Terry is on vacation for the next three weeks so I’vevolunteered to write this month’s Editorial. For those of you who don’t know, Iam the web developer for Advanced Aquarist’sOnline Magazine and have been doing so since mid-2003.

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A picture of R.florida in my 38 gallon reef tank.

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My involvement with the hobby started back in late1999 with a small 38 gallon reef tank. Since that short time ago, I’ve seen thehobby bloom in many ways including huge inroads into the online areas withdiscussion boards, email lists, chat, online courses, etc, being created andran by hobbyists and professionals alike. These areas are facilitatinginformation exchange between amateur marine aquarists, experienced marineaquarists, and the scientists that are researching these areas. The rate ofinformation exchange has been amazing and I’d like to think that Advanced Aquarist has played a part in the advancement ofthe hobby through this venue.

Along these lines, I’d like to talk a bit about what’sin store for you in this issue. This month, we have three Feature Articles. Thefirst Feature Article, authored by Terry Bartelme,continues his discussion on fish acclimation procedures in his article titled”Updating Marine Teleost Fish Acclimation Procedures: Part 2.” Thisparticular article centers on Terry’s recommendations for updating ouracclimation procedures with regulation of pH, lighting, salinity, and otherconditions. Terry goes into great detail citing relevant sources for hisrecommendations. The next two Feature Articles discuss another pressing issue:the reproduction and propagation of corals in the aquarium trade. Lee Goldman,in his article titled “Growing Coral from Sexually Produced Larvae; It’sthe ‘r’ight Way to Conserve Coral Reefs, but More ‘K’nowledge is Needed” discusses the sexualreproduction of species and how harnessing this could benefit the hobby and theworld’s reefs. Ron’s thoughts on this subject are interesting and timely.Mike Paletta discusses coral fragging in his articletitled “The ‘Fragging’ Phenomenon.” Mikediscusses proper fragging techniques, frag tanksetup, and frag swaps. Adam Blundell continues his series on “TidePools” and the relationship between tide pools and humans. Thisparticular article contains a large number of photos — too much in fact toshow 100% of them. However, they are all provided in the article’s photo albumso be sure to check it out while reading the article. The issue is then roundedout with another “What in Neptune’s World?,” “Hot Tips on NanoReefkeeping”, and our RSS syndicated column “Reefs in the News.”

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Coral frags growing in a reef tank. Photo from Mike Paletta’s article The Fragging Phenomenon.

While on the topic of the magazine, I want to remindeveryone of some of the many improvements and features we have available to ourreaders, some of which have recently been implemented:

  • Ease of Navigation: Navigation box allows for easy reading of backissues and makes it much easier to find back issues than before.
  • Search (both Simple and Advanced): Allowsyou to specify as little or as much search power as you want. We’verecently upgraded our search engine to allow you to search for specific Authors or specific Columns.
  • RSS Syndication: RSS feeds for Published Articles, Search Terms (RSS button at the top of every Search page), and Reefs in the News.Whatis RSS?
  • Email Notification ofPublished Articles: Allows you to subscribe to our mailing list if youprefer to use email instead of RSS for publication notification.
  • StandardsCompliance: AdvancedAquarist.com validatesas Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional. This means better browsercompatibility and better accessibility for our readers.
  • Accessibility:AAOLM plays nice with screen readers and comes with Access Keys fornavigation.
  • Photo Albums: Mostarticles have photo albums associated with them making it easy for you tosee all the photos at a glance.
  • Pretty print:Printouts of articles styled for ease of reading.
  • Related content: Atthe bottom of every article. Shows what articles are related to thearticle you’ve just read.
  • Author ForumsLinks: Located at the bottom of every article. Allows you to interact withour Authors.
  • Keyword Listings:At the top of every article. Click a keyword to see what other content hasbeen tagged with that keyword.
  • Google Toolbar Search and RSS Feed: If you are using Internet Explorer v.6 or greater and have the latest Google Toolbar installed, you can click this linkand install our toolbar button.  This button allows you to searchour site from the Google Toolbar and it also lists our RSS feed fromits dropdown menu.
  • FirefoxIntegration: The DictionarySearch and custom AAOLMSearch Engine Plugin allow you to searchAdvancedAquarist.com from your browser without even being on our site.
  • Send Page to aFriend: At the top of every article. Quickly send a friend a short noteabout the article you’ve read.
  • del.icio.us Bookmarking:At the top of every article. Allows you to add this article to your del.icio.us bookmarks. What is del.icio.us?

All of these features (and more forthcoming) are madepossible by us migrating the magazine to the Plone content management system in mid-2005. Weare still in the midst of migrating our back issuesand hope to have these moved over in the next several months. In the mean time,you can still access all of the old issues on our old site by following theprovided links in our Navigation box.

As always, we are interested in your feedback eithervia emailor in our Editorialforum. Also if you haven’t already done so, please feel free to make a donationto the magazine via our Paypal link. The magazine isprovided for you to read online free of charge and has been funded by our many advertisers (thankyou!). Every cent helps us improve the magazine and you can help with yourcontribution.

I hope that everyone enjoys this issue!

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