VIDEO: AquaBiomics and the Reef Tank Microbiome

14 Apr, 2022

Get the latest in reef tank microbiome testing with a recent presentation from Eli Meyer, founder of AquaBiomics.
Get the latest in reef tank microbiome testing with a recent presentation from Eli Meyer, founder of AquaBiomics.
Read Meyer’s article in the July/August 2021 issue of CORAL.

This April, the Pacific Northwest Marine Aquarium Society (PNWMAS) hosted Eli Meyer, the founder of AquaBiomics, which focuses on DNA sequencing to assess the microbiome of reef aquariums. The company has been running for 2 years now, aggregating approximately 1000 samples from hundreds of aquariums, compiling a large dataset and opening new understandings of the microbial community in reef tanks. One of the most compelling topics investigated covers pathogens of fish and corals, and revelations that can lead to actually “tuning” the microbial community of a reef aquarium.

Meyer first broached the topic with CORAL readers in 2021, with his article The Reef Microbiome (CORAL Magazine, July/August 2021). It’s nearly a year later, and there’s new ground to cover! Our thanks to Meyer, and PNWMAS, for making this presentation publicly available for the benefit of reef aquarists everywhere.

Watch Now: DNA Sequencing and the Reef Tank Microbiome

Links:

Learn more about the Pacific Northwest Marine Aquarium Society and learn how to become a member at PNWMAS.org (support your local reef club!)

Learn more about AquaBiomics and how to have your own reef tank microbiome sampled at AquaBiomics.com

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Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen is a Sr. Editor and Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media, LLC & CORAL Magazines, and is a Sr. Editor and Publishing Partner with Aquatic Media Press, LLC & AMAZONAS Magazine. Matt has kept aquariums for 38 years, has worked in most facets of the aquarium trade, is an active aquarist and fish breeder (both marine and freshwater), and was recognized with the 2009 MASNA Award as the MASNA Aquarist of the Year.

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