About David Bowers

David Bowers is the marine biology teacher at Bellevue City Schools in Ohio. David is also an adjunct instructor of coral reef ecology at the University of Toledo and has worked as a marine science education consultant for the University of Houston. He has over 20 years of saltwater aquarium keeping experience.

Chronic Stress in Captive Tangs

Tangs and surgeonfish are a diverse, beautiful, and often highly personable group of fish. It is no wonder that so many of us want to keep these fish in our systems. Inexperienced keepers do the right thing by going to their favorite forums and sites to ask which tangs can be kept, what size tank … [Read More]

‘Tis the Coral Frag Swap Season, Fa La La…

September may be a long way from Christmas, but for reefkeepers, it’s the next best thing. September is the unofficial kickoff of the coral fragment swap season. Soon the eyes and hearts of reefkeepers everywhere will turn to swapper pages and message boards, searching for that special piece that the keeper just can’t live without. … [Read More]

Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 3

In the first two parts of this series, we talked about how ozone can function as a powerful tool in keeping your reef aquarium water very clear, how it can boost your skimmer’s ability to remove waste from the water column by breaking down the larger molecules, and how using ozone can be as simple … [Read More]

Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 2

In the first installment of this series, we examined the confirmable uses of ozone gas in the home aquarium. We saw ozone having a positive effect on the nitrogen cycle and doing a great job creating ultra-clear water conditions by breaking up suspended particles. We also examined the biggest myth of using ozone—that it will … [Read More]

Clearing the Air on Ozone: Part 1

The use of ozone in home aquaria is far from a new idea. In fact, 20+ years ago, ozone was commonly used by both public aquaria and hobbyists alike. I experimented with the use of ozone on my classroom system a little over a decade ago. However, the system I invested in was of very … [Read More]