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

Buyer Beware

Buyer Beware

A groundbreaking article released earlier today by Advanced Aquarist magazine points to a little discussed, but troubling fact of life in our hobby: manufacturers are free to make whatever claims they want about their products and there is no real way for consumers to...

Lemonade from Lemons

Lemonade from Lemons

Last summer about this time marks the demise of my oldest reef system. A faulty heater that stuck in the on position while I was away for the weekend turned my nearly 15-year labor of love into a frothy cauldron of putrid decay.…

Patience and Thoughtful Planning

Patience and Thoughtful Planning

In person and on online forums, many of us get asked for advice about setting up and maintaining reef aquariums. What is really involved? What are the secrets for success?  How do you answer these complicated and open-ended questions?  In multiple ways of course, but...

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