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Old 02/09/2018, 07:54 PM   #1
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Why have there been no new TOTM articles? I have been gone for awhile and getting back into reefing and active on RC again with a newer account. I always looked forward to the TOTM article but I have not see it updated on the home page since I have been back. Whats the deal?
It seems RC has lost a lot of its older members as well since I dont see any of the members I used to follow.

Tank history 29g tropical ,55g cichlid tank, 20H softy reef, 29g mixed reef, 20H brackish goby & puffer tank, 55g mixed reef, 6g Nanocube softy lps reef, 40B sps reef, 75g sps reef, 75g sps reef in bu

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Old 02/09/2018, 07:59 PM   #2
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Since LED lighting has takin over T5's and M/H, no one's tanks are tank of the month worthy haha.
I'm kidding, and good question. I would love to see more TOTM's.

After about a 16 year break from fish keeping,
Wow, how things have changed.

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Old 02/09/2018, 08:01 PM   #3
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Miss them also enjoyed those threads

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Old 02/09/2018, 11:18 PM   #4
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Wonder why they have stopped ?


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Old 02/10/2018, 01:46 AM   #5
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I think it was part of the magazine which has not been issued since 2015

80g Aiptasia dominated reef tank.. with fish and now a bunch of berghia!

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Old 02/10/2018, 02:27 AM   #6
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I thought I remembered someone had asked the same question and was going to take on the project of reviving TOTM. He did for a few months and then stopped. Atleast that’s what I think I remember.

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Old 02/10/2018, 08:12 AM   #7
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He did for a few months and then stopped.
That would have been me. We tried to start it back last January. I asked for members to give me nominations. I got a couple. Most that were nominated didn't want to go through what it takes to make it up, (pics and description of system). I kept screaming for people to nominate and it fell on deaf ears. I gave up.

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Old 02/10/2018, 10:50 AM   #8
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Surprising that someone nominated wouldn’t take the time to give pics and the description. I would think most would be flattered. Too bad.

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Old 04/05/2018, 10:44 PM   #9
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Here is my view and hope it is not offend anyone.

I think I was the last TOTM (4.2016) when it was still ran by Walton. While some email exchange between us during my write-up process, I observes a few things demotivate reefers to try hard...

1. The homepage is stay at an early TOTM (Anand Kaimal, Nov. 2015) without updated. It could be some technical challenge or HR challenge, but the result is clearly as I stated....RC homepage stay at an old TOTM link.

2. TOTM list. It seems stop at 2015. For new TOTM tanks, you need to know where to click to get through and here it is…

3. Jesse run a few more(?) in 2017, but it is even harder to find this new TOTM articles, at least I don't know how. Except searching key words like "RC TOTM 2017" via Google search.

4. I DO think once LED kick-in, something become more complicated (good and bad). As my experience of visiting a few local reefers' tanks that I felt deserve my time and effort to learn, but end of many of them have to see under LED, otherwise, it is just a normal tank. However, there are a few no matter LED or T5, look fantastic. Saying that, I believe it do make RC TOTM harder to find good tanks through pictures.

5. Maybe some incentive? When I received RHM (Reef Hobbyist Magazine) invitation to write something. I got three paper copies to easy share with my friends when they visit my tank. It is not a big thing but feel great. Though I understand RHM org and way to run the business it is way different than RC.

6. The 2nd biggest Reef Forum in US, still run their featured tank an organized way and easier to find, if we compare to. (Note: you can also found my tank as a featured tank there much easier)

While I treat RC TOTM tank nomination requirements (see below list and link at still the principle and best way to judge a good tank or normal tank, I sincerely hope RC TOTM can come back as before.

* How long has the system been running?
* How do the corals and livestock look?
* Is the reef visually appealing, or does anything detract from it (frag racks, PVC, dirty glass)?
* What do the pictures look like (are the colors realistic)? Are the images good enough to use?
* Does the reef look natural, or like a fruit-vendor stand? Have the corals grown in, or does it look like the owner spent significant funds to get an instant-reef?
* Has the tank been featured in any other magazines (print or online)?
* What is the hobbyist’s philosophy when it comes to reef keeping?
* Is the tank a good example for others to emulate, thus qualifying as a future Tank of the Month?

I don't know others, but I got most of my reefing knowledge in RC/Reefkeeping in last 10 years, while other place like Facebook and Youtube, just like some show case places.

BTW, now it is a video world ;-) and you are welcome to comment my tank video here....


Zeovit DTOTQ Q3 2015
RC TOTM April 2016
Reef Hobbyist Magazine Q2 2017
R二R TOTM Oct 2017

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Old 05/11/2018, 10:48 AM   #10
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I miss reading TOTM on this forum, it was superb

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Old 05/12/2018, 01:35 PM   #11
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Maybe the forum committee need to out source RC TOTM ? Or do a tie up with an external party ? I would like to see RC TOTM on youtube so that we could see who the winners are , interviewing how the owner of RC TOTM winner does his tank , equipment used and tips and trick that they stumble upon etc , etc , etc . This would exposes us members more than an article of how someone keeps his tank full of corals .

I kinda like how Reef Builders formats of show casing some great looking reef tank and their owners . This is how it should be done . I know the logistics would be a nightmare but just saying out loud so that someone else could improve on this idea and bring it to reality .

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