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Editorial: March 2010

Editorial: March 2010

As I promised in my last editorial here is an update on the progress of my 10-foot, 500-gallon freshwater community aquarium. Along with a series of photos I just took I’ll record how I maintain the biotope, with some water quality measurements.…

Editorial: November 2010

Editorial: November 2010

As many of you know I have been keeping tropical fish, plants, and invertebrates for over 60-years — both freshwater and saltwater. When I think back to my earlier years in our hobby I realize that our knowledge of what it is and how do we keep it alive has increased enormously over those years.…

Editorial: October 2010

Editorial: October 2010

Reef keepers have known for a long time that reef aquariums which contain a large number of fish that are well fed tend to have an increasing amount of phosphate in the water. This is a serious problem, because a phosphate level greater than 0.5 ppm interferes with the ability of hermatypic corals to calcify.…

Editorial: September 2010

Editorial: September 2010

Hurricane Earl, which prevented me and my new wife from going to MACNA this year, reminded me of my old enemy: Murphy’s Law – “whatever can go wrong will and at the worst possible time.” This law, not actually scientific in nature is nonetheless of particular concern to aquarists, especially those with large systems that depend for the survival of their flora and fauna on electrical energy.…

Editorial: July 2010

Editorial: July 2010

It’s hard not to get depressed about what is happening to our planet – mostly due to human activity. Between oil spills, the reduction of sharks worldwide to the tune of 90-% to satisfy those seeking status particularly in China, global warming spelling the death of many of the world’s coral reefs, and so on.…

Editorial: May 2010

Editorial: May 2010

The May 2010 issue of Advanced Aquarist segues nicely with my editorial of last month where I appealed to aquarists, both professional and amateur, to stock with aqua cultured, rather than wild caught animals, at least as much as possible.…

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