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Flashy Fins

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    PNWMAS Mailing Address?

    Sorry, I don't have Bert's address. I've only been there once and didn't save it.
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    NEW Par Meter Booking Thread

    @wantanewtank I’m trying to reach you. Left a couple messages earlier this week, so just give me a call back if you’re ready to borrow the meter.
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    NEW Par Meter Booking Thread

    Hello from your new par meter booking agent! The club now has 2 par meters available for loan to paid members. We typically have a waiting list to borrow, so when your name comes up, you can either take the one that is available or wait for the other - either way, you will not lose your place in line. Meters available: Apogee SQ-520 Full Spectrum Smart Quantum LED PAR Sensor This page has information you'll need, including links to software downloads for PC and Mac. You'll want to make sure you're able to use the software before borrowing this meter. Apogee has verified tech support for operating systems Windows XP through 10, as well as Mac 10.10 and higher, and they offer to help out if someone runs into compatibility issues. Apogee MQ-200 Quantum Separate Sensor with Handheld PAR Meter Huge thanks to @Smann for this generous donation! To borrow a meter: be a paid member of PNWMAS pay a $50 refundable deposit, given back upon return of the undamaged meter agree to fully reimburse the club if damage or loss occurs - full cost of a new meter is $345 (+ $55 for the sensor wand if that is also lost/damaged) return the meter to me after your week with it is up (if you live extremely far away, another club officer or board member closer to you can accept it back) I prefer to avoid members transferring the meter directly to other members, because I don't want anyone to find themselves responsible for damage caused during a prior loan. Returning it like a library book protects all parties involved. Waiting list current as of 10-8-18: Nanoreefer32 - no response; turn skipped, but place in line retained Paratore - in line for USB meter - skipped until new lights installed wantanewtank - no response; turn skipped, but place in line retained (USB) ChrisQ - turn voluntarily skipped for USB meter; place in line retained LadAShark - turned skipped for now; will need to become a paid member to borrow handheld meter
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    Fragfest Oct 27th Raffle Prizes

    Suggestions from the board were LED light, DC pump, MP-#, RO/DI, & doser. If something on the list jumps out at you, give a shout! Other items, let us know.
  5. Not at all. I like seeing the shiny colors in stores; it’s beautiful. But my own tank lights are not the same as the ultra blue LEDs in stores, nor do I want them to be. I like my T5s, and if flashing white light on corals gives me a better view of the colors I’ll see at home, I don’t think that should offend anyone.
  6. Bring a waterproof white flashlight to your LFS, and you’ll be all right. Store tanks are much more blue than mine.
  7. Blue substrate, plugs, etc. are easy giveaways. Lower the image saturation and increase the amount of yellow (opposite of blue) in shadows, midtones, and highlights, and you get this: May or may not be what your coral looks like, but I do this with all online images before buying anything, just to give myself an idea of what else it might look like. Even if the appearance is wrong, it at least gets my brain to see something different.
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    September Meeting Frag Swap 2018

    Thanks, Bert! I added a link to your first line, so people can easily find the date/time.
  9. I've had fish hide for various periods, but the details are fuzzy since it hasn't happened in a long time. However, my pompom crab continues to do it regularly; they hide a lot, in general, but mine has no nems and is extra secretive due to being without a defense (although he had picked up a maxi mini nem baby last time I saw him). His most recent hiding period lasted about a year, and I was sure he was a goner, then poof, he appeared as if by magic!
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    Neptune's Coral close out sale

    Hmm, I'll be in Vancouver tomorrow... might as well see what's there! I never found the time to go in after moving to Oregon City.
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    NEW Par Meter Booking Thread

    @LadAShark - your turn to borrow, but you do have to be a supporting (paid) member of the site, so let me know @Trailermann - no wait time! I’ll message you to arrange pickup
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    Flashy's 20g Fresh Start

    Hiya, PNWMAS! As some of you know, last year was extremely rough on me and my tanks. Post tank crash of late 2015, I had just gotten things rolling again in 2016 with a 72g fish-focused and 40g reef tank. Unfortunately, over the summer, some terrible events did away with all time and money for reefing. I had an unexpected divorce tossed my way, which left me scrambling and eventually homeless for a month. Good friends let me and my dog crash on their couches, and a super special one let me set up a 20g tank in her living room till I had somewhere to live. I kept a few favorite corals and fish and sold the rest. Well, the 40g tank wasn't sold... that, I managed to bust during my attempt to pack it up and move it to Stylaster's garage. Sad day, as that one featured a long, slim overflow box and bean animal plumbing, beautiful work done by Arminius and Gumby. I hate that their efforts ended up in a dumpster, but alas, I had bigger problems to worry about than a tank. I don't think I could get away with a 40g where I live now, anyway. Since I already had the stand for it, I kept a 20g long and enough rock to make a decent 'scape. Pardoned from sell-off were my nicer LPS pieces, beloved blue sponge, and a couple of fish. Sadly, I had to let some super cool stuff go, but now that I'm finally settled into an apartment of my own, I'm eager to jump back in. Funds are tight, so it'll be slow-going, but I do plan to add a couple more fish and many more corals over time. Sand was just added a couple days ago; I went bare-bottom till I was certain of the tank's placement. Moving it twice in the span of 6 months - not a sand-friendly situation! I'm pleased to say, an urchin was my only loss after both moves, each of which involved some unexpected disasters that easily could've killed more livestock. With everything else going wrong, it was nice to have a lucky break with all corals and fish making it just fine. My purple flowerpot frag is taking time to adjust and doesn't open much anymore, but it expanded greatly before, and I'm confident it'll rebound. Most else is as good as it ever was. Weird stuff is growing wild on the rocks since the urchin died. He was apparently keeping things in check that I had no idea were in there. I don't get too worked up about algae, but I do plan to replace the urchin to keep the tank looking clean. The new one will have snacks ready and waiting! I know you're jealous! $20 tank, cheap metal stand, outdated lights, Jebao wave maker, HOB filter, visible heater and thermometer... fancy, no? I remind myself it's quite appropriate, considering the recent homeless situation. Besides, I actually love T5 lighting and $1/gallon tanks and probably wouldn't go with anything better, even if I had the money. I'm happy with it and plan to focus on the livestock till it looks so amazing, you don't even notice the set-up is cheap! Will probably add a black background to reduce reflections and help blend away visible equipment. There you have it! My humbling fresh start, a slightly smaller tank than I started out with in this hobby. On the bright side, filling a small tank is exciting, because every piece you add makes a big difference. I'm looking forward to it!
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    Meeting on August 25th!

    Hope you all enjoyed the summer break last month and are ready to meet, greet, swap, and shop this one! When: Saturday, August 25th at 12 pm till the cows come home fish stop swimming raffle prizes are claimed Where: All Things Aquariums in Wilsonville, Oregon This great little shop is a longtime sponsor of our club forum and a fantastic source for healthy, beautiful fish & corals! Everyone is welcome! More info to come as food and other details are finalized, but I can promise you won't want to miss it! Tell us what raffle prizes you'd love to see!
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    Flashy's 20g Fresh Start

    Oh, that issue was ages ago, but I can tell you how it went. The chemi-clean worked well, but a week later, it needed another treatment. After a few rounds of that, I investigated other causes/treatments. What actually took care of the problem for good was replacing my T5 bulbs that were old. I now replace them yearly, if not sooner. I also upgraded to a fixture with a fan built in to keep the bulbs from overheating and wearing out so fast. Good luck!
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    Flashy's 20g Fresh Start

    Hmm, the video doesn't show up on my desktop, but it does on my phone. Hope at least some of you can see it.
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    Meeting on August 25th!

    I'm also looking forward to seeing pics! I know she'll blush, but I think a certain member deserves special recognition... When the raffle for the AI Prime was drawn, the winner was not present. Written on the back of the ticket was Liz [illegible last name], but with no forum username or other contact details, we had little choice but to redraw, with @Gil&Fin winning the second time around. Not long after, the mysterious Liz was back, having just stepped out of the meeting for a short time. Holly graciously handed over the prize, earning her unofficial status as PNWMAS MVP!
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    Flashy's 20g Fresh Start

    Quick video taken with my phone. Apologies for the reflections and glare. 6341EE00-7DF9-417E-B2DD-1CF70643DD1F.MOV Summers involve very little attention paid to my tank, so this is somewhat of a “before” reference video, hopefully to be followed by a spectacular “after” vid in a few months. Plans for fall including getting the tank back to shining star status with more fish, more corals, and more color! Current fish in the tank are a forktail blenny, Helfrichi firefish, McCosker’s wrasse, yellow clown goby, neon goby, eviota goby, and a barnacle blenny. Soon to be moved from QT to display are a sunburst anthias and a Lubbock’s wrasse.
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    Meeting on August 25th!

    Ah, thanks for reminding me. @badxgillen & @Jeremevans will be grilling up burgers for all to enjoy! We'll also have mac salad, potato salad, and veggies. Everyone is free to bring something to add if they'd like, but it's not required or expected.
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    Meeting on August 25th!

    Giving this a bump! See you guys tomorrow.
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    Meeting on August 25th!

    If you didn’t already catch the news, raffle prizes are set to include multiple $50 gift certificates to All Things Aquarium, as well as a few other shops. Grand prize will be an AI Prime!
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    NEW Par Meter Booking Thread

    11:30 am is good. Just look for the gal with pink hair. See you then!
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    NEW Par Meter Booking Thread

    Saturday, I could meet you at Upscales if you like. Would need to be by noon, because I’m meeting someone at Seahorse at 1. Or you could meet me there.
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    Meeting on August 25th!

    The idea is members throw out ideas, and the club officers decide what we can swing. Hearing what people are wishing for is helpful, whether it's a $20 item or a $200 item. Keeps us from thinking everyone wants X, when in fact most people really want Y or Z. So far, LED lights and gift cards are popular suggestions. Others welcome!
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    Lexinverts' Red Sea Max reef tanks

    Yay, I can see them! Especially love these two pics - such vividly colored, healthy corals! 😍
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    NEW Par Meter Booking Thread

    Will you be at the meeting on the 25th? Would be great to hand it off then.
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