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Swanwillow
03/09/2016, 11:04 AM
Come one, Come all to the Northern MN Reef Swap and Speaker event.

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And as for who the heck these guys are:

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“Blinded By The Light – The Illuminating World Of LED’s”
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“Looking For the Meaning of Light – The Nuances of LED’s And Their Selection”
Basically I will talk about light and the various definitions, terminology that applies and does not apply, how to determine what light is best for “you” and where the industry is going with LED’s

Tyler Albrecht has been in the Aquarium Industry since birth. From working at the family aquarium in the San Francisco Bay Area, going off and getting a totally unrelated degree and then returning back to the Aquarium Industry that he truly loves. It was while working at the family aquarium where Tyler was able to work with many species of aquatic organisms from fish to corals and plants to crawfish. In the span of 20 years, Tyler was able to breed over 150 different species of fish and crustaceans with 17 marine species reproduced to sellable size.
Tyler currently owns and operates an Aquarium and Pond Maintenance business and also works in Technical Sales and Development for Apache Tech LED, a manufacturer focused on Agriculture and Large Scale Aquarium LED’s. The product lines of Apache Tech are currently in a state of growth and development with the addition of Tyler’s experience in the Aquarium Industry and knowledge of not only aquatic plants and corals but also many terrestrial plants.
Tyler’s other interests include orchids, fishing, cooking and sharing the world around him with his two young children and wonderful wife.


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James Fatherree is a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, and has been a reef aquarist and diver for over twenty years. He also worked for an aquarium livestock collector and wholesaler, managed a large retail aquarium shop, and operated his own aquarium installation and maintenance business in the past. James has also been a monthly columnist for Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine for over fifteen years, has regularly contributed to other aquarium and dive magazines, and has authored several marine aquarium books, including Giant Clams in the Sea and the Aquarium.

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Matt Pedersen is currently a Sr. Editor & Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media LLC, involved with CORAL & AMAZONAS Magazines, as well as their online presence at Reef2Rainforest.com. Originally from Chicago, IL and currently living in Duluth, MN, USA, Matt's professional background is in interactive software development. Additionally, Matt has experience as a professional orchid breeder, a part time fly fishing guide, and certified fly rod builder.

Matt has been a marine aquarist for 28 years, and an aquarist for 33. After spending time on every side of the aquarium industry (retail, commercial and private maintenance & installation, wholesale, hatchery), he currently considers himself a ""professional hobbyist"". Most recently, Matt has currently spawned 29 species of marine fish, successfully raising 9 of them to date including one worldwide first (the Harlequin Filefish, Oxymonacanthus longirostris), as well as attempted another 6 invertebrate species to date. Most all of this was accomplished with less than 100 gallons of total working capacity, and all in closed culture. In 2010, Matt Pedersen was selected as the breeder of choice to work with the now famous ""PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish"" from the SEASMART program, and chronicles the efforts to propagate this one-of-a-kind fish online at The Lightning Project.

Matt Pedersen is credited with starting MOFIB (Marine Ornamental Fish & Invertebrate Breeder's Association) and writing for multiple publications including Coral, Koralle, Practical Fish Keeping, Marine Habitat, Reef Hobbyist Magazine, Reef Builders, Reefs.com, Advanced Aquarist and more. Matt has spoken at numerous aquarium clubs and events from coast to coast. He currently sits on the MBI (Marine Breeding Initiative) Council, a project dedicated to bringing the concept of a unified Marine Breeder's Award Program to hobbyist organizations across the country and around the globe. In 2009, Matt was awarded ""Aquarist of the Year"" honors by both IMAC West and MASNA in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the marine aquarium hobby.