Aquaholic Aquaculture offers REEFreshments Live Feeds

Aquaholic Aquaculture is a relatively new live feed aquaculture facility in Florida, dedicated to providing aquarists with 100% aquacultured nutrition for your aquarium. Their REEFreshment lineup of live feeds include live phytoplankton, blackworms and rotifers. Aquaholic Aquaculture was founded in April…

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…

Tridacna derasa: A Good Excuse to Clam Up!

Of all the Tridacna spp. clams available to hobbyists, perhaps the hardiest and easiest to maintain of them all is Tridacna derasa, the so-called smooth giant clam. This species is so smooth, in fact, that amorous, gold-chain-wearing male specimens have…

Doc’s Eco Systems: New Packaging, Same Great Product

Recently the range of foods from Doc’s Eco Systems underwent an upgrade. In the past I have commented how great the product “Eco-Brew” was as a food in marine systems. Now the team have redesigned the packaging of their Eco…

Sea Apples: Hazardous Holothurians Best Left to Advanced Hobbyists

In several posts here at Saltwater Smarts, I’ve mentioned that certain marine organisms routinely offered in the aquarium trade should come with a warning label—especially for novice hobbyists. In these cases, I’m usually referring to animals that are really gorgeous…

What are phytoplankton and zooplankton, really?

In the saltwater aquarium and reef tank hobby, we talk about feeding our corals and small fish with phytoplankton and zooplankton quite often. However, we discuss these various types of creatures as little more than food items, but the phytoplankton…

Tridacna Clams in Reef Aquariums

Giant clams of the genus Tridacna are popular mollusks for reef aquariums. Oftentimes, people unfamiliar with the ocean are familiar only with the shells of clams. Their true beauty, however, can only be realized when they are living and healthy,…

Italian reefers are really into phytoplankton reactors

On our recent reefing tour of Italy we expected many things, great food, stylish reef aquarium setups and an overall easy-going laid back atmosphere. We got to see all of those things but what we didn’t expect to see was so…

LGM Aquari’s heavy duty ‘fiber-optic’ phytoplankton reactor

The aquarium phytoplankton reactor is a product whose existence is known about in North America, but nowhere have we seen it more exalted than in Italy where countless manufacturers offer a myriad of ways to grow liquid salad for our…

DT’s Phytoplankton coming back by Sustainable Aquatics

DT’s Phytoplankton Farm is an iconic brand that really kicked off the live feeding of planktonic microalgaes in our reef aquariums, and apparently Sustainable Aquatics thinks so too. As a breeder of many thousands of reef fish, Sustainable Aquatics has…