Michael Paletta
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Mistakes Newbies Make

Literally every person I know laments over the mistakes they made in the past. Many of us fondly recall our early years in the hobby, and we also all remember the mistakes we made then. This often leads to the…

Mistakes Even Experienced Hobbyists Make

I would love to say that I never make mistakes. But as anyone who knows me knows, I do make them, and sadly I make them way too often, especially in regards to this hobby and how long I have…

Getting Burned Out On The Hobby (And How To Avoid It)

As Neil Young sang “It’s better to burn out, than it is to rust, cause rust never sleeps”, is applicable to this hobby in a number of ways. First, as anyone who has had a tank for a while knows,…

Best Advice I’ve received in the hobby

While cleaning out my office, again, I came across some old written notes, yeah they had to be old as they were hand-written, that were a listing of some of the advice I had received over the years that I…

Taking Control Of Calcium, Alkalinity and Magnesium

One of the things that fascinates me and probably helps fuel my passion for the hobby is that I have been able to watch and learn through the years as we have gotten better at just about every aspect of…

How To Do Coral Frags Right

During my time in the hobby things have changed dramatically. Most of us started off with soft corals, and these were usually large wild colonies, which is a dramatic difference from the SPS fragments (frags) that many of us now…

Bad Things We Add to Our Tanks

     As St. Bernard wrote “The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions”. With the meaning of this is that we often do things with the best of intentions, but invariably they often lead to suffering. Unfortunately, this is…

Revisiting my Elos tank after 18 months

Sometimes we just aren’t as smart as we think we are. I am using the “royal we” as I know I am definitely not as smart as I think I am a lot of the tie, especially when it comes…

100 Articles Of Reefing

100 Articles Of Reefing This past week I had to transfer a lot of material from a company computer to my personal computer. I had written a lot of the articles for ReefBuilders on that computer, so while I was…

A Dad’s Role in the Hobby

A Dad’s Role in the Hobby As I have noted several times in the past, for whatever reason this hobby is dominated by men. But in an attempt at equal and to promote the hobby to our fellow female hobbyists,…