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  1. 10 points
    My Emperor and Regal don't really interact together or cross paths much. So hard to get a pic with both of them. This is the best I got after stalking them for 30min.
  2. 10 points
    Here we go! The thing that got me back into this hobby 6 years ago was a contest very similar to this one. I didn't participate, but I loved following the builds and seeing what was possible in small tanks. The goal of this is to see how creative people can get with their builds. It's really fun to take something that was definitely not designed to be used as a reef tank, and figuring out how to make it work. I'm only going to put 2 strict rules on this: 1- Total volume must stay under 5 gallons. This is the total system volume. No, plumbing a .5 gallon cube into your established 10,000 gallon system doesn't count. 2- The budget is 100$ or less for the equipment. This is going to force you to get creative. You can use anything you already have on hand, or borrow from a friend who hoards supplies. - Other than that, everything is fair game. The budget applies to equipment only. If you want to keep a 1000$ trachy in your Cuisinart mixer reef, you win. If you want to play, all you need to do is make your first post by next Saturday (3/17). Your first post simply needs to be an equipment list, along with pictures and a cost breakdown. After that, you'll just have to post a tank update, with a full tank shot, every two weeks. So, posts are due by 5pm on 3/17, 3/31, 4/14, 4/28, 5/12, and 5/26. If you miss any of these, you'll be publicly shamed, and removed from the contest. The final posts will be due on June 2 at 5pm. I'll post the final pictures and throw it out there for the community to vote on. I want to start by giving a huge thank you to Saltwater Harmony (Holly), and Cuttle Fish and Corals (Jeff), who have paired up to donate a pico appropriate prize for the winner. The winner will get a pre-quarantined yasha goby and pistol shrimp pair. Finally, I'm going to be playing along, but I want everyone to know that I'm not going to be in the running for the actual contest. Weird pico tanks are kind of my jam and I really just want to help everybody else see how much fun these can be. If you have any questions or need advice, don't hesitate to pm me. Also, this is my first attempt at running a contest, so go easy on me.
  3. 10 points
    The kids wanted to thank everyone for their tank and also for their tank they will be getting.
  4. 10 points
    As most know I sold off my big display tank and frag system. I am building new house and with comes new tank and goodies....well not with but new builds!!! I asked awhile back for a baby sitter or temp tank for some stuff I was keeping and Jeremy. Aka The Clark stepped right up and had tank stand and sump to lend me until new house was done and tanks up and running. well I made the drive and picked it all up today. You can’t find a better guy and just wanted to give big shout out and say THANKS!!!’n
  5. 9 points
    My first reef related 3D print! clips to 1/2” pvc fun stuff!!
  6. 9 points
    Okay, here is my build, It's a 3.7 gallon custom built drop-off reef. Equipment: 1) Custom tank and Birch stand- I had the clear acrylic and I had to buy the black- $15.75 and I had the Birch. 2) Marine-land maxi-jet 1200 - $27.99 3) Aqueon 7.5watt heater - $10.99 4) Evergrow led light - Borrowed from friend. Filtration: 1) Bag of chemi-pure blue - Had on hand Grand Total $54.73 Here is a video of it when I was testing with fresh water. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. 8 points
    Got this piece a while back, glued it to the back to the tank and totally forgot about it (large tank problem lol). Anyway, it has colored up nicely. I fragged a piece last week and was blown away with all the color combo. Just wanna share.
  8. 8 points
    If seeing Holly’s fish room wasn’t enough we have some pretty amazing raffle prizes! For those of you getting into sps this has everything you need!! Thanks to Bulk Reef Supply! If you don’t know how to dose they have great videos that talk you through!
  9. 7 points
    Hi These colonies need trimming. Frags will be 1"+ Located in SE PDX. Text me at 5037348103 Mix/Match Pick any 4 below = 4 frags = $100 ProCoral Rainbow Garf Bonsai Rommel Watermellon Milli Bubblegum Milli Red Dragon Red Planet GB Raspberry Mint BC Spainbow MattV Golden Topaz Upscale Pink table
  10. 7 points
    Shout out to Dodge aka Optimusprime! He came over early today to give me and Sirena (okay Sirena really lol) trailering lessons. As some of you know we are getting an RV! He was super patient and even left his trailer so she could practice. Sirena backed it in like a pro! Thanks again you’re a great teacher !! I love how we all come from different backgrounds beliefs and skills yet this place brings everyone together to help in whatever way we can!! @Optimusprime3605
  11. 7 points
    Playing with underwater camera case for Sony RX100 mark 2. Got some hits and misses on some goniopora selections. The ones I have now seems to be thriving. Some of my old acro that STN/RTN to a few polyps have grow back. Recently added a couple wild acro colonies, starting to color up a bit.
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  13. 6 points
    The March meeting at Holly's was - a - BLAST!!! Frag Swaps, Coral Sales, and Reef Talk! Good Company, Fine Food, and Great Raffles! I was a great day for sure! The people who have seen Holly's setups know that there is plenty to admire and look at, she does a fantastic job at keeping things nice and proper, but for those who did not make it to the meet or have never been over, here are a few shots of part of her systems. This display is crisp and clean, full of beautiful colors and motion. The Hammer forest and Fungia patch are pretty impressive. And I would say these frag racks are stocked and loaded, there is much to be had here but I know how things go fast so save me one for later yeah. The club was generous enough to provide sandwiches, chips, and drinks to All who attended. It's really nice to just have all the refreshments and finger foods available, cause when I look at coral, I can get pretty hungry, and there as alot of coral. Thank you Albertareef and Gil&Fin for making that all happen, I know there is always some foot work involved in making accommodations for the club. When I got to Holly's I was a little early for presentation setup, but Emerald and Albertareef were already there getting the raffles ready to go. What A Team. These two are very organized and on top of their game, like pros. Get your name tag and raffle ON here!.. And speaking of raffles. LewisFisherman knows whats up! Even wearing the proper attire for the raffle at hand. We had some very nice prizes here. PIA git certificates, Sea Horse Exchange Gift certificate, TPA $50 certificate,Rod's Food pack, an Echotech MP 40, and a BRS dosing system with chemicals. Hot Dam! OptimusPrime coming in and getting those tickets in, MP40 my friend, or the certificates? Love the shirt by the way, I have some VW Zoas, good guy... Prime and Vance. The room for the presentation was great, we filled it with chairs on the sides and there was actually a raised area overlooking the room that I am standing in taking this picture. Lexinverts helped me with some pointers on my presentation and got the system connected and running on the display. Thank you very much man, I would not say I am a computer savvy individual and you just run through it... Meanwhile, downstairs where the tanks are located... So many faces I had not seen upstairs yet, the downstairs was Hoppin! I even think I see DarkAngel and Cuttlefishandcorals in back there. Kai, how you doing guy? Whatcha all Lookin at there Tesch!? Oh, that's right, the $10 coral rack is Loaded! Might want to take a step back and a deep breath...and get the cooler, there is some nice stuff in there. Lotsa of familiar faces and a few new ones too. Stylaster and Carissa came down from Washington to the meeting, happy you two could make it, good company here. I have a frag rack I am going to setup just for you Roy, get a couple chalices healed up for you, always nice to be in good with the man who runs Pacific Corals. And speaking of the Man, Jeff from Cuttlefish And Corals was in the House! Awesome guy with and awesome shop. I hear we will all be seeing you soon my friend, so maybe I can catch up with you then, I only got a few sentences in with you before I got caught up in something else again. Looking forward to seeing what you have in stock, always a treat. And in the same room I got to meet Kevin and his family. It was great talking with you, sounds like you have a good sized system coming along. If you are not too far off of the path one day I can come by and pay you and your tank a visit. Always like seeing other systems. FlashyFins in the bright and vivid colors we find some of our favorite exotic wrasses in. A member of our BOD who does her part in the behind the scenes work here at the club. Lexinverts left and Danlu right. Lex is our Vendor Relations Officer here at PNWMAS and an avid reefer. Danlu is a sponsor of the clubs with his Reefi light and is coming up with a few new product lines here in the near future. Keep us posted Daniel. HigherThinking sporting the black and orange, yeah yeah. Looking forward to a much needed hang out session, I bet the house and tank are looking good. Thanks for the frag too man, You know I will return the favor yeah. Here we have PDXMonkey left, one of the DIY guys that's good at what he does. And then another generous builder,Spectra on the right. Scott is also good in his trade, currently spending some of his free time making a light rack for a Tanks For Teachers tank, what a guy. And yet another cool shirt, Old School man. Exodus has been putting together a top notch system and from what I have seen the results are already showing. Looking forward to coming by and seeing the tank all maturing and growing. Center in this picture putting smiles on peoples faces, is Gumby. I wanted to chat with you, Roy, and Cherany about the upcoming fragfest but I found myself bouncing all over at this meeting. There will be a nest time though, be sure, and I still need to come by and see your display one day. Here is Ron and the wee one, getting another generation interested early is never a bad idea. Maybe I can make it a "Tank Tour" in Albany when I come by and chat with Nick and Brian here soon, get to come say hello. Zoorreeef, left, chatting it up with Lexinverts. Super happy to hear you are back in the game man, can't stay away too long right!? I know it was super weird that I didn't show up with coral to trade this meet but be sure I will have some next time man, so Save me an eclectic shroom yeah. Looks like he knew I had my camera out, Jack the Reefer here.I almost wanted to roll up on the pico contest, but I am out of counter space of my own at home...Maybe I can convince the misses to start one up. Anyhow, it was nice seeing you, it had been a while. Flash and family here. Everyone was so nice and well mannered... And thanks a bunch for helping with some of the presentation aftermath/breakdown, every hand is appreciated, were glad you're part of the club Whoa, Whats That President!? Presentation time and then Raffles!? They are on it! Our Team is Amazing! Getting all this in order is no easy task, Emerald here just KILLs it! Everyone getting ready for that sweet raffle, PetVet, right, has tickets in hand like a pro. I try and remember my beginning and end numbers but it never works and I have to look anyways. Eventually the doser and the pico went into the lucky hands of... NewReefer!!! Yeah BUDDY! What a score! You thinking about getting in on that Pico Competition? It was nice meeting you, we hope to see you at future meets yeah. Had to include one of the many laughing pics I captured. Youcallmenny center right and Lewisfisherman far right just having fun and Albertareef front trying not to laugh while working. Love IT! Just the act of the raffle causes explosive Cheer! And Finally, the suspense of the final draw is thick, I want an MP40 but so does everyone else. Gill&Fin was hoping to be holding the winning ticket but... OOOOHHHH!!!! UUUUNNGH!!! MP40 for Paratore! Congratulations Man, I know you got a spot for that beast. Very Cool! That thing will put some wind in your sail that's for sure. Traler man left, and Kai were close in the raffle, but no cigar. Me either, but it was fun yeah. Now Obviously I wasn't able to take a picture of my own presentation but I plan on revising it and making it available for everyone. This is a picture of everyone starting to gather, after this I had to put my camera down but imagine there were other folks taking pictures so I am hoping they share some here at some point. Thank you to those who attended the presentation I did, hopefully it wasn't all old news to you and the end impact of everyone doing their part in prevention went home with you. Thank You for having me out, it was fun. Now, Kinda off topic but... And earlier I mentioned the upcoming Pico Contest so I felt it was relevant to post this little pico I saw at Holly's house.... Isn't it "Cute'? I actually like the protruded rock face, it reminds me of that Iwagumi style. And another couple of cool off topic shots I caught. Look at Daniels son working those crawling and climbing muscles, welcome to the club buddy...Where's your name tag little man? Not sure if this was when Cody won the MP40 or when Newreefer won the pico tank...Or if it was just kids being kids. Darcy left sees something going on to so I guess I just missed it myself. If anyone else out there was taking photos and has some good ones, I encourage you to share them here on this thread or in another. I can't be everywhere all the time so I know I missed out on tons of stuff. Please and Thank You in advance. And now my usual final message of THANK YOU!!! Thank you so much for opening your home o the club Holly, you are an amazing host and your layout fit the meets needs so well, it was truly wonderful. Thank You to the Officers and Board Of Directors who put all those unpaid hours into behind the scenes work making the events happen. And Thank You to the club members, whom without there would be no group we love and call PNWMAS. You All Rock, Reef On!!!
  14. 6 points
    My punchbowl nano entry: I thought it would be cool to have a shallow tank with mini anemones and ricordia. I thought a punchbowl would be cool and set out to find one that was big and shallow. I looked at the local Goodwill stores in the area ("home of the small, tall punchbowl") with no luck and found one on Craigslist that was what I was looking for. It was a little pricey, but it included a glass ladle to help with the waterchanges! My list: 1) 4 gallon punchbowl $30 2) Hydor 180 pico powerhead $20.99 3) Rock from an old tank and sand I had laying around 4) Tetra 25w heater I had laying around 5) Maxspect Razor Nano I already had Total cost so far: $50.99 It took about 2.5 gallons of water to fill it up & now I just need to wait for the sand to settle. I'm hoping for some nice colors from maxi-minis and rock flower anemones (anyone have some to sell?). I love how it looks-- I just wish I could hide the heater better.
  15. 6 points
    Meeting is this Sunday !!! Time to announce the grand prize! Thanks @MrBret from Paradise corals for getting us a good deal on this MP40 wqd valued at 350 dollars!!
  16. 6 points
    Not my fish, but I did take the picture.
  17. 6 points
    Thank you for your kind words! This ages me a bit, but I've been working in e-commerce since 2002. Forums/message boards have always been an important tool for communicating with the people who are most passionate about whatever it was I was marketing at the time ... computer parts/electronics, vitamins/supplements, and now aquarium products (I've been with MD for 10 years now and have had an absolute blast working here). So believe me when I say we are always listening and lurking. LOL Unless it's the weekend, you can generally expect a reply same-day from us or at the very least within 24 hours if it's a more complex issue that requires some research. In any case, it is a real honor to be a sponsor here and we look forward to many more interactions with PNWMAS members in the future. Have an awesome Friday, Jeff @ Marine Depot
  18. 5 points
    Did someone grab two bags from the tank closest to the door by mistake? One bag says Scott and the other is a sandwich bag. Scott can't seem to keep track of his crap so I have to do this post. Sent from my SM-G928P using Tapatalk
  19. 5 points
    Players: 1- Bubbles 2- Oregonic 3- Flash21 4- Jack-the-reefer 5- Kingfisher 6- Rdavis 7- Gil&fin
  20. 5 points
    @spectra There...Are you happy now? I changed my signature. [emoji847][emoji847][emoji847] Sent from my man cave while drinking Coronas at Holly's [emoji481]
  21. 5 points
    Looks like we are gonna need Security cameras and bouncers at all the exits for the next hollys house event lol.. Was that the same bag that was leaking that you had to clean up? Thank you again for all 11 corals I got today! Always a good time at Holly's! 😊
  22. 5 points
    PS Scott says they have flatworms. Kidding.... Sent from my SM-G928P using Tapatalk
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  24. 5 points
    It's almost here! Sunday at 2 pm. It's going to be a blast. I know a lot of you have already been here so you know your way around. Feel free to use the front door, the door by the upstairs garage, or the aquarium room door. We're having sandwiches and chips. Feel free to bring some snacks/sides/desserts to share, but we'll have plenty so don't worry if you don't get around to it. I've heard from a couple of newer members who aren't sure "if they're invited." Heck yeah! There will be a lot of people who know each other, a lot of people who know of each other, and a lot of people who know no one. Everyone is welcome! We'll have nametags, so make sure you grab one. I've also been asked if I'll be having one of my $10 sales. I have lots of $10 frags for sale, but since my focus will be on the meeting I might be recruiting a few friends to help out if people want to go home with a couple of things. We'll have to see how that works out. I am really looking forward to Bert's presentation. He is a fountain of information and I understand he'll have some visual aids. There are some amazing raffle prizes and proceeds benefit the club so plan on having some fun. Don't miss it! Shoot me a PM if you need the address. See you all Sunday!
  25. 5 points
  26. 5 points
    This is very likely the most insane trachyphyllia we've ever had in the shop!
  27. 5 points
    Yay! My wife has dubbed it 'Dr. Quinn'.
  28. 5 points
    Just a few of the many corals and fish we got in our last shipment! Along with some Stunning Crocea, Maxima, and Squamosa Clams! Were open Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-5 come check them out!
  29. 5 points
    So maybe I'm not understanding the problem correctly, but if you're Alk and calcium are high, all you have to do is take the reactor offline (just turn off CO2) and let you levels drop naturally. That'd be my recommendation. You are only a couple kh above acceptable levels. Also, as stated earlier, you cannot use a calcium reactor to raise one metric without raising the other. They will always raise and lower in conjunction with one another. Specifically, calcium is consumed at 20 ppm for each 2.8 kh of alkalinity. When you melt down coral skeletons that is the ratio that they will release. So raising your calcium even 20 parts will have a dramatic effect on alkalinity. Also, the idea that you can restrict the effluent to lower the pH, thereby increasing soluble calc and alk, is true. However, I don't know if it will increase the parameters output because you have also restricted how much effluent is actually entering your tank. Does that make sense? If you want to adjust the level of soluble calc and alk, I would adjust the CO2 output. Let your levels fall naturally and if you still want calcium a bit higher than where it currently sits in proportion with Alk, use some DIY calcium supplement. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  30. 5 points
    Meeting is in exactly 2 weeks! There will be some really great raffle prizes! We will be raffling off a 50 dollar Seahorse Aquarium ! This is a small shop in NE Portland and because there is less overhead you can find some amazing deals! Terry has done a great job in keeping the legend of Woody alive! Many of you knew Woody. Woody was the person who first helped us plumb our tank and they still have plumbing supplies to rival the bigger stores! He also stopped me from putting a chocolate chip star and a Grouper in my first 55 gallon tank and Terry carries on the same honesty! https://seahorse-nw.com/ https://m.facebook.com/SeahorseAquariumSupply/
  31. 5 points
    This was my little sea monster.
  32. 5 points
    I had a wart skinned frog fish and it was the coolest thing I've ever kept in a tank. I would love to get another one at some point. Mine was doing great, but unfortunately got stressed out during a move and never recovered. I did a ton of research before buying one. Here's what I did. - If you order from a local store, arrange to pick it up right when it comes in. They stress easily, so making them acclimate to conditions in the store, then transferring again and acclimating to your tank at home is hard on them. - NEVER let them be exposed to air. If they swallow air, they're pretty much doomed. - They will probably only accept live food in the beginning. Some will learn to take frozen food if you have a little patience. Some are stubborn and will never take anything but live food. Either way, be prepared ahead of time. When you first get one, it might not be interested in eating for several days. - Training mine to eat frozen was easy enough, although it took 6 weeks or so to get him onto only frozen food. I bought ghost shrimp from petsmart a month ahead of buying the fish. They have basically no nutritional value, so I loaded them up with good quality food. The shrimp die pretty quickly in salt water, but if I held them by the tail with long tongs, the fish would be attracted to their movement and snatch them up. - Everything I read told me the best all around frozen food was pieces of tilapia filets. I started by holding a sliver of tilapia asking with the shrimp, and he would gulp down everything at once. Eventually, he learned to associate the tongs with food. I think he would have eaten a rock if I held it in those tongs and waved it in front of him. - Once you have them eating frozen, the hard part is over. They will actually eat themselves to death if you let them. They only need to eat something a little bigger than their eye once every 3-4 days. - Anything that can fit in their mouth, will become dinner. - They're color will change in your tank. They change color to match their environment.
  33. 5 points
    one of the greatest feelings in life is paying someone to mud your drywall. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
  34. 5 points
    Remove the coral beauty and find appropriate sized fish for the 28g tank. A coral beauty and (3) or any number of anthias should not be housed in a 28g tank unless it was under QT (temporary) conditions. I would recommend looking at the fish in the nano section of liveaquaria.com. you don't have to buy from there but it would give you an idea of what fish you could buy from your LFS. https://www.liveaquaria.com/category/2124/nano-fish?c=15+2124
  35. 5 points
    To have scored some amazing corals and fish from amazing people. Thank you @Seahorse Terry @Gil&Fin @Zoolander @stylaster Pretty great thing, this club and people in it. REEF ON!
  36. 5 points
    You know it was a great day when you come home and your tank looks like this. I would just like to give a shout out and say thanks to all those that I saw today, Cody Ron and Taylor thanks for the good deals. I also stopped by TPA and All Things Aquarium and picked up a few frags. Lots of driving today but well worth it. Thanks parvo99 (i cant remember your name)for meeting me right off the freeway. Come on saltwater hurry and heat up so I can dip these corals!! Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
  37. 5 points
    Open House this weekend! Saturday, February 24, and Sunday, February 25, from 1 - 3:30 p.m. both days! Beer/soda's in the fridge and $10 frags galore. PM me for the address. Looking forward to seeing you!
  38. 5 points
    Thanks for being such a great host holly. Had a blast today. So much good stuff.
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  41. 5 points
    I was going to check in and see if Holly needed help bagging but I'm thinking security might be a higher priority.
  42. 5 points
    Sadly, i’m still in hawaii snorkeling and scuba diving through the weekend. Been seeing a lot of cool corals and tangs tho
  43. 5 points
    Just a quick note Jeff to thank you for actually checking and responding to the posts on your forum. It is definitely a bonus to have engaged and responsive sponsors so wanted to make sure you got a shout out for that.
  44. 4 points
    I bet there in Holly’s Nano...She’s trying to win 😂
  45. 4 points
    I'm still in shock that I won 2 of the raffle prizes! My wife already has the spot picked out for the little tank! It was nice meeting everyone in person today! I hope to start attending regularly now. Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  46. 4 points
    Finally got water in it about 3 days ago. Wimped out on bare bottom.... Picking up a four bulb ATI fixture this weekend and ordered a second kessil. Starting to come together!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  47. 4 points
    Hey guys well after a late night water change and watching my ph like a crack head everything turned out fine fish are out coral are out everyones happy, i dont like sticking my hand in let alone orange juice lol...no real big change from the sugar manny maybe some insomnia lol Side note... No 3 year olds were harmed in this process haha
  48. 4 points
    I have been printing on a printer I designed and built from scratch. I used to teach engineering and used 3d software. Now I model and develop for myself as a hobby. I have done some overflow screens and such, but most of what I do is for drones and planes.
  49. 4 points
    I don’t know that I have ever seen a cad light tank in person. Red Sea has always kinda been my goal. That being said I pick up a 350 from upscales tomorrow... build thread to come, I want to do this one right. Gonna need some advice! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  50. 4 points
    Mouth watering from Bali.. ;-) Sent from my SM-N950U1 using Tapatalk