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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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      I think this gentleman and I had the same feeling, this is so feaking cool I have no idea where to begin. A cooler in hand is a good place to start though, I like that kind of thinking.
      As many of you know there were a few group buys for this meeting in particular and I think it all worked out rather well.

      Here we have PDXmonkey on the left scoping out a nice anemone to take home, which was hard because they were all very nice. Gill&Fin top middle was doing the wet work of getting those anemones bagged and handed out. And far right is Emerald being of assist in getting things in order, there were ALOT of participants on this one.

      Gumby on the left going in for a frag of that delicious looking CNC Acropora that is going up on another Grow Out contest.I believe that contest is being put together by the man to the right of Jim, ReefNJunkie. Eye on the prize, bragging rights and a very nice Acro.

      And then there was the happy recipients of the CNC Acans and the Zoanthid Grow Out contest frags. Fishoutofwater Let the games begin!!!
      So Many people and so little time, at every tank in the store was a friendly conversation going on about the salt water hobby.

      Optimus Prime, left, looking into what Stylaster, Right, is pointing at. A killer Acro no doubt, he has an eye for that reef candy and there is plenty of that here at CNC.
      The owner of Cuttlfish and Corals sees to it that there is no shortage of ocean goodness in stock, and speak of the devil.

      Here he is, the man himself. Thank You Jeff, for opening your store to us, helping out on the raffles, and for just being an all round cool guy. You and your crew did a bang up job, it was great and everything went like clock work, tell your staff that we appreciate them as well.

      Jorge right here working non stop while the meeting was rockin, he didn't skip a beat.

      Jack was also being put to the test with all the foot traffic in the shop but he was bagging livestock like it weren't no thing. At some points it was pretty intense but he kept his cool...Even when  the sumps kept running low from all  the bags of water taken out of it.
      Just watching him made me want to grab some coral of my own to take  back  home.

      Anyone need a frag!? Why yes Miles, Yes I do. MilesMiles here leading the way to a nice looking batch. Hope the move went alright my man, feel free to hit me up when things settle down and you are wanting a couple frags again.

      Paratore here, getting a complete photo bomb by Lewisfisherman. A couple of real Zoa nuts, I need to swing by both your places at some point to check out the systems and get a trade on.
       

      Kai here plotting the next course of action. Don't worry buddy, the crowds are thick but there tanks are full, plenty for all.

      One of my main homies from the West Side! HigherThinking came over and brought me a beautiful favia, just because he is a nice guy. I will return the favor Andrew, you can bet on that my friend.

      I usually see David on the other side of the table, with me buying coral frags, nice seeing you able to enjoy yourself man.
       
      ZoroReef, sounds like your new system is coming along just fine, and it sounds like you are being very selective on what is going in to the new tank. Just the most exquisite pieces yeah, the man knows what he wants.

      Trailerman getting his raffle on, he always seems to have a smile on his face, raffle or not, winning or not.

      And yet Another Sasquatch sighting, no doubt the party at Jeff's brought him out of hiding once again. And why are you not in the Zoa grow out!?

      Kasah Left, and Walt right, didn't get to chat with these gentlemen this time around but I do believe I will be competing in the Zoa GO against Kassah. Watch out man, these polyps are just getting ready to slip the jab.

      Rudy also came by and said whats up, The Golden Basket hanging in Cuttlefish and Corals, very cool. Rudy is opening up his place next month for the May meeting so be on the look out for more details on that.

      Danlu on the right having a good conversation with Gumby to the left. Looking forward to seeing some of the new advancements being made on the lighting frontier, keep us posted would you Daniel. And Jim, once I get my act together I will get you another little package going on of frags.

      Sharklover just chillin, once again we didn't get to talk much, but be sure there will be a next time.

      Lexinverts and Jeff having another in depth conversation. That Redsea reboot should be about past all its cycling stages and what not, I can get that slimer back to you when your ready.

      Well Jim here has been all over the place hasn't he? To the far left is KKnight our TFT coordinator. In the background you can kind of see R-3 and Paratore having a good old time...And obviously the man on the far right holding the fish food is Gumby.

      Look here, as cool as a cucumber it is our very own Albertareef! Always wiling to lend a helping hand, a stand up guy,  and now I believe he is about to get those raffles going on.

      Willapa taking away the Molokos Certificate, get that panini while you snag a frag man. A win win in Portland.

      Exodus got the Avast certificate he wanted, although I am not too sure you really need anything else for your system. It is pretty solid right now as is.

      Kingifhser got hooked up with the Coral magazine subsciption, YES!

      SRRoberts on the left in disbelief of Spectra, middle left, winning double time on the CNC gift certificates. Yeah Buddy!

      SAY WHAT!!! Paratore in for the Win! Radion in the Bag! Congratulations man, it is a sweet prize for sure, put it to good use yeah. 
      Another thing that was cool was there was a number of families that attended, it is always nice to see a reefer educating his children in the hobby and the club interactions we partake in. Keeping a reef together takes alot of knowledge so get em started early. Here are some nice looking families in the hobby.

      Ron coming in and just dominating the rock flower anemone buy...The little tyke just couldn't take it anymore and went down for a nap. But I bet once those anemones are all opened up in the same spot they just POP and this kid will dig the in tank fireworks.

      Here Jeremyevens was equipped with the front baby harness, so this kid could get the best view of the frag tanks. Very clever.

      DJ came over from West Linn, always nice chatting with you man, and good to see the fam.

      We all got to see Robyna and BlackIce with their new baby.

      Just look at this kid.

      And isn't this shirt just too much? Love It!!! Grow that one out for sure.
      There were plenty of familiar and unfamiliar faces at the meeting and I love that, just the right mix were people all feel welcome and just start opening up to one another.

      Here, Corals make everyone happy, its like a reefer ice breaker, just look at the smiles here...Genuine good times.

      And yet another cheerful hobbyist, Tesch with the contagious grin, the vibe in this room is so amazing. All the folks here are on the same wave length.

      Kevin just happy to be here it seems, and who wouldn't be in this kind of reefer party. It was about as good as anyone could hope for really.
      I have some more pictures that I can post up but I would also like to see some of the other pictures different people got of that day, you can only have so many vantage point by yourself yeah.
      I want to say a BIG Thank You to all those involved, you know who you are Holy, Albertareeff, FlahyFins,...Especially Emerald for getting this all together and to Jeff for puling a lot of strings for us. The club appreciates it.
      I had a great time and from what I can tell so dd everyone else, this was a Grand event.
      Love you all, Reef On my PNWMAS People! Be seeing you on the forum yeah....And at our next meet.
      Whoop Whoop!!!
       
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