reefs magazine


Editor's Note - 2017-2

Reefs Magazine offers up a Summer six pack of reefy reading. Inside you’ll find six in-depth articles covering marine aquarium lighting, breakthroughs in aquaculture, underwater photography and the ins and outs of running marine systems both very large and very small. Our feature is from Dr. Tim Wijgerde who presents us with a valuable primer on Light and the Marine Aquarium. Using the scientific literature and real world data, Tim explains vital concepts like spectrum, intensity, photosynthesis and coloration as they relate to both captive and wild corals. This is a must read article for hobbyists of all levels. Todd Gardner is at it again! Hot on the heels of his groundbreaking work spawning and rearing the Flathead Perch, Rainfordia opercularis, Todd returns to give even more welcome news. This time he reports on his successful efforts obtaining, spawning and raising the beautiful Cuban basslet Gramma dejongi. Long a holy grail of American aquarists, this is tale that is as much about perseverance and politics as it is about aquaculture. Long Island Aquarium’s Noel Heinsohn does his part in helping stake Long Island’s claim as a hotbed of aquaculture with his detailed account of raising Genicanthus lamarki for the first time. The time, care, effort, and expense that both Todd and Noel put into these efforts illustrates that despite significant progress, the hobby is a long way from being able to survive solely on captive bred efforts. When it comes to keeping marine animals in glass boxes there are a remarkable range of successes. Tim Morrissey takes us into and behind the scenes of one of the nicest captive reefs in the country –the 8,000 gallon Indo-Pacific Reef at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha, Nebraska. Far at the other end of the spectrum, Nathalie Winans details her experiences maintaining a wide range of corals in a beautiful 1.5 gallon reef bowl. Size really does not matter when it comes to successful reefkeeping! Shooting Nemo finds Richard Aspinall using his vast experience as an underwater photographer to help take better photographs of clownfish and anemones in the wild. These are practical techniques that can surely be used for other kinds of photographs as well. Finally, I’d like to dedicate this issue to my friend and neighbor Khalid Butt who passed away this week while diving in the Turks and Caicos. He was a lover of the ocean and all living things and his warmth and kindness will be missed. Happy Reefing, Randy