reefs magazine

Winter 2015

Editor's Note - Winter 2015

Well, it has been a bit too long, for my liking, but Reefs Magazine is back from a brief hiatus with an exciting and jammed packed issue of aquatic insights, experiences and adventures— eight articles from some of the finest voices in our hobby. As always, there is a bit of something for everyone.  Our featured article is the 12th installment of Richard Ross’s Skeptical Reefkeeping Series, this time co-authored with Dr. Chris Maupin who lead us through an extensive exploration of ICP-OES testing of artificial seawater and the services being offered by Triton Lab. Their findings are sure to stir some debate, but the larger picture painted is of the tremendous difficulty that sea water presents in regards to accurate testing, a subject of great importance to all hobbyists.  J. Charles Delbeek offers his thoughts on the complex of factors that affect coral growth and weighs in on a few of the more recent observations surrounding captive coral husbandry. In response to recent political issues and proposed regulations surrounding the marine aquarium industry, Ret Talbot explains the Endangered Species Act, its relevance to our hobby and why we should not consider the ESA our enemy. We are also delighted to bring Singaporean fish expert Lemon Tea YK under the Reefs Magazine banner. After a brief review of the Genus, Lemon offers us a glimpse of an uncommon complex of Halichoeres wrasse that deserve more of our attention. If you like the color pink, this article is for you. Speaking of fish coloration, Ken Wingerter begins his two-part investigation into the form and function of fish coloration, a subject that has fascinated keepers and casual observers for ages.  Austin Lefevre returns detailing his experiences keeping Sepia bandensis– the dwarf cuttlefish, a species that is now readily available to hobbyists as captive bred specimens. Our Fish Tales piece is a funny, but not so funny rant from Felicia McCaulley about local fish store customers behaving badly. You’d be lying if you said you didn’t know at least one. Rounding out the issue, yours truly reviews the very excellent new e-book The Salt Smart Guide to Diseases of Marine Fishes by Jay Hemdal. Finally, I’d like to dedicate this issue to my mother-in-law Ruth who even in her waning days got great joy from visiting my office to see the fishes.  Happy Reefing, Randy