Crack!It is pretty easy to determine if your pistol shrimp is alive and well, even if you never see it. Do you occasionally hear that pistol crack, and think that something important in your tank just broke? Does your sand bed keep shifting around the bottom of your tank? If so, your pistol shrimp is doing fine.Pistol shrimp with their goby partners exhibit one of the most interesting relationships that can be observed in an aquarium setting. Known as 'mutualism', each partner benefits from
Welcome to the "Who's Who of WAMAS"! The purpose of this column is to promote the social aspect of WAMAS. We asked members to answer 5 questions, to provide us with information they felt would help other members get to know them better (some people answered more than 5 of them, but we had to set a limit). We present you below with a few of the members who responded (with more to come in the next newsletter!).
Unless you have been living in your own cryptic refugium, it is unlikely that you have missed the impact that LEDs and other electronic DIY projects have made upon the hobby. Perhaps you have considered trying one of these projects, but are a little intimidated by soldering? Well, I am here to say that soldering is easily accomplished by a few simple techniques and inexpensive equipment. You can do it!To achieve a great solder joint you need to know a few things about what solder is... so, wh
Hey fellow WAMASers! I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the premier edition of WAMAS Waves, your local source for hobby news, education, and a bit of fun. Contributors to WAMAS Waves are fellow club members who have donated their time to creating something that we hope will you enjoy and look forward to. One of the things that I love about reefing is that there are so many different aspects to the hobby and each of them is unique and different. Most of us have one or two
Welcome, WAMAS, to our first issue of WAMAS Waves! Our hope is to make this fun and informative, and that you'll come back often to check things out.One of the things I love about this club is that while we're all interested in reefkeeping, different aspects of the hobby appeal to different people. A primary attraction for me is critter behavior. One of my major passions is scuba diving, and I've always been fascinated by the behaviors I see on the reef - critters that are always found togeth
Welcome to WAMAS! Like you I was a Newbie too, not once, but twice! I started in this hobby 20 years ago when there were no online forums or clubs. I muddled my way though it all and had 3 tanks set up for about 3 years. A tank disaster caused me to break everything down, sell it off and give it up. My 55 gallon tank had sprung a leak while I was at work and that was it for me. Twenty later, while watching a show about marine life with my family, I started talking about my tanks. I was able to i
Greetings fellow Fish Nerds! Or Reef Geeks, if you prefer.Although I'm relatively new to the hobby (my tank is only a year old), I've already plunged in and am expanding! I am in the process of transferring from my 46 Gallon Bowfront to a 65 Gallon Red Sea Max, and can't wait to see everything grow. Even in our busy schedules, it's always nice to be able to sit back, relax, and do whatever it is we love about this hobby, whether it is messing with the equipment, reaquascaping, feeding the livest