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WOW! That was a pretty impressive December party/meeting yesterday, there was tons of food, plenty to drink,bunches of corals, many a people, and the HUGE Raffle! It Was Big!!!

Like many of you after much preparation and packing of corals, I had a bit of traveling to do before getting to relax with my fellow reefers at the meet. Fortunate for me I was carpooling with the PNWMAS Corvallis Branch Kireek, Miles, and Lexinverts. All avid reefers with good conversation subject matter so the ride was painless.

 

Right before I left out the front door I had to check my PNWMAS page one more time and saw a couple new messages in the December meeting thread most noticeably this post here that caught my eye...

When I read this post online in the December meeting thread and saw this sign at The Premium Aquarium  I was stoked! I love Garret and the TPA crew!

 

I decided that it isn't fair for me to go without letting my crew go as well. So, I'm gonna close the shop from 2pm until 4:30pm so that everyone can join in on the fun! We are all excited to see everyone!

 

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I am really happy he is the cool guy he is and made the change in their busy work schedule for some fun with the PNWMAS Club.  

 

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Unfortunately I was a tad bit late on arrival and there was a number of people whom had already arrived. I am very grateful for our killer Board Of Directors and Office members, they had everything setup and ready to go ahead of time.

 

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Raffles were promised and raffles were delivered!!! Look at this line up! Need,More, Tickets...

 

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And the white elephant gift exchange was in full effect! This table had some of the gifts and there were a number still at another table, there were 20+ participants with varying gifts.

 

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We packed the place, banquet room was full, and everyone was having fun.

 

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A very nice venue that was pretty accommodating considering how busy they were. We had 4 tables for our meet discluding the raffle table and the gift exchange table. Very cool.

 

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Kireek, Flashy Fins, KKnight, and Reefermadness saved me a spot at the end of the table, more good company.

 

So I am thinking I am going to start with the gift exchange and then move through the rest of the pics. Kinda backwards I know but I think it will work out just right here.

 

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What the Hey, Gift exchange it is.

 

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Gill&Fin received a stylish beanie to keep her head warm, VHO Actinic bulbs, and then some. You never know with this game do you?

 

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Flashy Fins found Dori! and some sweet socks, I believe they have found their proper home right here, I have seen some colorful sock on this one.

 

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Kireek with the book that ended up to be a very nice doctor Sues, hide it from the white elephant thieves. I mean "Who" doesn't like the classics?

 

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Speaking of Dori and Nemo look what we have here. YouCallmenny here with a smile...He knows whats up, he knows.

 

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Emerald with some Hikari frozen food packs, the corals and fish are gonna eat well tonight! I have recently been using a decent amount of there product in change over some inferior ones, this one has much less water fouling liquids and particles in the cubes.

 

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IntoTheMystic got a whole lota kisses! Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. That will be an upcoming holiday diet for many of us I think. Just take it one Kiss at a time my friend and it will all be good.

 

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Bycicle Bill unwrapped an automatic feeder, it sounded like something he had some extensive experience with and would use a backup...Sadly enough this was stolen from him in very short time, thats the way the White Elephant rolls. Sorry Bill.

 

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Righttirefire had a brief run in with the Captain but his visit with Morgan was short lived, like a thief on the high seas the Captain Moran was snatched from him in no time. What can you do.

 

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Sirena and the remote control angelfish, now you need the clownfish too so you can both get in on the interactive aquarium. The fish and corals will love it, I have been wanting to try one out on my aggresive powder blue but the tang is so dang fast.

 

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Flash21 unwrapping his bottle of Aquavitro Fuel...That I stole very shortly after. I needed more of the stuff man, I hope you understand and there are no hard feelings. My corals thank you.

 

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Bubbarockies left with a motion picture for the after party entertainment, its an interesting one that's for sure. Hope the Captain America works out for you.

 

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Stylaster got a Brick of chocolate bars, there are certainly worse things thats for sure. I have yet to have an issue with having too much good chocolate.

 

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Whoop Whoop!!! She found Nemo! And some stylish reef socks. I wish my kids would do this when they got their shirts and socks...Maybe I need to get ones with octopus, seahorse, and clownfish.

 

Holly Cap that was Fun!!! But what about those raffles?..

 

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Lets see, I think Holly has that under control here.

 

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I must apologize again for the pictures, there was less "posing" that usual and my angles were not were they should have been. That being said this is what I did capture. Bubbarockies snagging a nice gift certificate to good old Rocky Mountain Frags, there is some choice stuff there thats fir sure.

 

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Miles was excited that he walked home with the generous frag pack donated by Paratore, Cody's Surprise! There was a few nice things in there yeah, Thanks Cody.

 

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Look at the energy in this shot, ecstatic about it, KKnight won one of the Grand Prizes, the duel MP 40s! Talk about an upgrade, glad you have a tank large enough to use em cause they sure make alot of motion in the ocean.

 

And Say What!?

 

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Once the winning number of the other grand prize Red sea Nano All In One was called people just looked, Cody still gathering himself in disbelief looking at his ticket.

 

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And YES!!! Paratore is the lucky One.

 

Speaking of Lucky Ones...

 

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This Gyre was won with just the free membership raffle ticket you get from being a payed member. It Pays to to be part of the official crew. I won an MP 10 the same way a few years back.CHEERS to you!

 

Congratulations too all of you who won at the raffles, there was alot of sponsors pooled into this one as well as some club funds to make this amazing thing happen, and boy did it happen.

 

Thank You Holly, Jorge, Miles, KKnight, Garret, MattV, TheClark, and Softy. 

 

A Special Thanks to President Emerald, First Lady Sirena, Treasurer Mr.Bret, they put in a lot of effort into this particular meet and it sure payed off guys and gals. We Appreciate it.

 

It has been a good year y'all and I am honored to have been working along side a good group of people like this...Thank You. 

 

And now what say you about even more pictures!?

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Okay, here are some more pictures then...

 

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The place was loaded!!!

 

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Reeftastic and lil fry, glad you could make it out to another meeting, pretty fun yeah?

 

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Ron my man, how you been? Don't worry I won't forget you, I will get you a nice piece of that tri color stag. Things becoming a beast.

 

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There's that TPA crew chillin, I think here we are all just getting ready for that anticipated raffle. And I see you hiding there Dave and Cerk.

 

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Grassi is back again and I didn't get to see how your system is coming along. I hope you come to the next meet and maybe I can catch up with you then.

 

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Paratore came in with some hot zoas up for grabs, you know I got mine.

 

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Moparfan, I feel bad as I caught him during the raffle as well so it was in his best interest to pay attention. I had all my tickets put into a select few and this call was not one of mine so I continued to float around and bug people.

 

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Like youcallmenny and Mark. They got a taste of my more colorful vocabulary and any of you know me very well you know I have alot of four letter words in it. Please excuse my excessive slang, I mean well.

 

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Sirena and Lexinverts, talking about seahorses no doubt. They both have nice seahorse tanks and I am here just stuck with my coral and fish tanks. Its okay, don't cry for me. But seriously, these two have some a couple of sleek tanks you should see some time.

 

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FlashyFins again, if you need any help filling that 20 long let me know and I can throw something your way, although there are some avid reefers in your area too I believe. Good seeing you, until next time yeah.

 

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David rolled through and attended the Salem meet, and who wouldn't? I appreciate you bringing the algae scrubber over, once I get my porch situation finished I will employ it in my systems. Get back to us about how your experience goes with the new scrubber you got when you can. It sounded Nice.

 

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Flash! I will get some pics and start testing in the next day or two and we will see about the snake oil we got here. I love a good test.

 

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KKnight here, helping lead the Tanks For Teachers program. 

 

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Stylaster and Gumby drove over from Washington, two very seasoned reefers. I gotta ship somethings your way my friends. I know you need some chalice sweetness and I have a couple flavors you might like.

 

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A Terrible picture of Vice President Badxgillen , exchanging corals like I do.

 

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Johuapd and Kireek having a in depth conversation, so many like minds in a room and this is what you will get every time.

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OH! And Last but certainly not Least!

 

Our group picture. The lighting was dim and for some reason I had my camera set to taking aquarium photos but here they are, all the different shots so you can look, laugh,...and cry.

 

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No hard feelings...as I left my white elephant gift at home on the counter (which was the same stuff) so I had to stop my TPA Wilsonville and get a brown paper special.

So I have a bottle sitting at home...

 

It was great to meet a few local reefers.

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Great pictures as always Bert! I think I can officially say Sirena is so sucked in to this hobby! She was totally geeking out with Andy about seahorses and is now geeking out on her new Red Sea Max nano , a future home for her seahorses !

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Thanks for posting the pics, Bert! This was a really fun meeting. It was great seeing everyone again.

 

Many thanks to the board for their hard work in putting this together. :applause:

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      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?

    • By Emerald525

      What: BBQ ribs,  Potluck , Raffle Extravaganza and Swap Meet!
      When:  Sunday August 13
                    12 noon to 4 pm
      Where: 1506 SE Martins Street
                    Portland, OR 97202
      Next meeting is the summer barbecue and potluck!! Sirena is going to fire up the Traegar and make some delicious ribs! You are in for a treat!!
      If that's not enough , bring all that equipment you have been hoarding and trade or sell with others. Make some money and make your significant other happy you finally cleaned out the garage!!
      We will have a canopy and tables and it will be secure in the backyard!
      But wait there is more !! We will have a 1000 dollars worth of raffle items including a members only grand prize!! That's right folks this is a great time to become a supporting member and everyone gets an equal chance at the prize!!
      More to come !!!
                    
    • By badxgillen
      Well folks, it was an amazing workshop provided by the fine folks at the Hatfield Marine Science Center yesterday. I procedures performed were both engaging and informative while at the same time very entertaining. Sid and his assistant Mallory did an amazing job in their diagnostic procedures and shared much of the nitty gritty that goes on in a routine fish anesthesia and examination.
      I suppose that I should back up just a bit and mention a few things about the day before hand.
      As most of you know it has been rather hot lately but here at the Newport coast it was a mild 70 degrees with not a cloud in the sky.

      It was also nice to have the majority of the area to ourselves at first. Not too many people had arrived yet so it appeared we had beat the crowds.

      Here we are, back at the good ole Hatfield Marine Science Center. I am starting to have very good memories from attending the PNWMAS meets and getting to meet some of the good people behind making it the special place it is.
      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.
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