The reefkeeping world is mourning the sudden loss of our Managing Editor, Jake Adams. To many people Jake informed, educated, and entertained reefers in all four corners of the world. A Bachelor of Marine Science, Jake also became a skilled journalist, setting the tone and agenda for our hobby while still “toeing the line of truth,” in his own words.
Jake was clever, funny, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of the marine world, him often correcting us on the most up-to-date nomenclature and the proper way to describe corals and their component parts. To him, accuracy and detail mattered, and his write-ups have become the definitive guide to all things new, exciting, and important in reefkeeping, and fishkeeping as a whole.
Jake was also an accomplished aquarist who could not only talk the talk but really walk the walk when it came to caring for marine fish and invertebrates. In terms of knowledge and experience, he was right up with the best, a friend, colleague, teacher, and peer to so many in the industry. The huge outpouring of sorrow and messages of condolence at his sudden passing is a testament to his influence, fame, and popularity throughout the fishkeeping world.
Jake Adams inspired so many people to get into reefkeeping but was also capable of breaking down the science and technical aspects into their component parts, and he helped so many people in getting their reef tanks to survive and really thrive. The caliber and health of the fish, corals, and displays in our Reef Builders Studio are testaments to his passion, drive, determination, and never-ending fascination with all things reef. Jake Adams encapsulates modern reefkeeping and we will all miss him terribly. His infectious passion and achievements in life leave an indelible mark on our hobby, and his passing leaves a huge hole in our industry.
We pass our sincerest condolences on to his wife, Windsor Adams, herself an essential and integral part of the Reef Builders team, and our thoughts and prayers are with Windsor, Luc, and friends at this very sad time. This is the one post I never thought I would have to write; however, Reef Builders will continue.
Jake was the original coralite.
We love and miss you.
You can help Windsor by contributing to the go fund me.