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November 2016 Cuttle Fish and Corals Grand Opening Pictures

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So as some of you noticed our October meeting fell a week late and spilled over into the month of November, but for good reason. We were having our meeting at the new Cuttlefish and Corals but there were some unexpected construction delays pushing our gathering back a week.

No wine before its time is what I always say.

 

In the end it is all worth while to have things done right, and you will notice this place is quite proper. Asides from the much more accessible parking this new stores location has room, and lots of it. The place may very well be 3 to 4 times larger than the last establishment with windows and ceilings to match, it has that open and spacious feeling to it.

 

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Instead of classic Isles like most stores there are what I would call "Islands" of shallow coral holding and frag tanks.

 

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Of course theses were all appropriately full of some fine specimens that were sure not to disappoint the finest coral connoisseur. But we will get back to that later on cause now...

 

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It looks like its time for the party to start.

 

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Various foods for the get together were provided from a beautiful cheese & cracker tray to an assortment of crunchy vegetables, and we cannot forget Holly's delicious chocolate chip cookies can we...

 

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Did I mention Jeff has a nice and comfy couch and table for the weary coral hunter, you could spend quite a bit of time here am I right?

 

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From the beginning to the end Jorge had his work cut out for him, here you can see he has that customer service down.

 

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Speaking of workers, I don't think I ever saw Robyna slow down once! Here are some Cool Cats right here, El Prez Emerald, Robyna, and Spectra all in one shot. And please don't be too upset at me for posting this photo up, I had too, I love it.

 

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Kireek looking into one of those 50 gallon low boy tanks that look oh so sleek, I know I want one too...And are those the grow out ricordeas in there?! Save one for me yeah.

 

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Robert Here checking out the fish aquariums, there is some serious swim space now. Its eally nice.

 

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Our good secretary Miles enjoying the gathering, I bet he found some nice frags in that tank, I know I did. Once my main tank is stable again I will hook you up with some acro goodness.

 

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Ron and family came in for a bit and picked up some killer fish and corals. We need to meet up again some time.

 

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KKnight made it out, she is one of the Board Of Directors and active Tanks For Teachers advocate.

 

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Albertareef getting an idea of whats going into that sweet new tank he has setup. One of everything Right!? 

 

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Stylaster made his appearance with his cooler, always a pleasure exchanging words. I feel bad as I failed to get the name of the gentleman standing next to him but if some one can fill me in that would be great.

 

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Dunpeal in the middle here scoping out the treasures to be had. 

 

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Youcallmenny for another meeting but a first to the Cuttlefish and Corals. It didn't disappoint did it?

 

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Hey its another one of my home boys int the house, HigherThinking! Did you snag that aqua blue clam in that tank we were looking at?

 

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Now look who it is here, Zorro! Good acro talk we had, I hope the piece we got ends up looking as good as that wolverine you showed me, then I would totally be happy.

 

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Vance getting closer and closer to getting his system up and running. I didn't get to talk with you at this one but I will be sure to send you a  message here soon about getting things chugging along.

 

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Pantherguy, I haven't seen you since the Expo, good to see you again man.

 

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The Clark and daughter came down to snag some fine corals and a nice tang, you all keep that ricordea fat and happy alright, Go Team Clark!

 

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Flash21 getting in on the killer raffle for the PNWMAS club. Another apology from me that we did not get to meet properly, I snuck this photo in while I could. Roll out to the December meeting and we can actually have a conversation maybe.

 

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Lady Sabrtooth. Now that you have that Goniopora in the sweet spot you should try your hand at some other flavors/colors like red or lime or even maybe a alveopora. I like to dream big sometimes.

 

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Beer and son...Or Son and...Never mind. If you get a chip off the old pheonix keep me in mind will yah. I think I could make room in my tank for that. And thanks for bringing by that acro for me, I got it in a good spot I think.

 

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Mr Bret our Treasurer who does a mighty fine job I must say and Gill&Fin who also pulls her own weight and then some on our Board of Directors. Kudos.

 

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Haven't seen this guys face in a while, Jack, glad I got to see you even if it was only for a short bit. I presume you snagged that Torch you had your eyes on? So much Candy...

 

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Danlu with his wife. So Daniel, is that 235 gallon rimless already packed or do you still have room for more corals..Wait Don't answer that!...There is always room for one more.

 

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MattV is in da House! Another coral connoisseur with good taste.

 

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You all know who this is, BicycleBill. Now I know you don't have any room in that stacked tank of yours, unless you did some sort of "renovation". Oh hek, there is always room for one more.

 

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Some other good ole reefers I ran into were Drott and Moparfan, its good to be in the club isn't it. All these friendly faces that care about the same thing.

 

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Ken made it to another gathering but there were so many people this time around I failed ot get a word in, my bad. Maybe I will see you all at the December Holiday meeting.

 

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Jeff doing what he does best.

 

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And last but not least is the Cuttlefish and Corals owner and the host with the most, Jeff.

Thank You man, You Rock!

 

It was a great meet.

 

And now for some other shots of the people and corals involved in the days success.

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Look at that long run for those fishies!

 

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There goes my budget!

 

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Group drool shot.

 

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This place got freakin Hoppin! Big turnout I must say.

 

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Picked these guys up too.

 

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Almost bought a wrasse too, Jorge is quite a sales man.

 

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Robyn was slinging things out left and right too. Jeff has good help thats for sure.

 

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Diggin the new layout.

 

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UNGHN!...

 

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Take Me Home!!!

 

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Full House...And wait, thats Nostalgia I believe front and center bottom...Whats up man.

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Thanks for the pics.

Wife Daughter and I got caught up in coral heaven. I'm bad with names. So I'm sure we will see each other soon.

Daughter is looking forward to the grow out competition!

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Great pictures as always Bert! That had to be a record for people but if you build it they will come !

 

Thanks Jeff for the extra giveaways and for hosting such a wonderful meeting !

 

I got a few more corals !

 

Thanks srobertson for the bonus coral give aways too! Hope to see everyone at the holiday meeting on December in Salem!

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Thanks for the pics Robert - great to see everyone again. I hope whoever got that bright yellow SPS colony gets it growing fast... would love some of that someday!

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Great pics, thank you!  If there was a PNWMAS historian it would be Robert!

 

The place was packed, coral was amazing, deals were hot.  

 

Still smiling thinking about it.

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Nice pictures Bert! I had a great time hanging out and chatting with people. It was a pleasure to see some familiar faces and meet some new members. That banana yellow sps was intense. I knew I should have got in on it! Can't wait to see how the shop progresses.

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Had a ton of fun! Great seeing everyone there.. even encouraged me to sign back in and stay up to date!

 

.... now I may never come back on because that is a terrible picture of me! ???? But the rest are amazing!

 

And don't forget there is a mother party at C&C this weekend! Our Grand Opening event is Saturday! See you all in the shop! ????????????

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Had a ton of fun! Great seeing everyone there.. even encouraged me to sign back in and stay up to date!

.... now I may never come back on because that is a terrible picture of me! But the rest are amazing!

And don't forget there is a mother party at C&C this weekend! Our Grand Opening event is Saturday! See you all in the shop!

I had a wonderful time as well.Thank you for being so attentive Roybn.Your customer service skills are awesome! Have a blast at the Grand Opening.

 

*Thanks to Jeff for being so kind.No matter what the time or occasion.*

 

Special thanks to our board members for all that you do! Kim and Holly in particular for reaching out during these events.You two always help me feel welcome.

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      Lets take a peek inside..

      Right after the front desk and greeted by the overtly talkative old timer you get a visual overload of things to look at first of which is the tide pool replica touch systems that are full of colorful wild inverts of all shapes, sizes,  and colors.


      In these pics I only captured a couple anemones and urchins but there was several mollusks such as muscles and snails as well as a Huge sea cucumber of sorts that had to be as big as my fore arm.

      Lots of educational displays to accommodate the the many aquariums, bones/fossils, replicas, and interactive demos. Looks like Albertareef and Jeremyeveans found the tropical reef area.

      Can't leave without taking a look at the tank with the PNWMAS corals.

      The devils hand and the Plerogyra is going into beast mode. I kinda wanted to ask about a frag of the table acro in the center but I had nothing on me to trade, maybe next time. The Capricornus also had an interesting growth pattern to it, some big colonies in there now.
      The majority of the aquariums are temperate/coldwater tanks that house all types of fish and invertebrates.


      In addition to the tropical and cold water systems there are a few fresh water things going on too.

      All with their own educational or artistic value. There was even a new Rio Negro south american tank on display full of discus, pencil fish, and nice rummy nose & cardinal tetras. 


      and for those of you who have not visited the HMSC before or it has been a little while make sure you do. The pictures provided by myself and others do not do justice to the facilities well kept aquariums livesstock and the educational interativities...Okay Okay, I will get to the demo.
      This year was very different from the usual behind the scenes tours we have had in the past at HMSC. Right off the bat we were diverted into the west wing of the science center and into the animal health area containing a quarantine and treatment facility made for housing various marine specimens both tropical and cold water. There are very large pump buildings that pull water from out the Newport coast here and bring it through plumbing into the various holding tanks for efficient clean salt water on demand.

      You probably all know Sid from the Hatfield Marine Science Center, AKA Intothemystic, and introducing his assistant Mallory.
       
       
       
    • By badxgillen
      Well folks, we have some exciting news about this months meeting!!!
      On Saturday July 22, PNWMAS will be making the annual trip out to the Hatfield Marine Science Center but this year we are shaking things up with a change in the routine. Sid , the director at the MHSC, is going to take us through the building and into the west wing of the science center to give us a hands on animal health work up and exam, he says that there are at least two other animals for this workshop. Now I personally do not know what "fish/animals" these will be but I know I can learn a thing or two about diagnosis and treatment so this will be extremely educational.
       I have to also mention that I Love these trips out to the science center, they are always a Blast, and for a few reasons. Let me explain...
      Reason #1- Super Geek Out! Sid is a specialist in his fields and is a wonderful person to ask questions and get information from. There has not been a time talking with this man that I did not learn something new, from the sounds of it we are about to get to the nitty gritty in the fish health exam. And lets not forget that this is a Marine Science Center!!! So much to do and see, there are several impressive displays last time I was in and a few hands on demos with a nice touch tank near the front lobby area.
      Reason #2- The Coast! The beach, the seafood, and the sea life! These are all things that should be on ones agenda when heading West to our Pacific Ocean. Late July should be for some pretty decent weather too so more reason to come out and join us. I might even bring my flip flops and do a little beach combing with you.
      Reason #3- Us PNWMAS crew, we will all be there not only during the presentation but afterwards as well to have a nice social gathering. Last year many of us ate at a local fish house together but this year we are doing our best to work out a location for a possible BBQ so stay tuned on that folks. It's gonna be fun in the sun with your favorite club.
      Here are some meeting details below....
      Hatfield Marine Science Center  - Visitor Center
      2030 SE Marine Science Drive 
      Newport, Oregon 97365-5296

      We suggest arriving at 10:30 AM since the actual demonstration will begin at 11:00AM. Come on out and take a look at the operations and educational facilities at HMSC.
    • By badxgillen
      Yesterdays June Meeting BBQ was another awesome event!
      Such a good venue and turn out of people, the sponsors of our club are such gracious hosts and Garett is no exception. There was lots of fish, corals, and inverts stocked up and conveniently a very enticing deal of buy 2 get one free on all livestock making it difficult to leave without a new addition to the tanks. I mean, make a trip out of town so might as well snag something while your there am I right!?
      Anyhow, for those of you who did not attend the June meeting out at The Premium Aquarium out in Salem here is a little recap of some of the good times had yesterday and some pictures to go with them...We wished you were here. 
      Garett had the TPA crew in Full Effect! Everyone of his team was busy bagging and tagging or ringing out keeping up with the pace.

      All while keeping a cool and collected demeanor, Sometimes it looks like you all are actually having fun at work!? I am going to tell the owner next time I see him. But really, your good attitudes make it a much better atmosphere to shop in.


       You all are great at your jobs, keep up the good work and we will all keep coming back. Corals and tanks were looking pretty spot on, seeing some nice growth in a couple of the aquariums since i had last visited. And the rimless systems are Sleek!

      Need a little Acro love? This is such a nice display, lookin good my friends.

      Lookin goooood.
      After being greeted by the TPA staff some of the first faces I see are some old familiar friends.

      Loooks like some of the Washington crew made it South to hang with some of us Oregonians. Stylaster and Gumby here in the front but you probably already knew that. Very cool cats who have a definite coral growing thumb. I apologize for not catching the name of the gentleman in the back but he was also from up north and had commented about how nice this Salem store was, so we were certainly in agreement.

      Paratore here bringing some pretty interesting shroomage for the impromtu frag swap. Sorry I didn't bring anything to trade man, I was originally not going to come but the night before I made peace with my inner aquarium demons and agreed with them to go to the meeting. Next time my man.

      Sasquatch! Thank you So much for the gorgonian, It was more like a colony than a frag. It is in my acclimation tank but it will most likely end up with the seahorses. You Da Man! Hit me up for some zoa goodness anytime my friend.

      One of our newest Board member additions Albertareef and his wife drove from Portland. Good to see you two again, for some reason I thought you lived in Washington but now that I know you are a little closer maybe we can find some time one day to actually get out to one another's houses. I live another 40 minutes from where this meeting was so not Too far from you.
       
      A few steps further in I see Kassah, checking out the coral colonies. long time no see man, glad you made it to the meeting, sorry I got wrapped up in the crowd of people and didn't make rounds your way. Maybe next month at the Marine Hatfield Science Center Tour?

      Highschool Reefer looking for that single jewel to catch the eye and then swoop it up. Sounds like your tank is coming along just fine, maybe sometime we can do a trade or two. I have some hammers and frog spawns that could be trimmed a little. No torches right now though, my other Euphyllia took my Glabrescens down.

      Exodus was another person I don't get to see at a meeting too often but here he is, another person who is on the steady path to a killer system. Sounded to me like it was about time for an impressive upgrade. In the works I know, but still, it sounds like it will be a nice system with a killer sump and equipment. Hit me up if you need a hand with something yeah.

      Kireek and KKnight here chatting reef no doubt. I saw a nice chalice and lobo you snagged Kireek but didn't see KKnight's loot, I bet both of your tanks are too full for more coral but we always find room for just one more frag right? Happy you were able to make it, the more good folks out the better.

      SharkLover and DarkAngel, very nice to meet you two. Looking forward to seeing what you end up making in your custom acrylic tank in tank. I mean Who doesn't like seeing corals and sharks...Maybe you can work that snowflake in there somehow too.

      ReeferMadness and his wife Dominique looking for some eye candy for their tanks at home, you don't have to look far here. I kinda want one of those electric flame scallops for our seahorse tank now too. I mean I we are already feeding the horses so why not?

      I loved this picture of TPA owner Garett sharing some of his vast experience and knowledge with a new customer and Jim on the right just grinning about a different subject going on in one of the other many friendly reefer conversations going around at the same time. There was just the right atmosphere and the right people to make a recipe for social success! Love it!

      Kim and Serena where most of the muscle and legwork on this meeting so I have to give a big shout out to these two! You two girls Rock! Your quite the team, we all appreciate it very much. I am going to see about getting y'all a raise, I you don't get payed enough

      Everybody really enjoyed the food and accommodations, for a hot day everything worked out really well. That Serena could open a catering business Easy!

      Emerald getting some tickets to throw down on some prizes...Wait a minute!? Tickets?

      OH SHOOT!!! I think its Raffle Time Already!
       
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