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  1. 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.
  2. Anyone have koi that can help identify disease?

    I believe all the previous statements to be true, and most treatments will end up hindering or harming the beneficial bacteria as well, salt will negatively effect the plants too but only for a short time. If the infection is isolated to the single fish and the organics load in the pond is not too high I might not worry about the other koi this season unless you see symptoms on other fish. The infection is probably isolated to the koi you have with the massive abrasion. I used to get koi that ended up like this from getting caught underneath slate or cinder blocks, or even a botched raccoon attack. Get those parameters checked and make sure there isn't too much sediment in the filter or on the pond bottom. If things are off you can do a partial water change while extracting some debris to alleviate the high bacteria counts. Then take your course of action.
  3. December 2017 Holiday Meeting Pics

  4. As promised, a thread starter for a Frag Swap at our December Meeting, I used my own previous template, so if it looks familiar...It is. Some of you may have heard that the December Holiday meeting coming up. In addition to the gift exchange and raffle there will be another one of those fine frag swaps we put on every few months. If you would like, you can do your trading on the fly by just bringing by a few pieces and hoping that some one will have a desirable coral you want...Or better yet, you can post up what you have to trade and work out a preemptive exchange here on the forums, that method always works best for me. You can feel free to use this thread to post your trade-ables in or start a thread of your own. But First, let me get you some of Bert's basis tips for success here. 1.) make an attempt to have a fragment of reasonable size and health and try and get things cut and ready a few days to a week ahead of time to have the wounds healed up for the exchange. And double/triple check for pest invertebrates or algaes before sending your corals out, we try to keep invasives to a minimum here...And once you get your frags home, just in case, always acclimate the specimens then dip the corals before you put them into your personal aquarium. QT Aquariums are best but good old Revive, Coral RX, Melafix, Iodine, or Bayer will do much better at prevention than nothing. 2.) Try to package your corals appropriately. This can mean not putting a spiny coral like birds nest into a thin dollar store bag or not utilizing insulation on an extended cold or warm trip. Try a small cooler or Styrofoam. If you can't find either of these and the destination is a long distance, keep the vehicle air conditioned or heated appropriately. As far as packaging goes you can double bag and use thicker mil plastics, or something else like a Tupperware or specimen container. I have even used washed out yogurt or cottage cheese containers that stack well inside the coolers. Just use something that will work, nothing like losing a nice and colorful animal because the bag got too cold and leaked all the water out on the way home. 3.)Do your best to be courteous and fair to one another by not take advantage of each others ignorance or generosity. These are people of all levels in the hobby so give them the benefit of your knowledge and experience instead of the cold shoulder. And speaking of generosity, that giving nature has always been smiled upon here at PNWMAS and pay it forward tends comes back around these parts. Well, the meeting is not too far off now, about one month yeah. So Let's see em folks, Whatcha Got!? Corals that is!
  5. Frags available at the holiday party tomorrow

    I don't mind grabbing Ron's either if it makes it any closer for him.
  6. Id please?

    Psamacora for sure, I love em.easy going SPS coral in all colors. Just remember that it will really encrust things if you let it.
  7. December 2017 Meeting Frag Swap Thread

    OOPS, might lp if te waas more text heer. These are some zoas I do not ahve but would like to get a polyp or two of if you have any to spare for the trade. Whatever you see fitting really. WCC Blue ice,Blue rhino ,OG vamps,JF askraks,Candy Apple Reds,CNC Hot Lips (aka BigR butt kraks) ,Rastas ,WCC Silver dragons,King Midas,MagiciansJKR Crab Nebulas,TPA Green Galaxys (aka shadows) ,WCC Blue Che,LC petroglyphs ,ASD Arch Mage,Tyree Orange Rainbow ,Seductions (maybe) , Butt munchers (maybe)
  8. WTT: neon green elephant ear

    Well thats to bad your not going to be able to make it to the meet, it is going to be a blast...And I could have brought you a hand full of xenia and a favia frag. If you get it R-3 make sure I get a shroom down the road sometime.
  9. December 2017 Meeting Frag Swap Thread

    So to make sure I have everyone and everything in order I have... OptimusPrime--for 1 Shazam zoa. Paratore--for 1 Shazam, oxides, and ORA Supernatural monti. Sasquatch-- for Mohawks Zoas. Exodus-- Orbits, Blond Blue Eyed Bithes, purple tipped hammer. Gumby -- Mine Field Cyphastrea, Pink and Golds, Blonde Blue Eyed Bithes,OG Alien Eye, Pink Panther, and Mango chalices. Stylaster--Dragon Scale Chalice Am I missing anyone here?
  10. Holiday Party/Dec. Meeting Details!

    That would be me at a job interview...Tank top, tie, khakis, and army boots.
  11. Share the love: Idaho Grape Montipora

    I love my idaho grape monti, such character to the growth, I have other purple montis but not with the same structure. Very generous Daniel.
  12. Holiday Party/Dec. Meeting Details!

    Yes, these are some good highlights here Albertareef...And no I don't mean the Bieber! I think some people will want to take a second glance at how much will be going on this Saturday so they can get their priorities straight and make sure they are at this meeting. And FlashyFins, you are always Festive! I might be just enough to wear a tie dye tank top but thats about it, no sweaters or Santa hats for me.
  13. Mushroom Propagation

    I usually use tupperware but this would let me do up to 14 frags at the same time! I am going to use this for my next shroom cutting and just go straight pizza pie on the little guy. Tanks for the share.
  14. WTT: neon green elephant ear

    So the LEDs make them look a funky color in this picture as it is in a corner, but you can see em just pulsing away. If it works out for you make sure to keep them in check with kalkwasser or something similar to fire. They can spread very effectively. SAM_4121.MP4
  15. WTT: neon green elephant ear

    I just got done working and finally made it back to my computer, I have the white pom pom xenia that isn't as long stemmed as some of the other varieties. I know I have a pic of it here somewhere. Let me see here.
  16. WTT: neon green elephant ear

    If your coming to the meeting I can trade you for that bad boy, if you know what your gettiing into I can get you plenty of xenia, along with some sort of favia frag perhaps.
  17. 90 Gallon Envision Tank an Stand

    I see that this thread will need temporary closing due to differences that need working outside of the public forum.
  18. 90 Gallon Envision Tank an Stand

    Alright folks, we are going to have to strongly recommend the use of Private Messaging or texting instead of public forum thread posts here weather it be a miss communication, mishap, or misunderstandings. I will PM you two shortly.
  19. Marine Science Center expansion

    YES!!! This is very Cool, 72,000 feet is lot of space as an addition to the facilities. And it says that it will be in a tsunami inundation zone with a new style of evac, something Cid had mentioned is almost none existent at the current location.
  20. Holiday Party Save the Date!

    Yeah, that auto correct can wreck a sentence pretty quick like, but I love being able to use my phone to check in and post from. OptimusPrime told me I should just turn it off but I have yet to actually get to that. And Yes Cherany, I certainly think of spoon over fork when it comes to you. So far it is looking like we will have a pretty large turnout for the festivities.
  21. December 2017 Meeting Frag Swap Thread

    Youcallmenny- You can twist my arm and I will take that Mummy Eye off your hands, we can always get you some more goodies when your tank is rockin and rollin again. Albertareef- The litttle guy was looking pretty haggard after the long trip home that day/night but he might just hang in there...Now that I am thinking about it I better go and check on it. Paratore- I already have a couple Shazamscalled for but I will slice you a polyp or two if I can for sure, I will also get you some of the oxides and Supernatural.
  22. Holiday Party Save the Date!

    Well Chris, it is open to all members of the club so you are certainly envied, if you are just getting started I am sure I can bring you a tank warming frag of sorts just for fun, otherwise I am sure a few forks including myself will be bringing extra corals they no longer have room for.
  23. December 2017 Meeting Frag Swap Thread

    I can get us started here, in addition to the zoas,montis, acros, mushrooms, softies, LPS, and things I have that I can cut I have also fragged a number of encrusting corals that I find interesting. Such as, but not limited too... This Golden Basket encrusting Goniopora I temporarily forgot the name too. Jason Fox Grassy Fields Stylo Lucky Charms Cyphastrea Mine Field Cyphastrea ORA Kelly Green Psamacora Pumpkin Pie Psamacora Lemon Lime Psamacora Another Blue Psamacora, ORA Supernatural Still got some Devils Armors up for grabs and... Aquamans AKA Aleles Blue Blueberry Fields Flame SKirts Old School Event Horizons AKA Mohawks. Red Oxides And I even have a Shazam or two I can cut. The Neon Green Pocilipora has gotta come apart, this was taken under super blue LEDs, sorry folks. And various Acroporas like this Microlados need trimming again. I can add more to this later for sure, especially if someone want to give a shout out as to what kinds of corals they are looking for, give me a variety and I will post what I am willing to cut that falls into that genus/species..And I suppose I am looking for anything I do not have and that is comparable to what is wanted from me on my end. And here is a link to some other things I may part with via my facebook as to not bog down the thread with too much unnecessary clutter. https://www.facebook.com/bert.gillen/media_set?set=a.999764476708656.1073741832.100000253400124&type=3
  24. Holiday Party Save the Date!

    Just over a month away and I am already anticipating this upcoming December gathering. You know I am going to be participating in the gift exchange, raffle, and the coral swap...Oh, Whats That? Coral frag swap? Don't worry, I am formulating a thread as we speak/type/read So hold tight you coral nuts, should be plenty of diversity at this meet, both people, gifts, and frags.
  25. Rest in peace Woody!

    He will be missed, that's for sure.
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