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Rich Ross

About Rich Ross

Richard Ross currently works as an Aquatic Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences, maintaining many exhibits including the 212,000 gallon Philippine Coral Reef. He has kept saltwater animals for over 25 years, and has worked in aquarium maintenance, retail, wholesale and has consulted for a coral farm/fish collecting station in the South Pacific. Richard enjoys all aspects of the aquarium hobby and is a regular author for trade publications, a frequent speaker at aquarium conferences and was a founder of one of the largest and most progressive reef clubs in Northern California, Bay Area Reefers. He is an avid underwater videographer and has been fortunate to scuba dive in a lot of places around the world. At home he maintains a 300 gallon reef system and a 250 gallon cephalopod/fish breeding system, and was one of the first people to close the life cycle of Sepia bandensis. When not doing all that stuff, he enjoys spending time with his patient wife, his incredible daughter and their menagerie of animals, both wet and dry.
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Heart beating in developing Banggai eggs

 Not much to say about this, except it is pretty cool. For more about breeding these fish check this out –… More:

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Hitler Finds out about AEFW – revamped for 2013 MACNA

For your amusement in the lead up to this years MACNA, here is a reefers version of the popular Hitler subtitle meme from the film “Downfall”. Humble beginnings can have terrible endings, and most importantly, don’t forget to QT your Acros. More:

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2013 Drum and Croaker now available

drum and croaker 2013 Drum and Croaker now available
The 2013 edition of Drum and Croaker - A Highly Irregular Journal for the Public Aquarist, sponsored by the Columbus Zoo, is now available online. If you are not familiar with the publication, Drum and Croaker is a non-peer-reviewed journal that has acted as an “informal organ” for public aquarium professionals since 1958. This years edition includes:

  • The Metamorphosis of the Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park into the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, with Historical Annotations by Barrett L. Christie
  • Small Fish Feeding in a 212,000 Gallon Coral Reef Exhibit by Richard Ross, Matt Wandell, and J. Charles Delbeek
  • Aquarium Cleaning Using Melamine Foam Pads by Richard Ross and Matt Wandell
  • A Unique Program for Aspiring Aquarists by Christina J. Slager, Bruce Koike, and Chris Spaulding

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Another first – captive bred Genicanthus watanabei

 Marine breeding is jumping forward in leaps and bounds! Marine Breeder extraordinaire Karen Brittain has done it again, this time with Genicanthus watanabei. The video shows 87/88 day old Watanabei angels being small, cute and awesome. Congratulations to Karen, and we look forward to more details about this breeding first. More info can be found in this threadMore:

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Instant Gratification

onedoesnot1 Instant Gratification From Outsidetheglassbox.orgPatience is a virtue –  Prudentius Reef tanks are not instant art. They are mini eco systems that take a bit of time to become stable and trying to rush things is generally a recipe for disaster. We can all understand the excitement about wanting to do things quickly, but since the animals we keep are alive and dependent on a glass box for everything they need, it seems they deserve the consideration of a stable home.… More:

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The Majano Wand – a must have in the fight against pest anemones

Pest anemones can be worse than a piece of popcorn stuck between your teeth; they annoyingly consume all of your attention, they multiply quickly, sting animals you like and it seems like no matter what you do to control them, there are always a few that appear impervious to any attempt at eradication. As part of the anti pest anemone kit the Majano wand is an easy to use, quite effective and cathartic way to deal with pest anemones in a reef tank.


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