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  1. Join us in person or virtually through Zoom for our next PNWMAS meeting on October 23rd. Lou Ekus, the CEO of Tropic Marin USA will do a video presentation on reef chemistry and carbon dosing followed by Q & A. For those who can attend in person, the presentation will be shown inside Emerald525’s huge and spacious shop building, and we’ll have Octoberfest-themed food from chef Sirena and beverages available on her covered outdoor deck. Both spaces provide ample room for social distancing, but masks will be required when indoors. We will have several chairs available for the presentation, but if you have a folding chair, feel free to bring it to guarantee you will have a seat. We’ll also have several sponsor gift certificate giveaways in addition to some Tropic Marin prizes provided by Lou. For those who cannot participate in person, please join us through Zoom for Lou’s presentation, Q & A, and the giveaways. Here are the details: When: October 23rd, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm What: Chef Sirena providing Octoberfest-themed food and beverages. Gift certificate giveaways and prizes from Tropic Marin Presentation: 1:00-2:00 pm Reef Chemistry and Carbon Dosing talk, followed by Q & A Where: 7501 SE 152nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97236 (Map) What to bring: A mask, and optional folding chair Zoom: Zoom link will be provided as we get closer to the date RSVP: If you plan to attend in person, please comment below with the number of people in your party so Sirena can plan for the amount of food.
    9 points
  2. Filmed an update video of my Red Sea Reefer 450 today. The tanks been up since 2015. My Oregon Tort and Pink Lemonade are really starting to take off and I'll have some frags soon for those interested. Red Sea Reefer 450 Update Video
    5 points
  3. My name is Bean and I’m addicted to collecting equipment and staring at a dry build in my dining room for over a decade… oh wait, wrong support group. Or is it? I’ve been out of hobby for a loooong time. Used to be pretty deep into blackwater planted freshie tanks in the 80’s, then switched to saltwater (hard to call those early ones reef tanks) and ran a succession of variously successful or painful mixed reefs through into the early 2000’s. Had just started my dream tank build in 2009 when life took some twists, I sold my house, and bought a small ranch. I’ve been running livestock out here ever since, but my reef systems had to be dismantled due to water quality and quantity issues out here, and some electrical concerns with this old ranch house. So fast forward, and I have the electrical recently upgraded with four dedicated circuits installed for aquarium use, we resurrected a well for the livestock which allows us to use the house well for more than bare necessity, and I’m finally getting things together to restart my stalled out reef build. We still have to do some structural work to the house (supports, subfloor & tile, moving a HVAC vent, adding a couple oh crap drains) so I won’t be getting the system started in the house until next spring, but I’m at the point where it’s okay to start cycling rock, building my water station, and begin building the live food culturing systems in the garage. Gotta say, technology sure evolved. With that said, I hope y’all don’t mind if I come in with some questions about some of what’s changed in the hobby.
    4 points
  4. Finally cleaned the glass so I can see my corals again!
    4 points
  5. @Manny Tavan I picked up the jawbreaker that Sirena won thanks to @albertareef nominating her. Her Seahorse tank isn’t quite ready for it so I’m holding it for her. This pandemic has been tough so it’s nice to have some bright spots and members like you who want to spread joy. You have awesome very clean and colorful tanks 😍. You know what you are doing. Wish I could have stayed longer.
    4 points
  6. @albertareef and @Sirena please pm me if you would like to collect your prize
    4 points
  7. The only way I could ever remove mushrooms was to fully remove & replace a whole rock. This morning, this posting suggested it may work for mushrooms too. Maybe try it. https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/safe-and-easy-diy-way-to-remove-nems.861213/
    4 points
  8. Great! We'll forward your questions along to Lou in advance of the presentation.
    4 points
  9. Sweet ill be there, lol anyone want to setup trades? 🤣
    4 points
  10. Reefs and brats? I'm in!
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  11. Looking forward to it. Thanks for setting this up.
    4 points
  12. I feel like I'm there most of the time anyway so Serena throw a dog on for me.
    3 points
  13. Most of us have had good luck tearing down our entire tank, losing the fish in the process, then removing every rock trying to find which one it’s under only to realize it’s in one of the rocks and now have to search for it one rock at a time before it kicks the bucket. In the end you always find it though! id go with tituses first suggestion… or spend a bunch of money on a manufactured one.
    3 points
  14. Trying out a video.....not sure if this link will work, but I’m giving it a shot. Let me know what u like best, video or still pics https://www.dropbox.com/s/l0y2p5xij76ojoh/IMG_2569.MOV?dl=0
    3 points
  15. I plan to attend in person. Mark
    3 points
  16. Meeting is less than a week away! Everyone who signs on or shows up in person gets a free raffle ticket to win a prize!! Lots of freebies so you are likely going to get something!!
    3 points
  17. Thanks Greg! I’m glad u could make the trip. Enjoy your new pieces
    2 points
  18. One thing I just did last night, this worked on an aggressive clown tang. Put a mirror on the other side of the glass, so that it is only viewable from inside the trap. This brought him in better than food. Off the sump for now until he gets a new home!
    2 points
  19. I plan to attend, just me.
    2 points
  20. I plan to attend, just me.
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  21. i’m coming with a plus one!
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  22. Clownfish for sale, $15-$50 ea. Dark mochas $15 ea Black and whites $20 ea Black snowflakes and dominos $30 ea Snow storms $40 ea Black storms $50 ea Discounts for 10 or more fish. Possible trades for coral Approx size are about 1 inch or 1 1/4. I feed them TDO and ocean nutrition flakes. Thanks, Jake location is Napavine WA. Willing to drive and meet people half way as well.
    2 points
  23. RSVP: If you plan to attend in person, please comment below with the number of people in your party so Sirena can plan for the amount of food.
    2 points
  24. I'll be joining via zoom, looking forward to it! Thanks for hosting Kim & Sirena! Vicky and I are bummed we don't get to see the new place, it looks amazing and of course the food will be a shame to miss.
    2 points
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  26. Good reading........ and yes another reefer who was brought into the hobby by Woody........... bought my first set up from him in 95 or so.......... a lot of livestock from Rick at Soutas.......... And ah yes Flashchat many a weekend night drinking beer on there........
    2 points
  27. Get a Bucket head shop vac from Home Depot they are 25$ and work good.
    2 points
  28. I don't post much but I was "informed" of the club by Woody, had to been around 2004ish. Never could tell if woody liked me or not but he sure was a huge step in me getting a real reef tank running. I wanted to thank All the Members who kept the club running through the years including people like Chief and Jmanrow. This is a hobby that demands breaks after you put in some years in my opinion and with the leadership through the early, mid and current years this site is just a amazing wealth of knowledge.
    2 points
  29. Check out this police bust in North Plains. Massive grow operation with tons of lighting and irrigation (see 0:30 into the video) . I wonder if they used an Apex to control it all? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    2 points
  30. My all time favorite pot bust................... here in Portland to..................
    2 points
  31. Every plumbing job requires at least 1 extra HD trip. I got tired of it and usually buy obscene amounts of extra and now have a huge bin in the garage full of fittings lol
    2 points
  32. He is only about ten minutes from me. I would get yours for you but you don’t want to miss seeing his tanks. As long as we have that little mushroom I’m going to let it grow and give any babies away and pay it forward!
    2 points
  33. Just moved up here so don't have any pieces of the puzzle yet, but check out this link to see what I plan to be the best looking reef tank in a college dorm! Dorm Tank
    2 points
  34. Starting up a tank thread here (also maintaining similar on R2R). After poring over options and losing out on some craigslist/facebook items that were much more reasonable, a RedSea Max-E 260 popped up on craigslist (with a very substantial credit thrown in at a LFS). It was out of my price range but was exactly what I wanted so i fired up eBay and sold off my vintage video game collection gathering dust and jumped in. I work from home and this is setup in my office. Awesome stress relief to spin my chair and stare at it for 5-10mins 4-5 times a day. I've really enjoyed the start of this hobby and the LFS I've frequented (Woodys, CuttleFish, All Things) have been super helpful and easy to talk to, get advice, etc.. I'm mostly enjoying getting small frags and watching them grow. Currently 5 weeks into waiting out Ich in the main tank so only have 2 clowns (in QT right now). Can't wait to be able to add more fish! Current Inhabitants 2 Clown fish (Penny & Wise - my daughters choice) 2 Torches Bi-Color Hammer An Island of Xenia 2 Shrooms (1 with child in tow) Zoas - Space Queen, LA Lakers, Lich Kings, Devils Armor, Fruit Loops, Toxic and ?? can't remember the name of the orange/red/pink/blue guys Jason Fox Favites Devils Finger Leather Red Goniopora Purple Pol Birds Nest Fried Circuit Platy Waste Management Crew (Emerald Crab, Blue crab, 6 Nassarius and 6 gigantic Trochus) Current Gear Running RedSea MAX-E 260 stock (return pumps, skimmer, AI lights) Tunze Assomolater ATO Bag of carbon Icap 3k Gyre 3DReefing Diffusers Current Maintenance Weekly water changes (20-25%) Bi-Weekly Carbon replace Current Goals Do my best not too kill anything Put the RedSead DIY net together before I have a sad event with one of my clowns.
    2 points
  35. It's been a while since I have been at a meeting. Have had a few health problems...like getting old😉. I am currently without a vehicle and there are no bus lines between Sherwood and Newburg. If there is anyone that lives out this way, and can give me a ride to the meeting, please contact me! I hope to see you all there! John Manrow Jmanrow
    2 points
  36. you can put a giant skimmer in there... but people forget that if you oversize too much, it won't skim properly. For the money, I think Reef Octopus is about as good as it gets. You can get waaaay more expensive skimmers with tons of bells and whistles.. save your money where you need it. Like back up pumps, generator, coral.
    2 points
  37. I second the check Valves on returns. Has way too many “hey look, there’s water everywhere” incidents.
    2 points
  38. Best deal I’ve found for water storage is at Winco. They sell the square 5 gal jugs with lids for like $10 or less, I think (it’s been a few years lol)? I gave most of mine to a friend though. Look in the soda/water isle if you are there, they are meant for people to buy filtered water there with.
    2 points
  39. Just messing around with the camera again.
    2 points
  40. Awesome! I have a few questions for Lou. I am currently dosing All-for-reef and Bacto-balance! I would love help understanding how Carbocalcium (or All-for-reef) provides the same elements our corals need for calcium and alk in a single, high concentrate solution without precipitating. The other big question I have is now that I am on a low nutrient system (thanks to a newly installed filter roller), how do I know how much Bacto-Balance to daily dose? How can I tell if my low PO4 is from bacteria consumption from carbon dosing or over filtration from the filter roller? What is the risk to dosing carbon like Bacto-balance when there is very little PO4 to consume?
    2 points
  41. Got "Test A Fail" this weekend on my Trident. I was kind of low (but not out) of reagent A, replaced it. No Luck. Opened Trident and ... Looks like top hose came off the center hub. Took trident apart, broke rubber foot off housing screw, but got cover off and everything fixed. I haven't touched my trident in a month, so strange the hose came off. But so-be-it. Fixed. First problem I've had in ~2years. (I still love getting daily test results from my trident!) The Dreaded Something Failed indicator: Top hose is off! Fixing required taking the cover off. The slight fluid leak caused one rubber foot/screw to seize up. Had to rip the rubber off the screw to enable getting a screw driver on it.
    2 points
  42. Yes!! I am getting one! Known Daniel for years, trustworthy and great asset for the reef community. Tech looks spot on, going to run it on my son's 60 gallon cube. He loves that tank, might as well make it as good as possible. I have a sky also, which is definitely nice but that side glare... Otherwise I run 6 Ocean Revives, most have the white spectrum replaced with more blues and violets. That also works well but gets tiring to maintain...
    2 points
  43. These are my two nano reefs. I started both of them earlier in the year and they are starting to take off. Innovative Marine Fusion 20 is a mixed reef. Corals are zoas, acropora, montipora, blastomussa, ricordia florida, ricordia yumas, Acans, micromussa, cyphastrea. Livestock is a crocea clam, banggai cardinalfish, leopard wrasse, and a royal gramma. AI Hydro 26 HD lighting, Tunze 9001 Skimmer, Tunze lite ATO, Sicce silent 1.5 return, AI Neuro 3 for flow, and a DIY chaeto reactor with a phosban 150 and led string lights (also put rowaphos in here), I'm dosing 5.3ml of all for reef with a kamoer X1. KH/ALK 9.3, Calcium 430, Nitrates 2-5 ppm, phosphates 0.03. I just started dosing red sea reef energy amino acids about a week ago. WB 10 Cube Rainbow BTA, snowflake lantern BTA, 2 rock flower anemones, and a green goniapora. Snow storm clown and a Wyoming white. AI prime HD lighting, Tinze 9001 skimmer, succe silent nano return, hygger mini wavemaker from amazon (this thing was actually a really good buy). Not dosing anything. I do 50% water changes on both tanks weekly-ish. They have both gone 2 weeks with out a water change with no problems. The anemone tank will get a build up of diatoms on the sand bed if i let it go for that long but nothing too concerning. I just added some macroalgae to the anemone tank and will be adding more to the aquascape for a natural look and nutrient control. I target feed all the corals every 3 days a mixture of reef-roids, mysis, LRS, and capelin eggs. The fish are fed 2x daily with LRS. I target feed the crocea clam with phyto every 3 days as well. The crocea is 3 inches and gets around 200 par lighting so I don't think it necessarily needs the phyto but seems to like it. This is such an awesome hobby!!!!!
    2 points
  44. Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?SpongeBob SquarePants!Absorbent and yellow and porous is he.SpongeBob SquarePants!If nautical nonsense, be something you wish.SpongeBob SquarePants!Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish!SpongeBob SquarePants!source: https://lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/spongebobsquarepantslyrics.html
    2 points
  45. Percularis baby's living dream life in their new rbta aquarium. The anemones don't know what to do.
    2 points
  46. Alice, it all started with Alice... Our earlier events happened at Woody's old place. I came on when I moved to Portland in 2001. Most of the people who were around then are gone now. We swelled to about 20 active members and outgrew BBQs at Woody's and branched out into other stores... Soutas, The OG waves when it was in LO, Upscales, R-2's old place down in Salem (forget the name of that shop). Alice became inactive after a move up to Federal Way at this point and we fell to a loosely organized band of rabble rousers, I volunteered to steer things for a while, this was around 2003. Our first really big meeting was at Steve Weast's place, we flew out Steve Tyree and the area got an infusion of cool corals. A few of the group may remember me cooking filet skewers... Steve was a great host. Our first hosted website was set up by a guy named James, we spent some time trying to learn HTML and we got a forum going, but there weren't really any volunteers at that time that had the technical aptitude to push it further than a basic roboboard that we hosted on GoDaddy. Chief came online as our dedicated admin and kept us all out of trouble. This may be the same site we started... unsure, Jay may know if it migrated. As Chief said, we went through the hoops of becoming a 401c (drafting a charter, creating a board of directors, writing a constitution... we took templates from MASNA as guidance) so we could accept donations from vendors and sell raffle tickets to fund tickets to the Oregon Coast Aquarium, speakers, and TFT. At one point we had membership cards that could get you a discount at local shops if you flashed them... maybe I can dig one up some time. Woody moved to Columbia Blvd, Souta's closed, Joel bought out Shaun in the new Waves location in Tualatin over this period (2003-2006). I sold off my tank in 2005 and stepped down as President in late '05 or early '06, Weast broke down his tank around 2008-2009, Jim (Rainbowcorals) moved and broke down his tank around the same time, and I left the group for 10 years due to work, leaving the club in the capable hands of Chief, Lowman, and Jmanrow. It took a while for the changeover, some hostility was floating around, but everything worked its way out in the end. Chief was persistent! We had set up a solid foundation for TFT, had an active board, and were growing faster at that point than we could easily manage (tank tours and meetings grew to a size that your average home could no longer hold us). A few of the older members are still around... Chewie, Chief, R-3, Wannareef and and a couple more are all still active that I see on the forums. There are a couple more that I see on the users list but don't see post much. We had on the old forum a history thread posted, but I am sure that has been scrubbed from the web for almost a decade. I still like to enjoy a beer from time to time with Steve and Jim, think they have both lurked in the back of a meeting at one point in the current era. Hope that helps? Memory gets fuzzy as time passes. R-1 *edit* just found this old post, probably from around '03:
    2 points
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