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Gryphon AquaSaw - Model C-40

When it comes to cutting up corals, there are hand tools, and then there are time-savers like a table top bandsaw.  The Gryphon C-40 AquaSaw is something I purchased over two years ago at MACNA, and only opened it up for the first time two weeks ago. I thought I'd do an unboxing video, but that never happened. When I was recently in the midst of fragging colonies, I opened up the box, put it together, plugged it in and was instantly impressed with how well it worked. Cutting away dead skeleton, creating small frags from larger colonies of montipora and chalices, it kept up beautifully.

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Video: BTS at the Birch Aquarium

A few days later than it should have been, but I hope it was worth the wait. Last week I was slammed with things to do, and had no time to edit the weekly video, but I'm going to blame the zombies. This video focuses behind the scenes at the Birch Aquarium, showcasing the offlimits sections and some of their breeding efforts. 

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Video: Jennifer Nies of New Wave Aquaria

One of the prettiest shops I've walked into is owned by Jennifer Nies, and her story is quite unique (tank maintenance for pizza money?!)... Looking at her, you'd never believe she's been at this for 20 years. Smart, business-minded, and her store's expanding already, she's definitely one to watch. Looking forward to Margarita Sundays lol Store address:

New Wave Aquaria
14100 23rd Ave N, 
Plymouth, MN 55447
(763) 710-9386

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Video: Alkalinity Monitor

This interview was done at MACNA last weekend. Jim Welsh's newly built invention is the Alkalinity Monitor. It will measure tank water as frequently as you desire, and that data can be acted upon by your controller. It could send you texts & emails if the reading is out of range, and you can see what the latest measurement is just by glancing at the display on the device, or by computer or smartphone. It could trigger or stop a doser if needed. He explains it quite well, and I gotta say I'm really impressed.

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Subscribe to Coral Magazine. Seriously.

"Everyone should be reading Coral." That's what I thought to myself months ago, and mentally added that topic to my ongoing list of future videos. Each issue has a central theme by multiple authors. Go subscribe now (we're tracking the results with this URL): http://www.coralmagazine.com/melev/

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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!

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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?  Well...

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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.

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60g setup and cycle - How I did it using raw shrimp

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. I describe how I set up the 60g frag system I built myself, including all the acrylic work. 

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What a view I have

And the new frag system I set up earlier this year. It's looking pretty good these days.