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This newsletter is to keep you abreast of what is happening at Please take a moment to read through all of the interesting and exciting things that are taking place (and there's a lot of them!). To quickly summarize all of the changes and options:


We have added a new administrator to the crew: Nicolas Will ( ). If you see him on the bulletin board or on #reefs, please welcome him and wish him congratulations. We're glad to have you aboard Nico!

Speakers on #reefs:

This Sunday, September 22, at 8 PM EST, Richard Durso will be presenting a Member's Tank Talk on #reefs. Be there or be square.

Richard's Biography:

Richard Durso has been in the hobby nearly 10 years. He joined the on-line reef keeping community 5 years ago and has been a member of since 1999.   Richard is well known for the “Durso Standpipe” design he published in March 1999.  He recently published his first featured article in Advanced Aquarist on-line magazine   He currently has two tanks: a 180 gallon tank that is documented in painstaking detail at  which was started in 1998 and a 10 gallon nano tank started this year.   The 180 gallon tank is currently Advanced Aquarist’s September 2002 Issues “Featured Aquarium”.

At the conclusion of Richard's talk, a door prize will be awarded. This week's door prize is a TRIO of Tridacna.squamosa clams from Harbor Aquatics. Now if that isn't a good door prize, I don't know what is. ;)

To join in the chat, please see the following webpage:

Future speakers:

Our next speaker will be Mike King speaking about his work with C.O.R.L. (the Coalition of Reef Lovers) on Sunday, October 6 at 8 PM EST on #reefs. After Mike, we will have Martin Moe speaking on Sunday, October 20th. Please mark your calendars as both of these talks will be very informative. To check our speaker list, please look through our online calendar: It is our goal to have both veteran and new speakers in #reefs every 2-3 weeks from here on out.

Advanced Aquarist:

Earlier this week the September issue of Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine was published:

This month's issue includes articles by:

  • Terry Siegel
  • Jullian Sprung - Feature
  • Scott Michael
  • Richard Durso
  • Randy Holmes-Farley
  • John Bondy
  • Rob Toonen
  • Doug Robbins
  • Frank Marini

This month we've added part 1 of a two part series called Aquarium Photography - by John Bondy. This series of articles is for those aquarists interested in capturing high quality digital pictures of their tanks. John gives a VERY thorough explanation of how digital cameras meter light - so as to get the optimum shot - without over or underexposing. John's article isn't just the usual "push this button or that button." It's a very in-depth guide.

The feature article by the very popular Julian Sprung "Jaubert's Method, the "Monaco System," Defined and Refined" explains how Dr. Jaubert's system changed the hobby and how the system has evolved since the first setups. There are also some photos from the Monaco Aquarium of their systems. The author gives some setup tips for aquarists wishing to try the Jaubert system.

Randy Holmes-Farley's column is especially important this month. Randy shows how harmful high phosphate levels are to an aquarium and presents an excellent method for exporting the phosphate. The calculations show precisely how much phosphate can be removed so you can compare this to your "input" to see if you can run a balanced system.

Frank Marini's Breeders Net article is a VERY comprehensive guide to rotifers - how they live and how to grow them. If you are trying to breed marine fish, this is is a must read.

There are too many articles to talk about each one, so make sure to read the magazine for full details. This month's issue can be found at: Check it out!

Ask the AAOLM Authors a Question!:

As some of you may have noticed by now, we have integrated the Advanced Aquarist forums with our main discussion board page:

To date in Advanced Aquarist, we have had articles published by such noted authors as:

  • Eric Borneman 
  • Charles Delbeek 
  • Randy Donowitz 
  • Richard Harker 
  • Randy Holmes-Farley 
  • Sanjay Joshi 
  • Daniel Knop
  • Frank Marini 
  • Martin Moe 
  • Scott Michael 
  • Alf Nilsen 
  • Dana Riddle 
  • Doug Robbins 
  • Greg Schiemer 
  • Terry Siegel 
  • Julian Sprung 
  • Robert Toonen 
  • The author list goes on and on...

What we are considering doing is opening the Advanced Aquarist forums so that you can ask these very Advanced Aquarist's questions other than about their articles.

For example:

  • If you had a question about lighting (Are CF lamps really brighter than VHO's?) you could ask Dana Riddle or Richard Harker.
  • If you had a question about coral propagation, you could ask Charles Delbeek or Randy Donowitz.
  • If you had a question about Coral Disease, you could ask Alf Nilsen, Eric Borneman, or Julian Sprung.
  • If you had a question about Marine Fish, you could ask Scott Micheal, Terry Siegel, or Greg Scheimer.
  • If you had a question about marine invertebrates, you could ask Robert Toonen

I think you all get the picture. What we ask from you as the users of this great bulletin board is that you don't overwhelm the Advanced Aquarist's when this gets started. Most of these folks have day jobs just like you and me, and some even travel to exotic locations just about every month (Eric Borneman and Scott Michael) so they are not always around.

Well, what do you think? We think this is pretty darned cool and a great resource for the online community. Powerbuys: is proud to introduce Powerbuys. The idea behind this concept is that each month, we will arrange with our sponsors a volume discount for members on useful aquarium products. Use our Powerbuys to stock up on common items, or to purchase higher priced items like a RO/DI or skimmer that you otherwise might not be able to afford. Regardless, all Powerbuys will provide substantial savings to our members. If you are not a member yet of, please take some time to join ( It's free to join, and definitely worth it! Powerbuys works as follows. Each month, will introduce a new Powerbuy in our Powerbuys forum ( Each Powerbuy will offer a reefkeeping product at significant savings to our members. In order to complete a's Powerbuy, a predetermined (and announced) quantity must be purchased within 45 days from time of posting. If this quota is met at the end of the 45 day period, the Powerbuy is successful, and all members who participated will receive the discounted rate on the Powerbuy's product. Thus, the success of each Powerbuy is directly dependant on's member participation.

Now on to the fine text: All orders placed in any Powerbuys will be considered as final. The reason for this is because other members are counting on your order to fulfill the quota in order to receive their discounts. Orders will not be billed until after a successful Powerbuy is completed. In the event a Powebuy's quota is not met within the 45 day period, members will be notified and their orders are voided. Unless otherwise noted, members are welcomed to place orders until the end of the 45 day period, even after a quota has been met.

Suggestions for future Powerbuy items are welcomed at our Powerbuys forum ( Be sure to check back monthly to keep posted on's new Powebuys! Together, we can help all's members save money. This is the power of community at its best!


Finally, saving the best for last: Do not forget to support those who support Our sponsors help fund this invaluable online reefkeeping resource. Please support the sponsors found on our sponsor page.

Happy Reefkeeping!

-- Staff

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