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…

AlgaGen PhycoPure Zooxanthellae, are real live zoox in a bottle

The release of PhycoPure Zooxanthellae by Algagen might very well be breaking new bounds in the reefing hobby. The PhycoPure zooxanthellae culture actually consist of live zooxanthellae collected from both clams and indo pacific corals, and includes a wide variety of species…

Aqua Medic Plankton Reactor throroughly tested and reviewed

  Breeders and NPS keepers will want to make sure you check out AquaMedic’s Plankton and Plankton Light reactors for growing your own phytoplankton and zooplankton at home. I first came across a full page advertisement for AquaMedic’s “Plankton Reactor” almost…

Dr. G’s Phytoplankton Max marine microalgae concentrate

Another day brings another new coral food to the marine aquarium hobby market. This time it’s Dr. G’s, maker of that medicated frozen reef fish food, with a phytoplankton product of its own. Phytoplankton Max from Dr. G.’s is a…