Editorial: February 2002

The following two electronic
messages to the editor accurately describe most aquarist’s
response to the first issue of the Advanced
Aquarist
:

Hi Terry,

Just a note to say it is so very good to have you back with
the new advancedaquarist.com. Really, really missed the old
Aquarium Frontiers. It was the very best for those of us who
wanted in-depth and factual information. Keep up the good work!
Judy/The Salt Box
http://www.coralreeftanks.com

***

For a lot of Italian reefkeepers Aquarium Frontiers was
“the” monthly magazine. I’m sure we all won’t
miss it anymore now! Thank you, Alessandro Rovero, Milano,
Italy

With issue No.2 we are introducing a new component to our
publication: It is called Photo Gallery. With each issue of
Advanced Aquarist we will include an especially good photograph
of a critter maintained in captivity. Aside from the photograph
we will include some information identifying the critter, some
husbandry tips, and the equipment and technique used to make the
photo. I have provided the first example of this, but in future
issues we hope to have our readers submit a prized photo with
associated information. For submissions that are published in
Advanced Aquarist, the author will receive a $25.00 gift
certificate toward a purchase from one of our advertisers chosen
by the recipient. Incidentally, the same gift certificate will be
given to any Featured Aquarium that is published in Advanced
Aquarist.

In our Feature this month, Lighting the Reef
Aquarium – Spectrum or Intensity?
by Dana Riddle and Miguel
Olaizola, the authors go a long way toward answering a question
that is at the center of innumerable discussions by reef keepers.
Discovering what a given coral’s symbionts (zooxanthallae)
require to achieve growth, coloration, and the general health of
the coral appears to be only part of the question. Closely
related to any given coral’s well-being is the matter of
aesthetics. Many reef keepers are as, or more, interested in how
their corals look, and how they look is greatly influenced by the
color temperature of the illumination devices revealing them to
observers. Wanting your corals to look their best to human eyes
may only be loosely related to the specific needs of the corals.
The authors shed a great deal of light on this complicated
subject, but I’m sure their analysis will ultimately raise
still more questions.

A. frenatus

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The author’s 19-year old A.
frenatus
defending his adopted “anemone”
(Euphyllia ancora) from E.
navarchus. Photo: Terry Siegel

In this issue, J. Charles Delbeek’s Media Review
summarizes some of the recent scientific literature that is
especially relevant to advanced aquarists. Delbeek co-authored
with Julian Sprung what is considered by most the two essential
books on reef keeping: The Reef Aquarium, volumes 1 and
2, published by Ricordia Publishing, Inc.

Also, in this issue we are fortunate to have the first in a
series of columns entitled “The Coral Whisperer,” by
Eric Borneman. Eric has chosen to explore one of the most complex
questions facing both coral biologists and reef keepers: coral
bleaching, and ultimately diseases of corals, both in the wild
and in aquaria. Eric Borneman, in his book Aquarium Corals:
Selection, Husbandry, and Natural History
, published by
Microcosm, in my opinion, brings us the most recent information
on coral husbandry, and is a must read for advanced reef
keepers.

Finally, for those who enjoy cerebral challenges Randy
Holmes-Farley, in the “Chemistry and the Aquarium”
column tackles the subject of alkalinity, one of the few
parameters we all measure, but few really understand fully.

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