May 2018 meet was another over the top meeting for the PNWMAS. For those who could not make it you missed out on a great event.
Rudy at The Golden Basket hosted the May gathering and did Great, his family works together seamlessly and handled the clubs needs without a hitch. And Kim, Siirena, Scott, and Saun did an amazing job of coordinating, cooking, and setting up all of this. Wonderful people right here!
Kim an Sirena in this pic getting all the kinks worked out before anyone even got there, this is an amazing couple right here. Emerald is ready with tickets for raffles in hand and in the background Sirena is making sure the margarita machine is ready to go...
And Yes, You heard that right, margarita MACHINE! One side was for the virgin blue raspberry slushy mix and the left was for the real deal margarita with tequila. This is the first "meeting" I have been to that had a margarita machine to dispense beverages.
Chef Scott helped Sirena by making a few things at home and maning the grill like he does so well. That marinated skirt steak was tasty stuff, never would have guessed there was soy sauce involved.
Albertareebt in and setup a whole sound system for music along with a mini amp for the speakers and raffles. As you all know Saun is a stand up guy, always willing to pitch in here and there.
I had to include as much vertical as I could on a couple pictures here, not only to show off our OSU Beavers tent, but to take notice of the amazingly beautiful clear and sunny day we had. Several people had enough forethought to bring camping chairs to sit down outside and enjoy the sunny weather.
Like Lewisfisherman here, polarized shades are not a bad idea today...You might still need them once you go inside and see some of the amazing corals. I know you found a few bright gems in Rudy's shop.
Mark and Exodus having a conversation right before things got started, there were several early birds who were more than willing to be of assistance where needed like these two. Both are seasoned veterans in the salt water hobby.
Eclipse on a sunny day!? Good to see you, glad you found a little time to come out and hang with the PNWMAS crew.
As usual, once inside you see Rudy and his team just working away, move em in and move em out. These guys are either taking pictures or bagging corals, not a bad gig if you ask me.
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!
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.
Holy Smokes! you all feel the same way about that last gathering as I do?
That meeting was Amazing!
It was probably the biggest and bestest shindig I have ever seen at Jeff's shop, wall to wall people, Boomin music, great corals, and really good food. Jeff and the PNWMAS Club really came through for this one folks. I am glad I did not miss out on this.
Before even entering the building there were two tables of various side dishes and condiments provided along with a number of dishes brought by some of the members attending. There were also plenty of "Refreshments" on hand...I swear I saw a keg around there somewhere, but no jello shots like the party bus.
We were all fortunate to have Chef Scott as our on hand grill man, working not one but two at a time! Thank you so much for coming in and manning those grills, you did it like a champ, and great food as always. Spectra is a man of many talents, so lets give him a mental applause for a moment.
And as usual the store was looking good...And Packed.
Packed with customers AND Corals! This was no joke!
Whatever you needed they about had it, Acroporas CHECK, Zoanthids CHECK, Bomb Mushrooms CHECK!
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.
As requested, a thread starter for a Frag Swap at our February 2018 Meeting at Stylaster's, I used my own previous template, so if it looks familiar...It is.
Being a meet and greet type of gathering it seems like it would be a good time to get the old coral trades going on.
If you would like, you can do your trading on the fly by just bringing by a few pieces and hoping that some one will have a desirable coral you want...Or better yet, you can post up what you have to trade and work out a preemptive exchange here on the forums, that method always works best for me. You can feel free to use this thread to post your trade-ables in or start a thread of your own.
But First, let me get you some of Bert's basis tips for success here.
1.) make an attempt to have a fragment of reasonable size and health and try and get things cut and ready a few days to a week ahead of time to have the wounds healed up for the exchange. And double/triple check for pest invertebrates or algaes before sending your corals out, we try to keep invasives to a minimum here...And once you get your frags home, just in case, always acclimate the specimens then dip the corals before you put them into your personal aquarium. QT Aquariums are best but good old Revive, Coral RX, Melafix, Iodine, or Bayer will do much better at prevention than nothing.
2.) Try to package your corals appropriately. This can mean not putting a spiny coral like birds nest into a thin dollar store bag or not utilizing insulation on an extended cold or warm trip. Try a small cooler or Styrofoam. If you can't find either of these and the destination is a long distance, keep the vehicle air conditioned or heated appropriately. As far as packaging goes you can double bag and use thicker mil plastics, or something else like a Tupperware or specimen container. I have even used washed out yogurt or cottage cheese containers that stack well inside the coolers. Just use something that will work, nothing like losing a nice and colorful animal because the bag got too cold and leaked all the water out on the way home.
3.)Do your best to be courteous and fair to one another by not take advantage of each others ignorance or generosity. These are people of all levels in the hobby so give them the benefit of your knowledge and experience instead of the cold shoulder. And speaking of generosity, that giving nature has always been smiled upon here at PNWMAS and pay it forward tends comes back around these parts.
Well, the meeting is closing in fast, less than two weeks yeah.
So Let's see em folks, Whatcha Got!? Corals that is!
Personally I have a ton of things I can cut if someone wants to ask for a general type of coral. For now here is a picture of some sweet zoas I have to cut before they attach to something they shouldn't. And I will add some things here once I can go and grab some pictures that don't suck.
Well I must say, the January 2018 meeting went great! A meet and greet at the Premium Aquarium made a splendid beginning of the year event. Tons of beverages, pizza, and sweets were provided by the club and Garret so no one was left hungry during their socializing or shopping, I mean who wants to raffle on an empty stomach? As always the shops tanks were packed and looked great! So many fish and corals, so little time, and so little tank space at home.
I mean take a look at these crisp and clear displays, very nice.
Even the rock work was not only well planned, it is well executed, made with the forethought of corals growing in.
You can''t help but stop and take an extended look, every time it gets me salivating...And envious!
I saw Chef Dave working at getting the tanks looking their best when I arrived, a having a prime reef tank is an endless task.
As far as frags and colonies go there was a very nice blend of SPS, LPS, and soft corals that were available, whats that? You like that chunky teal frag in the middle?
well its in my tank now, along with a few others. Had to replace my red dragon and Chris hooked it up with some insane prices. Good man that Chris, good man.
And I know I usually open up with people but I want to throw one more up here and then I will move on from the non human life for a minute or two. Although there were many amazing fish and inverts int the store, I had to throw this pic up of Garret's anemone tank. It is simply spectacular, so many nice anemones it is slightly sickening...And I don't even like anemones that much, but these I had to give props to.
And believe it or not this picture does not hold a candle to the colors I saw in person. It was a vibrant mix of reds, oranges, greens, and purples...Some having splotches inside or almost that glittery appearance. A couple had the "sheen" to them that makes them glow. looking into this tank and the clam tank would make any one want a lagoon on the side of their tank.
And speaking of colorful vibrant specimens... Here we have Albertareef left and Flashyfins right. As usual they are laughing or giggling about something that I am clueless about. Alberta, I glued down that frag and put it in a tank in my kitchen so that I can keep a close eye on it, I think I can keep this guy going but we will see. And Cherany, Thank You very much for your assistance running the raffles, you and Shaun make a great team. Much appreciated.
I also realized going through these pics that y'all have such good fashion sense at these meets, where is I have none.
Hey! Now who is this that walked in the door!? Our wonderful president Emerald and first lady Sirena!
I didn't get the goombas names but they are little cuties aren't they. All ready to do some aquarium window shopping and get an ear full about marine biology. We love our geek outs don't we, it always makes me happy to see children enjoying aquarium life, little minds are at work for sure.
And did somebody say Geek Out? No offense meant guys but this...
This is a geek out right here that I wanted to be part of. Garret of TPA and Gumby to the right are ogling a sweet piece of montipora Jim brought in to share. Garett thinks it very well could be a rare undata. You know I had to snag me a tiny piece to see what it may do in my tank. Thank You, Jim, your corals and assistance is really something. And Thank you Garret, for opening up your store to us, getting all that food setup and taken down, and all the killer deals and information you give us. You are one of the good ones my friend.
Now here we have the rare Stylaster under actinic lighting, I like to keep him under AISol lighting instead of the radions...To get the colors to really just pop!
But really folks, Roy here is another of the good ones I was talking about. Informative, generous, and kind make this someone you should always give a shout out to when you see him. I didn't get much face time at this meet but I am looking forward to next months meeting in Washington at which point I will be able to just talk his ear off. I saw those treasures you picked up at TPA, and I saw that lowboy thread you started. You know I will be needing some of that reef candy.
Youcallmenny and son here brought some candy themselves, I see that cooler in hand man.
And wouldn't you know it, he has a beautiful blastomussa frag for me, Thank You guys. It is going next to my TECO blasto frag...YES! Hope the acro frags work for you and if you want a few more I will get some cut for you. I have a killer blue that is pretty nice.
And here are some more of the PNWMAS crew.
Emerald smiling on the left and Fishoutofwater on the right.I feel like I was supposed to bring you a frag man, but I just cannot remember what it is that I had that you were interested in. Refresh my memory sometime and I will get you squared away yeah.
Whats up Man! Higherthinking here and Lauren, on the right obviously. Getting ready to pounce on some of those killer clams TPA had in stock. A maxima and a derasa later and I bet you are feeling much better, get that salt water fix. I hope to see you both soon yeah, see what you have done with your place, and that big reef tank. Have not been out since the calcium reactor talk/meet.
Bicyclebill and Mark are in the House! glad you made it out to another meeting. Always happy to see either of these two faces. Bill, as usual, was being generous and handing out monti frags like it aint no thing. OG coral gansta style, Insert low bass hiphop beat for a few seconds for bill here...Yeah Yeah.
These next too can have a little theme music too but something softer.
Gill&Fin on the left and Lexinverts to the right. Both a couple of awesome people who I always enjoy talking with. Holly, I wouldn't mind seeing your setups again soon, or maybe you will be having a meeting in your area sometime this year perhaps?..And Andy, I will drop you a line in the next few days and see if I can't come by and be of some assistance. I know that slimer colony has grown out the water and need to go under the saw...Not sure if bone cutters will cut that massive stalk. If your lucky folks I will take pictures when I get to that particular event.
Danlu of Reefi left and Optimus Prime right. I like both of these guys. Daniel has a pretty nice setup going on and I hear Optimus does too, maybe I can sneak a peek some time? I love seeing other peoples setups no matter the size of complexity. Let me know if that Shazam gives you trouble and I will see what I can do. I will be cutting the chongs bongs soon if you want a frag of those. That goes for both of you. I love trading zoas.
Its Ron! Scoping out some fish and torches no doubt. This guy has a collection going on that he needs to share with us...Relax Ron, I am talking about pictures, I would never want to hurt those scrumptious Glabrecens.
I didn't get a chance to speak with everyone and Brandon here on the left was one whom I missed, sorry man, be assured I will be at another meet though. On the right is Paratore of WCC. Cody my man, my son is going to school out at Western which means that maybe I can come by your place and snag something here soon. Maybe get a trade going on. I know your zoa game is strong.
JFry, glad you could make it man. We gota meet up outside a meeting or working, get to catch up on the business and life. I like talking maintenance, so many experiences, so many right and wrong ways to do things, and along with the other random events thrown in it never gets boring.
PDXMonkeyboy. Awesome work on that PAR meter man, I saw you test it side by side the Apogee and it was so close it was almost sickening.. Those meters are Sooo much Money. Good work man, and thanks for sharing it with everyone.
Colby here of PIA, coming in and swooping up a TTON of clown pairs for his massive breeding project in his Tangent facility. I mean it man, I am going to cruise out your way this next week and see whats up. Those systems should be rocking and rollin by now yeah. I be you have some wild stuff in.
A last couple relevant pictures with Sharklover taking home the MP10 Circ pump. Happy day!!! Just a terrible photo on my part, so sorry, lots of motion.
Eccotechs are some super nice pumps.
And here we have Reefermadness taking home the ATO.
Very cool man, I swear we were talking about one last month, now you can implement it into the reef tank. And let me know when you want some easy going acros. I got you covered there man, I owe you.
And I guess I will finish this off with some nice Anthias that were at The Premium Aquarium.
And my usual Big THANK YOU!!!
THANK YOU to all the Officers, Board Of Directors, Sponsors, The Premium Aquarium Crew, and club members who make all this possible. I know you are all tired of me saying this but...
You All ROCK!!!