Is Keeping a Saltwater Aquarium Expensive?

Looking for a few tips to shave some cost off of your reef keeping budget? Thomas has his Top 10 Tips for keeping a little cash in your pocket while still having an awesome reef tank!

00:00 – Intro
00:32 – Reefing is not a competition.
01:38 – Get a smaller tank.
02:45 – Stick to the basics.
03:43 – RODI water at home.
04:33 – Buy in bulk.
05:20 – DIY your sump.
06:33 – Use soft plumbing.
07:53 – Avoid the “cheapest” gear.
09:04 – Common affordable livestock.
10:22 – There is no BEST coral.

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MACNA TALK: Dr. Andrew Rhyne: Will Cyanide detection tests lead to more informed fish purchases?

Dr. Andrew L. Rhyne, has invested his career in understanding marine ornamental aquaria: the biology of aquarium fishes and invertebrates, as well as the industry driven by human fascination for these creatures. The trade in aquarium species can be considered a data limited industry and the lack of available trade data hinders sustainability movements within the trade. Andy has worked to develop solutions to these data gaps.

If you’re like us an have purchased wild caught fish, this MACNA talk will make you think about and reflect on the choices that we have made in the past and choices that we will make in the future as hobbyists.

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MACNA TALK: Todd Gardner: How the reefing hobby’s innovations drive marine aquaculture

Todd Gardner is a professor of Aquaculture at Carteret Community College in Morehead City, NC, and owner of Coastal Biocultures, a new venture specializing in cultured and sustainably-caught living treasures.

His life and his career have both been shaped by his passion for marine life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms.

Todd’s professional background includes work on a National Geographic documentary, commercial aquaculture at C-quest Hatchery in Puerto Rico, and an 11-year term at the Long Island Aquarium where he spent much of his time developing techniques for rearing marine fish larvae.

To date he has raised more than 50 species.

In 2013 Todd received the prestigious Aquarist of the Year Award from the Marine Aquarium Society of North America (MASNA). In his spare time, Todd dives, photographs marine life, runs marathons, and plays in a blues band.

Go back and check out the full MACNA Talks 2019 playlist HERE on our YouTube channel!

MACNA TALK: Dr. Chad Callan: Using captive bred aquacultured to reduce pressure on the wild

Dr. Chad Callan is the Director of the Finfish Research Program at Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University (OI). OI has been a world leader in the development of applied aquaculture technologies for both marine fish and shrimp for over 50 years.

He has been at OI for over 14 years and has researched the culture of numerous marine fish species ranging from Mullet, Jacks, Rabbitfish and Groupers as well as ornamental species such as Dwarf Angelfish and Yellow Tang. In 2015, his lab at OI was the first to successfully culture the Yellow Tang, which is the most commercially important reef species in that region. His lab continues to refine the culture processes for this, and many other, marine species in aims to provide additional sustainable alternatives to their wild collection.

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MACNA TALK: Dr. Judy St. Leger: How hobbyists can help grow the ornamental aquaculture research

Dr. Judy St. Leger is a marine animal veterinarian that worked for SeaWorld. She started Rising Tide Conservation, a program to promote marine ornamental aquaculture as an alternative to collecting fish.

With the help of leaders in both the hobby and display aquarium fields, she is now the president of Rising Tide Conservation. In December of 2018, Dr. St. Leger left SeaWorld to focus on marine species pathology and to advance Rising Tide to the next level.

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MACNA TALK: Dr. Ben Titus: Are we keeping cryptic undescribed species in our saltwater tanks?

Dr. Ben Titus is an evolutionary biologist and postdoctoral research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. His research is focused on the evolution and species discovery of ornamental marine invertebrates, especially those that engage in symbiotic relationships with tropical sea anemones. Ben conducts an active research program in all tropical oceans, and has led dozens of international research trips to tropical locals such as the Maldives, French Polynesia, Cuba, and Red Sea.

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MACNA TALK: Tamara Marshall: Scientific based tips and techniques for at home breeders

Tamara currently serves as the Director of Live Feeds at the Dallas World Aquarium. She entered the field of Live Feeds in 2002 beginning with her initial focus on Live Feeds and Larval Culture. Her expertise includes all key facets of the aquarium industry with experience in both retail and research arenas. She has extensive experience in the fields of coral propagation, live feeds and she has successfully bred demersal and pelagic spawners as well as invertebrates.

Tamara attained her Aquaculture and Fish Health Graduate certificate from the University of Florida in 2017. Her 2016 collaboration with the United States Geological Survey on breeding French Grunts enabled the USGS to expand their research on this species. She has instructed over 70 classes and workshops for beginner to advanced hobbyists on a wide array of saltwater classes.

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MACNA TALK: Dr. Craig Bingman: A bit of chemistry, coral calcification and some reefkeeping history

Dr. Craig Bingman is one of the earliest pioneers to the saltwater aquarium hobby and was honored with being the 2019 MASNA Award winner for his foundational role in understanding the chemical processes in aquariums. In this MACNA talk from 2019, he talks about some stuff he wants to talk about!

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MACNA TALK: Matt Pedersen: Tips for turning your hobby aquaculture into a business, successfully

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor & Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media LLC for the saltwater and reef aquarium publication CORAL Magazine, as well as the publications’ online presence at Reef2Rainforest.com.

He’s also known as a marine fish breeder, which brings us to his 2019 MACNA talk on how to turn fish breeding into a successful business. If you’ve ever considered turning your hobby into a business, Matt brings up some solid points to consider.

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MACNA TALK: Jake Adams: How clean, properly installed gear can be better than costly & complicated

Jake Adams, managing editor of Reef Builders, discusses the fundamentals of reefing equipment and why simple may be better than costly and complicated.

If you’ve been in the reefing hobby for 10 days or 10 years, almost all of us can learn something from this MACNA talk from 2019.

Go back and check out the full MACNA Talks 2019 playlist HERE on our YouTube channel!