Mr. Saltwater Tank

Mr. Saltwater Tank Visits The Steinhart Aquarium

Tank dabbler, reef enthusiast or reef junkie…they all love the same thing: really big saltwater aquariums.  I’m a die-hard reef junkie and I’ve seen some big reef tanks in my live, but nothing compares to the Philippine reef tank at the California Academy of Sciences.  And who better to give me a tour, but Richard Ross, a.k.a “Mr. Cuttlefish” himself.

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  • Reggie says:

    Yup, I did get to visit the place last year and pretty much asked the same questions. I did get to snap some pics:

    I wish there were more corals. Those lights can grow any SPS for sure.

    Looking forward to Part 2 since I want to know more about their filtration.

    Great job on the interview.

  • Mark H. says:

    Pretty sweet Mark, let me know if you need another cameraman… 🙂

  • matt ziemer says:

    Really looking forward to part 2. I’m thinking a skimmer about the size of a grain silo ought to do the trick!

  • Alex says:

    Ha! When I saw the title in your email (“The biggest reef tank I’ve ever seen”), my first thought was, “He’s never been to the Steinhart before.” Thanks for visiting, as an aquarium docent at the Cal Academy I get delighted when people talk about their visits.

  • Richard [Rick] Allen says:

    You had me, mouth open eyes wide then you stopped PART 2!!! Waiting patiently, OK, not so patiently. Actually, considering time constraints of this format, I am looking forward to part 2, 3, & 4. Good work. Great location.

  • Jay says:

    Hey mark, the glow on your face while you were there is priceless. What a dream for any reef junkie!

  • Jay…I certainly felt like a kid in a candy shop! Everywhere I looked there was sweetness!!!

  • killroy says:

    hey mark, i found this LFS by my house that sells these really cool looking anemones, they call them “Inferno Bubble Tip Anemones” they look REALLY cool, what do you think of them, the url is

  • Great video! Shot beautifully, snappy edits and great pace. Your a pro Mark.

  • Arturo says:

    Great video, I can’t wait until next part.


  • Tony says:

    Mark, fantastic video! I love these huge public aquarium reefs (recently went to the Georgia Aquarium) and I love the behind the scenes look. Keep up the excellent work and look forward to seeing more like this!

  • Guess where I went on Tuesday? I even made an appointment with Richard Ross, since our research group is also raising cuttlefish for research purposes. This article made me smile!

  • Phil Maznyk says:

    Fantastic video Mark, thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Gil says:

    Great job. Best interview I have seen so for.

  • stel1os72 says:

    WOW! That was a kaleidoscope of anthias!!

  • veeral says:

    thats like a dream within a dream…….. got no words… absolutely fantastic……

  • luis morales says:

    love the tank it is a humongous it is a lot of power
    80,000 watts that could light up Stadium it still is a beautiful tank

  • wiliam moser says:

    what about the filter system.did u get to see that to see pics of that.

  • VirtualDan says:

    Great video, Mark! Steinhart is definitely on my list for my next trip to S.F.! You need to come down to Galveston and do a shoot at Moody Gardens. They have a setup that is very comparable to what I saw in this video (minus the super-cool lagoonal areas). They even have several publically accessable top-down areas over the displays. I took a “backstage” tour of Moody with Marine Aquarium and Reef Society of Houston (M.A.R.S.H.) a little while back and got a great look at all of the filtration systems used on a massive system like this. I’m looking forward to part 2!

  • Cam Turner says:

    Jaw. On. Floor.

    Next “family” vacation is to San Fran :).

  • Definitely worth the trip and the visit Cam!

  • Kevin Karr says:


    Great video. I am a new viewer. Perhaps some day i will visit that aquarium. I have visited the reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV which was impressive as well.

    One question though, did you ask them how they start a large tank like that ? Do they use Dr Tim’s products in bulk or get bacteria samples from other established reef tanks ?

    P.S. – Wish Dr Tim’s products were sold more in canada because we only have one importer in Ontario that sells the stuff. If your viewers know of any more i’d be happy to hear about it.

  • Steve says:

    I’m hoping in part 2 you will reveal if any water changes are done. I’d like to know if they use synthetic or truck ocean water in (or both).

  • Marc says:

    Is part 2 coming up soon???

  • Lisa says:

    NYUUUU!! Pooh bear should not be a rug!!!

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