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  1. 4 points
    Hey everyone, I went back to the Evergreen State College (my undergraduate) for a visit and they installed a huge 13,000 liter system aquarium system in the basement of the school. One thing I thought they always did well was teach the sciences and this provides a way for the students to both monitor and have a hands-on experience with these living creatures. http://www.cooperpointjournal.com/2017/04/26/hidden-marine-treasures-evergreen-debuts-new-state-of-the-art-aquarium-facility/ Although, when I visited, they were looking for more variety of corals and it made me think it would be good to ask the club. Personally, I have some euphyllia, birdsnest, xooanthids, and pavona that I am going to donate. I haven't heard of anything they don't want. So, please let me know if you have any corals that you would be willing to donate for educational purposes. I'll likely be heading up in December, so no rush. Thanks again, Miles
  2. 3 points
    Well I’m back! Was gonna setup another 120G but stumbled across this bad boy for sale on the forums a couple months ago. Always loved these Marineland Deep Dimension tanks! Definetly the best dimensions (besides the height) you can get out of a factory made aquarium. It’s a 150G aquarium and the dimensions are 36”x36”26”. One of the downfalls I don’t like about these tanks are how short the stands are. I researched a couple different options and decided to build a small 7” pedestal for it. Bringing the overall height to 36”. I haven’t totally finished it yet (needs trimmed out) but it gets the tank rolling quicker. As for livestock I am going to probably stick with LPS, softies and a few SPS. I’ve always loved tanks with big leathers and euphyllias so I will definetly have a few of those. Haven’t decided on a fish list yet...still working on that. I have accumulated some rock over time but I did order 100lbs of base rock from Billy’s Reef Connection that I really like. As for equipment I’m gonna start out pretty basic and will probably upgrade over time. Going to use an algae scrubber and probably purchase a controller in the next few months, once cycled. Here’s a breakdown- Lighting - 2 Ocean Revive Arctic 247 Return Pump - Sicce Syncra 4 Flow - 2 MP40’s Sump - Trigger Systems Ruby Elite 30 Skimmer - SCA 302 (Probably will upgrade first) HERE ARE SOME PICS
  3. 2 points
    UPDATE- Got the tank plumbed on Thursday. Filled with water and tested the tank over the last couple days. Got the water drained earlier this morning. Rinsed about 100 lbs or so of sand and got it in the tank tonight. Having the carpets cleaned on Wednesday so probably won’t do anything more until after that. Can’t wait to get this thing going!
  4. 2 points
    wait... are we married?. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  5. 2 points
    I know my wife has a lot of bras, but I think 25' of bras is a bit excessive. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  6. 1 point
    I have been going a little crazy not having a tank so I bought a fusion 30 not long ago. Last night Kori came by and helped me get the new light hangers mounted so now I can start to aquascape the tank. The equipment will be pretty basic and nothing out of the ordinary on this one. Nuvo Fusion 30l Mp10 if I decide it needs more flow ATI 4 bulb 36 inch sunpower Dc return Marine pure blocks in overflow sections Red devil nano skimmer As for livestock I'm going with a clown or 2 and whatever my daughter picks out at the store Corals will be mainly higher end mushrooms, high end rock flowers, and some Lps. It's more of a holding tank right now as I'm selling some corals but once those are sold I'll be able to aquascape it how I like!
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    I'll be mixing water and filling up my tank full of dry rocks / dry sand next week. Looking for somone in PDX (NE but not picky) who can spare a half cup of sand and a small (lemon size would be fine) chunk of rock to help me feed the cycling process. Will pay currency or trade for beverages. Thanks. Nate
  9. 1 point
    And literally found the ammonia test kits yes all the chemicals in my wash machine. Don’t even want to know how it got there.
  10. 1 point
    It felt like a lifetime hahaha Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  11. 1 point
    Let me know what your after Miles as if I have it you can have some oh and liters are we in Canada eh..........
  12. 1 point
    If it was me well........T5s for the win I am old school and loved MH but people complain of the heat......not so bad really. I run T5s and LEDs over my system and growth is great. I had the AI primes but was not a fan of them. People love tem but just not my thing. Maybe look for a used ATI fixture. Good luck in your search and you are going to get a lot of answers on this
  13. 1 point
    1st pic For you wine connoisseurs... Strawberry Wine 2nd pic For you health nutz... Strawberry Banana Smoothie 3rd pic For those who believe in Leps... ASD Leprechauns Indulge... Sent from my man cave hoping the Dodgers win the World Series [emoji14]
  14. 1 point
    I asked Charles if he could build me a couple anemone boxes and BAM he knew exactly what I wanted. Great price and super easy to work with. The build quality was excellent and he even gave me suggestion on slight mods to save money!! What a guy! I have more stuff I want built in the future and I’ll definitely be hitting Charles up. Thanks again!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 1 point
    Got the tank aquascaped how I want it. Went with 2 primes, I got my [language filter] chewed when the wife came home a d saw more holes in the wall haha. She hates the look so Cody and I worked out a deal for a trade! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  16. 1 point
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha that’s hilarious, I can’t believe it auto corrected to bras Let me make sure it’s clear in case it’s not at this point, I’m looking for pump that can handle at least 25 feet of head pressure. Although, if you have a pump that could handle 25 feet of bras it probably could also handle 25 feet of water
  17. 1 point
    RIP Woody... [emoji20] A man with a wealth of knowledge! Very lucky to have have known you. Rest easy, my friend... Sent from my man cave hoping the Dodgers win the World Series [emoji14]
  18. 1 point
    Oh thats so sad. I just saw yesterday on 82nd a billboard on the side of a building advertising his store.
  19. 1 point
    Oh wow! He was a good dude! Rip woody. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  20. 1 point
    Man Woody was an OG. He will be missed
  21. 1 point
    Sending our thoughts and prayers for his daughter, and son in law.
  22. 1 point
    RIP Woody🙁 You will be missed.
  23. 1 point
    Definitely sad. Darcy texted the news to me on Saturday during Holly's sale and I forgot to pass it on in all the chaos. Nice that the next generation is picking up the torch to carry on the shop although it has to be rough to lose the founding influence. My condolences to the family and friends he leaves behind.
  24. 1 point
    Ah, sincerest condolences. We lost another good one.. may he be at the great reef in the sky somewhere....
  25. 1 point
    ohhh this is very sad news! He was the first person I went to for advice and it was at his shop and website that I found out about this place...
  26. 1 point
    He will be missed, that's for sure.
  27. 1 point
    Thanks everyone for your input. I've been into fish in and around this area since I was 9 (now 28). I never really posted much on the different forums or attend some of the meetings (so I do partially blame myself for not doing a better job at supporting the local scene when I was a bit younger). Now seeing all the other regions in our country have such booming scenes, I just wanted to get a conversation going to see if we can identify and maybe reverse this pattern we have been seeing. I also a completely agree that there have been many positive steps taken in this area. And forums like this one are the reason why. So what do you think we can actively start to do to grow this awesome hobby? I know we all can't collectively own a fish store (though that would be cool, huh?). I might just be out of the loop, but do we have a monthly or every other month meetup? Or a tank tour where different members go to different user's house and check out their tank's and talk about the hobby? I know it shows that I am a novice poster on here, but I have been pretty successful for some time in fresh and saltwater. If anyone has an ideas on how I can personally help, I would be all for it! I have came to realize I want to be more active in our scene. Honestly, thanks again for all your feedback. Seeing the feedback this has gotten in the last 24 hours brings hope in itself! Mick
  28. 1 point
    Great thread. You guys have covered most of what I would add to this discussion but having run my own business for five years (in another industry,) I would like to add to and reiterate what some of the others have said. 1. It's not enough to be a knowledgeable fish and invert person, you also have to have the discipline and business acumen to get the business built and open, resist the urge to keep flaky hours when you feel like taking a day off or sleeping in, plan a budget and stick with it, hire and manage knowledgeable employees who are also disciplined and honest, promote and advertise (although with social media this is much easier and less costly than it used to be,) and find reputable vendors who send you livestock that is healthy, well-cared-for and helps protect your bottom line. Running a business is not for the faint of heart but you sure do find out a lot about yourself in the process. 2. Deep enough pockets to open the store and keep the doors open. In addition to the significant expenses of finding a site, painting and building infrastructure, paying first and last (at least,) buying merch, livestock, tanks, pumps, lights etc., you also have many other expenses, such as an accountant, an attorney (at least in the beginning,) monthly and quarterly taxes (the quarterly payroll taxes are murder,) licensing, state permits, etc. You also need to have enough working capital to keep the joint open while you're building your business. Also, if you're not there, you have to pay someone to be there for you ,when you're open. 3.) No matter how well you run your business and how lucky you get with good staff to help you run it, you're never really off the clock. You're always thinking about how to build and promote your shop, sweating having enough cash to cover expenses and make loan payments, wondering why sales were down 18% last quarter and so on. All that said, you also have to have time away from the operation occasionally to maintain perspective and quality of life. The worst part of being burned out is everyone around you knows it long before you do. 4. You're the last one who gets paid. Everyone else has to get paid before you do. You can get by working seven days and making little or nothing for a while but you have to make enough to live eventually. 5. You must be lucky enough to have an engaged local community of hobbyists who like and believe in your business and will go a bit (or a lot) out of their way to buy locally and spent a bit more to make sure their local resources are there for them when they need it. PetCo, PetSmart, and others don't give a [language filter] about their regulars but I promise you that the vast majority of LFS owners do. The good ones have a vested interest in making sure that you're successful and make client education part of their business plan. So many factors come into play. You have to be very good and more than a little lucky to make it and it's a tricky confluence of factors to manage even if you are good and lucky. 'Nuff said.
  29. 1 point
    That blows. I guess this just means we need to pick up our game.
  30. 1 point
    I think this article is on point. Paletta writes about how to save the LFS.
  31. 1 point
    I think it also has to do a lot with the people involved with the community. Emerald makes a good point with Upscales, that when there are more stores, you see a larger community because it gets noticed more. If there isn't a lot of stores in your area, the reefing community has to compensate. If there isn't either, I have a feeling you'd likely see a decline. Anyway, I am sorry to hear that there have been a lot of stores closing down in the Seattle area. I know that it can be hard to keep a business going, especially type that we are in. If you ever feel like you would like to have someone to talk with...PNWMAS is here for you. Also, Oregon has some pretty amazing stores.
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