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Video contest: Win two MACNA passes!

MACNA 2016 takes place in exactly two weeks.  How would you like to go this year?  Enter the contest and you might win Two Full-Conference Passes!

Unexpected puddle

Earlier today, the SmartATO began beeping while I was working at my desk.  Thinking nothing of it, I ignored it for about 4 minutes while I wrapped up what i was doing. When I went over to unplug it, I saw a small flood in the fishroom and grabbed my camera.  The cause of this was by a quick-disconnect I shorted out a week ago, and hadn't fixed yet. I tried to fix it, got frustrated and blew it off.  You know what happens when you leave something unfixed on a reef, right?


Biopellets - what you need to know

One of the topics I wanted to address as a full video is biopellets. Short answer: they work.  Earlier this year, nitrates spiked in my reef and despite lots of effort it didn't get them down and keep them down, so I opted to get biopellets running again on my 400g reef.  The results were spectacular, as expected.

60g setup and cyle

I've been uploading videos to Youtube pretty regularly lately. Did you happen to catch the Youtube Live show last week? Here's the latest one, so if you've missed a few you need to get caught up.

What a view I have

Every day, my reef greets me with beauty.  Here are a few images I took today. 

Melev's Reef Mugs Now Available

It's those little things that make life more enjoyable right? Here's something new I'm very proud of, a good looking coffee mug with my favorite website emblazoned on both sides.  No matter how you hold it, you'll show your friends which website you turn to for knowledge and purchases. You can order mugs here:

Rinsing out used aquarium sand

Rinsing out used sand saves money, and you can safely put that clean sand in your next tank without concern. It's a good project to tackle in the warmer months, best done outdoors. Easy, sort of.  

Back from San Diego

Annually I meet up with my marketing director at Creative Soup in San Diego, Ca.  While there, we enjoyed Comic Con, got some new branding art designed in time for MACNA, and ordered some new mugs for the shop as well as the booth at MACNA.

Comic Con is a massive conference that has about 130,000 people in attendance, and that provides opportunity to talk to other hobbyists about their inspirations, dreams, and goals. Lots of aquatic art is on display, and chatting with so many people over five days... it's great. So much happens there, and there's plenty of time to talk while standing in line(s) to get into different presentations. I handed out business cards to lots of people, and talked with them about our awesome hobby. Lots of artists there either have or had saltwater tanks and get inspiration from them. Networking at conferences is always good, and those relationships I forge end up with new or returning customers later. :)

LFS Bus Tour 2016 - DFWMAS

For the third year in a row, or is it the fourth perhaps, DFWMAS hosted another LFS Bus Tour. I did a video about the tour last year, so this year's video is more about things that were intesting to me rather than documenting what has been seen before on my channel.

Touring ORA in Florida

Getting to tour ORA (Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums) was a real treat, but I've been requesting a visit for years.  Finally earlier this year, they agreed to allow this one-time walk-through, and told me what I'd be permitted to film and share on Youtube. Hope you like this very special peak into their operations in Fort Pierce, Florida.