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Happy New Year!!!

To kick things off in 2019 we are going to be taking a trip to one of the most old school salt water shops around, Upscales.

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Known for their killer salt water fish, amazing corals, and exotic reptiles, Upscales has a little something for everyone. Join us at the end of the month for a meet and greet at one of our oldest sponsors to get your reef on. I still have my Oregon Tort and my Upscales Microlados but I am sure Travis and his crew will have a plethora of other must have corals in stock that I will be tempted to walk away with, gotta hit up those buy one get another coral half off deals. And they always have nice clams and anemones to choose from as well.

Here are the basic details below.

Time---Sunday January the 27th at 1:00PM

Address---19295 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062

Stay tuned for updates on the event as they roll in, there is always something brewing here in the PNWMAS club.

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This is a new one for me.  Being so far south I often don't get a chance to check out all the shops up north so I am looking forward to checking it out!

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This shop is an old favorite of mine. If you haven't been there for a while there are some new tanks in the back that can view even more corals from the top down.

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Will be good to get back there for a visit - looking forward to it!  

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I'm really going to try hard to make this meeting.  My daughter is moving by the end of the month and I have to drive the uhaul so hopefully she will be moving the weekend before.

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Would there be any public interest in having a microscope available at the meeting?  I'd be happy to bring my microscope and clean slides if anyone has something they're trying to ID.  Diatoms, dinoflagellates, ich, pods, and many other things are easy to ID under magnification.  

This microscope can view samples at 40x, 80x, 100x, 200x, 400x, 800x, 1000x, or 2000x. The view can also be recorded on video on your own smartphone since I have a universal adapter to hold a phone up to the eyepiece.

Let me know if anyone is interested.

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I was at Upscales Saturday he had really wide selection and really nice corals and clams.

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8 hours ago, SuncrestReef said:

Would there be any public interest in having a microscope available at the meeting?  I'd be happy to bring my microscope and clean slides if anyone has something they're trying to ID.  Diatoms, dinoflagellates, ich, pods, and many other things are easy to ID under magnification.  

This microscope can view samples at 40x, 80x, 100x, 200x, 400x, 800x, 1000x, or 2000x. The view can also be recorded on video on your own smartphone since I have a universal adapter to hold a phone up to the eyepiece.

Let me know if anyone is interested.

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If I were you, I'd bring and make a little small walk-by demonstration because that is too cool.

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Upscales and the PNWMAS club have got some awesome raffle prizes coming up for this months meeting. Take a look at some of the goods we have for the winning tickets pulled.

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An Aquatic Life 50 Gallon Per Day Reverse Osmosis unit. Not a bad idea to start with the cleanest water you can, nor is it a bad idea to have a back up unit in case the main unit has some down time or needs a tune up.

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An Icecap Gyre 1K to get flow to some of those spots in the aquarium that you didn't know needed it, these things are supposed to do their job well.

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And for the larger tanks there is a bigger model, the coveted Gyre 3K will also be making an appearance at the January meeting... I have had my eye on these pumps for a while and am dying to try one out.

It is $5 for single tickets or $20 for a strip of 5, and don't forget paying members get a free entry ticket to increase those odds some. We will have a few other items added to the raffle list over the next week or two so stay tuned.

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