Mike Paletta, a reefing legend, will be sharing his knowledge, wisdom and experience with attendees at 1pm. Mike will be speaking on “The Money of Color.” A brief synopsis on the efforts we put into obtaining optimal coral coloration. A little bio on Mike:

Michael Paletta has been keeping marine tanks since 1980 and reef tanks since the mid 1980’s. During the past 35 years he has written over 300 articles on marine fish and invertebrates for both the US and Europe. Magazines he has written for include Aquarium Fish Magazine, SeaScope, Practical Fishkeeping, UltraMarine, Aquarium Frontiers, Coral Magazine,  Freshwater and Marine Aquarium and AquaMarines. His first book “The Modern Marine Aquarium”  simplified marine fish keeping 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 200 marine societies and national conferences in North America, Canada, South America and Europe. Michael has appeared on both local and national radio shows to discuss the hobby and to help new hobbyists become successful. Michael has also done over 40 videos for American Reef and YouTube. Currently Michael has 500, 120, 90, 75, 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 over 4,000 gallons in capacity. Michael is also currently writing monthly articles for Reef2Reef. Michael also acted as a consultant with the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Pittsburgh Zoo 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. Michael has recently retired from the biotechnology industry.