The Origins of '3reef'3reef came online in 1996 as 'Three Steps To A Reef Aquarium.' This title was created by 3reef founder Matt Rogers as an attempt to overcome the common fears associated with keeping a reef aquarium, especially at that time. The site consisted of the 'Three Steps' - an introduction to keeping a reef aquarium written by Matt that covered water, livestock and hardware. Although dated now, much of it is still valid with regards to husbandry and initial purchases. You can read it here: Step 1 or visit the old sites by clicking the image on the left.
By 2002 a forum was added and thus began the 3reef community that has now grown to over 23,000 members and over 1 million posts. The site itself now contains many new sections including photo galleries, aquarium calculators, member-submitted reef-keeping articles and more. 3reef has one of the most advanced forums on the Internet with user-selected skins, custom profiles and many innovative ways for members to retain information found on the forums including custom lists. 3reef has become popular, yet 3reef still retains its roots and remains a friendly forum for new people interested in aquariums and veteran hobbyist alike.
Low Impact Aquariums, Water Changes, Refugiums, Sand and more. He has had many aquariums from planted to turtle tanks. He currently has a Neo Nano reef aquarium. Some of his reef aquariums in the past include this 30 long and this 20 long.
Hobby related. I started with the goldfish won at the state fair in the early 70's and had fish only tanks for about 10 years. I got back into the hobby about 15 years ago with a freshwater FO then planted tank. Got a saltwater FOWLR about 2 years later. Got out after about 5 years and then started again 6 years ago with a planted tank, started a FOWLR about a year later and converted it to a reef about 6 months later and have been at is since.
370 gallons large! Aside from reef-keeping he's a very active cold water scuba diver and has parrots and nasty cats.
FOWLR to reef and bought a 90 gallon tank. What captivates him the most about keeping marine aquaria is the diversity of life that is to be found in marine tanks. From the bugs to algaes to the fish, he's hooked!