MACNA 2017 - New Orleans

Discussion in 'TCMAS announcements & Club talk' started by jlanger, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. cheezybuda

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    Everyone except Sanjay and one other

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    New Orleans was amazing - im exhausted!!! : )
     
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    Looks like your cookies really made a splash in NOLA, Jason! Well done!!
     
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    Thanks!
    I could've never imagined the people that I would get to meet in this hobby because of cookies. It was quite bizarre to be known as "the fish cookie guy" from people I hadn't yet met, but they had seen many of the photos posted online from previous visits to LiveAquaria.
    The list of new people I met was quite astounding; Richard Ross, Todd Gardner, Joe Yaiullo, Laura Birenbaum, Julian Sprung, Austin Lefevre, Hunter Hammond, Randy Donowitz, Sanjay Joshi, Walt Smith, Bob Fenner, Koji Wada, Andrew Rhyne, Larry and Veronica DuPont, Mark Callahan, Kathy Leahy and many, many more.
    I also "spoke" with Karen Brittain about the Personifer Angelfish cookies; which was very cool.
    It was also good to run into some familiar faces like the LiveAquaria staff, Craig Bingman, Felicia McCaulley, Marc Levenson and a bunch of us TCMASer's.
    When you wake up Saturday morning with a FB friend request from Julian Sprung and finish the day with a FB friend request from Koji Wada; that's a great day!
    All because of those fish cookies.
     
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    Man now I want cookies.
     
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    What kinda of things were you hearing people say about Trident? It seems exciting. I wish I hadn't gone with the classic system this spring now. But I'm finding more and more reasons to switch over eventually.


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    The biggest thing is that they are targeting Q2 of next year....which really means 2019

    Everything seems pretty standard from a testing perspective.

    On a good note, they are looking at $5-600 range. Reagents will cost around $20/ month.

    I'm impatient and bought a kh guardian

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    I have the KHG Pro you will love it. Probably the best reefing device I've ever bought. Jonty has one as well and very happy with it. It is also the only device that has had several years of use. It's been in Thailand for much longer before Coralvue distributed it here. Alkatronic and Trident will be interesting devices when they make it to market and get put through the paces.
     
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    The MACNA 2017 talks have started showing up on the BRS YouTube channel... :Party
     
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    Bryan, what is the monthly regent costs for the guardian? I have no interest in daily ca/mg so don't really want to pay for regents I wouldn't use. Apex hasn't mentioned being able to buy all only regents.




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    It will come down to how many times you test per day. I am currently testing every 240 minutes; they currently allow you to test between 30-240 minutes.

    The concentrated reagent costs $34.99 which you mix with 1500 grams of water. They say reagent should last 45 days testing every 4 hours. They say it uses about 4 grams per test. If you do the math that's more like 62 days. I'm assuming they are adjusting for priming and test variance. I'm at 42 days and have a bit of reagent left and that's with running probably 10-15 extra tests.

    Using all that; I think it's going to cost me roughly $18 a month.

    Besides this thing just keeping rock solid Alk all day, I'll give you another reason why I love it. I have a calcium reactor dialed in with a masteflex and carbondoser. I tore down my calc reactor last weeked for cleaning, change media, fix leaky fitting, etc. Normal maintenance. Dialing a calcium reactor back in can take days to a week.

    Normally my KHG is only dosing a little bit of sodium bicarbonate alkalinity solution per day. I have everything dialed so the KHG is doing the fine tuning. It has a setting for safety where you can tell it the max amount you want to dose per test. It doses when the KHG tests below your desired level. The KHG was dosing the max value almost every time it tested for a few days. The Alkalinity was staying stable and within where I really want it although slightly lower than normal. I could have overridden the max amount but I had no interest in doing so.

    The AK number is how much it is dosing. The KH is the KH that test.
    Code:
    09/02 02:35:54 W.145 %0 AK.75.00 KH :7.86
      09/02 06:57:25 W.149 %0 AK.75.00 KH :7.87
      09/02 11:18:36 W.148 %0 AK.68.00 KH :7.96
      09/02 15:39:54 W.147 %0 AK.71.00 KH :7.95
      09/02 20:00:43 W.145 %0 AK.71.00 KH :7.95
      09/03 00:22:09 W.151 %0 AK.75.00 KH :7.90
      09/03 04:43:38 W.149 %0 AK.73.00 KH :7.95
      09/03 09:04:11 W.151 %0 AK.46.00 KH :8.00
      09/03 14:03:28 W.149 %0 AK.29.00 KH :8.04
      09/03 18:15:56 W.150 %0 AK.28.00 KH :8.04
      09/03 22:37:14 W.153 %0 AK.75.00 KH :7.91
      09/04 02:57:55 W.146 %0 AK.75.00 KH :7.82
      09/04 07:19:12 W.149 %0 AK.75.00 KH :7.77
      09/04 11:40:31 W.145 %0 AK.75.00 KH :7.91
      09/04 16:01:27 W.152 %0 AK.31.00 KH :8.03
      09/04 20:13:29 W.148 %0 AK. 0.00 KH :8.14
      09/05 00:25:34 W.148 %0 AK. 0.00 KH :8.13
      09/05 04:46:08 W.147 %0 AK.28.00 KH :8.04
      09/05 09:07:08 W.145 %0 AK.49.00 KH :7.99
      09/05 13:28:01 W.145 %0 AK.52.00 KH :7.99
      09/05 17:40:26 W.145 %0 AK. 9.00 KH :8.08
    All things happy, tank stays very stable, SPS all happy as can be.
     
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    If you are interested in a device, there is no better time than now. EVERYONE is jumping on the bandwagon.

    The KHG is tried and true for years now. It has first to market price and lacks features others learned from them are wanted. I'd imagine the pro version will be seeing a price cut soon now that monitor only version is out and all the competitors are jumping in. If someone doses with their controller currently, the monitor is a perfect device. Besides a few things they could improve on, it's an awesome device, that I trust.

    The Focustronic looks really cool, they are targeting a lot of nice features. I'll probably get one for my frag tank and see how it matures. It needs the long term testing.

    The Trident is definitely cool but I am with you; I rarely test calcium and magnesium but it would be nice not to have to do it :) It's also probably a year away of retail based on Neptunes announcement of Q2 next year and their history of hitting dates.
     
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    I have my eye on the KH Director from GHL simply because I have the Profilux 4 already. Though, admittedly I haven't read extensively on it yet.

    Any thoughts on that from anyone that's researched more?


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    Here's a very quick photo overview of MACNA 2017 in New Orleans.

    Flying into New Orleans over the bayou.
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    Our hotel room had a view of the Mississippi River. It was surprising how many large ships could make their way up the river.
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    The Apex Users MACNA Meet Up breakfast. The big announcement was the Trident Ca/Alk/Mg monitoring system.
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    Some of the tanks on the show floor; a couple from ORA, Ecotech Marine and others.

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    One of the coolest tanks was home to the newly revealed captive bred angelfish from PomaLabs.
    Here's a close up of one of the CB Conspiculatus Angelfish.
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    Friday night's reception began with a "parade" to the Mardi Gras World museum complete with live music and dancers.
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    Downtown New Orleans has a lot to offer; at all times of the day or night. We're not the night owls (like others from TCMAS), so you'll need to ask them for their pictures of the night life.

    Fulton Alley was a block from the hotel and it consisted of many restaurants, bars and shops.
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    Cafe Du Monde was THE place to go to for the beignets.
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    Pat O'Brien's was THE place to go to for the Hurricanes!
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    Bourbon Street has a completely different look and feel during the daylight.
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    We stayed an extra day so we were able to see more of New Orleans before heading home.
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    With Hurricane Harvey causing chaos in Houston, the storms were starting to roll in in New Orleans.
    Some places were already preparing for flooding from possible heavy rains.
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    Our ride to the airport was interesting as the heavy rains were already coming down causing many drivers to pull over as the rain pooled up on the roads. By the time our flight took off, the rains had subsided but the takeoff was still quite the bumpy ride. Once we climbed above the storm clouds, it was a much more relaxing flight home.
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