If you have been reefkeeping for any of the last 40 years then this man needs no introduction. Mike Paletta is a reefkeeping pioneer, and many current experts grew up reading and learning from his articles. If you don’t know about Mr. Paletta or want to recap some of his award-winning work, here’s a brief introduction:
Michael Paletta has been keeping marine tanks since 1980 and reef tanks since the mid-1980s. During the past 40 years, he has written over 370 articles on reef tanks, marine fish, and invertebrates for both the US and Europe. Magazines he has written for include Coral Magazine, Aquarium Fish Magazine, SeaScope, Practical Fishkeeping, UltraMarine, Aquarium Frontiers, Freshwater and Marine Aquariums, UltraMarines, Reef Builders, and Reef2Reef. His first book “The Modern Marine Aquarium” simplified marine fishkeeping for beginning hobbyists while at the same time incorporating advances that had been made due to reef keeping. His second book “Ultimate Marine Aquariums” illustrates how far the hobby had advanced during its first 15 years.
Michael has enjoyed speaking at over 300 marine societies, national conferences, and Zoom calls in North America, Canada, South America, and Europe. Michael has appeared on both local, national, and international radio shows to discuss the hobby and to help new hobbyists become successful. Michael has also done over 50 videos for American Reef and YouTube. Currently, Michael has 500, 120, 90, and 44-gallon reef tanks of various types set up in his home. He has helped in the set-up of over 200 tanks throughout the U.S., including several tanks of over 4,000 gallons in capacity. Michael also acted as a consultant for the National Aquarium in Baltimore as well as the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium in Pittsburgh.
Michael has B.S. from Dickinson College and a Master’s degree from Yale University. Michael has also been a technical consultant for several equipment manufacturers and online companies. In 2022 Michael won the MASNA Award for his lifelong involvement in the hobby, and recently retired from the biotechnology industry.