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Marco Pardun’s 104-gallon Room Divider Triton Reef

One end of Marco’s room divider reefWhen I first came across this aquarium, it caught my eyes for a variety of reasons. First and foremost was the variety of color in its inhabitants. Next is the fact that it is a room divider (something I’ve always wanted to build) and the whole setup is really sleek, very clean, and well executed. Each tank profiled here on Saltwater Smarts has its own personality, and this young reef is no exception! The AquaristThis reef aquarium is the handiwork of Marco Pardun of Dortmund, Germany. As is common for many salties, Marco got his start in the aquarium world on the freshwater side of things, though a long-time fascination with the dark, I mean saltwater, side of the hobby would eventually become too powerful to deny. He was (un)wise to lower his defenses! Four years ago, Marco started a 21-gallon (80L) nano, which (no surprise here) quickly made way for a 71-gallon (270L) cube aquarium.

3 Saltwater Fish Beginners Should AVOID!

My FB Page: In this CoralFish12g video I am going to be giving you 3 saltwater fish you should totally avoid when first getting into the a

Shipping Live Corals

Shipping Live Corals Shipping corals is one of the main challenges of operating an online-based business. Corals by their very nature are fragile, and shipping them across the country is a highly stressful event.... From: Tidal Gardens Inc. Views: 0 0 ratingsTime: 05:52 More in Pets & Animals

Top 10 Zoanthids and Palythoas for Reef Tanks

My FB Page: In this CoralFish video I am going to be giving you my list of the top 10 Zoanthids and Palythoas for reef aquariums. I tried my best to base this list of popularity, price and input I researched online. If I used one of your pictures in the video let me know in the comments so I can thank you!

Tank Crisis: Putting Things Into Perspective With Bill Wann

Untitled-910924696_878388872182691_1871071223625801332_nIf you’ve been in this hobby for any amount of time, you’ve most likely experienced a crisis of some sort – anything from a little hiccup to a full blown catastrophic failure. The average hobbyist, however, is dealing with something like a 75 gallon system, with some larger systems topping off around the 400 gallon mark, and impressive builds flirting with quadruple digits. Then there’s Bill Wann and his awe-inspiring 20,000 gallon home reef system. Bill is an apex hobbyist. When you design and construct your own 20,000 gallon tank and proceed to constantly improve it, there aren’t many to look up to. But disaster sometimes strikes even the best of us, and Tuesday, in the wee hours of the morning, 20,000 gallons hit the floor.… More:

Tank Profile: Brian Babcock’s SPS-dominated Reef

With towering pillars of small-polyp stony corals framed against a spotless blue background, this aquarium makes me feel as though I’ve been plopped down smack dab in the middle of a coral reef, peering into the blue abyss beyond. Being a landlocked scuba diver, it’s easy to imagine the ocean dreams this reef elicits for anyone who gets the opportunity to enjoy it. The Aquarist Brian flexing his DIY muscles while building the stand for his reefThis reef is the work of Brian Babcock, also known as “Lazylivin” on a number of marine forums. A 15-year veteran of the aquarium hobby, Brian has spent 10 of those years on the dark…err, I mean, salt side. Starting with a 90-gallon fish-only system in the mid 90s, Brian kept this system up and running until a few years into the millennium when a move forced him to shut it down. It was revived a few years later as a soft coral system and then later upgraded to his current 125-gallon, SPS-dominated reef aquarium.

Tidal Gardens 2014 Year in Review

Tidal Gardens 2014 Year in Review 2014 has come and gone. It's been a big year for us here at Tidal Gardens. Let's take a look back at the major milestones of 2014. Check out for information... From: tidalgardens Views: 0 0 ratingsTime: 07:01 More in Pets & Animals

Tank Profile: Roy Seine’s Alluring 312-Gallon Reef

When I came across a full-tank shot of this large aquarium, I knew I had to learn more about the system and its owner. Great profiles, large coral colonies, showcase-size specimens, and a clean bare-bottom layout all collaborate to catch the eye of many an aquarist, including myself. So let’s dive in…just try not to splash! The Aquarist An interesting aspect of profiling aquariums that have drawn my gaze is finding out about the hobbyists behind them. Roy Seine, the aquarist responsible for the previously mentioned acrylic box reef, has been keeping marine aquariums since 1990. It’s not surprising to hear he favors small polyp stony (SPS) corals and giant clams, and that appreciation comes through in this salty display. During his two-plus decades in the hobby, Roy has maintained a number of aquariums ranging from 1 gallon all the way up to 500 gallons. is the world's leading destination for sustainable coral reef farming and the aquarium hobby. We offer a free open forum and reef related news and data to better educate aquarists and further our goals of sustainable reef management.