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    I'll play Sent from my SM-G928P using Tapatalk
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    Another annual PNWMAS December holiday meeting success! This meeting we went with a change in venues and the decision to have it held at the Kennedy School was a good one. We rented out a class room for the club and provided some food and drinks, all which was staffed by the onsite restaurant. Very convenient. There were some interesting pizza choices here. There was the classic pepperoni as well as a zucchini broccoli pesto. Don't knock it until you've tried it. So many faces and so little time, you would think that 3 hours would be enough but it was not. after all the raffles, white elephant gift exchange, frag swap, food & drink, there was just enough time exchange words with a few people. If I didn't get to converse with you or snap a photo I apologize, there will be a next time I assure you that. That being said, here are some shots of some mighty fine folks... Our club treasurer and zoa collector Mr.Bret. He keeps our accounts in line and assists with obtaining and holding PNWMAS raffle prizes. Thank You Sir!...He is also the main man at Paradise Corals of Hillsboro, a collection of fine corals, fine art, and fine fishes..and lets not forget about the jellyfish and seahorses. Stylaster made it down from Washington and glad he did, he always brings some interesting conversation to the table. Another sponsor who has been apart of the PNWMAS for some time, Roy runs Pacific Corals in Long View Washington and brings in some island fire. Hope those little baby chalices work out for you, they are Sloooow growing, but beauties. And as you know, there will be more my friend. Glittering like priceless gems is FancyFins. Another valuable member of our Board Of Directors. You may have seen her and Albertareef doing an outstanding job on announcements and raffles, not to mention their valuable input behind the scenes. Thank You Cherany. Reefer madness playing with the PAR meter before it goes off to another set of hands. I got some montiporas you need to snag next time you run through Corvallis my friend. Make sure that urchin and cowrie stay in the sump though. Once the lights go out they will head towards your new frags like a heat seeking missile. Danlu here, this guy is one innovative reefer. He has made a few designs to improve his reefing game and has been employing his 3D printer in his aquatics related business Reefi Labs. He makes some very impressive, efficient, and powerful LED lighting that I know grows some very colorful corals. I hope all those acros work out for you, if they don't I will get you some more...If they do, I will get you some more. NRC enjoying the holiday cheer, there was certainly a festive cheer in the air making many people all around jolly. I wish I got to have some words with you but I made the mistake of divvying my time poorly. There will be another meeting next month so maybe I will se you then. Cheers my friend. SASQUATCH FOUND! Derek used to be a zoanthid hoarder but has since moved into the realm of gorgonians. If you ever get back into the colonial polyp coral game get ahold of me first, and I will give you many of them back. And don't be afraid to drop me a line if you head south through Corvallis yeah. Biochemrobyn, Congratulations!! And good luck with the move to Texas, it will be quite a change thats for sure. Hopefully you can find a reefer group as cool as ours here in the Pacific North West...Either way don't hesitate to drop in here once in a while and say whats up, most of us are not going anywhere soon. Gumby, on the left, also made a long trip from Washington to attend the get together. Very cool guy! He has helped us with the boys and girls club events we have held and he does some aquarium work for tanks for teachers in the Vancouver Washington area...Not to mention he has a vast coral collection that would have many of us in envy...Much like Gill&Fin to the right here. She has some of the most beautiful systems around, so neat and tidy. She does great work for our PNWMAS club here behind the scenes acting as an important member of the Board of Directors. Thank You Holly, Thank You Jim. On the far left we have Grassi, and on the far right we have Reefrun. I didn't get the chance to meet their son but I imagine we will cross paths again at a future meeting. Both very kind people who have a knack for reefing. If I had brought more cash I would have bought one of those corals you had but I spent my cash on food and raffle tickets. I need to get my priorities straight again. Youcalmenny and his family center of the picture. If I am not mistaken he just got done making a move into a house. This probably means some upgrading at some point yeah. I wanted to talk some with you about that but you know how that goes. I am sorry I didn't get back at you after you threw me that chalice but I will most certainly get you back when your ready for a frag or two...Just give me the word. Kai and his family also made it out to our little shindig. As far as the corals we were talking about Kai, you may need to dip them every few days for a couple weeks or get a wrasse who is hungry for small crustaceans and other inverts. Sometimes even beneficial copopods can bloom to such populations that they actually irritate the polyps themselves causing the retraction and irritation. Throw up a thread if you have any more questions yeah. nd good seeing you man. FishoutofWater, another member who has been around for a little while. Here he is getting in on some of that raffle action we all love so much.Which to choose, which to choose? Ad as usual, there is no wrong choice, it's ALL good. Kknight far right and her husband sitting at the cool kids table, as usual. Karen is our Head of the Tanks for Teachers and leads the way for several participants in the program. Without her help there would be alot less marine activity in those kids classrooms. Thanks Karen. OH! And I barely missed that Fireball on the table, by a smidgen. Things were starting to get hot in here, a white elephant gift no doubt. It's Christmas early my friends. From left to right people waiting for their number to be called it's Rick, Reefer Madness, his wife , JFry, and HigherThinking. There was so much loot in the raffles and so many participants in the gift exchange it wouldn't surprise me if almost everyone's number was called at some point...Okay, not everyone's, and not Andrew's, he isn't feeling that lucky streak. Just Joshin you Andrew. say hi to Lauren for us. Or maybe it just has to do with that gift exchange?...Like DejaVu, this singing is ringing in my ears. Don't worry, this is one Bieber you would let near your mouth...Maybe? Spectra didn't make a showing so it had to go home with someone, hope he is alright with that. Kelly Limpet on the left and OptimusPrime on the right.Dodge has some pretty nice zoas just growing awayin his tanks. If that Shazam doesn't work out for you let me know and I iwll get you another one. They are finicky at first but once they get growing it is pretty productive. Kelly here had the most amazing shirt I had seen all day, well next to Cherany's. He has a custom PNWMAS shirt that had me envious as soon as I saw it. I just love the back, so I took a picture. Funny thing is, as I read this I heard it at the same time in Don knotts's voice...Does that mean I am old or just well versed? This picture came out Amazingly good, like it needs some Christmas reef around the edges and a bow. Just look at . Emerald, CuttlefishndCorals, Kknight, and Sirena all in on the group hug. Kim is ourr fearles president who helps keep the ball rolling here at PNWMAS, we appreciate your hard work Kim. Then Jeff in the center is a helluva team player here at PNWMAS, providing massive discounts for or Tanks For Teachers program along with finding us the best raffle prizes he can when we ask. He also happens to be one of our fine sponsors running the amazing Cuttlefish and Corals found in Portland Oregon. If your around the area you need to stop in his shop, there is a little bit of everything, you are sure to find something you want and need there. Karen as you know is our Tanks For Teachers leader and has served on the Board of Directors for quite a while now, thanks again Karen. Bottom we have the first lady, Sirena. She has done an astounding job contributing in all sorts of our PNWMAS affairs when she can. From planning and cooking to setup and logistics. We all are greatfull for those hours you put in to our club that go without being seen. Your Awesome! Some of these next pictures are from when we handed out the quizzes...That's right, we made reef quizzes for all the attendees and we even had prizes for the top scores. We had three categories containing what we Thought were appropriate questions for the three different difficulty levels, novice, intermediate, and advanced. If you see someone in one of these pictures Teed off, it is probably my fault. Trailerman isn't afraid here, he has his thinking cap on and is doing just fine. There is alot to learn in this hobby and each category had some easy questions and some rather difficult ones. Even the beginner test had a couple ones that made you think. Super Fun! Left is Sharklover and next to him is Ken. Both are getting busy on the quiz. These two are pretty trustowrthy guys. I don't have t worry about them using the cell phone or sharing answers. Let us know when you got your setups running and then maybe we can trade some frags. I Also love this picture. They are clearly frustrated with yours truly. Who Writes this Stuff!? Far left is Paratore. He runs West Coast Corals, in Monmouth Oregon, and does a great job. He has some high end pieces for sure, better grab those sunglasses if your going to see those anemones and corals. Middle is R-3. As I have said a few times already, let me know when you want a couple corals for your newe setup and I will grab you something nice. Maybe some time I can come by and check things out. I love seeing other setups. Same goes for you Exodus, on the right. That is, if your still down. I got some frags for your new setup anyhow. Higher Thinking, Emerald, and Sirena laughing it up. These people all have some very good energy to them. Just enjoying themselves at another PNWMAS event. Almost as much as this guy. Sharklover takes home the Gold...Apex that is. When I spoke with him it sounded like it is going to some good use. Congratulations. Rick snagged the Vortech! OH, I think I actually wanted that one. As long as it is going to be used to grow coral I am happy I suppose. But really, congratulations as well. Whoa, its the rare and elusive Badxgillen , looks like I am getting that winter coat for hibernation. Raffle wise I actually snagged myself a gift card for the Salem Oregon Premium Aquarium. Yet another amazing store full of goodness. Talk about a good excuse to go to Salem! Who want to roll with!? And speaking of laughter, look at these three! I don't know whats making them laugh but I know that they crack me up. What a team we all make, its always a good time with the right chemistry of people. you probably know the people to right and to the left but in the middle we have Albertareef, a great asset to our club who rightfully sits on our PNWMAS Board Of Directors. Thank You Shaun. Well folks, thats about it for my brief recollections. I do want to make my usual thanks to all the office members, the Board Of Directors, the Sponsors, and all the PNWMAS crew that make all this possible. Most of you know it but some of you don't, and some just need a reminder, I Love you ALL. Much appreciated..Until next time... I hope you all enjoyed the party.
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    I’ll Join the FTS club... In the Middle of some maintenance on both tanks...and pics not the best. But heres ours....
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    Let's see a single, full tank shot. Here's mine: Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
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    Still recovering from the move. Doing really well though!
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    It was so fun seeing everyone! And yes, I do love playing Price Is Right model with those raffle items, can't deny it! I'll toss another picture into the mix. This is Zoolander, myself, and Albertareef, clearly all quite pleased with the shindig! Maybe it was my big lotto win that had me so excited! (For those not there, I scored lottery tickets in the white elephant exchange. Thought I won $5, but I actually won $9! I will soon forget all your names now that I'm a bigshot lotto winner!)
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    Vlamingii Sent from my SM-G928P using Tapatalk
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    I will try and get a better pic of him in the morning. Hoping to upgrade to a 10g when Petsmart has their $1 sale again.
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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope all have a great day weather your cooking or just watching someone cook oh and don't eat to much.................
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    a little late to the game... but here you go!
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    Here is one you donit find often in tanks. Pocillipora Verrucosa, somewhat common on reefs of indo pacific, uncommon in reef tanks
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    5th annual anniversary sale 12-16 and 12-17! Can’t believe it’s been 5 years and we are going to party. Everything in store will be at the lowest prices of the year. Salt, corals, fish, tanks will all be on sale. We will also be doing grab bags, raffles, free gift cards and many other things. Stay tuned for details.
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    Our lavender tang 😬 finally got a good shot!
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    Here’s a pic. Sorry, much rather have the fish than zoas! I have thought of starting a little AIO to have some zoas and acans. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Ok lights are on..................glass is dirty hell I tore some cloves out a month ago and well coral was just tossed on the sand bed it works
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    ok, its late, I'm in the hot tub after another marathon "hobby session" so yeah, why not, i thought i would do a build thread. So I like big tanks. Every time i look at my 8' cichlid tank i say man... thats a cool tank. I built a small grow out tank to try my hand at killing corals. It didnt take long to master killing sps. At first i tried slow tissue recession, but i found that bleaching them overnight is better. There is a nothing like that sickening gut punch to inspire you to try harder, put more energy into it. Having lost track of how much I have spent to date, i figures it was time to get serious about shoveling money at this hobby. I found out that i couldn't spend enough money on an off the shelf tank to keep me up at night thinking "should i buy this? what is wrong with me?" So i ordered a custom rimless tank from Acrylic and Glass Exhibits (AGE) from texas. So its a 6 foot long x 3 feet deep by 24" tall rimless 3/4" starphire tank. AGE said "we don't build rimless any bigger than this" i had another custom builder refuse to build it 24" tall with those dimensions. its around 270g total.. something like that. It will weigh like 450lbs empty :(. So anywho this is dragging on so i will just list the equipment and then list the tasks necessary to get ready for this thing. * 6x3x2' rimless tank on second floor * skimmer and 100 gallon refugium in basement * reeflo barracuda pump for water moving duties * reef octopus regal 300int skimmer / neo natal unit incubator. seriously, its stupid large.. thats a full grown lab in that picture below. * DIY steel stand (powedercoated) with sapelle inlay panels (held with magnets) * bubble magus dosing unit... yes, no reactor * giessemann spectra lamp over display. 3- 250w halides and 4 80watt T5. * new apex and powerbar downstairs, linked power bar upstairs with LDK. no * top secret custom cheato reactor that is proven to remove 23.76% more nutrients. soo here are some pictures.. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Old pic when I had my 300. My Red Sea Sailfin :).
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    Hello all, It's almost time for the annual PNWMAS December Meeting/Holiday Party so thought it would be good to share some additional details. As noted in the save the date thread, this year's event will be at the McMenamin's Kennedy school location in NE Portland (https://www.mcmenamins.com/kennedy-school). Our event will be from 1-4 PM on Saturday Dec. 2nd in the Jordan room which is located at the back of the building. Directions and a map of the location are both available from the link above. It is located just north of Killingsworth St.on 33rd ave. For those that don't know, this is the building that housed the Kennedy grade school (where I actually attended back in the day) and our meeting will be in one of the old classrooms - hope that doesn't cause anyone bad flashbacks! There are many things to do there including a movie theater showing recent big release movies and a nice, heated, outdoor soaking tub as well as multiple small pub and restaurant spaces if anyone wants to make an adventure out of it. There also appears to be rooms available for Friday and Saturday night for any out-of-towners who might want to get there early or stay late (too much beer perhaps?). Food: The club will be providing some "snackable" pizza (small cut pieces) in a few varieties - Green w/ Envy, BBQ chicken, Margherita, and Pepperoni - as well as salad and non-alcoholic beverages (ice tea, lemonade, water). If you would like something different or more substantial, you will be able to order "to go" in one of the restaurants and bring it back to our space. For those wishing to enjoy one of the many adult beverages, there will be a dedicated server in the room to take drink orders (non-hosted). As noted above, there are several dinning options in the building so you could come early/stay late and indulge in one of those options as well and keep your hand free for other activities during the meeting! Activities: As you may have already noticed, our industrious VP, @badxgillen, has started a frag swap thread for this event and it sounds like we might have some action happening there so check it out. Please note, we wont have a frag tank available. Also, as per usual, we will have a fantastic collection of items up for raffle again this year and you can keep track of those on the special raffle thread that @Emerald525 started for us... Raffle tickets will be available for $5 each or 5 for $20 with paid members getting one free. There are plans to repeat the white elephant gift exchange (recommended value of $10) of "reef related" items (please ignore @spectra's Justin Bieber suggestions in the save the date thread - it will be better for all of us). To top it all off, I believe some of our more reef-geeky members (I will let you guess who) have been working on some trivia questions for you all! Stay tuned! Not sure how we will fit all of this in but we will do our best! Hopefully many of you will be able to make it and share some food, fun and reef-talk with the rest of us as we finish off another calendar year of PNWMAS-sponsored events. It's been a great year for the club and hopefully all of you as well so let's celebrate it together. See you there!
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    Just sharing a trick I use for propagating mushrooms for those who, like me, have had problems getting the little buggers to stay put while they're seating themselves on some rubble. I put some large gravel or tiny rock (depending on the size of the mushroom frag) in the bottom of each of these and place a mushroom frag on top. The high walls of these keep the flow down, but if you're worried about the frag still flying around you can rubber band some netting on the top (I wouldn't use the lid). Of course the mushroom won't attach if it isn't on the rubble, but netting would be extra insurance. Happy fragging!
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    Here is one of my pavona maldivensis colonies.
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    May all our valuable customers enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day - we will be closed, BUT... Looking forward to seeing you ALL Friday morning for our annual Black Friday event! ***RAFFLES, SAMPLES, GOODIES & SPECIALS*** All weekend long! Special Hours Friday and Saturday- 10am - 6pm
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    Lights are off, so here are a couple from last month featuring the rare and uncollectible yellow tang!
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    Okay first item up is not one but two Reefi gift certificates for 50 dollars each! Want a great LED pendant light with great customer service ? Check out their site http://www.reefi-lab.com/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/reefilab/
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    Hey all, found out about pnwmas via a facebook post from Paradise Corals and after talking to Bret decided to join about a month ago and then forgot I joined. Good to see that most the shops I frequent are sponsors on here. My grandmother used to breed freshwater fish so I have always had a tank as long as I can remember. I decided to make the jump to marine life a few years ago after we remodeled our living room and my 125 gallon cichlid tank no longer fit. I replaced it with a 60 gallon cube which I have been running as a mixed reef. I also had a 40 gallon breeder I recently setup in my sons playroom. My wife bought me a reefer 350 for my birthday in October with the stipulation that i consolidate tanks since maintaining 2 marine tanks took a lot of time in addition to the 3 freshwater tanks we have. So i have since broken down both tanks and have transferred over the livestock and rehomed a few. I realized I usually only take full tank shots when i first setup tanks and don't take many after that because they always are washed but I will try to stop being lazy and blow the dust off my dslr and take some progress pics with this tank. Attached is a pic of the 60 gallon being drained and the 350 being put in its place. I am still waiting on a few plumbing pieces to get here to hard plumb the return but once i get it 100% setup I will try to post some updated pics.
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    A new school year and new students at McBride this a 3 grade classroom so some students remain. The tank went thru a rough patch. I wasn’t doing water changes enough and the light was set for to long and to intense. We are back on track. I did add a small yellow tang to eat hair algae. The kids know he is just visiting. When new fish are added I do it during class time and the kids love helping a acclimate. If there are 8 kids the fish gets really acclimated, because I let each kid add a scoop of water. I asked the teachers to write an update on the kids daily reactions to the tank. During writing time she had the kids write letter !!! They are so precious
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    Looks like you all had too much fun, maybe next year I can figure out a way to wander over for this
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    Bert as always excellent job on the pictures and narration... You are truly one of the greatest assets to this club and judging from those RIDICULOUS advanced questions (this was my actual face taking those questions) you are also a wealth of knowledge Thanks Holly , Flashy (who lived up to her name at the event) and Bert for coming up with the quiz questions Thanks Sean and Flashy for running the raffle Thanks again MrBret for getting us the good deals on the raffle items and really having a lot to do with the idea of getting some of these high dollar raffle items! Thanks Sean for finding the venue for the part. Kennedy school is awesome and I received lots of comments of how fancy and nice it was! Would love to have another event here. Oh and I think I was laughing so hard when Cherany said that all the winners of the brain quiz should meet her in the corner for a prize.... It was a great time! Thanks everyone for coming!
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    Here is my entry. An old picture of the hippo tang when he was little. Nowadays he is a mack truck...
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    I am leaving him out of the contest since he won in 2014. But here is the pic for old time's sake!
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    Over the years I have purchased a hand full of wall hammers but only for them to perish quickly within 2 months. Branching hammers I have great success with. I suspected that I have been burning the wall hammers with too much light. My latest attempt on walls are doing great. Now that I have a spare frag tank connected to the same system, I can tune my lights for them without having to find shaded portions in my display tank. I suspect even with low PAR like 50, these corals may not be used to those spectrum of light. This time I started super low at max of 20-30par for few hours at day. After about 10 days, I bump up the PAR by 5% every few days just to be conservative. Now 2 months later they are at 85 PAR. My goal is to get them to around 120-150 PAR. Surprisingly, at such low PAR the Montipora was still able to grow....well, much slower than those at 300 PAR. Sent from my SM-N950U1 using Tapatalk
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    For those of you living under a rock.. if you haven’t heard the annual holiday party is in just a few weeks!! It is Saturday December 2 from 1 to 4 at the Kennedy School!! As many of you are aware we save the best raffle items for this event and if you are a supporting member you get one free raffle ticket!! You can sign up here to be a supporting member! http://www.pnwmas.org/store/ We have a really nice grand prize so stay posted to this thread!!
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    and a neat blue light pic of my monti cluster
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    I ate too much turkey, but, before I ate turkey, I took these just because I could. My green birdsnest in the cube got a massive trimming, now I can see what is behind it.................lol. My two Bangai cardinals are not really thrilled about that, but I have to assume the thing will grow back, kinda like weeds in your driveway
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    Green mushroom Ricordia purple pink and orange leather frags in Salem
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    Making mental note to walk to the event this year...
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    Dont get started... the last job i got bids on they ranged from 17k to 50k. 17k was high but doable. I wont repeat here what i told the 50k guy. Like i said... talk to the mrs. because you may crap your pants if you get an estimate. I never understood why people are so scared to build things and work on their own houses etc. All the information you need is readily available on that internet thing. A little common sense, lots of questions.. you will be fine. Just dont go cutting drywall with a circular saw. LMAO. sorry, but that is the funniest thing i heard in awhile. Dont feel too bad though. My GF was cleaning the house and i was still sleeping. where is the shop vac? huh? "its in the garage." about 10 minutes later i hear it running.. i start to wake up...i hope she realizes she needs to attach the filter because i just cleaned it. i come out of the bedroom.. DAWN!!!! WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!! She has her head in the wood burning stove, vacuuming out all the ash.... with no filter..... lets just saw i feel your dusting pain. . Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Sorry to hear that one Holly that was a sweet nem! Lights are off a pic of mine tomorrow if I remember............... But here is my little IM14 peninsula
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    Willing to part out?
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    It’s crazy to think where I started from to where I’m at today.
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    And in a school, too! Guess it's detention for me!
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    Saw one of my flower anemones hitching a ride on the back of one of my hermits shells. This flower anemone of mine seems to move every few weeks, not sure why the other two have stayed put once they found their spot.