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  1. I know, You ALLLL want to hear about October 2017 North West Frag Fest... Well it was Freaking Amazing!!! And for those of you who know me personally, know that "Freaking" is not the word that would be coming out of my mouth had you asked me this in person. We were not quite sure what to expect for turnout but we were pleasantly surprised when people just started pouring in. I mean we had some pretty busy moments there. Of course, before that could all happen we had alot of ground to cover,/ The club, the volunteers, and the vendors. Good thing we haves some of the best people out there on our PNWMAS team. Miles was one of the Corvallis crew that made the long trip up to Washington early morning to get the setup under control. Thanks for the carpool Mile man, as always it was a pleasure getting some chat time in on the trip. Good company for sure. He has made a fine secretary for PNWMAS. He makes note of what goes on, makes great input on logistics, and is always happy to help. Thanks Miles! Jim and Roy ot alot of things done before any of us got there including the power cords and surge protectors, salt water made up, and not to mention much of the logistics between the Boys and Girls club venue in general. Thanks man.Sean here on the right had the grueling task of being on the raffle team as well as getting the projector/screen worked out for us all. Sean is a great member of our BOD and a killer idea man. There is a good head on those shoulders thats for sure.Thank you Albertareef, Stylaster, and Gumby. Cherany was enlisted as a raffle coordinator as well and she did a fine job. She handled the microphone exceedingly well and that little yellow purse sold a lot of raffle tickets I am sure.She has a well deserved seat on our BOD and brings a welcome opinion when it comes to decisions, ideas, and fine tuning various club agendas. Thank You Cherany! Sirena hard at work setting up the food area with all the tasty goodies she fixes. She pours a ton of love into the club and we just love her back. Thank you Sirena!..I have to also mention that it is completely dark in the background outside as it is maybe 6 something AM when this pictures was taken. Early birds! Look at Golden Basket and TPA getting ready for the opening hour. Rudy and Garret have both been tremendous assets to the club over the years and are both very nice people with lots of experience behind them. Jeff made a cameo and dropped off some more raffle prizes! This guy comes through with some crazy discounts and donations for the club. Always a generous guy, thanks a ton Jeff. Unrivaled and Barrier Reef were side by side. This made for some very nice coral flats that did a great job of representing our Washington friends diversity. I know I will drop a few dollars in this strip of salt water goodness. Natalia W, getting her ducks, I mean frags, in a row. Her team were veterans at setting up shop via booth/table events. Calm and collected she just talked the talk and walked the walk. And this guy might be familiar to you all, if not by face then maybe by name...MattV was in the house with David A with StumpTown Corals. Always bringing some fire, these guys just got back from RAP a couple days before this event so they are definitely some die hard reefers here. Kyle and His Wife Kiera setting up the Tampico Coral Farms table, the Mrs brought some very impressive coral jewelry to display as well. Very cool. A shot for those of you who wanted tto see this crafty merchandise for yourselves...Or at least in picture on the forum. I love this pic with Flashy Fins-Left, laughing while Albertareef-center, points in a scolding manner into the room , all while Gill&Fin smiles and shakes her hands explanation of whatever may be going on. A perfect example of the atmospheric feeling of happiness and good cheer. Holly does an amazing amount of behind the scenes work with the Officers and Board of Directors for the club not to mention she is an outstanding member of our community. Thank you Holly! Lexxiinverts, our Vendor Relations, giving Rudy and the other sponsors a hand unloading and setting up. Andy is a stand up guy, super glad he is in our corner. Thanks man. Karen AKA KKnight ran the door attendance for a while and boy was that a full time job, so glad we had so many volunteers ready and waiting to help where needed. Just in case you didn't know but she is currently our lead for our famous tanks for teachers program. Thank You Karen! Roy or "Stylaster" setting up Pacific Corals for the event. This man helped get things all lined up with Jim before the doors opened. Ex President has done his share for the club and continues to give, Thanks Roy! I had a few pics of our beloved president but I chose this one for this thread in particular. There was so much good energy and vibe at this show it was astounding. All of us on the BOD and office make a great team accomplishing our goals so effortlessly as a whole, and we certainly are happy to have this lady lead us in her presidency, Thank You Kim! Left we have The Clark and on the right here we have our own Bicycle Bill! Bill is one of the model citizens who always offers a hand when you need help, gives generously of his tank and corals, and makes great contributions in discussions via forum and in person. We love you Bill. And much love to the Clark, Jeremy here is one of our leading moderators and computer tech guys, making short work of any of our website problems while being a cool cat and sharing his information and DIY projects with the rest of us.Thanks Jeremy! And another Shout Out to an Office member Mr Bret, our club Treasurer. He unfortunately could not make it to this event due to some more important family matters but never the less this guy contributes so much for the PNWMAS that I have t make sure he gets a mention for his contributions to the support of our club. Thank You Mr.Bret! Even though Scott is not on the BOD I want to also thank Spectra for the cooking done and setup efforts made along with just being a good guy. That was good Mexican food man, all the sides you made were spot on! Also on the BOD that deserve thanks but are not in these pictures are the Amazing Chief who has helped keep this forum together on many occasions via your technical skills, and Zoolander, who has been a new helping hand in the PNWMAS endeavors. Thank You! And then there is this guy... Bert or Badxgillen ...Not too sure what to say about this odd fellow. He does like his corals though, and he also likes this club thats for sure. I just do what I can when I can, and I must say It has been a pleasure working on this tteam, thank you for having me! OH! And Don't let me forget about Joanne and her Spokkan Crew that came all the way over to join forces with the PNWMAS. Having the extra hands and input was great, we loved having them out with us and look forward to getting together for an even bigger and better experience next year. Looking forward to whatever comes out of our clubs teamwork. Thank You! Zondebok was one of our volunteers, thanks for coming out man, the more the merrier yeah. Hope you snagged some tank loot for the new rock work. What What!!! Colin from The Photiiczone ready too get it ON!!! Optimus Prime Say Whaaaaat! That chalice has reached Beast size and the Euphylia rack is Stacked! Dodge on the left was of excellent help breaking down and assisting the vendors in the end, we all got out way earlier than we had anticipated because of all the awesome volunteers here., Thank You Prime! BShot from behind the tanks, Reefrun grabbing some choice pieces from one of my main mans here Roy at Pacific Corals. She has good taste yeah. Picoreefer You. Long time no see, as you can probably tell I am getting some mad photography experience in so I should be taking pictures of nano and your caliber any year now. But really, good seeing you man, wish I knew you were coming and I would have brought you a frag or tow. Always next time yeah. SASQUATCH FOUND!!! But we all call him Derick from time to time. Another good guy here, he has a taste for the finer zoanthids and has recently started to delve into the gorgonians. Glad you could make it out Squatch, and thanks for the assistance man. DJ from NWA, no attitude here though. Fun guy to chat with and get crazy about corals. I gotta come by and see some of those in person again. Cody from West Coast Corals was able to make it over in time for the Frag Fest! I am sure Paratore found a few things worth while here. I mean who couldn't!? Don't get mad Reefermadness, there is plenty of corals to go around for everybody. Mike here was able to snag a couple crazy corals and talk with our Garret of TPA too and get a special cowrie set aside for h back at the premium aquarium shop on the way back home. Now that's service! And Mike...Lets make another Milwaukee run soon yeah. Trailerman caught in the hypnotic gaze of the rare and elusive Monster chalice...Okay, maybe its not elusive, but it is rare. Albertareef, PDXmonkeyboy, and Holly have a good talk amidst the chaos of what IS NW Frag Fest. Hamby is Bad to the Bone here runniing shop and getting his raffle on. I love these two guys, high energy and very cool to talk with. Their corals are pretty sweet too, and very well priced. Gil&Fin, Colby, and Lex all taking a look at Pacific Island Aquatics newest accomplishments on cell phone. That man and his facility are going to be doing some big things in the future. Another person I am glad made it to the show and talk on sustainability. Ann speaking about sustainability! Laura Simmons talk on sustainability, short chain acquisitions, and conscientious reef keeping was nothing short of enlightening. When in doubt about a livestock purchase and its origins and possible impacts, feel free to ask questions to the seller, and then do a little research. A little homework goes a long way in this hobby. So much of what we purchase goes through a number of hands and lands. We all fail to remember this. The slides shown made all the issues talked about very easy to intemperate and digest. Long chain supply is typical of the profit driven markets that care little of the livestock or the lands they are acquired in. And due to the convolutednes of the situation it is hard for anyone to truly know how sustainable any part of the chain is. Where as the short chain is much more transparent from having things straight forward. Just look at how these species are initially caught then only distributed by a handfull of exporters before they almost become "bounced" around other exporter/importers. SHEESH! The trickle effect of finances becomes very apparent when portrayed in the fashion Laura presented. .08 Cents per trigger, commonly inflated hundreds of times the Original value. Ultimately the low wages getting to the actual collectors is causing quite some strain on the whole environmental systems themselves via increasing pressures of unregulated fishing for fish collected. And lets not forget about the illegal methods used in certain regions not to mention the complete lack of incentives and enforcement. But there is some good news out there. Some examples of sustainable fisheries that are the leading model to follow, no surprise here is Australia at the peak. And exactly what are we all shooting for here our hobby for the long term? Powerful information as well as questions we have to ask ourselves.Great stuff from Laura here that was not what we typically have presented from a speaker. I would say it was a Success!!! Andy, Laura, and Colby feel the same! Just look at that enthusiasm!....Well, actually this is Lex winning the MP40. But it certainly instills the mood I had about this wwole tthing. WHOOP WHOOP!!! Put those hands in the Air! And speaking of winning. Karen took home the Vectra I believe. Nice score. I took home some nice pictures and good memories, If for some reason I didn't mention you personally here I apologize, out of 500 pictures I still didn't get a good shot of everyone. But know that I appreciate everyone of you and I Thank You All. I mean it though, the people, the officers, the Board of Directors, the club itself...Thank You so much for making all of this a reality...As I quite often leave these posts ended with a nod of encouragement and thanks. You All Rock!!! Reef On!
  2. If anyone else has some good pictures to contribute to the thread please feel free to post some up. No one person can be every where all the time. Lots of moments that I missed thats for sure, between running around and the speaker event I barely got to hit the tables. I did however, get some pretty nice coral and tank shots though.
  3. Holiday Party Save the Date!

    I am marking the calendar and finding a sitter, the holiday meets never disappoint.
  4. October 14th Frag Fest Trades

    503Reefland-I was hoping to trade corals for corals since ther will be so many vendors available for purchases. You got anything to trade out? I like all sorts, you would be surprised. Reefrun- I have a number of zoas and acros but high end is subjective to the person and the time it was purchased, as at some point everything is high end until it is fragged and distributed amongst the populace. I have a Westside rainbow tort, Upscales Microlados, 500Efflo, Rose Mili, Aussie Pink Hyacinth, Rainbows in Spain, Tierra Del Fuego, Red Dragon, Twilight Dragon, True Blue Rufus, Medusas Bane, MattV Blue Ocean, and a few others I could be perusaded to cut. Zoanthids wise I have a few as well such as Oxides, Blonde Blue Eyed Bits, Devils Armor, Aquamans, Captain Americas, Orbits, and a number more I should check on, I need to see what Prime wanted first since we are still working our our trade.
  5. Get this man a volunteer frag! You too Prime...Spetra, I have to think about...We'll just see what makes it into a leaky bag and go from there. Just Kidding friends, having a little fun here. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
  6. October 14th Frag Fest Trades

    Well Zone, I can get you a couple frags as tank warming presents just for fun, if you need more I am sure we can work something out. And if Optimus doesn't take care of your Oxide fix I can for sure. And Prime, you do realize those are just different types of capriconus under good lighting. Nothing special , but classics still, I can get you some frags no problem.
  7. October 14th Frag Fest Trades

    Hmmm, let me see here. I will get some more up in the morning.
  8. October 14th Frag Fest Trades

    I would be totally down to trade for a zoa pack but am unsure of what you may be wanting for trades? Montis or Acros maybe? Mushrooms or LPS?
  9. I think I need to ask for forgiveness

    As long as it is not in the Freakin garbage can were cool. And nice gesture man, gotta share that love.
  10. Frag tank @ NW Frag Festival - October 14th

    As much as I would love to trade at he frag festts and expos it can't happen without the common interest. Maybe better luck next year yeah?..Oh Yes, there will be a next year.
  11. Weekend specials!

    Holy Smokes!!! These are giving me flashbacks to my tie die party, bright and vivid colors coming together into a visual explosion. Nice stuff Jeff, very nice indeed...And cookies to "sweeten" the deals...These are some enticing incentives.
  12. I think I need to ask for forgiveness

    If your going to the Frag Fest next weekend bring that with you and we can exchange buckets, this way it can live on in several other peoples tanks instead of the yard debris...I hate to see a nice coral go you know.
  13. Need Id

    Are they stationary, are they soft to the touch? If they are tunicates they may very well fade away when the nutrient loads come down from fighting off the hair algae. At some point the tank will only be able to support so many and it should stabilize once the tank does. Is this a newer system? They are almost all suspension feeders with the smaller varieties being able to feed off of things as small as bacteria.
  14. Need Id

    Reminds me of a time there was a colonial tunicate spawning, they can settle out everywhere but in the long run usually only take hold on places that are hospitable.
  15. I think I need to ask for forgiveness

    You better keep that skeleton for display, or at least the reactor...That would be your salvation, not the garbage can. Nice colonies though, healthy looking coral.
  16. Sorry about the delay in the post, just got my son moved into his dorm and got to spend yesterday having lunch, packing some of his things, and hanging out. Right after seeing him off, and eating dinner, I got to starting this thread. As you all know, or now will know, the September meeting at All Things Aquarium was a Hoot! The place was loaded with SPS, LPS, and softy corals not to mention fish of all sorts. Everything was nice and clean, several of the tanks looked amazing! spot on. Look at this frag forest! I missed out on a red/orange centered green yuma, we left a little early and I completely forgot to snag one! Bummed, guess I better sneak back to ATA. In between the store and the adjacent building there is a very nice courtyard area that facilitates gatherings like this splendidly. You might be able to see in the background there, Zoolander lent his skills to the grill and did a great job, thanks a ton man. And speaking of the grill man, here he is on the left, thinking ahead of time with those shades, it was such a beautiful day. And speaking of generous guys, Bicycle Bill here on the right came in handing out coral frags like it was trick or treat candy...He is such a nice person, generous with the corals and good advice, Bill is one of the good ones. Here is another of the good old boys. The main man at the ATA store, Erin. He opened up his store for all of us to come in and have our meeting, BBQ, and raffle at. He has a wealth of knowledge and seems to have a knack for the aquatics, I know I will be back to pick his brain and aquariums sooner than later. Thank you my friend. Two of our awesome sponsors here in one shot, Stylaster left and Mr Bret on the right. Both have contributed quite a bit of their time over the years both off and on the BOD and office, Cheers to you two...And Thanks a ton for the frags Roy, I will return the favor. Highschool Reefer, eyeballing the store goods no doubt. I forgot to mention I had a few things I could throw you for your new tank setup and a few pointers on keeping macro algae trimmed back. Maybe I will see you next month though. Jfry here. This guy is in my line of work, aquatics maintenance, and I love talking about others setups and tanks with this guy. He has some good stories and is getting seasoned thats for sure. You all know you have to come up with a lot of different solutions to strange problems in the reefing world. Kai made it out to another meet, very nice guy. Hope that zoanthid pack you won is doing well, there were some lookers in there, blues, reds, and a little yellow. Should ease into the new tank just fine. Gill&Fin center and DJ right. I meant to ask you on some QT questions Holly. Maybe I can still get some info out of you and see if you get file fish in frequently? And sorry I did not have time to swing by DJ, believe me I have plans on it in the near future. Youcallmenny on the left and Albertareef on the right. With the good people that will give you a hand with the move you should be just fine getting into your new place, sounded like you have it pretty well planned out now. Reefer Madness left and Daniel right. Daniel makes the Reefi lighting system and is a working on a couple other products as well. He also has a killer tank setup. Reefer Madness, let me know when your going on that crabbing trip, I love dungenous. And I will keep my eyes peeled for a cowrie. Lex inverts chatting with Mr Bret. I have always liked this guy, he tells it like it is...And Also has a few very nice setups. He bred some seahorses too not too long ago.Now that I think about it I think Bret has some baby seahorses right now. Whop whoop!!! I got this pic of Paul here winning the gift certificate to All Things Aquarium. He is totally stoked! I would be too, so much there to grab, I bet that certificate never left the store. Grand Prize Vortech went to Albertareef! Way to go man, nice score! I love these raffles that are equal tickets equal chances. Although I wouldn't mind buying more tickets on certain items, it is a refreshing change once in a while to just take a true shot at chance. A major highlight of this meet was the presentation given by Miles about fluorescent pigment proteins. He explained a number of things on the subject such as tracking/monitoring cell functions, mutations, calcium and photo reactions...It was wild. I can elaborate a little more when I get back from work but for now just enjoy these shots of Mils slides. He did a great job and was very informative, answering all of Andy's questions But really Miles, Thank You, it was awesome. A slide miles had showing the cell internal structure and Florescent Proteins that assist in research. Lined up were a number of people who wanted to get a more in depth knowledge of the mysterious GFPs. You can see all the way down on the left had side there is a junior member getting his first reef class sessions in. . OptimusPrime taking addvantage of the black light LED flashlight. I wish I could take those, inject them into my montis, and make a new variety of "tie dye" coral. OH and th e obligatory coral shots here and there. Miles brought some samples of the Florescent Proteins, both natural and man made. Not too sure where he gets all these but I wouldn't mind a few for this upcoming Halloween...How many corals would you say is in one of those little bottles Miles?
  17. September Club Meeting!

    Come one Scott, not even a cameo!? Looking forward to seeing everyone again, and the shop, it's been a little while. The meet is only a few hours away really, I guess I better go and bag some corals up then. See you all soon.
  18. Happy Birthday BadxGillen!!!

    We have 6 people in my family who have September birthdays as well...And I like all of them. Good people born in that month if you ask me. Not a bad sign at all. And Thanks again everyone, it was a great day.
  19. Happy Birthday BadxGillen!!!

    Oh Man! You guys and gals, I don't know what to say here...I am getting all melty and mushy inside,. I just try and do what I can, when I can. I love reefing,, I love helping, and I love this community. Thank you all for making this club sch a wonderful place! I feel uplifted after seeing this, my night has become wonderfully topped off by the sentiments of my fellow reefer community. Love you all, Thank You So Much!
  20. How to Prune Large Corals

    Hah, I was going to say the same thing...A putty knife scraper, or a nice flat head would probably do the trick.
  21. Exquisite Acro

    Gonna get me some of that!!! You happen to know where this bad boy came from?
  22. September Club Meeting!

    Great news ATA and Gill&Fin, I love it when a stores shipments just come in. It makes it for some fascinating livestock that have yet to be cherry picked through, and everyone knows a well stocked salt water reef store is reason enough to come out. Add in a BBQ, speaker, raffle, and your favorite PNWMAS reefer crew and it becomes something you don't want to miss. And In addition to the VorTech, I have been informed we will also be having raffle drawings for several mini coral frag packs including... A trio of some fine looking acroporas. And something for the Zoa lovers out there. AND, to go with the current Photo Of The Month scheme, we have a Big ol Softy shroom here up for grabs as well. It has some "Bounce" to it thats for sure..Me Likey very much
  23. Clown fish eggs about to hatch

    You night be able to get some phytoplankton and rotifers from online or Pacific Island Aquatics in Tangent but unfortunately with just started cultures you would not be able to keep up with the fry's food demands. I can't remember the name but I believe there was an alternative micro food that could be mixed in the water for them to consume. From my experience though, they only eat live foods. And generally if they layed one batch of eggs they will most likely lay another if you keep things proper. You could always just prepare for the next batch by getting another designated fry system going and some food cultures started.
  24. Dirty

    I don't change several of my tanks but once a year, and that is usually servicing equipment. Good ole carbon dosing.
  25. Moving! How to take my critters with me

    Congratulations Steve, looks like a mighty fine place to finish up life at. It would be hard to upgrade from that forested scenery thats for sure. I think you have most of the moving part covered. You will need a number of able bodied hands as well as extra salt water made up at the new house. Prepare for as many contingencies as possible and don't forget to bring a towel or two. Some people use battery powered air pumps and AC DC Car converters for other appliances but I find that an air conditioned rig and good planning can conquer things without too much complication, just alot of hard work.
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