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.
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.
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.
Today's club event took place at Saltwater Paradise. I made the trip across town not only to attend, but to do a PAR meter demonstration using the brand new Apogee meter for everyone in attendance. This meter is the latest model, designed to measure LED lighting as well as metal halides and T5 bulbs. MQ-500 PAR meter
Thomas Brown did a nice compilation of the interviews at RAP-Orlando, and my interview is interspersed within several segments of the episode. I made it a point to mess with him the entire time, so it would be fun. If you didn't get to attend, here's some of what you missed. http://youtu.be/ovDQO1lPK9Y
For the past two weekends, a big Melev's Reef booth was set up to tell others about the new site, the new products available for purchase, and to meet and greet with fellow reef enthusiasts. Logistically, getting a booth set up in time before the doors open can be challenging but it is always rewarding.
For the past few years, I've been evolving from a hobbyist to a vendor in this industry. It's a tough transition for a few reasons, but at my heart I continue to be a hobbyist to the core. At our club's annual one-day conference, I set up a booth as a vendor. In addition, I'm still actively involved in the planning stages, helping make sure that our club runs it successfully.
Prior to MACNA, I had the opportunity to ask the guys at Real Reef to create a Rock Bowl for my tank. I've wanted something like that to grow mangroves near the top of the rockwork, where they would be able to grow up toward the metal halides high above the water. From the side, the rock needed to look natural, but within it needed to hold sand for the mangrove root system. I believe others might like something similar, and such a bowl could be useful for wrasse owners that maintain barebottom tanks.
September 28-30, 2012: MACNA came to Texas this year and not only was my club the host, but I was part of the planning committee. Lots of work was required to pull off the show, and in the end it was stellar. Here are a few pictures pertaining to my company.
Build acrylic wares, ordering all sorts of stuff for the new shop page, getting the booth together for a nice representation at the show. Busy busy non-stop busy! Tank sitter coming over tonight to go over the little details to watch for.