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Happy New Year!!! To kick things off in 2019 we are going to be taking a trip to one of the most old school salt water shops around, Upscales. Known for their killer salt water fish, amazing corals, and exotic reptiles, Upscales has a little something for everyone. Join us at the end of the month for a meet and greet at one of our oldest sponsors to get your reef on. I still have my Oregon Tort and my Upscales Microlados but I am sure Travis and his crew will have a plethora of other must have corals in stock that I will be tempted to walk away with, gotta hit up those buy one get another coral half off deals. And they always have nice clams and anemones to choose from as well. Here are the basic details below. Time---Sunday January the 27th at 1:00PM Address---19295 SW Martinazzi Ave, Tualatin, OR 97062 Stay tuned for updates on the event as they roll in, there is always something brewing here in the PNWMAS club.
The BOD and officers have had discussions about doing more for our sponsors and showing some appreciation for all that they do. Also it's just nice getting to know them a little better. It is my pleasure to introduce the first sponsor in the spotlight. Travis from Upscales. Travis and Upscales Fish and Reptiles has been a sponsor from the beginning so it is only fitting that they were picked (randomly I may add) to go first! Reef Spotlight: Upscales Fish and Reptiles Store information: Owner: Travis 19295 SW Martinazzi Square Tualitin, OR 97062 503-691-6253 Monday through Friday 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm email firstname.lastname@example.org How long have you been in the hobby? I have always been into fish since as far back as i remember, I always had fresh water tanks as a kid. I got the saltwater bug when i was about fourteen. My best friend and I both set up saltwater tanks. They were pieced together with mostly freshwater equipment (hang on back filters, canisters) but they worked. We would get his older brother to drive us around to the few stores that were around at the time: Simply Saltwater, Hollywood, and Gateway Bob's. We learned a lot from trial and error. I started my first reef when I was about sixteen. It was a 35g hex and I stuffed as many lights in the hood as possible. It had a hang on skimmer and some powerheads for flow. The tank did surprisingly well. Remember this was in 1988 when not a lot of people were reefing and most corals were considered impossible to keep in captivity. I continued advancing in the hobby and absorbing all the information I could find on the hobby. What got you interested in getting into the business? In 1993 I decided it was time for me to open my own store. Upscales was born. At first we had freshwater/saltwater and reptiles. As time went by, everything shifted more to the salt side. Now we are 95% salt/reef. There is still a small reptile section. It's crazy to think that I have been in business for twenty two years, makes me feel old. A lot has changed in that time. This is an ever changing hobby, and I try to stay on top of where the hobby is going, carrying the latest equipment and the newest hot corals and fish. I think we carry a little bit of something for everyone; everything from basic polyps/mushroom up to high end Aussie corals and clams. I do really enjoy having this business. There are times it makes me a little crazy, but it has been good to me over the years, I have met a ton of great people over the years and look forward to many more years to come. What other interests do you have outside of reefing? In my off time I like to spend time with my family, I have been married for nineteen years, we have three kids to keep me busy; a thirteen year old boy, a ten year old boy, and a six year old girl. My favorite hobby outside the shop is fishing. If I have a free day and the rivers are in shape, I will be out chasing steelhead and salmon, I try to get out and fish as much as I can. Thanks to all of you that have supported us over the years,i hope to be able to this for many more years to come, a business isn't a business without great customers! Thanks, Travis Thanks Travis for all your support and expertise over the years!