Randy Donowitz

Randy Donowitz has been keeping aquariums most of his life. During the mid 1980s and 90s he was consumed with the breeding of African Cichlids. In 1994 he purchased his first marine system- a simple 55 gallon reef setup and he has been an incurable coralholic ever since. Randy's articles have appeared in numerous hobbyist publications including Aquarium Frontiers, Advanced Aquarist, Marine Fish and Reef USA Annual and Aquarium Fish magazine. Currently, he curates and maintains the 3 system, 700 gallon coral reef display at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he enjoys the privilege of sharing his knowledge and love of the hobby with students, staff, and community members from around the Tri-State area.

Recent Blog Posts

Our Friend Bob Fenner

Our Friend Bob Fenner

The aquarium hobby just lost a legend. We are sad to report the passing of Bob Fenner. Known for his numerous publications, presentations and on-line resources, Bob was a larger than life presence in the hobby. He was an educator and author of two dozen books and...

Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now!

Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now!

As the doors close on the 28th  Marine Aquarium Conference of  North America, Reefs Magazine drops the curtain on our next issue. Much like the conference itself this issue presents a mature and diverse hobby combining the best of science, practical husbandry,...

Reefs Magazine – New Issue – Now Free Online

Reefs Magazine – New Issue – Now Free Online

Reefs Magazine is proud to present our “actionable” issue. These six articles strive to instruct, inspire, and empower our readers to do something, whether it be directly related to their reef or more broadly toward their personal enrichment, or the enrichment of...

Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now

Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now

I have long held to an educational philosophy that teachers teach best when they can teach what they are passionate about, and in my professional life, I spend much time helping craft programs and curricula that allow faculty to do just that. It is a philosophy that...

Editor’s Note – Fall 2012

As I prepare to head out to Dallas for this year's MACNA extravaganza,  I am reminded of why I love this hobby so much.  Yes, of course, it is the tremendous pleasure and challenge of creating small, thriving marine ecosystems, but it's also something more profound;...

Reefs Magazine – Summer Issue Now Available!

Reefs Magazine – Summer Issue Now Available!

With the 4th of July squarely behind us, summer, and the oft rumored “hobby downtime” has taken firm hold. As all dedicated aquarists know, there really is no possibility of downtime as regardless of what you might do or where you may go, your tank needs attention. So...

Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now!

Reefs Magazine – New Issue Online Now!

In the Fall 2009 issue of Reefs Magazine we introduced a number of articles that revolved one way or another around difficulties that serious aquarists encountered with their systems. We facetiously refer to this issue as our "Disaster issue", but looking back at it,...

Blue no more!

Blue no more!

By now it is abundantly clear that LED lighting is the charmed prince and future king of reef lighting. It is also clear that even in the best of circumstances LED lit tanks produce a light that is very skewed to the blue. Even if they don’t read that way to the naked...

A New Era in Quality Foods

A New Era in Quality Foods

For a little more than a year I have been experimenting with a new entrant into the North American ornamental fish food market. I first encountered New Era products at last year’s MACNA in Dallas when Todd Gardner and I came across their booth on the showroom floor. A...

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