Dana Riddle: Help! My Corals Are Changing Colors. | MACNA 2018
The philosophy at the time was that technology was the answer, and I purchased just about every device known that claimed to be necessary for coral husbandry. And I met with only mediocre results – something was missing. After much deliberation, I purchased a Li-Cor quantum meter for the tune of about $1,500 and began investigating the effects of light intensity on captive corals. And so it began. My first article was published in Aquarium System’s SeaScope in the late 1980’s (it described a refugium I built for my aquarium.) Articles penned for Marine Fish Monthly, FAMA, Aquarium Frontiers, and many others followed. My book The Captive Reef was published in 1995. Invitations to speak to local, regional, and national conferences began. It was a great honor to be awarded MASNA’s “Aquarist of the Year” in 2011.
I moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1999 and had the great pleasure of studying natural reefs. More research – and articles – followed.
After 18 years in Hawaii, I returned to my home Sate of Georgia, and now have access to corals I only dreamed about while in Hawaii. My PAM fluorometer, chlorophyll meter, spectrometers, colorimeters, and other lab equipment will certainly get a workout!
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