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Flashy Fins

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  1. Great photos, Dodge! Fun party, as always, and holy delicious tacos! Mmmm.
  2. His username is goldenbasket8 with nothing listed at the moment. Nice seeing you around here again!
  3. I’m not quite sure I understand. Do you mean separate it the way we have sponsor topics separated? I either don’t remember or perhaps wasn’t around when it was different, so I have nothing to go on there. I do agree it gets lost in the mix.
  4. Thanks to @CuttleFishandCoral for gifting the Boys & Girls Club some new fish! They had trouble getting the feeding right and lost their previous two, so the goal this time was to make sure we added enough fish to use the auto feeder. From Jeff, we added a McCosker’s wrasse and an aurora goby, and purchased from Seahorse were a long-nosed hawkfish and red firefish. The kids voted on these fish from a list of choices that would work well together and be easy to care for; it’s funny noticing all four choices are red. They have a few more selections to be added soon, but it’s always best to get the more peaceful specimens in first. Safety Stop dip has been working well! McCosker’s at the top left, just seconds after being added to the tank. Bottom center/left, you can see the wrasse on his way into hiding, as well as the aurora goby. Aptasia getting a nudge from Jim’s kalkwasser syringe. Adding peppermint shrimp to the list of tank needs! Overall, coming along nicely! Photo taken during maintenance, so forgive the low water level and slightly open cabinet doors.
  5. Looking great! I see the corals settled in nicely, and the boys chose well with their fish. Lots of color in there now! To clarify, this tank is new, since the old one mentioned was drilled, and this setup is without a sump. Easier knowing we’re not relying on 10-year-old silicone seams, as well, although plenty of tanks are older. The stand, canopy, and a few other things did make it over from the Boys & Girls club. Love seeing your progress!
  6. Thanks for thinking of Tanks for Teachers! We don’t have an immediate need for it, but I could store it for future use with another school. Any chance you’ll be at this month’s club meeting at Paradise Coral?
  7. Flashy Fins, 

    I understand you are the moderator for the Tanks for Teachers Program.  I'm a high school chemistry/biology teacher and would like to get connected with the program.  Currently I host fresh water and salt water systems to teach water quality and water chemistry as well as ecological impacts of climate change and ocean acidification.  As an experienced keeper, I know that the proper equipment is important.  As such, I wanted to know how to get connected with school donations to set-up a reef tank and a cold water system.


    1. Flashy Fins

      Flashy Fins

      Hi, Jeremy. That’s great that you’re getting the kids interested! What school are you teaching at? 

    2. JWanak


      I teach at Sprague High School in Salem, OR.  

    3. JWanak


      Currently, I've set up a 20 gal tank with two black clowns.  I'm interested in add a urchin and flame angel to control algae and perhaps a few soft corals to bring in some color.  Any urchin recommendations, I was thinking short spine purple.

  8. Big thanks to @lewisriverfisherman for taking over the par meter duties.
  9. Closing the thread so you don’t keep getting offers. Condolences on your loss, and good luck with the move.
  10. With nitrates showing up and a lack of nitrite, the ammonia reading may be a false positive. The test strips aren’t the best; they were just the only thing the fish store had the day before we came out. I think you said you have a Petco near? I would bring in a small container of your water for them to test for ammonia. If they can’t or won’t, they’ll at least sell a liquid ammonia test that’s more likely to show you’re at 0. The hair algae can get out of control fast, so I would rip off and pull out what you can. Nothing to stress over trying to get it all, but it’ll help. A water change to lower nitrates will assist in controlling the growth, as well. Definitely time to get your RODI hooked up! I’ll check with @Gumby and see when we can get out there to help.
  11. Princeton, my nearly 15-year-old pup. ❤️ Photo taken last spring at the coast.
  12. Thanks to Travis & his crew for having us! I agree, the new growout tank at the back of the store is a lovely sight!
  13. I snapped just a few pictures, forgetting (as usual) to take any till we were wrapping things up. President and club meeting photographer, Bert/badxgillen, discussing with fellow club members what else but corals?! Jeremyevans eyeing the goods with newer forum member, Snappy. Albertareef & his wife, Darcy, considering which fishies to take home. All of ‘em, guys! Adopt away! The maxima that made it home with me! Already a gorgeous turquoise blue under standard household bulbs here, this is sure to look even prettier once it’s in my reef! QT first, of course. Would love to see what everyone scored! I snagged the pink and red lobo here and a couple of nice fish, currently going through QT bucket transfers.
  14. That looks great for just being set up a few days ago! Nice job on the rockwork. The guys being fascinated by the feather dusters is exactly the kind of thing we love to hear! Definitely shows they’ll be interested in caring for the corals and taking pride in the tank. Can’t wait to see how it progresses!
  15. I think the level of wealth required to leave a coral shop with enough money to tip strippers is beyond our demographics here. Can you even claim to be in this hobby if you don’t empty your account every visit to the LFS?
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