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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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It was great to see everyone. Thank you everyone who helped to set up and organize the Christmas Party!

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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 taking and sharing the photos Bert. Helps make up for not being there (well, sort of ????).

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Great pics Bert! Thanks to all that made this happen. Always fun to hang out with like minded people

 

 

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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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      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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