Upon entering the store you could tell that not only was the place stocked to the brim with cool corals, fish, and inverts but it was also exceptionally clean and healthy looking.
Just fields and fields of SPS and LPS.
I swear there was a small forest of Red Dragon Acropora in the back of this tank.
And lets not forget the fish! Tons of really good looking specimens all throughout the store, looking good you guys, looking real good.
As you all probably knew it was an all around event with a BBQ, raffle, and guest speaker lined up for attendees.
It was a sunny beautiful July day that was perfect for getting outside. ATA has s nice little courtyard in between its shop and the next that facilitates this rather well. I know I found it very convenient, especially since i was the "grill man" for the food stuffs.
Here we have Lewisfisherman getting an action shot of the flaming and smoking BBQ chaos! We went through 40 burgers and a couple packs of dogs in just a couple hours. A good turn out and some hungry people that's for sure.
And speaking of turn out, lots of old friends and some new faces made appearances including but not limited too...
FlashyFins, our Tanks For Teachers coordinator and professional at running the raffles. Here just helping things run smoothly as usual.
Albertareef and HigherThinking right, chatting about the new build HT has going on. Custom tank, custom sump, an all out massive build coming on it sound like. Albertareef has been a long standing member of the Board of Directors and HigherThinking is returning to the PNWMAS madness from a previous term served not too long ago. Good guys to have on your team, thanks you two.
Left is Colby of Piscine Energetics chatting with our PNWMAS Vendor Relations officer LexInverts.
Left and in the background we have Jorge and to the right is Board member Youcallmeny. Plenty to see here and to talk about, I also imagine both of your tanks are rocking and rolling now...Still need to make the trip over to check things out.
Obrian enjoying himself at the shindig, along with a couple other people I had yet to meet in person.
RockChalk! I like that name/ analogy, I have quite a bit of rock chalk nowadays.
This gentleman from the Greater Portland Aquarium Society came by to hang out and see what the PNWMAS meet was about...And that ATA is a cool place to be.
Ron came by for the festivities, it is a bit of a trip from down south but well worth it yeah? Good seeing you man.
These reef tanks sure are conducive to conversations! Left is the ZorroReef, hope you like those spackles , and right we have the generous Bicyclebill who brought a bunch of Montipora to give to fellow members. Share the Love.
Here he is, the main man himself. As I had mentioned Erin of All Things Aquarium was very generous once again. In addition to getting us raffle prizes for the meeting through his wholesale connections he donated TWO different frag packs to the clubs raffles, What a guy! Thanks Erin!
Colby here gave up some of his time to come to Willsonvile and speak about the history and science of fish foods in our industry. It was actually an informative talk that I could go on and on about, but for now I will stick to the picture posts lest I get side tracked into the late hours. Thank You Colby! For the knowledge and the free Piscine foods you gave out and donated towards the raffle. Very cool of you indeed.
Once the talk was over we commenced into the raffle stage of the meet. BOD Lewisfisherman in the middle wearing the blue. Was lucky at the casino so might as well keep it going and throw down here right?
PNWMAS Treasurer JeremyEvans up front and in red, getting ready for the winning numbers to be called out. I got my tickets in hand too no doubt, I love a good raffle, and I heard there was coral frag packs in there!
BAM!!! What did I tell you!? Got me a good reason to visit another one of our sponsors, as if I needed one. Upscales here I come!
Lexinverts snagging the digital salinity pen, that should make testing 7 tanks a littler easier than the Milwakie yeah. Left and behind Lex is our newest member of the BOD Suncrestreef, thanks for taking th nomination my friend, it is good to have you with us. And that fruit salad was excellent.
Smiling on the left we have ReefRun, but with the even bigger grin from winning the LPS frag pack donated by All Things Aquarium is Snappy. Way to go man, that was a killer win.
And talk about wins, the victory of the Gyre went to this young lady, whom unfortunately I did not catch the screen name of. But as you would expect, she is extremely surprised and happy to take home the prize.
And that was the gist of it, a great day, a great time, and all with some great people.
I thou rally enjoyed myself even though I lost all my arm hair and reeked of smoke when I got home. Lets do it again sometime soon yeah.
Thank you to the Erin and the folks at All Things Aquarium for having us over to your awesome establishment, you were generous hosts for sure.
Thank You to the Officers and Board Of Directors who get all this stuff put together behind the scenes, nothing would happen without your extra efforts and work. Much appreciated.
And last but not least, Thank You to all the PNWMAS members who make the club what it is, it was as great party/gathering, I look forward to our next one.