Halichoeres chrysus: A Hardy Little “Banana with Fins” That’s Just Right for Beginners

Known by a variety of common names—banana wrasse, canary wrasse, golden wrasse, yellow coris, et al—Halichoeres chrysus is hardy, readily available, reasonably affordable, well suited to modest-sized systems, and among the better choices for beginners. Of course, owing to all…

AquaLife introduces CALA-fin line of freeze dried marine copepods

Aquarium Life Support Systems has officially announced its Calanus food product line based on providing quality food at a lower price to appeal to the value-conscious hobbyist.  The new AquaLife CALA-fin line features freeze-dried Calanus marine zooplankton in two sizes and…

ZooMed introduces Can O Cyclops food for corals and small fish

Can O’ Cyclops is a new canned food from ZooMed which is packed with juicy small copepods. The Cyclops are a genus of freshwater copepods which range in size from 500 to 1000 microns (0.5 to 1mm) in size and are…

Salty Q&A: Is a Sump the Same as a Refugium?

Question What exactly is the difference between a “sump” and a “refugium” (assuming there is a difference)? These are terms I didn’t hear in my 30-plus years as a freshwater aquarist, but I’ve heard them numerous times since starting my…

Calan-Eeze new freeze dried copepods from Two Little Fishies

Calan-Eeze is a new freeze dried food from two little fishies which promises to be your fishes’ new favorite food. The freeze dried arctic copepods inside Calan-Eeze are sized between two and three millimeters and is an ideal food for…

Poseidon’s Feast and OceanMagik from AlgaeBarn

We met with the team from AlgaeBarn at this years ReefStock event to learn more about their Poseidon’s Feast copepod mix and OceanMagik live phytoplankton. On their own, each product will feed your reef, but together they can help create a live food…

AlgaGen PODS to feed your corals and everything in between

AlgaGen was on hand this weekend at ReefStock and we got the scoop on their newest product, the AlgaGen Apocyclops PODS. AlgaGen PODS contain a mix of live aquacultured copepods, microalgaes and purified seawater, and the PODS mix is used to…

What Gives with that Marine Fish that Never Eats?

I’ve had this fish in my aquarium for months now and it’s as fat and happy as can be, yet I’ve never actually seen it consume any of the food’s I’ve offered. How on earth is it getting enough to…

The Many Possible Purposes of the Saltwater Refugium

“Refugium” is a hobby term that resists easy definition. This is probably so because, unlike most aquarium accoutrements—heaters, powerheads, protein skimmers, lights, etc.—there’s no single, readily identifiable purpose for a refugium. Ask 10 different hobbyists what a refugium is for,…

Harmless or Helpful Live Rock Hitchhikers: “Pods”

Regular Saltwater Smarts readers often see references to them in Paul B’s posts. They arrive in our aquaria unbidden aboard chunks of live rock, in live sand, or on coral specimens attached to rocks. At a glance, they look like…