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Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Coast Aquarium Tour Meet 2016 pics

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The April 2016 meeting as you may know was a behind the scenes tour collaborated by the PNWMAS, MHSC, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Large portions of these facilities were closed off exclusively for our team to get the most out of our visit and giving us the VIP treatment. All the amazing animals, impressive machines & equipment, made for some incredible setups. I was impressed on a number of occasions at each stop of our tour.But first I should back up some as we all had to meet up at the coast on one of the most beautiful days we could have chosen. 

 

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When we arrived at the initial destination we were greeted by some familiar smiling faces, everyone seemed happy to see each other. JMan and Flashy Fins beat us to Hatfield but as long as we were not late for the tour I didn't mind.

 

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Kireek and Eclipse were along for the tour and looking back at this picture I must admit the first hour there was a little cold form the wind but that subsided rather quickly and gave way to shirt and shorts weather.

 

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Reefing Madness and Dominique made the trip and were some good company, good to see you there.

 

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There was enough of a crowd that we had to take tours in separate groups on one occasion, at first I was not too sure about how they would pull it off but they had another person at each facility to accommodate the extra number of people.

 

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Leading the tour of the first two facilities was our good friend Sid, IntoTheMystic. He is a specialist of many things  in the Marine Biology field and it was a privilege to have him spearheading the tours. I am sure Tim Morgan is proud to have you on board and on his team, you do a wonderful job

 

. Thank You Sid.

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At the MHSC the tour started off this time outside, being so nice, that gave us a glimpse at some of the open top bi valve mollusk beds. Sid explained that some of these systems would have a slightly skewered outcome on various experiments due to excessive rain  water during wet times of the year and they were in the process of building a new covered area adjacent to these units to move into. Always upgrading a fine tuning.

 

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Simple trough systems work rather well with many invertebrates.

 

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And look at how efficient these algae scrubbers are when they are exposed to high oxygen, nitrogen, and the sun! Some Serious nutrient export.

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As we were escorted inside to resume the tour I couldn't help but notice the well read copy of Coral magazine on the foot of these stairs, great reads and a sponsor of PNWMAS now. I have a copy next to my bed right now.

 

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LED lighting...Hmmmm, it did seem to be rather prominent at all the facilities we went to including the OCA, but more on that later.

 

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After a brief explanation on what it was they did in these rooms and told the given rule of touch with your eyes and not with your hands, the crew was turned loose and was able to ask questions on all the various systems and livestock lining every wall.

 

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Plumbing everywhere, hoses for fresh water, cold salt water, warm salt water. Bins for holding, moving, or quarantining fish. And all the equipment in between.

 

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And the frag tank is still in the corner with a ReefStar being its means of illumination, looks pretty familiar to me.

 

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If I had known the tank was still setup I would have brought some frags for their system, gotta spread the love...Always next year right?

 

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Had to take a brief moment to take a picture of the tank full of PNWMAS donated corals, its looking pretty good to me. A couple corals may look familiar to some of you.

 

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Room after room, each one filled with more and more marine educational goodness. Sid was great about telling us a little about what went on in each of the rooms such as this water chemistry lab we are in right here. Daily tests can be performed fast and accurately here with a number of means including water testing spectrophotometer, probes, and some good old fashioned API liquid reagents.

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This picture was taken from right outside the door.

 

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It was another of the look but do not touch or enter areas and for good reason. The various live food cultures can easily be compromised via contamination. Whole colonies can become non viable once another becomes introduced. It seems to have filled out some from the last year when I had taken a look.

 

My favorite room was were most of the projects where going on at. a clownfish breeding operation very efficiently setup here.

 

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Look at all these little guys, pretty healthy looking too.

 

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Got central filtration!? Not like thes guys do, this skimmer is a reasonable size for the systems here...Yah think?

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This gentleman here was the other tour guide and he was quite knowledgeable and of great assistance answering questions about many of the things going on. I believe his name was Collins but some one please correct me if I am wrong, very nice guy.

 

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Lauren and Dave getting a the most out of the tour, asking questions was encouraged and there was plenty of questions to answer.

 

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Another coral propagation system was sat next to a larger system full of larger mother colonies all of wich were now running LED lighting. HigherThinking was pointing out the sophisticated optics filtration system but I say if it works for your system then why not. I might try it out at home some time just for fun.

 

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Whats in this tank you ask?..Baby sculpins is the answer, 

 

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Not only clownfish and sculpins were being raised but so were several types of seahorses.

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Some very inventive setups and well thought out DIY systems.  This experiment was testing out health in populations of seahorses utilizing pro biotics.

 

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And this was one of their anemone propagation systems. It was very sleek looking and clean, something I would not mind having in my home thats for sure. The pumps were placed in a position to optimize pushing the debris of the tank underneath and out of the system keeping the bottom clean and the anemones happy but not chopped.

 

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This Kreisel tank was looking like it might see some action soon so maybe next visit it will be full of Jellies, I mean what else would you use a kreisil for?...I am looking forward to it.

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Next up was the Oregon Coast Aquarium Tour.

 

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Some of the tanks were on another scale all together. Impressive indeed.

 

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I mean look at the plumbing installed here, this is for some intense amounts of water. 

 

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These giants are sand filters that do the bulk of the water cleaning\polishing. I would not want the job of the 40,000 gallon back flush to keep it working properly.

 

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Did I mention the plumbing was big?

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The life support systems were all massive!

 

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You can see pipes and pumps every where behind the scenes, when you are a spectator on the other side you see none of this.

 

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The tour guide had us ascend a couple stories of stairs where we once again found ourselves in a room full of water, pipes and pumps. This room was certainly something special and it took a minute to gaze at everything that was going on as the amount of water was vast.

 

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I didn't know it at the time but we were directly above the underwater tunnels with sharks on one side and rock fish on the other. 

 

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Here they seem to come up as if I might have a hand out or maybe just downright curious about this ugly mug.

 

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The ceiling had a sort of "train track" bolted in to the rafters that held a type of crane that assisted the workers in getting larger animals from point A to point B. I can only imagine moving sharks and whatnot but our tour guide also explained how they were going about training these animals to allow them to get do what they need to do with minimum stress involved. 

 

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I did put myself in a seat and imagine for a moment what it must take to be a maintenance guy here...Hence the smile.

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Looks like Robert will be moving and taking up a new gig!!! Lol. I wish I could have been there. Some day I will make it!! :)

 

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Thanks for taking pictures! I meant to bring my camera and forgot in my sleepy-eyed walk out the door at 6:30 in the morning.

 

Did anyone take pictures of the itty-bitty baby jellyfish in the petri dish? 

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Jellyfish!?

 

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There were tons of Jellies there. Jellies bred to feed to other jellies, and then even more jellies after that...As you can tell I like saying jellies.

 

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Here they are under the microscope, the jelly fish larvae, sorry about the picture. I had the auto focus in my haste. It was very cool to have the microscope on display like that.

 

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I know a few people took advantage of it.

 

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They sure had an interesting setup to keep all those jellies going, I did take many more pictures but didn't want to flood the thread completely. I know some other people took some pictures as well. It seemed like the jellyfish and the seahorses were some of the bigger attractions thats for sure.

 

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This guy certainly gave a great rundown on everything and really knew his stuff. Another time I was glad we got the special attention from the on site specialist. He basically gave everyone enough know how to raise their own jelly fish.

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Thanks for all the pictures!  I hope everyone had a great time - wish I could have made it. Seems like the seahorses and jellies might be new additions since I last went.  Pretty slick.

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Awesome posts and pictures! My old L2 phone/camera was dying, but I managed to get a few pics.

 

I got a new L5 G5 Android yesterday, and very happy with it so far. Waterproof case on this one! ;)

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I noticed that there were LED Fixtures are now over the main large tanks that are holding sharks, rays, sturgeon, and rockfish.  These were all previously Metal Halide fixtures. A few MH still remain, but the majority of them have been replaced with LED.

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I haven't had time to post pictures of this event, but it so much fun that I just had to.

 

Outside Tanks:

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Public area (Reefer Madness):

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Behind the scenes aquarium:

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Seahorse breeding:

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Awesome lion fish:

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Clownfish babies:

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Giant Pacific Octopus (badxgillen):

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I think it was rotifers, algae and brine shrimp:

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Jellyfish:

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Hang-on the back filter:

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Fish:

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Many more fish:

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Caviar anyone? :

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If you get a chance to go out to the Hatfield aquarium, make it happen. It will be well worth it.

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    • By badxgillen
      I know, You ALLLL want to hear about October 2017 North West Frag Fest... Well it was Freaking Amazing!!!

      And for those of you who know me personally, know that "Freaking" is not the word that would be coming out of my mouth had you asked me this in person.

      We were not quite sure what to expect for turnout but we were pleasantly surprised when people just started pouring in. I mean we had some pretty busy moments there.
      Of course, before that could all happen we had alot of ground to cover,/ The club, the volunteers, and the vendors.

      Good thing we haves some of the best people out there on our PNWMAS team.

      Miles was one of the Corvallis crew that made the long trip up to Washington early morning to get the setup under control. Thanks for the carpool Mile man, as always it was a pleasure getting some chat time in on the trip. Good company for sure. He has made a fine secretary for PNWMAS. He makes note of what goes on, makes great input on logistics, and is always happy to help. Thanks Miles!

      Jim and Roy ot alot of things done before any of us got there including the power cords and surge protectors, salt water made up, and not to mention much of the logistics between the Boys and Girls club venue in general. Thanks man.Sean here on the right had the grueling task of being on the raffle team as well as getting the projector/screen worked out for us all. Sean is a great member of our BOD and a killer idea man. There is a good head on those shoulders thats for sure.Thank you Albertareef, Stylaster, and Gumby.

      Cherany was enlisted as a raffle coordinator as well and she did a fine job. She handled the microphone exceedingly well and that little yellow purse sold a lot of raffle tickets I am sure.She has a well deserved seat on our BOD and brings a welcome opinion when it comes to decisions, ideas, and fine tuning various club agendas. Thank You Cherany!

      Sirena hard at work setting up the food area with all the tasty goodies she fixes. She pours a ton of love into the club and we just love her back. Thank you Sirena!..I have to also mention that it is completely dark in the background outside as it is maybe 6 something AM when this pictures was taken. Early birds!
      Look at Golden Basket and TPA getting ready for the opening hour. Rudy and Garret have both been tremendous assets to the club over the years and are both very nice people with lots of experience behind them.

      Jeff made a cameo and dropped off some more raffle prizes! This guy comes through with some crazy discounts and donations for the club. Always a generous guy, thanks a ton Jeff.

      Unrivaled and Barrier Reef were side by side. This made for some very nice coral flats that did a great job of representing our Washington friends diversity. I know I will drop a few dollars in this strip of salt water goodness.

      Natalia W, getting her ducks, I mean frags, in a row. Her team were veterans at setting up shop via booth/table events. Calm and collected she just talked the talk and walked the walk.

      And this guy might be familiar to you all, if not by face then maybe by name...MattV was in the house with David A with StumpTown Corals. Always bringing some fire, these guys just got back from RAP a couple days before this event so they are definitely some die hard reefers here.

      Kyle and His Wife Kiera setting up the Tampico Coral Farms table, the Mrs brought some very impressive coral jewelry to display as well. Very cool.

      A shot for those of you who wanted tto see this crafty merchandise for yourselves...Or at least in picture on the forum.

      I love this pic with Flashy Fins-Left, laughing while Albertareef-center, points in a scolding manner into the room , all while Gill&Fin smiles and shakes her hands explanation of whatever may be going on. A perfect example of the atmospheric feeling of happiness and good cheer. Holly does an amazing amount of behind the scenes work with the Officers and Board of Directors for the club not to mention she is an outstanding member of our community. Thank you Holly!

      Lexxiinverts, our Vendor Relations, giving Rudy and the other sponsors a hand unloading and setting up. Andy is a stand up guy, super glad he is in our corner. Thanks man.

      Karen AKA KKnight ran the door attendance for a while and boy was that a full time job, so glad we had so many volunteers ready and waiting to help where needed. Just in case you didn't know but she is currently our lead for our famous tanks for teachers program. Thank You Karen!

      Roy or "Stylaster" setting up Pacific Corals for the event. This man helped get things all lined up with Jim before the doors opened. Ex President has done his share for the club  and continues to give, Thanks Roy!

      I had a few pics of our beloved president but I chose this one for this thread in particular. There was so much good energy and vibe at this show it was astounding. All of us on the BOD and office make a great team accomplishing our goals so effortlessly as a whole, and we certainly are happy to have this lady lead us in her presidency, Thank You Kim!

      Left we have The Clark and on the right here we have our own Bicycle Bill! Bill is one of the model citizens who always offers a hand when you need help, gives generously of his tank and corals, and makes great contributions in discussions via forum and in person. We love you Bill. And much love to the Clark, Jeremy here is one of our leading moderators and computer tech  guys, making short work of any of our website problems while being a cool cat and sharing his information and DIY projects with the rest of us.Thanks Jeremy!
      And another Shout Out to an Office member Mr Bret, our club Treasurer. He unfortunately could not make it to this event due to some more important family matters but never the less this guy contributes so much for the PNWMAS that I have t make sure he gets a mention for his contributions to the support of our club. Thank You Mr.Bret!
      Even though Scott is not on the BOD I want to also thank Spectra for the cooking done and setup efforts made along with just being a good guy. That was good Mexican food man, all the sides you made were spot on! 
      Also on the BOD that deserve thanks but are not in these pictures are the Amazing Chief who has helped keep this forum together on many occasions via your technical skills, and Zoolander, who has been a new helping hand in the PNWMAS endeavors. Thank You!

      And then there is this guy... Bert or Badxgillen ...Not too sure what to say about this odd fellow. He does like his corals though, and he also likes this club thats for sure. I just do what I can when I can, and I must say It has been a pleasure working on this tteam, thank you for having me!

      OH! And Don't let me forget about Joanne and her Spokkan Crew that came all the way over to join forces with the PNWMAS. Having the extra hands and input was great, we loved having them out with us and look forward to getting together for an even bigger and better experience next year. Looking forward to whatever comes out of our clubs teamwork. Thank You!

      Zondebok was one of our volunteers, thanks for coming out man, the more the merrier yeah. Hope you snagged some tank loot for the new rock work.

      What What!!! Colin from The Photiiczone ready too get it ON!!!

      Optimus Prime Say Whaaaaat! That chalice has reached Beast size and the Euphylia rack is Stacked! Dodge on the left was of excellent help breaking down and assisting the vendors in the end, we all got out way earlier than we had anticipated because of all the awesome volunteers here., Thank You Prime!

      BShot from behind the tanks, Reefrun grabbing some choice pieces from one of my main mans here Roy at Pacific Corals. She has good taste yeah.

      Picoreefer You. Long time no see, as you can probably tell I am getting some mad photography experience in so I should be taking pictures of nano and your caliber any year now. But really, good seeing you man, wish I knew you were coming and I would have brought you a frag or tow. Always next time yeah.

      SASQUATCH FOUND!!! But we all call him Derick from time to time. Another good guy here, he has a taste for the finer zoanthids and has recently started to delve into the gorgonians. Glad you could make it out Squatch, and thanks for the assistance man.

      DJ from NWA, no attitude here though. Fun guy to chat with and get crazy about corals. I gotta come by and see some of those in person again.

      Cody from West Coast Corals was able to make it over in time for the Frag Fest! I am sure Paratore found a few things worth while here. I mean who couldn't!?

      Don't get mad Reefermadness, there is plenty of corals to go around for everybody. Mike here was able to snag a couple crazy corals and talk with our Garret  of TPA too  and get a special cowrie set aside for h back at the premium aquarium shop on the way back home.                      Now that's service!         And Mike...Lets make another Milwaukee run soon yeah.

      Trailerman caught in the hypnotic gaze of the rare and elusive Monster chalice...Okay, maybe its not elusive, but it is rare.

      Albertareef, PDXmonkeyboy, and Holly have a good talk amidst the chaos of what IS NW Frag Fest.

      Hamby is Bad to the Bone here runniing shop and getting his  raffle on. I love these two guys, high energy and very cool to talk with. Their corals are pretty sweet too, and very well priced.

       
      Gil&Fin, Colby, and Lex all taking a look at Pacific Island Aquatics newest accomplishments on cell phone. That man and his facility are going to be doing some big things in the future. Another person I am glad made it to the show and talk on sustainability.
      Ann speaking about sustainability!


      Laura Simmons talk on sustainability, short chain acquisitions, and conscientious reef keeping was nothing short of enlightening.

      When in doubt about a livestock purchase and its origins and possible impacts, feel free to ask questions to the seller, and then do a little research. A little homework goes a long way in this hobby.


      So much of what we purchase goes through a number of hands and lands. We all fail to remember this. The slides shown made all the issues talked about very easy to intemperate and digest.

      Long chain supply is typical of the profit driven markets that care little of the livestock or the lands they are acquired in. And due to the convolutednes of the situation it is hard for anyone to truly know how sustainable any part of the chain is.

      Where as the short chain is much more transparent from having things straight forward.

      Just look at how these species are initially caught then only distributed by a handfull of exporters before they almost become "bounced" around other exporter/importers. SHEESH!
      The trickle effect of finances becomes very apparent when portrayed in the fashion Laura presented.

      .08 Cents per trigger, commonly inflated hundreds of times the Original value. Ultimately the low wages getting to the actual collectors is causing quite some strain on the whole environmental systems themselves via increasing pressures of unregulated fishing for fish collected.

      And lets not forget about the illegal methods used in certain regions not to mention the complete lack of incentives and enforcement. But there  is some good  news out there.
       

      Some examples of sustainable fisheries that are the leading model to follow, no surprise here is Australia at the peak.


      And exactly what are we all shooting for here  our hobby for the long term?
      Powerful information as well as questions we have to ask ourselves.Great stuff from Laura here that was not what we typically have presented from a speaker.
      I would say it was a Success!!! Andy, Laura, and Colby feel the same!

      Just look at that enthusiasm!....Well, actually this is Lex winning the MP40. But it certainly instills the mood I had about this wwole tthing. WHOOP WHOOP!!! Put those hands in the Air!
      And speaking of winning.

      Karen took home the Vectra I believe. Nice score.
      I took home some nice pictures and good memories, If for some reason I didn't mention you personally here I apologize, out of 500 pictures I still didn't get a good shot of everyone. But know that I appreciate everyone of you and I Thank You All.
      I mean it though, the people, the officers, the Board of Directors, the club itself...Thank You so much for making all of this a reality...As I quite often leave these posts ended with a nod of encouragement and thanks.
                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                 You All Rock!!!
                                                                                                     Reef On!
       




       
       
       

    • By badxgillen
      Sorry about the delay in the post, just got my son moved into his dorm and got to spend yesterday having lunch, packing some of his things, and hanging out. Right after seeing him off, and eating dinner, I got to starting this thread.
      As you all know, or now will know, the September meeting at All Things Aquarium was a Hoot! The place was loaded with SPS, LPS, and softy corals not to mention fish of all sorts.

      Everything was nice and clean, several of the tanks looked amazing!

      spot on. Look at this frag forest! I missed out on a red/orange centered green yuma, we left a little early and I completely forgot to snag one! Bummed, guess I better sneak back to ATA.

      In between the store and the adjacent building there is a very nice courtyard area that facilitates gatherings like this splendidly.

      You might be able to see in the background there, Zoolander lent his skills to the grill and did a great job, thanks a ton man.
       
      And speaking of the grill man, here he is on the left, thinking ahead of time with those shades, it was such a beautiful day. And speaking of generous guys, Bicycle Bill here on the right came in handing out coral frags like it was trick or treat candy...He is such a nice person, generous with the corals and good advice, Bill is one of the good ones.

      Here is another of the good old boys. The main man at the ATA store, Erin. He opened up his store for all of us to come in and have our meeting, BBQ, and raffle at. He has a wealth of knowledge and seems to have a knack for the aquatics, I know I will be back to pick his brain and aquariums sooner than later. Thank you my friend.

      Two of our awesome sponsors here in one shot, Stylaster left and Mr Bret on the right. Both have contributed quite a bit of their time over the years both off and on the BOD and office, Cheers to you two...And Thanks a ton for the frags Roy, I will return the favor.

      Highschool Reefer, eyeballing the store goods no doubt. I forgot to mention I had a few things I could throw you for your new tank setup and a few pointers on keeping macro algae trimmed back. Maybe I will see you next month though.

      Jfry here. This guy is in my line of work, aquatics maintenance, and I love talking about others setups and tanks with this guy. He has some good stories and is getting seasoned thats for sure. You all know you have to come up with a lot of different solutions to strange problems in the reefing world.

      Kai made it out to another meet, very nice guy. Hope that zoanthid pack you won is doing well, there were some lookers in there, blues, reds, and a little yellow. Should ease into the new tank just fine.

      Gill&Fin center and DJ right. I meant to ask you on some QT questions Holly. Maybe I can still get some info out of you and see if you get file fish in frequently? And sorry I did not have time to swing by DJ, believe me I have plans on it in the near future.

      Youcallmenny on the left and Albertareef on the right. With the good people that will give you a hand with the move you should be just fine getting into your new place, sounded like you have it pretty well planned out now. 

      Reefer Madness left and Daniel right. Daniel makes the Reefi lighting system and is a working on a couple other products as well. He also has a killer tank setup. Reefer Madness, let me know when your going on that crabbing trip, I love dungenous. And I will keep my eyes peeled for a cowrie.

      Lex inverts chatting with Mr Bret. I have always liked this guy, he tells it like it is...And Also has a few very nice setups. He bred some seahorses too not too long ago.Now that I think about it I think Bret has some baby seahorses right now.

      Whop whoop!!! I got this pic  of Paul here winning the gift certificate to All Things  Aquarium. He is totally stoked! I would be too, so much there to grab, I bet that certificate never left the store.

      Grand Prize Vortech went to Albertareef! Way to go man, nice score! I love these raffles that are equal tickets equal chances. Although I wouldn't mind buying more tickets on certain items, it is a refreshing change once in a while to just take a true shot at chance.
      A major highlight of this meet  was the presentation given by Miles about fluorescent pigment proteins. He explained a number of things on the subject such as tracking/monitoring cell functions, mutations, calcium and photo reactions...It was wild.
      I can elaborate a little more when I get back from work but for now just enjoy these shots of Mils slides. He did a great job and was very informative, answering all of Andy's questions  But really Miles, Thank You, it was awesome.
      A slide miles had showing the cell internal structure and Florescent Proteins that assist in research.

      Lined up were a number of people who wanted to get a more in depth knowledge of the mysterious GFPs. You can see all the way down on the left had side there is a junior member getting his first reef class sessions in.

      . OptimusPrime taking addvantage of the black light LED flashlight. I wish I could take those, inject them into my montis, and make a new variety of "tie dye" coral.





      OH and th
      e obligatory coral shots here and there.

      Miles brought some samples of the Florescent Proteins, both natural and man made. Not too sure where he gets all these but I wouldn't mind a few for this upcoming Halloween...How many corals would you say is in one of those little bottles Miles?

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