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January 2012 Aquarium Fish International Editor's Note

AFI Keeps Getting Better

By Clay Jackson |

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As I sit down to write this editorial, my house has yet to be egged because All Hallow’s Eve is still two weeks away. In publishing, we work months ahead of everyone else in the workaday world. So as you leaf through this issue of Aquarium Fish International — the first of 2012 — let me direct your attention to a couple of noteworthy changes.

Befitting a new year, our first-rate Art Director Cindy Kassebaum has given our column and feature templates a more modern look and feel that readers will find more visually appealing and easier to read.

There is also a new marine breeding column by international marine aquarist Tim Hayes. In “The Mariculturist,” Hayes examines all facets of breeding marine fish, invertebrates and corals, from producing foods for larvae to reproductive histories in the wild to the importance of captive propagation for conservation and sustainability of the hobby. Each installment of “The Mariculturist” is sure to add to the ever-expanding arsenal of information available to aspiring marine breeders. And be sure to shop our new “Aqua Bucks” coupon section for hundreds of dollars in savings on the latest in aquarium equipment, foods and livestock.

The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) in Des Moines, Iowa, September 9 to 11, 2011, was as informative as it was entertaining. I was able to meet many new people, including well-known aquarist Tony Vargas, who recently completed a very worthwhile contribution to marine aquarium literature entitled The Coral Reef Aquarium. For more information on this must-have addition to your aquarium library. And for more about this year’s MACNA, as well as information about MACNA 2012, see the article "MACNA 2011."

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