Help with my Reef-keeping Senior Thesis


The Clown Tang Keeper!
Dear TBRC, I am conducting an undergraduate research thesis on the relation between reefers and marine scientists. If you keep corals, please consider answering this five question survey. I don't have a tank of my own anymore, so I need a bit of help from the community. Below is a further description, or you can just find the questions at the bottom of the post. If you're interested in helping further, I am in need of your sps growth rates.

The purpose of this study is to research potential for collaboration between marine aquarium hobbyists and marine scientists, and ways hobbyists might be consulted to aid in coral reef conservation. The information provided will be analyzed and used in my senior research project at New College of Florida (in Sarasota). If you would like to read the completed study, please let me know and i'll be happy to send it to you when I finish. No identity information will be recorded. If you have questions, please let me know and I will do my best to answer them. If you send or post answers to the questionnaire, it will be considered consent for your answers to be used in my study unless said otherwise.

You may post responses here, send them to me in a message, email them (msg. Me for address), etc. I'm not picky.

Responses may be in yes/no format. Further elaboration is not needed but if you feel it will be beneficial you're more than welcome to. Copy/paste or just type answers and I'll sort it out.

If you don't want to answer all of them, it's fine. Any information is useful.

1. Have you ever shared data from your aquarium system with marine scientists before?
2. Would you be willing to share data from your aquarium system with marine scientists in the future?
3. Do you consider your aquarium system to be stable and healthy?
4. Do you think your corals are healthy and growing?
5. Do you already or would you be willing to implement a scientific approach to managing your aquarium system? May include: taking accurate measurements, recording results, using consistent intervals (between feedings, water changes, etc.), using automated equipment to supplement your abilities
6. (Optional) If you have any further comments or suggestions, please list them here:

Thanks everyone!!


New member
1. No
2. Yes
3. Yes, certainly is.
4. Yes
5. I believe I already do implement a scientific approach with measurements I take and automated controls and monitoring of sorts.
6. I'm not quite fully automated as I'd like to be as of yet.


5)I'm not automated but keep a set routine and a tank journal to monitor progress and observations and take pictures monthly to monitor growth


The Clown Tang Keeper!
Thank you everyone! This is critical to my graduating so I truly appreciate your help.

Please keep them coming!


Active member
1. Yes
2. Yes
3. Yes
4. Yes
5. Yes

Automation in today's reef is, imo, one of the best ways to maintain a stable system. Controllers in the hobby (Neptune Apex, Profilux, Reef Keeper, and diy setups) have lessened the need for manual addition of supplements (thus leading to stability through automated dosing down to the ml), tighter schedules, and a more hands off approach to keeping an ecosystem thriving.

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New member
2. yes
3. yes
4. yes
5. no All I measure is salinity and I barely do that. I have an ATO and my leds have a built in dimmer/timer but that's as far as my automation goes these days.
6. Throughout the years in the hobby I've taken a hands off approach compared to most reefers. I feed heavy and try to keep a healthy refugium. My water stays "dirty" but pretty stable. I make my coral selection based on the water quality that my time lets me maintain it at hence why my tanks have never been sps dominated. If it didn't work so well I'd measure more but I have no reason to make my tanks a stressful thing that I constantly have to fiddle with.