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  1. 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!!!
  2. March meeting at Holly's!

    You probably don't want to miss this one, it's going to be Good! See everyone there soon.
  3. Sundial Snails

    Not sure where you can source either of these, they used to come in on transshippments but it has been a while since I have seen either.
  4. Frag Swap for March Meeting???

    We could just turn this thread into a trade thread since Ryan already got it going...If that is alright with you R-3?
  5. Free Freshwater Corals

    Fresh Water Corals!? Very generous of you. So, you breaking down the freshwater tank, or just going in another direction? If you lived closer I would trade you something, my son just setup a shrimp tank in his dorm about a month ago and it is not quite filled in yet.
  6. Free Birdsnest

    Save me a piece for the meeting Roy, you probably don't want any but I have a very similar kind of ponope nest in one of my tanks.
  7. Nudibranch eating birdsnest?

    From what I can see in the picture, without a macro lense it can be hard, they do appear to have the gills on the back as Nudibranchs would. The ocean if full of wondrous, and treacherous, things. If you can find a macro lense get another shot yeah.
  8. Nudibranch eating birdsnest?

    Unfortunately due to the convoluted structure of a seriatapora birdsnest coral I don't think a fish for control will be enough. I have seen coral eating nudibranchs of this size on soft corals but not Nests, that doesn't mean they are not out there obviously seeing what you have pictured above. In this instance you may have to remove all the infected corals and dip them. It may also be necessary to repeat the process a few times twice a week in case the eggs are not effected by the dips or the organisms/eggs are not present on the coral at the time of dip. Examine your other SPS closely and make sure there are no symptoms arising on the other corals. In an extreme situation you may have to frag the last of the living tissue, dip it, and dispose of the infected body. Even then you will have to dip again in a few days to be safe. QT would also be another possibility if you have the means. And as you know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
  9. Pods

    Awww Man! You got me on this thread. I saw PODs and was thinking someone had the Tigropsis up for grabs again. If I saw that container at my door after ordering copopods for my tank I would be worried I might be getting these.
  10. OSU film on plight of coral reefs released!

    Got my tickets ready, I will go an check out the screening in Corvallis tonight. I might even get to talk to the panel like the last one held for chasing coral, regardless it should be cool.
  11. Reef Worx Expo

    I WISH! Looks to be a Fragtastic event.
  12. OSU film on plight of coral reefs released!

    Looks like I will be rolling out to the OSU Corvallis screening, it is only a few blocks from my house.
  13. February 10th Meeting @ Roy's!

    Man, that photo upload took forever! I am blaming it on the neutrality and not the server Or my computer, anyhow, sorry about the delay. After a couple hours of uplaoding and still needing 60 megs of pictures I just went to bed. Got it all squared away now though but SHEESH! If anyone else has any pics to put up I would love to see em.
  14. As usual PNWMAS had an outstanding monthly meeting. Just In case you were not there or aware, this month one of our old school members that you all know as Stylaster opened up his home for the February 2018 gathering. Not only did he host the meet but he also put on a coral fragging demonstration for the club of two very different corals, a chalice and an acropora. But before I dive into the demo we should take a look at things from a proper order. Due to the distance and a couple small accidents causing traffic Miles and I were a tad late to the party, but its cool. The demo had yet to begin, people were just getting social, raffle tickets were getting sold, and there was plenty of shrimp on the platters for me to "sample". I have to give some credit to the hosts offerings and all who brought a food item, the appetizers put out were very tasty and much appreciated. So Yummy. After making some quick greetings I made my way around to snap some pictures of Stylaster's main tank, and let me tell you, shes a beauty thats for sure. Such nice dimensions and such clear acrylic, not sure how he keeps all that coraline algae at bay without scratching it all these years but he does and it is crisp! The dimensions make it necessary to take this shot in at least 3 parts. Each side being just as in depth and diverse as the other. These fish are really lucky to have made it into Roy's tank, they got it made in there. Once I got a number of pics of the display I made a dash to the garage...That is were the reefers were aggregating at, and I know why. This thing is a straight operation! Pacific Corals Is In The HOUSE!!! Actually I am in the house of Pacific Corals but you know, I just wanted to raise the roof on this one. Who wants some Corals!? Roy has got a Plethera hiding out in his frag tanks, a straight treasure trove i'm tellin ya. Better get those bone cutters out man, I am gonna need my Acro fix after seeing these colors pop.But I suppose thats enough of the marine systems for now, I will move onto some of the Human members who attended...Sorry Princeton and Max. OH SHOOT!!! The Frag Demo is about to begin. Gather round to see what Roy has in store for us. The club funded the purchase of two colonies for the meet with everyone attending getting one of each coral cut during the demonstration. How Freaking Cool is That!? Great idea Roy! Here are the pieces half cut, getting ready for their turn under the saw for division amongst the club. An interesting Chalice here with UFO ringed eyes And... This Crazy green tabling Acropora, I swear I saw something very similar at The Premium Aquarium a couple weeks ago. Good Stuff right here. Love this shot. Both of these guys are veterans to the reef hobby but Roy, right, being the owner of Pacific Corals was leading the demo for us today. And Roy is going to show us how its done! For the chalice he used an Inland diamond bladed band saw to make short work of the plating coral. Just so oyu know Inlands do not normally have that nifty light unit attached tot he side, that is Roy's idea...That I am going to use. Love the little improvements and tricks each ingenuitive reefer has to develop. You cannot tell by the picture but the band saw allows for very precise cuts even curved slices are able to be made. Something you can see in this picture though is to the bottom right is a HUGE thing of super glue. So many frags.. The acropora got its turn in the spotlight as well, Roy payed a special amount of attention here as some of the branches overlap making it harder to get the proper cuts. Right after the Chop! The fresh frags go into a bit of tank water with a few drops of Lugols Iodine in it, this helps prevent infection to the damaged tissue. These Bad Boys are now ready to be glued down or simply placed in the aquarium now to heal up. The whole process is actually rather quick, especially on a band saw. As usual it was super fun getting to see many familiar faces and a couple new ones from the North. The Clark here, he is kinda like super man, though he won't admit it. He is one of our IT Tech guys along with the Chief. He keeps the forum purring like a kitten, whenever there is trouble Clark and Chief are on the case. Good seeing you man, I am always glad to see you at a meeting. You always have some good ideas about reefer related equipment and have been a generous guy all around. Weather is warming up again so maybe we can work something out again ship wise. Oh, and I will be moving some GI Joes up in the tank for some higher PAR...Gonna BLAST em and see if I can get the effects you were talking about. OptimusPrime, I didn't know you were getting into SPS. I could have brought you some frags just to try out in your tank. If you ever have too much problem with some of your zoas trying to mess with your acro base feed em a little bit of kalkwasser paste and they will go away right quick. In coral wars someone always loses, it is neveer fun but sometimes you have to pick a side. I will also see about getting you a frag of the Chongs Bongs and something else different. Looking forward to seeing your tank in the near future man. Got to formally meet Lewisfisherman, left under the 460 nanometer LEDs. Hope you like the frags I brought over, the zoas are bright and beautiful and so is the yuma...But be careful, as that Ricordea will get pretty good size when it is happy and will win many coral to coral confrontations. Hit me up if you need a few more flavors at some point yeah. Gumby on the right is another Outstanding member who lends a helping hand when he can in addition to doing a bit of behind the scenes work for the club here and there, he actually helped land the Fragfest Venue for us...What a guy. He is another person who also has some pretty intense corals in his system. With his connects in Washington it is not uncommon for Gumby to have something special on his frag rack. Here we have Karen, our head of the Tanks For Teachers program and a great member of our PNWMAS BOD. We really didn't get to chat much this time around Karen, sorry about that.Don't forget though, if you want a coral or two for a TFT tank give me a shout out and I will see if I can get something your way. I always have something I can trim back or rehome. And apologies on the photo, I had very few pictures of her this time around so I apologize about the slight blur. Apparently I need to take more pictures, who would have guessed? Now I know this is a saltwater reefer forum here but I thought that this picture of FlashyFins and the Carissa with their canine kin was too cool to not post up. They were both such well behaved animals...Cherany on the other hand!.. Just kidding, I kid, I kid. FlashyFins , left, does a great job sitting on our PNWMAS Board Of Directors making great use of her abilities in organization and enthusiasm. She did much of the coordination with Roy to make this meeting a success.Thank you Cherany, and thank you Roy and Carissa. Well, instead of being redundant with some of the pictures taken I decide that some of the raffle photos could serve as some "profile" shots as well. We had an impressive number of sponsor gift certificates to be had, as well as some killer door prizes given out by Pacific Corals. Upscales!, Barrier Reef!, Pacific Corals!, Seahorse Aquarium!, and some of my favortie frozen foods Rod's fish food! Some of the ORA posters were Great! I scored one for myself but there were so many kinds it was a hard decision on which one to choose. Now I gotta collect a few more and get them laminated, they need to be in a fish room or by an aquarium. A funny pic here of AlbertaReef far right, enthused about his raffle win! You can practically hear him sayin, YES!!! Middle is The Clark, and Far left is Stylaster. Look at that blue background glow, like our own kind of Party lighting for a reefer atmosphere. MilesMiles won in the ORA drawing and snagged this Sweet coral poster, way to go Miles! This is another member of our PNWMASS officers always trying to do his part for the team, good man. What a good looking bunch right here. Danlu and family made it out to the meeting, as you can see Daniel took home the ORA Tridacnid clam poster. And you can also see that his son doesn't need no regular blue, he wants a nice black and gold striped Maxima. He knows whats up. Always fun to watch the next gen reefers grow up. Before I say thank you I have to apologize on not getting everyone picture in here, as well as not having all the raffle shots. I was having some technical difficulties with my camera battery dying and am now ordering a brand new one, I think the existing one is no longer holding a charge. Who knows how many photos I have taken with it though so it is what it is. To those I did not have in here, please forgive me, maybe Cherany or someone else had a few pictures to share with us that will have a different set of faces in it or another vantage point. And at last I must say a BIG Thank You to all those who made this possible. Thank you to the Officers of PNWMAS and to the Board Of Directors for keeping this whole Marine Aquarium Society thing running, it is no easy task that no one person could do. All of your selfless participation means everything to the club. So Keep up the good work! And a BIG Thank You t the club members to whom without there would be no club at all, thank you all for being who you are, considerate, conscientious and thoughtful reefers. Thats what we all try and promote here. Thank you to all that is PNWMAS!
  15. February 10th Meeting @ Roy's!

    It was another killer meeting for the PNWMAS, Miles and I carpooled and got home rather late from the long drive around 8. For me it was dinner and acclimating corals...Actually, scratch that, it was the other way around. Then a little work this morning, attending a birthday party, meeting up with a few of our local members, and am now going through the pictures I took yesterday. Bear with me and I will have some good ones to share with you all. Thanks Roy! Thanks PNWMAS's killer Officers and Great BOD! And thanks to all who attended. It was awesome!