Editorial: September 2007
As this issue is published online, MACNA XIX is underway in Pittsburg, PA. It promises to be a great conference with speakers including Dr. Gerald R. Allen, Eric Borneman, Anthony Calfo, Dr. Bruce Carlson, Dr. Sanjay Joshi, Dr. Catherine McFadden, and many others. If you are in the Pittsburg area you definitely need to check it out. I know the folks that are hosting this year's MACNA have put a lot of time and effort into making it a great conference so please let them know how much you appreciate all of their hard work.
It's a three day event so please stop out. We will be there at our booth so stop to say "Hi!".
This weekend also marks the final days of the Reefs.org Ultimate Raffle. The raffle concludes on Monday, September 17th, at 3 PM Eastern Standard Time. If this is the first time you're hearing about the raffle, here's a blurb about it from Reefs.org's website:
The ZeroEdge Aquarium / PFO Solaris / Euroreef / Marine Depot 2007 Ultimate Raffle Giveaway
ZeroEdge Aquarium is graciously contributing their handsome and innovative Model 22ZR Compact Series aquarium to Reefs.org's 2007 Ultimate Raffle Giveaway. In addition, PFO Lighting is generously providing their revolutionary 24" G series Solaris LED lighting system .... the perfect lighting accompaniment to the ZeroEdge Aquarium. For filtration, Euro-Reef is donating their RS80 protein skimmer! And to top it all off, Marine Depot is offering Prodibio Start-Up and BioKit Reef supplements along with a choice of a box of Fiji live rock or $100 gift certificate to Marine Depot Live. Together, these products represent state-of-the-art aquarium technology unlike anything else hobbyists have experienced before. This is one of the most amazing raffles/contests Reefs.org has ever offered.
Cost per raffle ticket is $2. Each ticket represents an equal chance at winning. Tickets may be purchased online via Paypal or in person at Reefs.org's booths MACNA XIX. To increase your chances of winning, you may purchase as many raffle tickets as you'd like.
To purchase your raffle tickets online via paypal, click on the paypal button below. You may purchase as many tickets as you'd like by changing the quantity.
If you are the winner and are located in the continental United States, we cover all taxes and expenses involved in getting it to your door. That's right: you will pay absolutely nothing. Hobbyists outside the United States are welcome to purchase tickets, but winners outside the continental USA agree to prepay all freight, duties, and taxes to get it to your destination; Otherwise, you will forfeit your prize.
If you attend MACNA XIX, you can see the entire setup running at the Reefs.org booth located in the vendor area. It's definitely a sweet setup and well worth a $2 ticket for a chance to win.
We've got a number of interesting articles in this month's issue. First, we have two excellent Feature Articles. The first one, "Toxins, Venoms and Inhibitory Chemicals in Marine Organisms" by Aaron Sewell discusses the different animals that are venomous and others that contain toxins that can inhibit organisms in our tanks. The second, "Stony Coral Identification Primer for Aquarists, Part One" by Dana Riddle reviews using taxonomic keys for coral identification. Next, we have two articles for those interested in building items for their tanks: "What's in YOUR Sump?" by Suzy Applegarth and "Construction of a Photo Box" by Adam Blundell, M.S. Suzy reviews sumps and ways people use them in their systems. Adam details how to make a dedicated photo box for photographing animals and objects from your tank. Finally, we round out the issue with What in Neptune's World? and Hot Tips. Also, make sure to check out our Reefs in the News column full of interesting news links. Check back for the latest news on marine topics or if you use a feed reader like Bloglines or Google Reader, subscribe to the RSS feed for daily updates.
Enjoy the issue!