Editor’s Note

Welcome to the Fall issue of Reefs Magazine. Quite a lot has happened since we published our Summer issue, most notably the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) has come and gone and we’d like to extend our gratitude to WAMAS and MASNA for putting on an exceptional show. The conference ran flawlessly, the speakers were first rate and attendance was through the roof. We’d also like to thank all the attendees and vendors who stopped by the Reefs.com hospitality center. It was great to see all of you. For me, and for many other “old salts” the highlight of the weekend was the presentation of the Aquarist of the Year award to my old friend and mentor Terry Siegel. A truly seminal figure in the hobby, this was an honor long overdue and we were so pleased to be able to be there to celebrate with Terry.

In further recognition of Terry’s achievements we’ve decided to re-run an interview I did with him back in 2009. A must read for anyone interested in the history of our hobby. His career is really the ultimate Fish Tale. We are also really proud of the other contributions to this issue which presents work from some old friends and some new voices.

Lemon TeaYK and Joe Rowlett fill the feature slot with a novel taxonomic exploration of the elegant Roaops subgenera of Chaetodon butterflyfish. For the equipment geeks among you, Dana Riddle reports on his testing and hands on experience with the innovative Maxspect XF-130 Gyre Generator. First time contributor, coral biologist John Parkinson, explores coral gardening on a grand scale – as part of real world coral reef restoration and conservation efforts. A great and important read for all of us. Todd Gardner, another recent Aquarist of the Year recipient, continues to document his seminal work on collecting tropical strays in the waters off Long Island, this time examining the Serranids of NY. Joe Rowlett continues the innovative work he has been doing in the area of fish taxonomy with an introduction to some of my favorite fishes – the swallowtail angels of the genus Genicanthus. Finally, James Fatherree examines the beautiful Seriatopora bird’s nest corals and explains why they make such great additions to well maintained reef aquariums.

Well, there you have it, fish, corals, science, history, photography and anecdote all interacting in the ways we like to think makes Reefs Magazine interesting, unique and valuable to our readers.


Now it’s time for me to go watch some baseball. Let’s Go Mets!

Happy Reefing,


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Randy Donowitz

 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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