Editor’s Note – Fall 2014

Sitting on the runway preparing to head off to yet another MACNA ( my 15th in row) I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and spending a weekend in the company of hundreds of people from all walks of life who come together to share their passion for all things aquatic.

MACNA offers something for hobbyists of all levels and interests bringing together the best of the best from the hobbyist, professional, scientific and commercial worlds. At Reefs Magazine we take a similar approach providing our readers a diverse set of articles aimed at enriching our understanding of the unique husbandry requirements of the animals we keep and the wonders and realities of the ocean that supports our interests. Our current offering reflects these goals with wide ranging, in-depth material that expands our horizons and challenges our thinking.

For the Advanced hobbyist we present 2 articles- one from Dana Riddle who goes into great detail about what we need to understand to truly have a meaningful discussion about which LED lighting is best for our tanks, and the other from marine fish breeding guru Todd Gardner who explains why brood stock husbandry is a critically important and often over looked aspect of larval fish rearing operations. Austin Lefevre’s discussion of what we really mean when we talk about quarantine is worthy for hobbyists of all levels as is master aquarist Sanjay Joshi’s continued discussion of the series of disasters that befell his legendary 500g. reef over the past year. Beginners can find practical and approachable information on coral husbandry and selection from Richard Aspinall and Richard Ross continues his epic Skeptical Reefkeeping series with an in-depth and soul searching discussion of ethics as they are and aren’t applied to our hobby.

Finally, our featured article, co-authored by Rich Ross and award winning journalist Ret Talbot makes the compelling but difficult case for our hobby to better police itself when it comes to our supply chain and the very real environmental impacts our hobby can have. I hope everyone reads this carefully and with an open mind as it is a nuanced and balanced piece that ultimately sees the aquarium hobby as a vehicle for positive change, but only if we are honest with ourselves about our shortcomings, something many of us are reluctant to do. As an editorial aside, this reluctance is the sign of an immature industry that lacks cohesive leadership and — gasp– regulation. And if we don’t get our collective acts together, others are going to get it together for us is ways few will like.


If you are attending MACNA this year, please stop by the reefs.com booth to say hi and perhaps discuss your thoughts about this, that or anything else. For those who are not, drop us a line if you are so inclined.

And as always, Happy Reefing!


  Reefs Magazine

 Randy Donowitz

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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.

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