Well hello everyone, I’m glad you could join me!
As you can probably guess from the title I’ve started a blog! Don’t worry, I’m not going to start boring with daily updates of my “exciting” adventures but rather use this media as a way of talking about some of the most commonly asked questions and some of the thinking behind why we do what we do at Triton. Hopefully you will enjoy and engage with the conversation, even request future blog topics and we can together build an encyclopaedic collection of useful posts.
So where do we start? Well I feel I should at least introduce myself to some of you who don’t know me and tell you how I ended up here. Let’s get this boring bit out of the way and then we can get to the good stuff!
I was born in Liverpool in 1979 and have been keeping fish in aquariums and ponds since about 1991. Started as most did with cold water and progress through various types of tropicals before venturing into the scary world of salt water.. I started my first reef tank in 2002 which was a Juwel Trigon 350. I was in the Royal Air Force at the time and through being away from home a lot the tank suffered and ultimately failed. It was shut down and I took a hiatus for a few years. I left the Air Force in 2007 and started working off shore in the Oil and Gas industry. Although still working away a lot I had a hankering to start up a reef tank again and after moving back to Liverpool to our new house I started picking up the magazines and before long was planning and purchasing a new system….
Fast forward 2 years and the old problems due to working away were reappearing, I thought to myself there must be another way! While I was thumbing through one of the magazines I stumbled across a single page advert for a German company offering to test my water, something I never liked doing and still don’t to this day! So I looked some more, I then found that they could then tell me what to do with my water after they had tested and wait for it…… STOP WATER CHANGES!! WHAT?? This is exactly what I been looking for! A low maintenance method. I asked around on the forums and everybody laughed and said the same thing…. “Don’t be stupid”, “Can’t be done”….. So I read some more, and here I ran into a problem, I’m an engineer by trade, I work with my hands, I’ve always struggled to understand things when written down in big blocks of text but show me something practically in front of me and I’ll get it straight away. The only information I could find was text written by a scientist in German and translated to English. It was very hard for me to work out! But I was determined to to get my head round it…
Whilst on a job in Germany I had a bit of downtime so I had another crack at deciphering the text. Something clicked, I had it! I finally understood how it all worked. Now I’m sure some of you are reading this and thinking “what’s he on about? I worked it out straight away..” Well I guess your the lucky ones lol. So before it left my mind I wrote myself an idiots guide to The TRITON METHOD. It was only ever intended as notes for me to help on my journey but as word got out to some fellow hobbyists showed interest and I was compelled to write something a little more detailed.
There were still a few points that I wasn’t 100% on and I thought to myself well I’m in Germany why don’t I just phone the company and hope someone speaks English…. So I did, the phone was answered by a Mr Ehsan Dashti and thank god he spoke English (kind of!) I told him what I had written and sent him a copy and he loved it. We worked on improving it together, and over the next 12 months or so I became a mouth piece for the normal guy in the hobby, someone with great interest but perhaps not the best understanding of the inner workings of salt water chemistry to begin with, also going back and forth with questions from a growing community on social media and forums (one which has grown into the Facebook support group boasting well over 3000 members now!).
As the interest in the new way of thinking grew so it became apparent that there was an opening for something a bit more permanent then just helping out with English language problems. It couldn’t of come at a better time as the bottom had just fallen out of the Oil and Gas industry. So I jumped, two footed into this new adventure and not looked back since. Fully embracing my role as Communications and Global Operations Manager for Triton Applied Reef Bioscience!
Phew, that’s that out of the way.
So hopefully you now see how I got here and what I bring to Triton and more importantly you as a Triton customer. I like to think of myself as an interface for the "normal" people, but with the backing of a vast pool of knowledge for reef husbandry and salt water chemistry available to me if I need it. I’ve learnt a lot over these last few years and continue to do so every day. It’s now my job to share some of this knowledge.