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61 articles submission by the Saltwaterfish.com community.

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 »

Ways to Connect on a Deeper Level in the Hobby

Created on 2014-10-21 by candaceswf

Have you ever thought about our hobby on a human level? Sure our fish and corals are beautiful to behold in our tanks, but have you ever thought about the story behind them? Where did they come from? Who caught them? This is the story of those anonymous fishermen… The majority of the fish caught in the aquarium trade come from small fishing villages in the Philippines and Indonesia. Usually these fishing villages are exclusively dedicated to marine ornamentals, the fishermen and their families fishing the reefs that have sustained them for generations. I’ve had the pleasure to visit many… Read more »

Nano Tank - Part 2: Tank Set Up

Created on 2014-10-16 by candaceswf

So here we were with an 8 gallon tank. It has two rear chambers where the pump, heater and filter were kept, and a cheap LED light. Before setting the tank up again I decided I was going to take my time with this one, do it right and do it how I wanted. But what did I want? The fact that it was a nano tank meant I had to be extremely selective. I knew I definitely wanted to keep corals in there at some point, so that means I need a new light, and I need to be… Read more »

Moving a saltwater tank

Created on 2014-10-16 by flower

Moving an established saltwater tank can be a challenge.   Since I have successfully done this 4 times, I thought I would share my methods. The key to success is to not clean anything! The good bacteria is on everything that comes from the tank, don’t even change the filter media. The good bacteria and the fish are balanced, if you destroy the bacteria colonies, that balance is destroyed with it…that is when you will run into problems with a move. It’s very tempting when a tank is all broke down, to want to clean it up before setting it up… Read more »

TLF Kalkwasser Reactor Review

Created on 2014-10-15 by novahobbies

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Are You a Fish Renter? Or, the Dirty Truth About Live Animal Guarantees...

Created on 2014-10-14 by candaceswf

In the online space, 14 day guarantees are pretty much the norm, some offer more lenient terms and make up for it with higher prices.  Others offer lower prices, but they don’t ship via overnight service for ‘easy to keep’ animals.  Dead marine life is a reality in our business, and since you are buying these animals sight unseen, online retailers offer guarantees. At Saltwaterfish.com, we believe that we have the most balanced and fair practices for handling dead livestock in the industry, and yet this is also the area where we receive the most negative feedback.  We offer a… Read more »