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The May meeting Secrets of Reef Keeping by Richard Ross is coming up!

 And as you may or may not know there is going to be a frag swap going on at this event so now is a good time to let me get you in tune with how to have a successful coral exchange.

 

I personally recommend posting up a picture of what you have to trade and underneath it include a  list of a few things you are interested in for a trade, try to be open as the exact coral you want may not be available at the time but there are many "Fish" in the sea so keep your eyes peeled for something you didn't know you wanted. Once you have negotiated a trade with some one get their club screen name and their real world name and give them yours, this way when you are at the meeting you will be able to identify each other via name tags and the coolers at our sides.

 

As far as packaging the corals for the swap I would recommend using a small cooler or a styrofoam box for transport. Tupperware are fine if the vehicle is kept warm during travel. I would also advise double bagging the corals especially hard ones with edges or points. And it never hurts to bring a bag of extra water just in case you need it for your frags or you get something unexpected at the swap. 

 

This is also a time to Share the Love and simply give away or donate corals to those who may need something you don't, should be a decent crowd of reefers there.

 

So lets get to fragging a few corals folks, its just around the corner and you want those corals to have a bit of healing time right!? I am looking forward to this one.

 

Also Gotta give a shout out as we are also grateful to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington - Clinton & Gloria John Clubhouse for providing the use of their Auditorium for these exciting events!

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Location: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington - Clinton & Gloria John Clubhouse   

Address: 409 NE Anderson St, Vancouver, WA 98665 – (off  Hazel Dell Ave.)https://www.google.c...dHMDNkQ9RcIfDAL

Date: Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Time: 2:00PM to 5:00PM

Free Admission! Bring your friends!..And Frags ;)

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AAAAAWWW Sh-Zam!!! My man A.Gun comin through for me once again. What can I bring you my friend? More acros? More Zoas? More Favias...More Everything!

 

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I think I'll be able to make this one!

If this isn't the right place to post for trades, feel free to delete this and I'll post somewhere else :)

Got lots on my hunting list :)

I'm looking for:

-Darth Maul zoa, Goblins Fire, Acid Reflux, White Zombie, Fruit loops, and different agaves. I like anything I don't have and I love when the colors mix all together.

-I'm also looking for blueberry Gargonia

-torch (all colors except green, got that one covered)

-and colorful Goniopora

-acans maybe

Or whatever else you think I might like, as you can see I'm not picky as long as I don't have it haha.

And here are some pictures of stuff I have for trade or sale :)

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AAAAAWWW Sh-Zam!!! My man A.Gun comin through for me once again. What can I bring you my friend? More acros? More Zoas? More Favias...More Everything!

 

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Well hopefully I didn't speak too soon. I guess my father in law is supposed to be visiting that weekend....yikes! I'm going to try to reschedule his visit. I'll keep ya posted.

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Hey everyone,

 

Here are some of the goodies I am willing to trade. Most of them were fragged in the last couple days. Should look better in a couple weeks.

 

Two heads:

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Part of this one:

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Three duncans with about 3-5 heads each, also that zooanthid:

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Some of this birdsnest:

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I am looking for sticks of all types. Small sticks, round stick, colored sticks, sticky sticks.

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I am going to be up for the event and don't have much to trade right now, but will be looking for things to buy.  If anyone has any nice pulsing xenia I would love to get some.  Also looking for Acropora millepora and Montipora capricornis (free of nudibranchs or course).  I might be talked into other stuff as well.  

 

I do have a lot of freshwater fish I could trade if anyone has any non saltwater tanks they are looking to add new fish to and I have some amazing Bettas.  

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I have some extra things that I will be bringing, if you are just starting out I am sure that I could throw you a frag or two as a tank warming gift.

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It's looking to be a good swap, I will be bringing some monti packs and some zoas in addition to the favia action.

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Will try to make it. My better half is having surgery tomorrow so it will depend on how she feels if I will make it. If I can I will be looking to buy some easy to care for things. Lol oh was just reminded I'm moving tanks this weekend. Ok along with the surgery and moving tanks I will try to be there....

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I will bring some softies just in case you show up, do you have any mushroom corals up for trade by chance?

 

And Paratore, is there any chance I could snag a little piece of that superman stag?

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If your asking me if I have some mushrooms to trade unfortunately I don't I had a meltdown in the tank with a ton of my mushrooms all the sudden bleaching/making a run for it or just plain melting. I know that my heater died and I had no idea so my water was cold (below 72)for sometime..and the cat had chewed the cord to the temp probe so I didn't realize it. That's why I'm moving the tank since it basically crashed and I want to changed it up.

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I will bring some softies just in case you show up, do you have any mushroom corals up for trade by chance?

 

And Paratore, is there any chance I could snag a little piece of that superman stag?

I still owe you the superman and lavender mint sarmentosa for the Cali tort and bam Bams you gave me! So of course I have a frag for you! Still not 100% sure I'll make it...again.... I'm buying a truck this weekend and need my dads help getting it. She's a broken truck lol and I need to use his trailer. Anyways if I can't make it, I'll bring your frags back to corvallis this weekend :)

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I got 2 polyps of each of these available:

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I also have montipora and acro frags ready.Looking for new and exciting zoas for my collection.

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Got the holding tank ready and making some final cuts for this weekend, I really hope we see some coral diversity between the participants.

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I imagine Robert and I will have the tank up at or before 1:30 pm.

 

Just wanted to give everyone a heads up. Can't wait to see those corals!

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What kind of corals are you looking for Karen? I have some zoas cut already, maybe a tiny baby sarco?

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What kind of corals are you looking for Karen? I have some zoas cut already, maybe a tiny baby sarco?

 

Zoas would be awesome. I'm not sure what a Saco is , but if its easy to care for  sounds good !

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Sarco is short for Sarcophyton Toadstool Leather coral, not the most desirable coral but a softy and easy to keep.

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Toadstools are great for school tanks. I got some nice ricordias from Steve that he gave me that I could pass along to the school.

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Sarco is short for Sarcophyton Toadstool Leather coral, not the most desirable coral but a softy and easy to keep.

 

That would be perfect.

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Toadstools are great for school tanks. I got some nice ricordias from Steve that he gave me that I could pass along to the school.

 

Thank you!

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If anyone has a few softies to donate to the McBride school tank it would be much appreciated :)

I will bring you some zoas KKnight!

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      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!
       




       
       
       

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