 »
Created on 2014-11-28 by
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 »
Created on 2014-11-21 by
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 »
Created on 2014-11-19 by
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 »
Created on 2014-11-12 by
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 »