Fair warning: this is going to be a long post. We truly appreciate you taking the time to read it.
Today we received a gift from a fellow hobbyist. When he approached us about it, I was absolutely blown away. I could go on and on about how I thought it was a big joke, how I’m not crying you’re crying, it’s just some alk reagent in my eyes, are you sure you’re not joking, are you sure I can’t pay you for it or at least help you sell it, etc. But that’s not the point - the point is, reefers are some of the kindest, most generous people I have ever met. To be honest, if it wasn’t for that, I would never have gotten into reefing in the first place.
I got into reefing at the age of 16. I was working at a pet store, and got to know several coworkers that were avid reef keepers. I was absolutely enamored with the beauty of these ecosystems and wanted in so bad - but I was just a broke kid. These people were so excited that I wanted to be a part of the hobby, they donated ALL the equipment I needed to get started, helped me buy some rock, and I was in. Most importantly, they shared their knowledge and their passion, and encouraged me every step of the way. I became a reefer then, and have been ever since.
We can’t all afford to give away equipment or livestock, but we can all afford to be kind to one another and share our passion. This community survives, thrives and grows because of that. It’s not about having the best equipment, the rarest coral - it’s about growing these amazing animals and sharing it with each other and the world. It’s one big club - the most inclusive club in the world, if you ask us. •
Yoshi - thank you. You are a talented, knowledgeable aquarist and an outstanding human being. You are always trying to help others, and wish nothing but success for your fellow hobbyists. You are a shining example of what makes this community so great. We are humbled by your generosity, and we are proud to count you amongst our friends. The hobby and the community is made better by people like you.