Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Salmon Dance - ENJOY!

Friday, September 14, 2007

><|||*> - Text Fish are awesome!

Not to be outdone by my counterpart, Jeff2-D2, I was thinking of creating a series of inspirational posters that the everyday aquarist would find humorous. So, without further ado...


Hello, fellow aquarists.

It’s your friendly neighborhood marketer here with a reminder for readers in the Eastern U.S. to visit MACNA XIX this weekend in Monroeville, PA at the Pittsburgh ExpoMart.

This is the 19th (!) Marine Aquarium Conference of North America and so far it’s shaping up to be one of the best yet.

There are a ton of reasons to visit MACNA this year, chief among them being that we have a booth there (ah, but of course!).

In all seriousness, the hard work of the Pittsburgh Marine Aquarium Society Inc. (PMASI) and Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA) has really paid off this time around.

Spanning the entire weekend—kicking off today and ending Sunday the 16th—MACNA XIX is chock full of workshops, guest speakers, exhibitors, vendors (ahem! Be sure to stop by Marine Depot’s booth and say hi to my boss) and raffles.

Arguably the most exciting part of these kinds of events, aside from hobnobbing with fellow hobbyists and rubbing shoulders with industry buffs, are the raffles. That's why I love this blurb from the official MACNA XIX website; allow me to do a little copy/paste action here:

ZeroEdge, Ecotech Marine, IceCap, Marine Depot and Euro-Reef are cooperating to put together not only one of the most stunning exhibits the MACNA trade show has seen, but also one of the most stunning raffle donations. We don't want to steal their thunder, so you will just have to wait until the show to hear about it!
Here I sit, stuck inside our West Coast headquarters wishing I was at MACNA. So do me a favor: if you go, hit us back with a comment and let us know how the event was and if you won anything in the raffle.

I want to live vicariously through your experiences!

Lastly, don’t worry if you haven’t already registered for the event. You can still buy tickets at the door.


Thursday, September 13, 2007

Beginner's Luck

I was perusing through past posts in our blog this morning and realized I haven’t written much about the marketing tank lately.

Thus, today seemed like the perfect day for an update.

I confess the reason today is the “perfect” day is because my boss is currently en route to Pittsburgh, PA for MACNA XIX, leaving me free to work on whatever my little heart desires.

So, this is my way of sticking it to the man. If you’re reading this from the plane, Boss, I hope you know I’m kidding.

Whoa, hold on a sec.

My extrasensory perception seems to be picking up a disturbance in the force. Yes! My keen psychic ability is definitely picking up something. I see… [concentrating] I see…

I foresee a write-up in my future!

OK, look… I don’t have psychic abilities. I have honed my reef keeping abilities, however, since the marketing department first acquired a 24-gallon AquaPod back in May of this year (thanks to Current USA for getting us started!).

After the untimely death of Blenny Kravitz, the mysterious disappearance of Pulsating Xenia and learning the hard way which corals possess (and use) stinging tentacles, the tank—and its inhabitants—have reached a pinnacle of sorts.

So that, my friends, is why I wanted to share some updated pix with you!

We welcome your comments... let us know what you think.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Get Lost

We have an "About Us" blurb in the top-right corner of our blog which states that this weblog is "devoted to pond, freshwater and marine aquaria."

I keep thinking we need to update it.

Maybe it's just me. I was one of those kids who found it difficult to stay within the lines of coloring books. So I will be the first to admit that I find it difficult to stay within the parameters of aquaria.

There is a whole world out there to discover and explore. I think what feeds my fascination for the unknown are all the fairy tales, folklore, myths and urban legends I've absorbed over the years.

The Bermuda Triangle, Midgetville, Chupacabras, The Face on Mars, The Eye of God, Bigfoot, La Llorona, Bloody Mary and countless other stories have captivated and/or kept me up at night since I was a boy.

One story that has always fascinated me is about The Lost City of Atlantis.

If you're unfamiliar with the story, allow me the pleasure of sharing the extremely short version ... with some assistance from Microsoft® Encarta® Online Encyclopedia 2007.

Atlantis was a flourishing civilization located on a large island in the Western Ocean around the 10th millennium BC. Atlantis was a powerful nation that conquered all the Mediterranean peoples except the Athenians. This mythological, idyllic island sank below the sea in an earthquake.

"But later there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune all your warlike men in a body sank into the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner disappeared in the depths of the sea." (from Plato's dialogue Critias).

I recently stumbled upon some video footage and photos which, although unrelated, continue to fuel my interest in the world wide weirdness of our planet.

Of course, you could always make The Lost City of Atlantis home for your aquarium life. But be careful! As someone relatively new to the hobby, I discovered the hard way how die-hard aquarists feel about such decor.

Needless to say, the "No Crabbing" sign is no longer in my tank.