Editor's Note - Winter 2010
Mother Nature has battered the Northeast of late in ways we haven’t seen in quite some time. Despite the inconveniences, I must confess to a certain nostalgic joy as knee high snow drifts recall long gone days of amazement and joy. The Olympics too are proving a surprisingly engaging distraction from the dank and the cold, affording plenty of cozy family time huddled around the TV.
Winter is also traditionally the season where our hobby thrives–as time spent indoors increases, so does our collective attentions to huddling around our aquariums. In this spirit, Reefs Magazine has put together a Winter issue that highlights some productive and novel ways to enhance and improve your aquarium keeping experience while you fend off the winter blues. Our feature this issue is from Sanjay Joshi who detours from his usual ruminations on reef aquarium lighting to illuminate his experiences and techniques for photographing coral florescence. The resulting images are truly stunning and will most assuredly spur many of you on to try your hand at capturing the hidden beauty of your corals.
Not interested in photography? No worries. Jake Adams appeals to our more prurient interests and details how to go about observing pelagic in -tank spawning of some commonly kept aquarium residents. Too voyeuristic you say? OK, then perhaps you prefer to focus on some advanced husbandry challenges. Matt Wandell details the painstaking dedication he has given to maintaining the frustrating yet alluring Tuka Anthias in captivity. Dom Cirigliano finishes up his 2-part series on breeding and rearing the Northern Lined Seahorse, and the venerable Reefbum Keith Berkelhamer offers up his recipe for SPS success. Just for laughs, James Passantino muses about keeping both reef and relationship thriving – a laudable goal that we all know requires a good deal of levity to succeed. Also, our Art Gallery offers some respite in the wonderful non-aquatic photographs of Steve Lai.
Finally, if none of these suggestions are sufficient to placate that desire for the end of the season of ice and snow, you can always just run away and Simon Garratt thinks he knows just the place — the world class diving destination of the Maldives. I must admit, it is kind of hard to argue with this line of thinking, but like most of you, this is not on my immediate horizon, so I’ll just be content to languish in the nostalgic memories and the practical challenges of pushing our hobby forward.