I was presented with a unique opportunity recently when someone asked if I would be willing to write an article about saltwater aquariums for the newsletter. Just as my “simple” project of starting a saltwater aquarium bloomed into a major project, so may this “article”. I have volunteered to start writing a saltwater column called Shining Light on the Dark Side. The intent of the column is to share what I (and hopefully others) know about the different concepts behind keeping a saltwater aquarium. My goal is to deliver the information in a manner in which those who may be totally new to the aquarium hobby as well as those who may be seasoned hobbyist will enjoy.