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Welcome to Engineer’s Reef!  My last website was years out of date and it was time for a change!  Please hang in there while I make the transition…

I’m going to be writing posts primarily about new and useful things I learn as I grow out my reef.  Expect posts about disease and pest treatments, quarantine procedures, and DIY projects.  I’m also going to catalog my coral collection (mostly for my own terrible memory!)  You might notice a recipe pop up in there every now and then too.  I love cooking for my ladies and I’m trying a new way to keep them all together, so don’t be surprised to see a recipe mixed in there too!

Meanwhile, please pardon my dust.

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System Restore

Ever get to that point where you’ve just had it and want to restore things to a better time? I’m there with my reef. Since my crash in October, 2017 things just haven’t been right. Corals whither and die, algae is growing everywhere. Phosphates are out of control. I’ve tried everything, even things I don’t …

Flood No More!

I have an amazingly supportive and understanding wife. She’s never said no to any of my aquarium projects. That said, I think the last time I flooded the basement making RO water pushed the limits. We have high CO2 in our water, so I need to degas it before running it through the DI stage. …

About

I’m an engineer by training (and paycheck) and an all around do-it-yourself’er.  If there’s an option to build/fix/break/construct it myself, that’s usually my first choice.  I live in Southeastern Pennsylvania, but I grew up in New Jersey just across the bridge from Philadelphia in a town called Voorhees.  I got my first fish tank when I was 7, a ten gallon freshwater tank with the usual suspects.  We got our first saltwater tank in the house when I was 10.  This was in the early 90’s so most of what we had is considered old fashion at this point: trickle filter, fluidized sand filter, a giant metal halide pendant, testing salinity with a floating glass hydrometer, etc..  That tank came down a couple years later and I only had freshwater for quite a while.  I got back into the hobby in 2007 when I bought my first house and got a 24g NanoCube.  My reefing history on this site begins from that point.

I’m an electrical and mechanical engineer by education (BS in EE ’06 and MS in ME ’14 from Drexel University), but I work across the whole spectrum of disciplines these days.  I’ve been with Lockheed Martin since I graduated from undergrad and I’ve moved between various roles over the years.  All of my roles have focused on robotics and autonomy (until recently).  These days I spend most of my time thinking about the future of the business with a focus on 15-50+ year technology needs.  Here’s a cool video of the last program I ran before I moved into my current post.

I miss the days of getting my hands dirty designing, building and testing robots, but I get to travel a lot now and that’s pretty exciting too.