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Reefs.org Operators

So you have been wondering who these mysterious people are that bring www.reefs.org and #reefs to you. Well no need to wonder any more, all is revealed below, finally you can put a "face" to the nicks...
Reefs.org Operators
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Reefs.org Nickname: Chucker
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Real Name: Kevin Tompkins
RDO Member/OP Since:  
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Web Page URL: Chucker's Reef
City, State, Country: Spencerport, New York, United States of America
Occupation: Quality Analyst, Medical Device Manufacturer
Date Started Marine Aquaria: June 1998
Current Marine Aquariums: 40g breeder, 90 liter sump (with LR and macroalgae on RDP), 285W VHO on IceCast dimmer, Amiracle CC skimmer (I know it sucks- so sue me!), 300gph circ on Lightwave timer, 300gph return, 4.5" sandbed, critters on webpage
Reef Keeping Philosophy: Take advice with a grain of salt, then do what works for you... it probably won't work for anyone else, because no two systems are the same. Always take your critters' health seriously. OTOH, don't take yourself so seriously, you're in this because it's fun!
Favorite Fish: Sohal Tang (they look soooo cool, but I haven't the space)
Favorite Coral: Plates, Fungia spp ., (gotta love a coral that travels)
Favorite Invertebrate: Mysids ('cause I've got a zillion of 'em)
Dream Reef System: After I win the lottery, I will be building my house around my reef- min. 1000g system with a turtle grass bed, and lagoonal inverts. lotsa clams, microinverts, and some huge Porites or Monastrea heads for a focus.
Other Hobbies: Military history, fishing/canoeing, reading
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Reefs.org Nickname: ChrisRD
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Real Name: Chris DiChiaro
RDO Member Since: May 2002
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City, State, Country: Saugerties, NY, USA
Occupation: Professional Engineer
Date Started Marine Aquaria: 1991
Current Marine Aquariums: 50 gallon reef for now (120+ coming soon...)
Reef Keeping Philosophy: Read, read, read & be patient!
Favorite Fish: Too many to list, but Dwarf Angels come to mind...
Favorite Coral: Acros & Montis
Favorite Invertebrate: Snails
Dream Reef System: A big one that someone else pays for... :)
Other Hobbies: Various sports, hiking, reading.

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Reefs.org Nickname: Len
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Real Name: Leonard Ho
RDO Member/OP Since: 1999
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Web Page URL: www.reefscapes.net
City, State, Country: Los Angeles, CA USA
Occupation: Chief operational officer for a electrical parts distribution corporation. Photo, graphics, and print design work when requested.
Date Started Marine Aquaria: 15+ years ago, about the time "Dutch" systems were phasing out undergravel filters for SW.
Current Marine Aquariums: decade old 120 gallon mixed community ( www.reefscapes.net/120gallon.html )
Reef Keeping Philosophy: Knowedge is the key to success, and patience the key to knowledge. Nothing good ever comes from rushing blindly into any endeavor, and reefkeeping is most certainly no exception.
Favorite Fish: Cirrhilabrus rhomboidalis
Favorite Coral: I can't decide; I really like them all.
Favorite Invertebrate: Tridacnas and host anemones
Dream Reef System: 12'x6'x4' sun/MH-lit behemoth
Other Hobbies: photography, music, art, computer gaming
Other Reef Experience: Occasional trips to the Indo-Pacific. Time commitments stateside keep me from travelling to all the places I'd love to visit (someday).

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Reefs.org Nickname: liquid
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Real Name: Shane Graber
RDO Member/OP Since: 1999/2002
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Web Page URL: LiquidReef.com
City, State, Country: Archbold, Ohio, United States of America
Occupation: Research Chemist
Date Started Marine Aquaria: December 1999
Current Marine Aquariums: 38 gallon reef. 1x250 watt Iwasaki halide + 2x95 watt VHO actinics. Bakpak skimmer. Kalkwasser for makeup water and Ca/alk. Soon to be upgrading to a custom 80 gal tank with dimensions of 4'x2'x16" tall.
Reef Keeping Philosophy: Know the animals' needs BEFORE you buy it and once you have it strive to give it the best environment you can. PATIENCE also comes to mind as well. Have patience. Good things come to those that wait young grasshopper. :)
Favorite Fish: It's a tie between my Banggai cardinals and my A.ocellaris.
Favorite Coral: I would have to say it would be M.capricornis or tabling Acropora sp.
Favorite Invertebrate: My black cucumber.
Dream Reef System: An 8'x3'x3' tall tank with a large school of Anthias squamapinis would be killer. Rock work would recreate a reef flat and the back of the tank would be strewn with rock zip tied together to simulate a reef wall. The sump would be in the basement in the "fishroom laboratory" where all of my equipment would be housed. Filtration for the system would be a large refugium, an algal turf scrubber, and a huge skimmer. In addition to the tank, a coral prop tank would be set up as well as breeding tanks for various fish.
Other Hobbies: When not messing around with my reef tank or spending time with my wife and son, I also enjoy reading, backpacking (aspire to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail someday), and martial arts.
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Reefs.org Nickname: Matt_Wandell
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Real Name: Matt Wandell
RDO Member Since: 2002
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City, State, Country: Davis, Ca, U.S.A.
Occupation: Bartender 
Date Started Marine Aquaria: 1999 
Current Marine Aquariums: 30, 6G Reef 
Reef Keeping Philosophy: More biology, less technology 
Favorite Fish: Any angel 
Favorite Coral: Montipora digitata
Favorite Invertebrate: Any cephalopod 
Dream Reef System: Live near a coral reef, own a mask and snorkel 
Other Hobbies: basketball (I'm 6'9", ...duh!) and big pimping

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Reefs.org Nickname: Nico
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Real Name: Nicolas Will
RDO Member/OP Since:  
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Web Page URL: A Reefer in Dubai
City, State, Country: Houston, Texas, United States of America
Occupation: Chief Engineer
Date Started Marine Aquaria: 1993
Current Marine Aquariums: None!!! Starting a dual 40-G system, common sump and skimmer, one tank high energy/sps DSB, one tank lagoon/seagrass VDSB
Reef Keeping Philosophy: All methods work, you just have to be aware of their limitations and bonuses. One word: PATIENCE
Favorite Fish: Sohal Tang, a beautiful fish, but the only one that scares me while diving
Favorite Coral: Euphyllia spp , any of them
Favorite Invertebrate: Harlequin shrimps... too bad about their diet, I will never be able to maintain those
Dream Reef System: Huge tank with natural sunlight and natural sea recirculation. Of course, I would live by the beach, with a full reef 100m away!
Other Hobbies: Photography, computers and diving
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Reefs.org Nickname: Thales
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Real Name: Richard Ross
RDO Member Since: November 2000 (originally as Lefty)
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Web Page URL: http://www.stickycricket.com
City, State, Country: Alameda, CA USA
Occupation: Currently, stay at home father
Date Started Marine Aquaria: Current tank:10/30/02, been reef keeping on and off since '85
Current Marine Aquariums: 150 gallon under house sump/coral farm with 150 gallon show tank. 2 400 watt 20k XM bulbs in Lumenarcs. 2 48 inch URI superactinc VHO's.
Circulation - Ampmaster 3K return, Sequence 5800 with 10 port manifold closed loop, Posidon and OM squirt closed loop, Tunze 6100 and 3 powerheads. ASM g4x skimmer. DIY Kalk reactor. DIY Ca reactor. Build thread: http://www.reefs.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=918541#918541
130 gallon Cuttle system - www.DaisyHillCuttleFarm.com
Reef Keeping Philosophy: Automate everything you can. Go as big as you can. Most additives are hooey.
Favorite Fish: Wartskin Angler
Favorite Coral: Xenia
Favorite Invertebrate: Cuttlefish
Dream Reef System: I think my system is pretty dreamy.
Other Hobbies: Juggling, glass blowing, Kuk Sool Won, tortoises, Scuba,Video

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Reefs.org Nickname: wade
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Real Name: Dr. Wade Lehmann
RDO Member/OP Since:  
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Web Page URL: Image
City, State, Country: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America
Occupation: PhD Toxicologist
Date Started Marine Aquaria: February 1998
Current Marine Aquariums: 220g (72x30x20) display tank, connected to a 65g custom acrylic sump a floor below. The sump houses a 4' beckett "Fergy" skimmer, a large Ca reactor (also "Fergy"), and topoff. The main tank is lighted by 4x 400W (2x 10000K and 2x 20000k MH. Primarily SPS.
Reef Keeping Philosophy: Read, read and read more. Learn all you can about the hobby and keep up with the latest advances. Many methods work, but form your own educated opinions.
Favorite Fish: Filamentous wrasse, P. filamentosus
Favorite Coral: Maze Brains
Favorite Invertebrate: Anemones. They are a wonder to watch and learn about... how many coral relatives can walk?
Dream Reef System: A large tank, ~2000 gallons, which could be designed to recreate a real reef system like those in the shallows of Fiji. From crest to wall to sandbed.
Other Hobbies: SCUBA diving and photography (above and below water)
Other Reef Experience: Snorkeling for endless hours in Fiji, New Caledonia, Bermuda, and Florida. SCUBA in Australia, Bermuda, Belize, NC, FL.  I am working in aquatic toxicology with the ultimate aim of doing reef research.

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Created by liquid
Last modified 2007-06-29 03:37
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