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It was a great time indeed, Erin was a great host answering all sorts of questions and his crew was not only polite but very helpful. The store was neat and clean, very open and inviting.

 

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Stole this pic from Emerald since it was better than my store front pic.

 

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Lots of windows make the shop bright and being well lit makes the atmosphere a bit "lighter".

 

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The shop itself was looking spectacular, this store is locked and loaded.

 

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As with any time we visit the TPA we gotta leave with something and this time was no exception...But we will get to that later when there is a little show and tell of some shop purchases.

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Kevin here helping around the shop and making some good reefer conversation. I missed those Blue Soda zoas in the front, hopefully they grow out in that front tank for the next time I cruise by.

 

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Colby here waiting for all of us late shows to arrive. There was a pretty big accident on the road somewhere near Tualatin and this made many of us including myself over an hour late. Thanks for holding off on the talk until we all could get there.

 

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Graham here, I don't know why g2theram was so hard to associate with your name. Don't worry it will stick now. Good seeing you again man.

 

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Daniel is such a nice guy, brought me a couple nice frags for trade and even trouble shot a lighting issue for me. Looking forward to seeing your lighting over some corals.

 

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Nanoreefer made a brief appearance, at least you made it right, I bet some people couldn't deal with that drive though traffic. As you can see I am still putting that camera to good use.

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So these two next pictures are completely plagiarized from Kim but it is only because Holly was intimidated by my camera skills and dodged most of my camera work. Kim seems to have been able to take some better photographs of her anyways.

 

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Gill&Fin here in front of some of the raffle items, can I interest you in some tickets?

 

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And Mr.Bret here performing his grill magic Again! I believe i speak for most of us when I say Many Thanks man, very nice of you as well as very delicious.

 

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Hey! I remember this guy, one of my favorite people to chat reef with ,Garret was in the house helping represent the TPA to its fullest. 

 

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It was even crazier when The Zorro showed up in person and saved the day!..Well he didn't save the day but he made my day when he said he would get me some Hellboy acro. This guy always a hoot to talk too.

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Some really good people showed up, some old school club members and a couple newer ones too.

 

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Jorge!!! I bet it has to kill you just walking through the stores like this and not having the tank wet yet. When you do you will finally be able to get your coral fix and if I know you at all it will start with some serious acropora fever. I have had it before and I know the cure is really hard to keep expensive acros. Let me know when you are there and I will see if I can get you into a program.

 

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Reefer Madness, I ate a bit of that bean dip you brought and it was pretty good. Infact there was number of side dishes I ate that were good but I just didn't know who they came from. So Thank You Everyone who brought something, very cool. Oh and that frogspawn is in good hands here, its a beauty alright.

 

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Kan, I have not seen you in a loooong time. Like I said,if you come back to Corvallis come on by and we can hang out for a  minute. 

 

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Flashyfins and Amy made it through the traffic, I didn't get a chance to talk with you about the goniapora or the wrasse question I had but maybe you will be at the July meet, should be another good one.

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When it came time for the raffles things got Serious.

 

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Lexinverts here is a stand up guy, ready to give good advice or lend a hand when he can. Here he is trying his luck at the raffle, actually if you were a paying member you got an extra ticket wich is always awesome. 

 

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Did I say serious!? Because this is about to get a little goofy.

 

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I won TWICE! Zoanthids.com $50 certificate, so when I order shipping is on me for a group buy yeah.

And I got a $50 certificate to Willsonville TPA wich I proceeded to spend immediately. THANK YOU!!!

 

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G2theram won the canister filter from Marineland and it sounds like he already has some plans for it. Did I hear something about a puffer?

 

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Mr.Bret also won a certificate to Zoanthids.com...But he was much more excited than I was. Actually Kim had asked for some wildly excited faces and we got some mixed results.

 

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There was a few time where I myself kept laughing or giggling but I think it was simply just contagious good feelings in the air. Danlu made out with a $50 gift card to Willsonville TPA and he found a very nice Acropora Florida that went home with him, save a frag for me down the road man.

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And lets not forget the speaker Colby. He came out to spend a bit of his time educating the group about caring for seahorses, disease treatment and prevention as well as some of the finer details that only a breeder would be able to elaborate on.

 

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Right outside the TPA is a small courtyard perfect for good weather meets like this. I feel like this would make a good spot for some future gatherings on nice days.

 

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Colby really emphasized captive bred seahorses of good health being key to long term success with the little critters and the TPA here in Willsonville and the TPA in Salem always try and have the captive breds in stock. Another point he made was that it is not too big of a problem keeping the Erectus seahorses in a higher flow environment and it is certainly possible to keeping many varieties of corals provided they are not full of larger nemotocysts. 

 

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Last but not least a BIG Thank You to our host Erin at The Premium Aquarium Willsonville, Thanks for having us out, it was Fun.

Your store is looking great and so is the livestock, appreciate all your assistance and nice corals. I will be seeing you and your crew in the not too distant future I am sure.

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Thanks Bert for all of your pictures! Love the commentary as well! Erin again loved your store and the side area with shade is perfect to host future meetings! Thanks again Bret for bringing the Traegar and grilling! Thanks Holly for helping to set up! I would have liked to have stayed longer to chat with folks but Sirena was eager to get her new seahorses home! I got a nice zoa rock and some lettuce nudibranchs too! Kevin was a great salesman too. He almost had Sirena getting one Of those fluval all in one tanks.

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Thanks Mr Bret for grilling up the dogs and thank you to everyone who brought food dishes. I always feel so guilty after these meetings because I tend to stuff my face with all the deliciousness that's available.

 

I wanted to bring home a pair of seahorses badly after hearing Colbys speech. Great meet overall!

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Thanks for the pics and write up, Bert! You do a great job and I really appreciate all the time you put into putting it together.

 

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Was a great event! Want to thank the board members and all that helped to make this event a success. Really enjoyed meeting new people and put some faces to members on the forum. Thank you all for coming and for all the positive feedback about the store. Really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this great community and look forward to hosting again.

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It was definitely awesome to see all of you. I wish I had more time to chat reef with everybody. That dang traffic took up a couple of hours of good reef chat time. Thanks to everyone who made it all possible and I look forward to the next meet. 

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Was a great event! Want to thank the board members and all that helped to make this event a success. Really enjoyed meeting new people and put some faces to members on the forum. Thank you all for coming and for all the positive feedback about the store. Really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of this great community and look forward to hosting again.

 

It was nice meeting you, Erin. Thanks for hosting!

 

Your new store looks great, and was really a nice place to have the meeting. That outdoor area where we did the cookout was perfect.

 

My new additions are all doing very well. And I might have to come back for seahorses in the near future. :D

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So good to see you all had a great meeting like this! I missed seeing everyone. I don't think I have missed a meeting in a year and a half. The Physical Therapy is going ok, but I really wrecked my right knee while doing water changes.

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Always great seeing everyone! The new store is very nice, will be making trips down soon. Took this nice piece home.

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Another fun one!  PNWMAS is on a roll this year.  :applause:  As always, thanks to Bert for snapping pictures.  :agree:

 

By the time Amy & I got there, I was sure we'd missed everything, but with so many people caught in traffic, things were stalled just enough that we were still able to enjoy it all. From the seahorses, to the raffle, to the feast, it was a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Colby's seahorse talk was informative and successfully landed me on the list of reefers with spouses saying, "Did you hear that?! We can get seahorses now! Today! Now!"  :laugh:  I need to reach a balance with my nutrients first (still going through new tank uglies), but once I get there, I'm seriously considering it. The shop certainly had enough captive-bred specimens to make it ultra tempting!

 

I did get a few things, which I attempted a few photos of:

 

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The flatworms DID NOT come from TPA. They're a recent problem in my coral/invert QT tank, which I'm about to bomb with Flatworm Exit, carbon, and a large water change. I believe them to be red planaria, and I'm 100% sure they came from an online vendor, NOT a local reefer or LFS.

 

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I tried getting a closer photo, but most polyps closed up when I picked up this coral. I mistook it for goniopora at first, but it's sympodium. Very nice blue and lime green color!

 

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Ahh, this fan worm looks so much nicer in person!  Purple and yellow, with a couple of heads you can't see from this angle, but hopefully you'll all see it in my display soon enough. 

 

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Bright orange starfish! Impulse buy, I confess. He's been cruising around the tank since I put him in, always in a new spot when I walk by.

 

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New goodies are chilling in my craptastic coral/invert QT tank, which is as ugly as it is effective! I added a small amount of sand in one corner for a pistol shrimp, but the urchins bulldozed it in no time, so now it's spread out across the bottom and looks rather strange.  :dry:

 

 

Big thanks to TPA in Wilsonville for hosting!  

Your shop looks great already, and I know it will look even better as the display tanks fill in. Looking forward to another trip out there, so I can fill up that loyalty card. Just 2 more stamps to go on mine!  :D

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Another fun one!  PNWMAS is on a roll this year.  :applause:  As always, thanks to Bert for snapping pictures.  :agree:

 

By the time Amy & I got there, I was sure we'd missed everything, but with so many people caught in traffic, things were stalled just enough that we were still able to enjoy it all. From the seahorses, to the raffle, to the feast, it was a great way to spend a sunny afternoon. Colby's seahorse talk was informative and successfully landed me on the list of reefers with spouses saying, "Did you hear that?! We can get seahorses now! Today! Now!"  :laugh:  I need to reach a balance with my nutrients first (still going through new tank uglies), but once I get there, I'm seriously considering it. The shop certainly had enough captive-bred specimens to make it ultra tempting!

 

I did get a few things, which I attempted a few photos of:

 

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The flatworms DID NOT come from TPA. They're a recent problem in my coral/invert QT tank, which I'm about to bomb with Flatworm Exit, carbon, and a large water change. I believe them to be red planaria, and I'm 100% sure they came from an online vendor, NOT a local reefer or LFS.

 

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I tried getting a closer photo, but most polyps closed up when I picked up this coral. I mistook it for goniopora at first, but it's sympodium. Very nice blue and lime green color!

 

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Ahh, this fan worm looks so much nicer in person!  Purple and yellow, with a couple of heads you can't see from this angle, but hopefully you'll all see it in my display soon enough. 

 

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Bright orange starfish! Impulse buy, I confess. He's been cruising around the tank since I put him in, always in a new spot when I walk by.

 

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New goodies are chilling in my craptastic coral/invert QT tank, which is as ugly as it is effective! I added a small amount of sand in one corner for a pistol shrimp, but the urchins bulldozed it in no time, so now it's spread out across the bottom and looks rather strange.  :dry:

 

 

Big thanks to TPA in Wilsonville for hosting!

Your shop looks great already, and I know it will look even better as the display tanks fill in. Looking forward to another trip out there, so I can fill up that loyalty card. Just 2 more stamps to go on mine!  :D

 

Nice stuff!

 

Good job having a coral QT!   :icon_bow:

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Nice scores Cherany. I was looking at that sympodium but had already spent too much.????

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Oh yea.. someone left a cooler at TPA. If you're missing a small cooler, I have it.

 

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Oh yea.. someone left a cooler at TPA. If you're missing a small cooler, I have it.

 

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MrBret did, I think.

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      3.)Do your best to be courteous and fair to one another by not take advantage of each others ignorance or generosity. These are people of all levels in the hobby so give them the benefit of your knowledge and experience instead of the cold shoulder. And speaking of generosity, that giving nature has always been smiled upon here at PNWMAS and pay it forward tends comes back around these parts.
      Well, the meeting is closing in fast, less than two weeks yeah. I believe Christian who runs the place will also be interested in doing some trades as well, I imagine he will post up in the forum here soon. 
      So Let's see em folks,  Whatcha Got!? Corals that is!
    • By badxgillen
      May 2018 meet was another over the top meeting for the PNWMAS. For those who could not make it you missed out on a great event. 
      Rudy at The Golden Basket hosted the May gathering and did Great, his family works together seamlessly and handled the clubs needs without a hitch. And Kim, Siirena, Scott, and Saun did an amazing job of coordinating, cooking, and setting up all of this. Wonderful people right here! 

      Kim an Sirena in this pic getting all the kinks worked out before anyone even got there, this is an amazing couple right here. Emerald is ready with tickets for raffles in hand and in the background Sirena is making sure the margarita machine is ready to go...

      And Yes, You heard that right, margarita MACHINE! One side was for the virgin blue raspberry slushy mix and the left was for the real deal margarita with tequila. This is the first "meeting" I have been to that had a margarita machine to dispense beverages.

      Chef Scott helped Sirena by making a few things at home and maning the grill like he does so well. That marinated skirt steak was tasty stuff, never would have guessed there was soy sauce involved.

      Albertareebt  in and setup a whole sound system for music along with a mini amp for the speakers and raffles. As you all know Saun is a stand up guy, always willing to pitch in here and there.

      I had to include as much vertical as I could on a couple pictures here, not only to show off our OSU Beavers tent, but to take notice of the amazingly beautiful clear and sunny day we had. Several people had enough forethought to bring camping chairs to sit down outside and enjoy the sunny weather.

      Like Lewisfisherman here, polarized shades are not a bad idea today...You might still need them once you go inside and see some of the amazing corals. I know you found a few bright gems in Rudy's shop.

      Mark and Exodus having a conversation right before things got started, there were several early birds who were more than willing to be of assistance where needed like these two. Both are seasoned veterans in the salt water hobby.

      Eclipse on a sunny day!? Good to see you, glad you found a little time to come out and hang with the PNWMAS crew.

      As usual, once inside you see Rudy and his team just working away, move em in and move em out. These guys are either taking pictures or bagging corals, not a bad gig if you ask me.

      Pantherguy, stopping in for a little bit. This guy has some insanely colored corals if you ever get a chance to snag a frag from him I highly recommend it.

      BAAHHH!!! Its OptimusPrime rolling in with the cooler in hand, full of goodies no doubt. Sounds like you might need to setup an anemone containment tank, I have that other bubble tip for you next time we meet up.

      Maxicurls here is a guy I haven't seen for a while, maybe we should make one of those impromptu Molokos meets and see whats in the reef tanks by the bar, while eating my panini.

      PDXMnkey aand Albertareef talking about financial changes in the market and effects on consumers, alot has changed in the last few years that's for sure, I think it is great when things become more available and affordable. Win win for a guy like me.

      Did someone call for, the Zorro!? Whenever there is a reefer in trouble he is there, and whenever there is a must have high end Acro, he will have it. No trouble here,except trying to pick only ONE must have high end acros at Rudy's...I went with the Olympic Torch but really there is no wrong choice.

      Tesch here for another round of PNWMS meeting fun! We are one big coral reef family here at our Marine Aquarium Society with everyone on the same page of reefing. Hit me up sometimes if you want to do some trading man, I always have something that needs a trim.

      Youcallmenny conversing with PDXreefer front left, in the back ground we have Albertareef laughing on the left, FlashyFins and Princeton talking with the Sasquatch center background, and Ken on the right.

      Sharklover and DarkAngel didn't miss out on the festivities, so many cool corals and cool people this was certainly the happening place to be this last Saturday.

      Was nice to meet a couple folks I had not seen before. Thanks Saltedwaffles for the zoa frags, hope the chalice works out for you, just let me know if it gives you any trouble and I will see what I can do.

      Jeremevans and his future reef enthusiast.  hope you two are ready for a talk, because the PNWMAS Board chose a few members to act as a panel to answer some SPS focused questions. 

      We missed you Roy, but Rudy and I tried to manage without you, we covered a lot of ground in a short time so I hope some of the audience was able to use at least some of the information spoken. For those of you who missed it Roy answered a few questions right here.  http://www.pnwmas.org/forums/topic/43136-what-sps-questions-do-you-have/?page=2
       

      We even had Danlu speak about lighting wavelengths and LED diodes which can shed some "Light" on aspects of coral colors and growth. Recurrent flicker of %100 strength diodes to solve wavelength issues seems totally sound. If you want to talk about lights this guy knows a thing or two for sure.
      After the presentation was done we moved onto the next event...The Raffles!
      Get Your Tickets!!!

      Just look at all these prizes! I don't know how we pull together so much good stuff for these raffles but alot of it has to do with our amazing group of officers and our generous sponsors, Thanks You Guys and Gals!

      Patiently waiting with tickets for the ensuing raffle. Back left R-3, front right ReefRun, and behind right we have Walt.

      Damien taking home one of the LED units, Whoop Whoop!!! Solid units right there man, nice score.

      FlashyFins taking home the Upscalees Certificate here. Show me the Money!

      Spectra coming in for the win! This guy most certainly deserves it, he has always been very generous as well as being a helpful hand when he can, Scotts a good man.

      Lora and SRoberts took home not only the other LED unit but also a pass to the upcoming MACNA event. Talk about a lucky day!

      At the end of it all we had all the helping hands we needed to take it down and wrap it up, you could call this team work or comradery , either way I love this crew.

      Sirena and Kim loading the truck to the brim Ike they have done this before, these two are real troopers, excellent job ladies, excellent job.
      So that was our Awesome May 2018 meeting. Another one for the records, a most outstanding meet if I do say so myself. The feeling of community was really there, the laughing, the trading, the conversing, and all round good times.
      Thank You GoldenBasket, Thank You Emerald, Thank You Sirena, Thank You Spectra, Thank You Albertareef. you ALL made this one special and one to remember. And thanks to our PNWMS Crew, you make this forum go round, keep it real y'all...See you next month at the MHSC yeah!
      Reef On!!!
       



    • By badxgillen
      We bring you another public PNWMAS announcement, the Annual summer MHSC visit is almost upon us and the day is set for this informative upcoming meeting. Last year the weather was wonderful making the trip to the Newport Coast fabulous for before and after visits up and down our west coast! Sid is doing his best to make sure we have access to their personal break area which includes an indoor and outdoor alcove with benches, picnic area, and a grill spot sporting a Weber BBQ. I recommend a potluck style event were you can bring a dish and sample others so bring something healthy, or bring something sweet, just bring something good to eat.
      You all will want to save the date on the calendar for this one. 
      June 30th 12:00 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
      2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365
      And for those of you who don't know the facility has had a recent overhaul a couple months back improving just about everything there is, so it should have plenty new to see even for those of us who have attended the previous years. And if all this wasn't enough reason to come out, the director Sid is going to take us to a different wing of the marine center and give us a personal hands on fish health workshop demonstration! Here are a few pics from last years killer presentation.

      Last year this was an amazing experience in which we learned a number of protocols implemented in a facility like the HMSC including skin scrapes, gill samples, microscope identifications, and health assessment.

      I mean who wouldn't want to get the knowledge and experience of this kind of nitty gritty tooth and claw kind of stuff!. There is much to see and learn here.

      Say AAAHHHH Mr. Wolf Eel, its time for your check up.
      Looking forward to seeing you all there.
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