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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:

  • mentioned in November 2002 Tropical Fish Hobbyist!
  • Speaker on #reefs: Todd Barber of (rescheduled for a later date)
  • Speaker on #reefs: Mike Kirda
  • New Forum Created on Our Bulletin Board: MASNA
  • New Additions to our Online Library
  • New Powerbuys for November
  • New Items Added to the Store at Cafe Shops
  • Aquarium Survey for Mike King
  • Our Sponsors Mentioned in the November 2002 Issue of Tropical Fish Hobbyist, page 77!

" If you had to pick a "one-stop shop" for everything online for reefs, this would be it. If you can't find it here, you can't find it. There's enough material and things to do here to hold you until next month's column!"

Speaker on #reefs: Todd Barber of (Rescheduled for a later date)

This Sunday, November 17th, at 9 PM EST, Todd Barber of will be giving a presenting on #reefs about his work restoring the world's reefs using Reefballs (tm).

Todd's Biography:

Todd currently is President & CEO of Reef Ball Development Group, Ltd. and Chairman of Reef Ball Foundation, Inc. He also possesses a BA in Business Management from University of Georgia, MA in International Business and Computers from University of Georgia/London School of Business. Todd holds many patents (both domestic and international), has spoken at numerous conferences (International Artificial Reef Conference, US Coral Reef Task Force meetings, etc), and is a published author. He started the Reefball Development Group in 1993 to give back to the hobby that he loves by rebuilding reefs using "Reef Balls."

Please refer to his websites for additional information:,

This presentation has been rescheduled for a later date due to IRC server problems.

Speaker on #reefs: Mike Kirda

This Sunday, November 24th, at 9 PM EST, Mike Kirda will be giving a Members Tank presentation on #reefs. His presentation will cover his upgrade from his original 75 gal tank to a 120 gal RR tank plumbed with a basement sump. Come and read the trials and tribulations that Mike went through during the upgrade.

Mike's Biography:

Mike has been in the hobby since 1991. His first tank, an All-Glass 75 gallon, was going continuously for ten years. In his recent move, he 'graduated' to an Oceanic 120 gallon Reef Ready system, complete with basement sump. An avid early reader of rec.aquaria, (predecessor to RAMR), Mike has been a frequent contributor to Reef-l and Reefkeepers mailing lists. His 'other' hobby is under water photography.

Door Prize:

At the conclusion of Mike's talk, a door prize will be awarded. This week's door prize is being donated by Reef Fanatic ( The door prize is a RFI Refractometer with automatic temperature compensation and is a $70.00 value! This door prize also includes ground shipping if the winner is within the continental US. Please see this page for details about the refractometer:

Come join the chat to learn more about Mike's tank and maybe you'll be the lucky one to walk away with this refractometer! To join in the chat, please see the following webpage:

We look forward to seeing you there!

New Forum Created on the Bulletin Board:

Marine Aquarium Societies of North America

MASNA is a non-profit organization made up of several marine aquarium clubs and individuals. MASNA's goal is to educate hobbyists and promote ethical practices in the hobby. They also provide a collective voice on matters concerning the marine aquarium hobby directly with legislative organizations. Come join MASNA and let your voice be heard.

Moderating the forum from MASNA are:

  • Chuck Scannell: MASNA President/Int. Promotion
  • Nancy Swart: MASNA Past President/Treasurer
  • Lee Morey: MASNA Director of Public Relations/Membership

Please take some time and visit the new forum to read up on what MASNA is currently working on and also to voice your opinion on what you would like to see MASNA do for the coming year(s). In addition, periodic news announcements by various organizations such as the US Coral Reef Task Force, etc. will be posted to the forum.

Two #reefs Presentations and Two Articles Added to the Library:

  • Breeding the Orchid Dottyback (and other marine fish), by Martin Moe, 20th October, 2002
  • The Coalition of Reef Lovers (CORL), by Mike King, 6th October, 2002
  • Addressing Fishroom Humidity, Various Authors
  • Algae Removal from Glass, Various Authors

New Powerbuys for November:

Here is a summary of the November Powerbuy's:

  • Premium Aquatics - Pinpoint PH Monitor
  • Reef Fanatic - PFO 175 W, 250 W, 400 W Ballast, PFO 250W HQI Ballast
  • Inland Reef - 400W 20,000K Radium Metal Halide Bulbs
  • Coral Reef Aquarium - Aqualine 175w 10,000 K mogul lamp

For complete details, please visit our Powerbuy forum:

New Items Added to the Store:

Head over to the store on Cafe Shops to see what's new: We have added a Christmas ornament, boxer shorts, etc.

Aquarium Survey at for Mike King of C.O.R.L., the Coalition of Reef Lovers:

Please lend Mike a hand and provide some answers to the survey as best as possible. Results will be used in the development of a program that will help bring the reef keeping hobby into a better beneficial use of the world's coral reefs. It should take less than 5 minutes to fill out.

The Coalition of Reef Lovers (CORL) was formed in 1999 to give anyone who cares about the world's coral reefs a way to directly and indirectly contribute to the protection and sustainable use of the world's coral reefs. Please refer to his website for additional information:


Finally, 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 Where Reefkeeping Begins on the Internet

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