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MACNA New Orleans Hope to see y'all there!

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drauka   

Just booked my room.  Had already bought a ticket.  The girlfriend and I will be spending 6 days there (we both like New Orleans and she has a reef tank too).  Hopefully several from this area will also be making the trek.  The Hilton is nice but we booked just over a few blocks for a good bit less per night and it looks like the room allotment they arranged for is running out. So if you are planning on going then you might want to get a room booked.  

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Omni Crescent on Gravier St.  Booked through Travelocity, free cancelation till August 20th if something comes up.  We havn't stayed there before but the reviews were good.  Plus we ate at Ruby Slipper and Chophouse when we were there before and both were really good and are really close to the hotel.  Of course Dragos (in the Hilton) for chargrilled oysters is a must as well.  

 

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I just booked my room at the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter. It's on 817 common street. So many places in New Orleans to eat. I like going to the booths in the market and grabbing a little of this and that and just listening to the pickup bands


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Tell me how Mike does. Oh and get a close-up of his shirt, I wanna see how many stains he has on it.

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Yea Mike has already asked me to. He and another light guru have been asked and are scheduled to be speakers.

So free corals for everyone (conditions apply, must be under 12 inches or over 10 feet tall and have purple spots with a gold ring on your belly in the shape of a happy face)

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Will be heading over to New Orleans next week.  a few days before MACNA for some fun and then going to MACNA.  don't know how many of y'all are still going.  hopefully some of yall make it.  It'll be my 3rd time going and the last 2 were way back. 

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Was a great event.

Got to meet and chat with several influential people in the hobby and see several of the vendors and chat with them as well.  All very nice people.  Its always sort of suprising how small this hobby really is when you see most of all the big names in one event like this.  

Some nice new products in the pipelines.  lots of options for LED lighting seem to be coming,  there was a Japanese light that they were looking for a US distributor that was very sleek, and very user friendly and also had great color and seemed right on top of what Kessil and Ecotech and AI have put out in a smaller form factor.

 

Fish - there has been success in breeding several never before captive bred fish,  Several large Angels (you know the ones that are currently over $1000 each wild caught.  Also Blotched Anthias which we got to see up close in thier tanks.  Very nice fish and hopefully with more successful batches his prices will continue to drop since those are now on my list of fish i want to keep.  They will be distributed out of a facility in Ft Lauderdale to so that might help us here in FL.  

Apex -- Trident.... awesome looking product.  Great price point - $500-600 measures ALK, Calcium AND Mag in one unit, reagents $40 for all 3 and I think he said monthly would be the usage.  NO ONE ELSE HAD ALL THREE.  Mindstream was there but still says they are a year away and it was $1K for the unit and $50 a month for discs (Not sure how much I trust the way they are reading the test results too,  totally different than anyone else).  The GHL KH Guardian was there too but seemed bulky to me and only handled ALK and their price point was higher.  Jim Welsh who came up with the base for the Trident system was there and is a super nice guy.  We chatted for a solid 10-15 minutes and was very personable and knowledgeable about the product.  The only maintenance other than changing reagents they had came up with so far would be yearly or bi-yearly replacement of some tubing in the unit.  Said the unit would not be completely APEX programmable, you will only have options for testing cycles not fully user specified, he was saying they were hitting some problems with reagent lifespan if you tested to infrequently so thir minimum was probably going to be 4 tests per day which seems great to me, at that frequency i think he said reagent lasts a month. It will need the latest APEX to run which is a bit of a downer but he said the processor on the old unit just couldn't reliably handle the computations and thats understandable to me.  I am sure there could be a work around but it would have pushed the Trident unit price higher and they decided to go the other way.  

 

So all that said it looks like for the BRS Black Friday stuff I will be planning on buying a new APEX so I am ready when the trident comes to market.   

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