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Matthew Smoyer

Matt has been in the reefing hobby since 2000.  His interest in marine life grew while he was a biology major at Penn State.  At Penn State he met Sanjay Joshi and joined a group called the marine society,  together they worked to add a 500 gallon reef tank to campus.  Over the years Matt has been a member of serval reef clubs and had various roles in supporting the reefing hobby.



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I am an avid reefing hobbyist with a mixed reef system. I started with a 40 gallon bow front and hob filter! And to be honest, my LPS never looked better or grew faster! I’m sure I’ll get some chuckles and eye rolls for that. I currently have a Waterbox 130 with fish, coral, and the occasional pest.
I personally am more partial to coral than fish with trachyphyllia and mushrooms being my favorites.
When I’m not spending time on my tank, you can find me at volunteer one of the local North Carolina aquariums as a volunteer in the invertebrates and shark tank exhibits.


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Hi all, my name is Alisa, known as Alisa @ Kellers Reef on social media.
I am relatively new to the saltwater hobby. I started my first fish tank in the year 2020, which was a Forty-gallon tank. For starters, we (me and my husband) had five corals, mostly softies, and three fish. After contemplating and learning a few things, we decided to take the plunge and upgrade to a Red Sea Reefer XXL 625 which consisted of 165 gallons of water volume. As we felt to go big or go home! I fell in love with the hobby when I first purchased my Scolymia (large-polyp stony coral) and Trachyphylia (Open Brain Coral) corals.  I was so fascinated with these beautiful animals and the rest is history.
Now the tank is a mature three-year-old mixed reef tank that houses many varieties of inverts, coral, and fish. I love all of them and it is hard to choose favorites, however, these are some of my fish and corals that get my attention, (Blotched Anthias, Copperband butterflyfish, Blue Face scopa tang -Zebrasoma).
In the past two years, I got into SPS and dived into the hobby of researching how to maintain these challenging species of coral. My reefing journey opened endless opportunities where I currently enjoy spending time listening to reefing podcasts, moderating social media groups, and joining and contributing to reef clubs.     
Finally, I love this hobby so much that it has become a passion, and it brings me joy to meet fellow reef hobbyists from all over the world. 

Happy reefing!!!


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I've been in and out of the aquarium hobby since I was 11 years old. Nearly 20 years later, I find myself completely engulfed in the aquarium world. I am the former President of the Columbia Marine Aquarium Club in South Carolina and have since opened an aquarium maintenance company, Superior Aquatics.


Since moving to South Carolina 3 years ago, I was encouraged to set up another tank for my 2 children, who now enjoy our version of Nemo and Dory inside our home. They're housed in our 75-gallon aquarium, but I also service and maintain dozens of aquariums ranging from 10 to nearly 300 gallons.


When I'm not servicing tanks and admiring others, you can find me building bombs! For the past 11 years, I've been in the Air Force as a Munition Systems Technician. You may occasionally find me on the soccer field being the most mediocre coach imaginable.


I am so happy to be a part of this team! We are the Carolina Reefing Community for a reason. For me, I find the most enjoyment sharing and spending time with people in the hobby and the CRC team spends every moment trying to grow and support their fellow hobbyists. I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone who stops by, so don't hesitate to reach out!

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Hi, my name is Kyle. I have a Bachelor's in Environmental Biology and have been reefing for almost 8 years. I have a passion for conservation and wildlife and I spend my free time with my family and volunteering as a keeper's assistant at our local zoo. I love reefing because I love to design and build natural environments whether it is a bioactive vivarium or a thriving mixed reef. I'm big into DIY, building my tanks from scratch, and aquascaping.

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