I haven't posted on this forum yet, but have been in the fish hobby for quite some time. I have been noticing something that has really concerned me and it just seems to be getting worse.
I live in the greater Seattle area and have noticed that we have been continually losing our quality fish stores over the last 10 to 15 years. Especially saltwater stores. We don't even have a reef club or reef swap to anymore (the Tri Cities even have one!!). With Red C Aquarium store closing down. We now have Dennys Pet World, The Fish Store, Barrier Reef Aquariums and a few others that make up the available retail stores we can visit between Everett and Tacoma. Sure I missed a few of the smaller shops or mixed pet shops but you get my point. We really have a limited selection. When we look at meet ups or frag swaps, this is even more limited with what is available. I remember there used to be a much larger selection of events that were held yearly for aquarium hobbyists. But it seems, with time, they keep dropping off.
Aside from online retailers what do you think the cause of this is? You look around the US and every region has big yearly expos that bring national attention to their regions for fish and reef hobbyists. Then you look at the Pacific Northwest and it is a black hole. We need to work together to bring this back!
I know we can be introverted people who don't like to always go outside of our house. But this is something that I dearly miss and believe many of you do as well.
So I propose we try to work on getting ourselves back to what used to be. We need to stat supporting our local fish stores. Regardless if their prices are a bit more expensive. Soon enough, we will reach a day where you have an emergency and are unable to find a store anywhere that can assist you quickly. Instead, you have to wait two days for your order to show up, which in many cases, will be too late.
I'm not trying to make this a personal rant, but something to wake us up to take notice of this issue and work on finding a solution. I, like many others absolutely love this hobby. As well as the people it attracts. I want to see our area known for having a great environment for aquarium hobbyists so we can bring in better stores and maybe, just maybe host an actual national expo here!
That being said, what do you all think we can do to bring this back? Do you agree with my thoughts on our dying culture here? And if so, help me to get this back on track! It will take a group to make this work so please help!
I'm absolutely fired, or as Governor Schwarzenegger would say "Terminated" for being completely behind the 8ball on posting here! Ha! But, aside from that - I hope you are all excited to attend our swap and I wanted to personally invite all of you to head up to Seattle and share in the nuthouse we call the Bob Moore Frag Swap.
Last year quite a few of you got caught in traffic through JBLM... that was honestly one of the reasons we decided to move the start time back 3 hours - to give everyone time to get to the swap when the doors open, not just the Seattle locals.
Saturday, February 18th
Doors open at 1PM - swap closes at 6PM. If you buy your tickets online you can get in at 12:30.
20 Vendors - so many frags. And even frags from you all so you can raise money for your own club!
See you there.
The January PNWMAS meeting is coming up, and as you may or may not know, we are rocking the first new year bash at our BOD member Gill&Fin's.
Holly has been kind enough to setup a separate tank to house corals in to facilitate a proper frag swap, how exciting! So I am thinking now is a good time to let me get you in tune with how to have a successful coral exchange.
I personally recommend posting up a picture of what you have to trade and underneath it include a list of a few things you are interested in for a trade, try to be open as the exact coral you want may not be available at the time but there are many "Fish" in the sea so keep your eyes peeled for something you didn't know you wanted. Once you have negotiated a trade with some one get their club screen name and their real world name and give them yours, this way when you are at the meeting you will be able to identify each other via name tags and the coolers at our sides.
As far as packaging the corals for the swap I would recommend using a small cooler or a styrofoam box for transport. Tupperware are fine if the vehicle is kept warm during travel. I would also advise double bagging the corals especially hard ones with edges or points. And it never hurts to bring a bag of extra water just in case you need it for your frags or you get something unexpected at the swap.
This is also a time to Share the Love and simply give away or donate corals to those who may need something you don't, should be a decent crowd of reefers there.
So lets get to fragging a few corals folks, its just around the corner and you want those corals to have a bit of healing time right!? I am looking forward to this one.
You can feel free to post up your trades here or start another thread up of your own, the choice is yours.
Whats that, you want to see mine first?
Okay, here's a little peak...
Idaho Grape Montipora Capricornus
Super Blue STag
Alelis Blue AKA Aqua Man
I will update this list with more things I have that need a pruning and a few smaller ones that can tolerate a "trim".
I am just looking for things I do not have, right now I am really liking chalices and brains but like I said I am open to ALL kinds...Lets see what you all got going on!
Well looks like there has been some interest in doing some corals exchanges so this calls for a good ole fashioned Frag Swap! Bring your mini cooler and maybe a frag or two of something nice you think some one else would like to trade for their tank. But also remember, as you may or may not know, the most productive trades are worked out prior to the actual meet. This way you know that there will be something you and the other member wants. Although it never hurts to bring extra right?
So here is a thread where people can use, or not use, to list the things they are willing to trade.
I will kick it off with a few things I have cut or can cut very easily.
Tierra Del Fuego Acropora
Twilight Dragon Acropora
Blue Tipped Slimmer Acropora
Flame Skirts Zoanthids
Mari Bllues Zoanthids
Captain America Palythoas
Good ole God of War Paythoas
Green Mosaic Rhodactis Shroom
Various types of Montiporas including this Candy Apple Capricornus.
And what do I like/want? I would say that I am easy to please, if I don't have it I would be interested. I like all colors, origins, and especially all build/structures