Paul Baldassano

I hate to say it but I have been keeping fish from about 1954 or so. I Was drafted in 1969 and was in the Army until 1971 and when I returned back from Viet Nam I bought my first salt water fish started a tank, that tank is still running. I Did my first SCUBA dive in Sydney Australia while I was on R&R and became certified in about 1979. Most of my dives were for lobsters in NY waters with about a quarter of them in the tropics. I am also a boater and a Lisenced boat Captain. I made my living as a construction electrician foreman in Manhattan from which I recently retired.

Recent Blog Posts

Lets Talk About UG filters

Lets Talk About UG filters

Lets talk about undergravel filters, no really. Old technology?  Maybe, but so is running water. When we got tired of going outside to pump water, we didn't stop using water, we invented faucets. OK not a great analogy. In the beginning of the aquarium hobby, which...

Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Biodiversity.  I am fascinated by this.  I also think it is a cool word.  But for us aquarists it is restricted to marine animals, some good (for our tanks) and some bad (for our tanks).  All animals are good for something, at least they think so.  Even parasites have...

Feeding Stations

Feeding Stations

All fish in the sea know how to find their food, and in a tank it is even easier for them.  The problem is that in the sea Mother Nature supplies food all day, every day.  We as humans have other lives and usually don't want to feed our fish continuously.  At least I...

Building hollow rock

Building hollow rock

I know there have been numerous threads on building rock, but I think I make it differently. I make it hollow so besides allowing me to make it any shape, it also helps grow anerobic bacteria that will help with nitrates. My entire reef structure is supported on this...

Think like a Fish

Think like a Fish

Think like a fish. The best way to keep an animal like a fish healthy is to think like one. We are after all very distant relatives of fish (if you believe Darwin) so we should have some sort of understanding of the way they feel.  Unfortunately, we don’t. We don’t...

Equipment from the Start

Equipment from the Start

I can unfortunately remember fish keeping from the early fifties.  The very early fifties and it was vastly different from today and almost a different hobby. Tanks were all made with slate bottoms and angle iron corners.  Silicone was not invented yet so they used...

The Beginning

The Beginning

A little salt water history. In the US at least, the salt water hobby started in 1971.  In NY it started in a large store in downtown Manhattan a couple of blocks from the Trade Center. They had a small tank of blue devils and they sold for about $7.00 $7.00...

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