hese days everything you need to be a successful reef
aquarium hobbyist has been figured out. All the information
you need can be found, as can all of the equipment, and the
livestock, too, of course. Improvements of various sorts may
still be made, and long-term success may become even more
common than it is now, but all of the basics have been known
for quite some time.
However, none of it came easy by any means. Aquarists
have been working out how to keep corals and other reef
invertebrates alive and well in captivity for over half a century.
On the occasion of TFH’s 65th anniversary, it’s a great time to
look back at the evolution of the reef aquarium hobby, and
the major movements and improvements that have shaped
reefkeeping over that time.
James W. Fatherree
A huge reef tank bursting with thriving corals, inverts,
and fish was all but an impossible dream 65 years ago
when TFH magazine began publication.