Author Archives: Michael D. Phelps

About Michael D. Phelps

I'm an 18 year old with 26 years of experience. I live in the southeast corner of South Dakota with my wife, the 3 of 7 children who still live at home, two dogs and a whole bunch of fish. I've been keeping fish prisoner in glass boxes for 37 years.
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Back to the Bubble; 30 days later and a LED

bb logo e1335980977889 Back to the Bubble; 30 days later and a LEDJust over one month ago I took on the opportunity to receive, set up and review the Gen 2 BioBubble Animal Habitat. During that time I asked for and received a the optional 10K LED designed to seat in the spot where the usual cap does. Has 30+ days changed my view of this unit? Read on inside to find out what I think today. … More:

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A New Era in Aquarium Feeds

 Living Color Enterprises Inc is the sole distributor of New Era diets in the USA. For the past 2 years  public aquariums were the distributors main focus. In that time the company’s professional feeds have rounded out the diets of over 40 public aquariums including the Georgia Aquarium, all 3 Sea Worlds and the California Academy of Sciences. This year Living Color has launched New Era into the retail market. 17 diets are available to hobbyists. Whether you are breeding fancy Goldfish, into tropicals and Cichlids, or a are a casual marine aquarium hobbyist, there is a New Era diet designed specifically for the fish you love to keep. Living Color will be showcasing all of their professional, innovative diets at MACNA 2012 in DFW, I was fortunate enough to get a look at the complete marine diet today. Read on to see what I found out. … More:

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Polyp Lab Trials: Reef-Roids

PL logo Polyp Lab Trials: Reef Roids Recently I was asked to use and review a couple of products that are manufactured by Polyp Lab, a marine aquarium supplement manufacturer that is located to the north, in Canada and according to their “About Us” page found on the web site, create products for the advanced aquarist and are ” (a team which is) perpetually working on new products. (Being hobbyists ourselves) with backgrounds in marine biology and aquaculture, we have the means to bring cutting edge innovations to your reef.”  Personally I had not heard of Polyp Lab before I was asked to try out the products, or if I had I hadn’t paid attention to them. So when the two bottles of  product arrived I was a bit skeptical.  Considering I had no idea what was coming I thought it a good idea to do some background checking. When I read the claims of the excellence of Reef-Roids I could not wait to get some in the tank.… More:

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BioBubble Premium Review

GEDC1409 300x225 BioBubble Premium Review Since it was released to the market in 2010, the BioBubble Animal Habitat has not undergone many changes in design with the exception of some minor tweaks to the filtration system and appearance. The Gen 2 model was unveiled during the Global Pet Expo last month and I was lucky enough to end up getting the opportunity to use and review one of these interesting multi-use pet systems. … More:

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Polyp Lab Trials: ONE

PL logo Polyp Lab Trials: ONERecently I was asked to use and review a couple of products that are manufactured by a newer company in the hobby. Polyp Lab is located to the north, in Canada and according to their “About Us” page found on the web site, create products for the advanced aquarist and are ” (a team which is) perpetually working on new products. (Being hobbyists ourselves) with backgrounds in marine biology and aquaculture, we have the means to bring cutting edge innovations to your reef.”  Personally I had not heard of Polyp Lab before I was asked to try out the products, or if I had I hadn’t paid attention to them. So when the two bottles of  product arrived I was a bit skeptical. … More:

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Eshopps Takes 1st In Show at Expo

  Global Pet trophy1 Eshopps Takes 1st In Show at ExpoThis years Global Pet Expo was held in Orlando Florida from February 29th to March 2nd. For those who do not know, the Expo is comparable to the MACNA of the pet product manufacturer and buyers/suppliers world. Sponsored by the Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA) the event is not open to the general public and is exclusive to manufacturing companies and the companies that buy the product to resell to we the hobbyists. It is an event where new, innovative products are unveiled and displayed, deals are made and awards are given for the best. This year my good friends at Eshopps Inc. took home the Best in Show Award in the aquatics division.More:

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Eshopps Jelly’s an International Hit

 With the launch of Eshopps Asia this month came a flood of European and Asian hobbyists eager to get their hands on many of Eshopps innovative creations. Reef Aquarium accessories are such a hit, particularly the Jellyfish,  that Eshopps designer’s went into overdrive and put in long hours to come up with a newer, more ingenius aquarium “pet”. They do their job well and next month… More:

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Eshopps Goes Global

eshopps 3 Eshopps Goes Global Eshopps has long been recognized as the leader in the manufacture of quality acrylic aquarium filtration equipment. As the Hobbyists Brand, Eshopps is best known for their high quality acrylic sumps and protein skimmers manufactured specifically for the marine aquarium hobby.… More:

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