Editorial: July 2007
I’m sure that many readers of this ezine know that our editorial policy is to bridge the gap between anecdotal hobby literature and science. Whenever possible we try to publish material from practicing scientists, and in that way to present information that is factual derived, not based upon someone’s opinion. For example, it is becoming clear, from the work of scientists like Lee Goldman that corals benefit far more from live food than artificially manufactured food. This is not definitive yet, but recent controlled studies are coming to that conclusion.
In the next issues to come we have more exciting and useful information to publish. To wet your appetite, let me illustrate:
- A Product Review, “Alkalinity Test Kit Showdown” by Dana Riddle tests the popular alkalinity test kits on the market for accuracy.
- Adam Blundell returns to his Lateral Lines column with, to quote the author, “This column is intended to foster a discussion on larval rearing systems. The information presented here are the current and ongoing developments of larval rearing systems used by hobbyists and researchers alike. Future articles will show the construction and design of rearing systems.”
- A Feature article by Dana Riddle on coral identification will be published soon.
- Another Feature article coming is “Identifying Parasitic Diseases in Marine Aquarium Fish. A Hobbyist’s Guide to Identifying Some Common Marine Aquarium Parasites by Terry D. Bartelme
- Also in the works is a series of articles on Cyanobacteria by Sara Allyn Mavinkurve. I’m looking forward to this, as in my opinion Cyanobacteria is a constant problem in closed system reef tanks.
- I’m working on a product review of ways to remove scratches on the outside and inside of acrylic aquariums, especially large tanks like mine. So far I have found that using the Everclear Acrylic Scratch Removal kit works very well on the outside pane. I intend to also see how it works on removing scratches from the inside when the tank is filled with seawater and sea life. Part of this product review will deal with various devices to remove coralline algae from acrylic tanks without scratching them. For myself and others this is quite a challenge.
A note on my Clown Triggerfish. My triggerfish in about a year has grown from a 1.5-inch juvenile to a 7-inch adult. It is very beautiful, and does not bother any of the corals, clams, snails, crabs, or sea cucumbers in my reef tank. However, it is starting to show some aggressiveness toward other fish in the tank, especially large ones its size. This aggression only takes place at feeding time. It has not so far done any damage. Another habit it has developed that has me concerned is its growing interest in digging in the substrate. How far its landscaping behavior will go is hard to know. Fortunately, I can easily remove the trigger if it becomes necessary– it eats out of my hand.