Albert J. Thiel - Fundraiser

As many of you have probably heard, Albert Thiel lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, April 23, 2017. His family needs our help as they have been financially devastated due to his exorbitant medical expenses. Randi Horlick started a gofundme campaign about 4 months ago to help them. Sadly, the campaign has only raised a meager $2855.00 of it's $20,000.00 goal.

We are hoping our amazing R2R family can help this incredible man's family by donating to the fund - No amount is too small!:

A little background:
Albert was a well-respected businessman, author and speaker who helped revolutionize reef keeping in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He was a kindhearted man with a passion for reef keeping who freely gave of his time and shared his knowledge with hobbyists on message boards, reef forums, and in person. Over the years, he spoke at several MACNA conferences and numerous aquarium society meetings here in the U.S., as well as abroad, in England, France, and Germany.

He was born and raised in Belgium and in 1979, moved to the United States. In the mid 1980’s, after working for large US companies, Albert started his own business, Thiel AquaTech, which originated or brought to market many of the supplements and equipment we still use today. The company was sold in 1996.

Albert authored several reef keeping related books, a monthly newsletter, and many articles for U.S. magazines Tropical Fish Hobbyist (TFH) and Fresh Water and Marine Aquarium (FAMA), as well as several foreign publications in English, French and Spanish. He also published many articles in Aquarium Society Newsletters and other vehicles under the pen name “The Blackfriar”.

Printed Books and Newsletter:
  • 2013 - Nano-Reef Aquariums, The Optimum Guide for the Nano-Reef Hobbyist
  • 1993 - Ten Easy Steps to a Great Looking Saltwater and Reef Aquarium
  • 1989 - Advanced Reef Keeping I: A Comprehensive Guide to Setting Up Your Reef Tank
  • 1989 - Small Reef Aquarium Basics: The Optimum Aquarium for the Reef Hobbyist
  • 1989 - The Trickle Filter
  • 1988 - The Marine Fish and Invert Reef Aquarium: Advanced Techniques & Instrumentation
  • “Marine Reef: The Newsletter” – A 16 to 24 page monthly publication that ran for 5 years.
Albert would not want anyone to be sad for his passing - only to celebrate his life and continue with his ideals by helping each other the way he was so willing to help everyone he could.


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Mike and Terry Lauderdale have kept marine aquariums since 1984. Their current display is a custom built 280g Reef Savvy. It is home to a SPS dominant reef with a large variety of reef-safe fish. They are active members in their local reefing community, members of MASNA and moderators at Reef2Reef. Their freelance writing and photographs have been published in several online and print publications.

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