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fabbroc
04-09-2012, 06:44 AM
I have been looking around on the Internet and have yet to find an all inclusive website for coral and fish information :question:
Is there interest in something like this? I could make it happen. :idea:

Mike-fish
04-09-2012, 08:43 AM
Go for it make an iPhone app too

fido19
04-09-2012, 08:52 AM
you have my support and +1 internets to you for coming up with the idea

fabbroc
04-09-2012, 02:03 PM
Nice quick replys! I'm liking this. Anyone who is really interested should post so I can gauge how much support I would have.
If enough people are interested this will be a go

fido19
04-09-2012, 02:04 PM
hey man if you need any sort of support (financially as well), i am willing to donate towards this

Aquattro
04-09-2012, 02:11 PM
What type of data are you proposing?

troni
04-09-2012, 02:49 PM
git r done

fabbroc
04-09-2012, 02:50 PM
Coral compatibility, light requirements, natural location, etc
Anything you could want

Littlefishy
04-09-2012, 03:06 PM
Do it :) this would be invaluable!

muck
04-09-2012, 03:23 PM
You mean like this...

http://sdmas.com/corals/species.php

jtbadco
04-09-2012, 03:58 PM
'You mean like this...

http://sdmas.com/corals/species.php'

something a little less scientific and more hobby oriented would be better

Pictures of the fish or corals, preferred tank parameters (flow, lighting, etc)

Feeding or dosing requirements, etc


Most times when I am looking up fish or corals that I am unfamiliar with I end up at the LiveAquaria website...so something along those lines but not sales based would be very cool.

fido19
04-09-2012, 03:59 PM
the poor boys dreams have been ruined
nooooooooooooooo

fabbroc
04-09-2012, 06:32 PM
Hmm I didn't know about the live aquaria database. Would this this still be used if it was hobbyist oriented? It would be written by the community

fencer
04-09-2012, 08:08 PM
That is a good reference Muck. The problem I find is vendors tend to name the corals instead of giving a scientific name(or the wholesalers don mark them) and furthermore everybody uses different lighting

tt101
04-09-2012, 08:28 PM
i think this would be an amazing idea, sure there are hundreds of crappy websites online but the problem is that i have to navigate from website to website trying to find out if this fish is aggressive or not or if this coral needs this or this. i have to agree that i often find myself on libe aquaria because its really easy to navigate but the info seems incomplete.
i vote HECK YES!!!

Snaz
04-09-2012, 10:44 PM
WIKI

lastlight
04-09-2012, 10:55 PM
The Zeovit Forums have a nice SPS area:

http://www.zeovit.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=98

I think this extends to other corals and fish as well but I've only ever looked in the SPS one.

fabbroc
04-10-2012, 01:13 AM
WIKI

It would be wiki style.


Well looks like it would still be usefull. I'll get rolling on this project

paddyob
04-10-2012, 01:53 AM
I have been looking around on the Internet and have yet to find an all inclusive website for coral and fish information :question:
Is there interest in something like this? I could make it happen. :idea:

Just curious how you can make it happen? Marine biologist or something?

I am sure if it was as easy it that, the science community would have done it already... or has already somewhere.

But then again, there are a million resources online.

Interested to see what becomes of this.

fabbroc
04-10-2012, 02:01 AM
Haha I don't have to be a marine biologist when crowd sourcing information. It will be wiki style so you can add/update descriptions at your leisure. Then there will be a complete hobbiest reference on the Internet.
This is the plan anyways.

philg3
04-10-2012, 02:04 AM
The Live Aquaria database is pretty extensive and user friendly. I think you would have to find some way to improve upon their info before building an entire database for yourself.

A Wiki is a pretty good idea though, I've subscribed.

chewie
04-10-2012, 04:05 PM
i would use this all the time, especially if you make an app for android and apple os.

Cade
04-11-2012, 01:13 AM
Blue World Aquariums started a "fish wiki" a little while ago. Its pretty cool with rewards for contributing. I could ask Spencer what he thinks about including corals and if we all put in some effort if could be a good resource for corals in no time. There is a scoreboard for the people who contribute the most, turns out RiceReef from here is the leader. Nice work Wayne!

Here is the link: http://www.blueworldaquariums.com/blog/wiki/

If corals were included we would have to come up with a better suited name...
Aquarium Wiki?
Reef Wiki?
.......

Any thoughts?

mark
04-11-2012, 02:08 AM
I'm just going to bookmark this post for the links

fabbroc
04-12-2012, 04:47 AM
Blue World Aquariums started a "fish wiki" a little while ago. Its pretty cool with rewards for contributing. I could ask Spencer what he thinks about including corals and if we all put in some effort if could be a good resource for corals in no time. There is a scoreboard for the people who contribute the most, turns out RiceReef from here is the leader. Nice work Wayne!

Here is the link: http://www.blueworldaquariums.com/blog/wiki/

If corals were included we would have to come up with a better suited name...
Aquarium Wiki?
Reef Wiki?
.......

Any thoughts?

I like everyones input on this, its great. I like Reef wiki, I was originally thinking CoralDB..
Im just messing around with different cms/wiki packages and figuring out which one will be best suited for the job

Snaz
04-12-2012, 06:38 AM
I have an issue with contributing to Blue World's WIKI as it would be their property and that could cause some problems.

How about we either contribute to wikipedia.com entries by including a hobbyists section for each existing entry or create new ones as needed and then build a relevant index to the wikipedia.com entries. Or build new wiki from scratch.

I think expanding on wikipedia.com entries is the best solution as it is independent, already hosted and already contains LOTS of coral and fish entries.

fabbroc
04-27-2012, 07:10 AM
Finally something to look at!
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2892576/ReefDB-1.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2892576/ReefDB-2.jpg
Here are two screenshots of what I have been working on (slowly).
Let me know what you think.
I will soon be putting up a live preview that you will be able to play around with. :biggrin:

Ian
04-27-2012, 11:41 PM
I have the aquarium handbook on my ipad and ipod..its pretty good FYI

Blue World Aquariums
05-01-2012, 07:12 AM
Blue World Aquariums started a "fish wiki" a little while ago. Its pretty cool with rewards for contributing. I could ask Spencer what he thinks about including corals and if we all put in some effort if could be a good resource for corals in no time. There is a scoreboard for the people who contribute the most, turns out RiceReef from here is the leader. Nice work Wayne!

Here is the link: http://www.blueworldaquariums.com/blog/wiki/

If corals were included we would have to come up with a better suited name...
Aquarium Wiki?
Reef Wiki?
.......

Any thoughts?

It wouldn't be hard to add corals to this. I would be more than willing to listen to suggestions for encouraging people to contribute.

Snaz, as a store we can offer real rewards for contributions. However I am open to removing the association from the store if that's what would push it to be a real benefit to the hobby. I'm interested to hear your concerns in regards to the wiki being our property...maybe that's something we could address?

Not meaning to detract from the OP...that site looks nice. :)

fabbroc
05-01-2012, 04:15 PM
It wouldn't be hard to add corals to this. I would be more than willing to listen to suggestions for encouraging people to contribute.

Snaz, as a store we can offer real rewards for contributions. However I am open to removing the association from the store if that's what would push it to be a real benefit to the hobby. I'm interested to hear your concerns in regards to the wiki being our property...maybe that's something we could address?

Not meaning to detract from the OP...that site looks nice. :)

You are a step ahead of me on this one :razz:. If you would like to add corals then all the power to you. I think people are mostly concerned with the ownership and the openness of the wiki.
For now I will host the wiki on my own connection so people can have a look. Please bare in mind that it wont be useful until YOU contribute.
Hopfully we can get a good database going whether its me or not.

Blue World Aquariums
05-01-2012, 04:56 PM
I say continue on with what you're doing. Your site looks great, and realistically I don't have time to make a lot of changes to ours.

Harpo
05-02-2012, 02:49 AM
This would be a one stop shop app! Please do!

fabbroc
05-04-2012, 06:35 AM
I say continue on with what you're doing. Your site looks great, and realistically I don't have time to make a lot of changes to ours.

ReefDB can now be accessed at
http://75.154.85.104:5678
(http://75.154.85.104:5678)
please add something if you have time as all of my time has been dedicated to getting this up. :smile:
Check back here just in case my ip changes and the site is not accessible.
If everyone likes it I will consider getting it hosted and it will be permanently live and free to use :cool:

fabbroc
05-09-2012, 05:52 PM
Today I was going to register a d damain name, either "reefdb.com" or "reefdatabase.com" but to my surprise both of these names redirect to a porn website :mmph:.Finding this out is quite annoying as you can imagine because even if I register a .ca domain it would take one mistake to end up somewhere you dont want to be.
This is why I need help, to chose a new domain name. Please give me some ideas and if I chose your idea you will be credited on the website.
Thanks!

Snaz
05-09-2012, 08:53 PM
Today I was going to register a d damain name, either "reefdb.com" or "reefdatabase.com" but to my surprise both of these names redirect to a porn website :mmph:.Finding this out is quite annoying as you can imagine because even if I register a .ca domain it would take one mistake to end up somewhere you dont want to be.
This is why I need help, to chose a new domain name. Please give me some ideas and if I chose your idea you will be credited on the website.
Thanks!

Iloveaiptaisa.com
cyanoisyourfriend.com

It will be a community wiki right? Then choose something like:
reefwiki.com
wikireef.com
coralwiki.com
wikicoral.com
yourcoralwiki.com

RuGlu6
05-09-2012, 09:05 PM
It would be wiki style.


Well looks like it would still be useful. I'll get rolling on this project

Any stile would be better IF you can see the picture first instead of scientific name. Because if you don't know the name (that is the reason you looking it up in the first place) it will take hours to click on all names to see the picture you are looking for.
So pictures first (can be small) descriptions second.
Thank you for your efforts.
jmtcw

Snaz
05-09-2012, 09:21 PM
Any stile would be better IF you can see the picture first instead of scientific name. Because if you don't know the name (that is the reason you looking it up in the first place) it will take hours to click on all names to see the picture you are looking for.
So pictures first (can be small) descriptions second.
Thank you for your efforts.
jmtcw

+1

Have you got a community account we can log in with and play around please?

fabbroc
05-09-2012, 11:25 PM
+1

Have you got a community account we can log in with and play around please?

Just hit login, then register and you will be good to go in 30 seconds.
As for the picture search, I will add this tonight. I have been planning to implement it.

And for whatever reason reef wiki.com didn't cross my mind. Thanks!

fabbroc
05-10-2012, 11:10 PM
Reefwiki is now perminantly hosted at reefwiki.c (http://reefwiki.ca)a :biggrin:
Check it out, and more importantly add something to give me a hand. :wink:

ashr
05-10-2012, 11:11 PM
Just going to check it

ashr
05-10-2012, 11:15 PM
Im going to sign up!!

fabbroc
05-10-2012, 11:20 PM
Im going to sign up!!
Please do. The more users we have the easier it is to fill it with information :biggrin: