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Editorial: March 2006

By Shane Graber Posted Mar 14, 2006 07:00 PM Pomacanthus Publications, Inc.
Guest Editorial: Shane discusses the magazine and it's many features.

Terry is on vacation for the next three weeks so I've volunteered to write this month's Editorial. For those of you who don't know, I am the web developer for Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine and have been doing so since mid-2003.


A picture of R.florida in my 38 gallon reef tank.

My involvement with the hobby started back in late 1999 with a small 38 gallon reef tank. Since that short time ago, I've seen the hobby bloom in many ways including huge inroads into the online areas with discussion boards, email lists, chat, online courses, etc, being created and ran by hobbyists and professionals alike. These areas are facilitating information exchange between amateur marine aquarists, experienced marine aquarists, and the scientists that are researching these areas. The rate of information exchange has been amazing and I'd like to think that Advanced Aquarist has played a part in the advancement of the hobby through this venue.

Along these lines, I'd like to talk a bit about what's in store for you in this issue. This month, we have three Feature Articles. The first Feature Article, authored by Terry Bartelme, continues his discussion on fish acclimation procedures in his article titled "Updating Marine Teleost Fish Acclimation Procedures: Part 2." This particular article centers on Terry's recommendations for updating our acclimation procedures with regulation of pH, lighting, salinity, and other conditions. Terry goes into great detail citing relevant sources for his recommendations. The next two Feature Articles discuss another pressing issue: the reproduction and propagation of corals in the aquarium trade. Lee Goldman, in his article titled "Growing Coral from Sexually Produced Larvae; It's the 'r'ight Way to Conserve Coral Reefs, but More 'K'nowledge is Needed" discusses the sexual reproduction of species and how harnessing this could benefit the hobby and the world's reefs. Ron’s thoughts on this subject are interesting and timely. Mike Paletta discusses coral fragging in his article titled "The 'Fragging' Phenomenon." Mike discusses proper fragging techniques, frag tank setup, and frag swaps. Adam Blundell continues his series on “Tide Pools” and the relationship between tide pools and humans. This particular article contains a large number of photos -- too much in fact to show 100% of them. However, they are all provided in the article's photo album so be sure to check it out while reading the article. The issue is then rounded out with another "What in Neptune's World?," "Hot Tips on Nano Reefkeeping", and our RSS syndicated column "Reefs in the News."


Coral frags growing in a reef tank. Photo from Mike Paletta's article The Fragging Phenomenon.

While on the topic of the magazine, I want to remind everyone of some of the many improvements and features we have available to our readers, some of which have recently been implemented:

  • Ease of Navigation: Navigation box allows for easy reading of back issues and makes it much easier to find back issues than before.
  • Search (both Simple and Advanced): Allows you to specify as little or as much search power as you want. We've recently upgraded our search engine to allow you to search for specific Authors or specific Columns.
  • RSS Syndication: RSS feeds for Published Articles, Search Terms (RSS button at the top of every Search page), and Reefs in the News. What is RSS?
  • Email Notification of Published Articles: Allows you to subscribe to our mailing list if you prefer to use email instead of RSS for publication notification.
  • Standards Compliance: validates as Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional. This means better browser compatibility and better accessibility for our readers.
  • Accessibility: AAOLM plays nice with screen readers and comes with Access Keys for navigation.
  • Photo Albums: Most articles have photo albums associated with them making it easy for you to see all the photos at a glance.
  • Pretty print: Printouts of articles styled for ease of reading.
  • Related content: At the bottom of every article. Shows what articles are related to the article you've just read.
  • Author Forums Links: Located at the bottom of every article. Allows you to interact with our Authors.
  • Keyword Listings: At the top of every article. Click a keyword to see what other content has been tagged with that keyword.
  • Google Toolbar Search and RSS Feed: If you are using Internet Explorer v.6 or greater and have the latest Google Toolbar installed, you can click this link and install our toolbar button.  This button allows you to search our site from the Google Toolbar and it also lists our RSS feed from its dropdown menu.
  • Firefox Integration: The Dictionary Search and custom AAOLM Search Engine Plugin allow you to search from your browser without even being on our site.
  • Send Page to a Friend: At the top of every article. Quickly send a friend a short note about the article you've read.
  • Bookmarking: At the top of every article. Allows you to add this article to your bookmarks. What is

All of these features (and more forthcoming) are made possible by us migrating the magazine to the Plone content management system in mid-2005. We are still in the midst of migrating our back issues and hope to have these moved over in the next several months. In the mean time, you can still access all of the old issues on our old site by following the provided links in our Navigation box.

As always, we are interested in your feedback either via email or in our Editorial forum. Also if you haven't already done so, please feel free to make a donation to the magazine via our Paypal link. The magazine is provided for you to read online free of charge and has been funded by our many advertisers (thank you!). Every cent helps us improve the magazine and you can help with your contribution.

I hope that everyone enjoys this issue!

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