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  1. I was out in my driveway today filling a couple of empty Red Sea salt buckets with water from the garden hose to water some of my trees in my yard when a pickup truck drove by and then stopped and backed up, and this random stranger yelled out, "what size reef tank do you have?". It turns out he lives just down the street from me and has been reefing for 20 years and has a Reefer XL 750. We exchanged email addresses and will likely trade frags and I might help him with some Apex issues. I love the reefing community. Small world! 🙂
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  2. Ok my friends, it is finally happening. The ReefBox will be doing a soft opening August 2nd. Hours will be 11-7 and we will have a few door prizes and maybe some raffle prizes, this will be a soft opening and likely store will not be fully stocked yet but I promise to have a little of everything and some cool stuff too.
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  3. These are extraordinary times, which demand we be extraordinary to one another. We are reaching out to let you know that Cuttle Fish and Corals is making a commitment to be a leader in doing what’s right even when times are down. Cuttle Fish and Corals cares deeply for its community and its customers. We know that these times are putting a strain on everyone in a myriad of ways, including mentally and financially. To put our commitment into action, Cuttle Fish and Corals is taking steps to be here for you in whatever small way that we can. Starting this week, Cuttle
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  4. This is the culmination of months of planning, months of waiting, and then several weeks of installation. Tale of the Tank: 360 gallon custom glass tank from Custom Aquariums. •8 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 2 feet tall •3 sides low-iron, high clarity •Dual external overflows by Modular Marine Stand is welded rolled steel and powder coated. Built by PNWMAS' own Spectra. Sump was built by Crystal Reef Aquatics. First up, pictures: Sent from my SM-G975U using Tapatalk
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  5. For our August meeting, we’re doing something a little different. @SuncrestReef, our resident Apex guru and newest board member, is opening up his house for a tour of his highly automated reef tank and a backyard BBQ. This will be chance to see some cool high-tech gear in action: Automated water changes, automated skimmer neck cleaner and smart skimmate locker, emergency backup battery power and generator, and of course the Trident! As an added bonus, @danlu_gt will present a demo of his amazing ReeFi DUO LED light fixtures, with a side-by-side comparison against SuncrestReef’s Radion
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  6. We have become a elite Waterbox dealer. We are setting up a 130 display and will be stocking most sizes. 4 gallon to 230 gallon tanks will be at the shop ready to pick up hopefully in a few days. If anyone is after a certain size let us know We are still very big fans of Red Sea but we are excited to offer our customer different options.
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  7. While I was in "time out" from PNWMAS, I made some serious headway on my 600. The tank is actually all the way full now and flowing with warm water, but here is what it looked like last weekend. You know you have a big tank when you dump an entire 60lb bag of salt in the system and it raises the salinity .05. So yeah..
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  8. I wanted to give everyone a heads up. After our first two successful frag festival. We are going to see if we can make the 3rd one the best yet. It will at the Boys and Girls in Vancouver October 5th Saturday. So save the date and your money. You can also go on nwfragfest.com for more info.
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  9. Hello fellow PNWMAS forum members and friends, I thought i would share my story on how Paradise Coral came to be. As many of you know i am a coral addict ( zoanthids top my list by far ) and have been collecting, hoarding and propagating zoanthids and other corals for many years. Over the years as i travel around and do sales estimates i always look at anything for rent and say, "This would make a nice spot for a reef shop," but always just a fantasy and always just out of reach for whatever the reason. Well, i have been saying and repeating that pattern for over 10 years at least. This
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  10. After years of insane prices, the market is hopefully heading for a huge correction. Now that indo finally opened up, corals that were previously outrageously priced are now available to the average hobbyist. To celebrate the new “normal” that will hopefully go on for decades, we are doing indo gold torch heads for $50. We are limiting these to one per customer. Limited to the first 20 customers. Some might be two head frags This is a special we are only offering pnwmas. We don’t forget who has supported us over the years!
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  12. We come from all sorts of different backgrounds and beliefs. We don’t always agree but we are united in our passion of the reefing hobby. Many of our outside friends and family think we are crazy . They think we are strange with our obsession over coral and fish but here we all have found a home where it’s normal to want 5 tanks and to upgrade to a 1000 gallon fish room. Where we love to visit our LFS several times a week. Where we can talk for hours about lighting , flow, and skimmers as well as the newest coral. This is a place where I can trade equipoment for a bottle of vod
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  13. SAVE THE DATE! The March meeting will be held at my house on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. PM me for the address, or look on the PNWMAS Facebook page. There will be food, festivities, and fun! Badxgillen will be presenting Pests and Hitchhikers. Don't miss it!
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  14. Can't wait for everything to grow in!
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  15. I'm working on a series of Apex programming tutorials. Starting this Monday, I'll be posting one tutorial per day on the following topics: Monday - Timers: OSC, If Time, DOW, Defer, When, and Min Time Tuesday - ATK programming and troubleshooting Wednesday - Power Monitoring Thursday - Virtual Outputs Friday - Alarms Saturday - Feed Cycles Sunday - Lunar Schedule and Lighting Profiles After this series, if there are any specific topics you'd like covered, let me know.
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  16. What a beauty, hoping for a long and happy life for it!
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  17. What I love about our community is the willingness to give and teach. My daughter’s and grandkids tank needed a new light because theirs died last night. I texted a few people late last night and of course there were willing participants! Well then I messaged Jeff at Cuttlefish and he had the same light we had so we went in today and had lunch and chatted and well not only did we get a light to save the day... but now the kids have a much larger tank!! Whoa. From a 25 gallon to a 60 [emoji15][emoji2962][emoji848]. Needless to say I dropped it off and all the kids are super excited. Will be s
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  18. Cuttlefish Jeff sent this to me today. I am still laughing. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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  19. Picked up a new puppy yesterday, she’s a fox red lab, 8 weeks old.
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  20. I am sure this has been done several times before but I had to commend Cuttlefish on their great customer service. Since getting back into the hobby, after about a 9 year hiatus, I have been to C&C twice. On both occasions Jeff has gone out of his way to get me set up with what I need, even when what I was looking for was old technology..lol. He is knowledgeable and the tanks and livestock looks awesome. By far one of the more professional, customer service oriented LFS I have been too. They have certainly earned my business and I would recommend them to anyone from beginner to experienc
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  21. I don’t dare say what I do. I know I am the minority and people don’t normally care for people in my profession until they need us.i get to drive fast, give advice, play with cool toys and occasionally get to mix it up if you know what I mean!!!’
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  22. This is a private event sponsored by Golden Basket Reef. All cost absorbed by Golden Basket Reef. We have limited space in the shop to set up tables so we are not taking anymore vendors. No entry fee for attendees. There is always a talk about doing this kind of event in our area but many years passed by with nothing happening. So I just jump start it and do it myself which the support of local stores that has the same interest to participate. Let's put politic behind and have fun with our own ORE 2016 and meet fellow reefers from local and out of state.
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  23. There would be no Paradise Coral without this beautiful lady here. Were celebrating 20 years of marriage and doing a 20% of Everything sale this weekend. If you have had your eye on something this is the weekend to come get it
    13 points
  24. Well Folks, it seems to be an end to the summer and the beginning of fall, September is here! And it looks like we have lined up one last meeting before the end of the year's December gathering, and right before the Annual October Frag Festival. And Great News! We will be having the September meeting at the Seahorse Aquarium Supply in Portland. When?: September 22nd Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 Where?: 106 NE Russet St, Portland, OR 97211 What?: A gathering of your favorite PNWMAS people at a long time sponsors establishment, including food, raffles, and great deals on so
    13 points
  25. Summer is here!!! And with it road trips, BBQs, and fresh new sights. Put all these things together and you have yourself a nice recipe for a good shindig, and that is what we have going on right here. The July PNWMAS meeting will be held in Wilsonville Oregon at the All Things Aquarium store. Another one of those gem of a sponsors tucked away up in the northern part of our Oregon state, ATA has been part of the PNWMAS club for a few years now and has always been a gracious host for our fellow members and I am sure that this go around will be no exception. There is always a large selection of
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  26. UPDATE!! Sounds like I will finally have keys in the next two weeks. They have given me the OK to come in and paint as well as get a few other things done that will give me a head start. The delay has been the occupancy permit with the City of Vancouver, but I’m told this is resolved. I am hoping to be open (soft open) after July 4th. This will all depend on how systems cycle and I how long it takes me to set up I want personally and publicly says thanks to a few people here for the encouragement and support to move forward. Jeff@cuttlefish Rudy@goldenbasket patrick
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  27. I've mentioned it to a few of y'all, but I got a new tank in the works. Custom sump and tank are still a couple weeks away, but I got the stand today. So I figured I may as well show that thing off. Stand was built by forum member Scott (@Spectra). He did an amazing job on it. It's 2" rolled steel. Welds and seams look immaculate. I went with a 40 inch height because I like to make life hard on myself as I reach around inside the tank [emoji3][emoji3] Seriously though, I really like the taller appearance and it'll make the tank sit at a better height for viewing. Stand is 97" x 37" (tank
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  28. Oh Wow! the meeting at Mr.Bret's shop was Great, we all had a wonderful time out in Hillsboro that's for sure. Why don't you let me tell you about it. As you know, Paradise Corals was very gracious and opened their store front doors for the PNWMAS March club meeting, setting aside a couple group buys for the club and a putting together an attractive spread of coral deals. First thing walking in you just have to notice the clean cut reef aquariums, the open floors, and the attractive art decor. The shop has evolved since i had last been in and is looking sharp. Some o
    13 points
  29. Good timing on the thread! I just found out that my blue Merle corgi was born just 2 days ago and will be getting her in May!!
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  30. Sent while trying to get my next coral fix.....
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  31. Vlamingii Sent from my SM-G928P using Tapatalk
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  32. The board and officers have been working really hard to bring you a frag show! I wanted to get the word out because you don't want to miss this! We will have several vendors with their choice corals to sell you! We will have a Macna level guest speaker that we will be flying out all the way from Australia to do a talk! You thought we had good raffles at our meeting , the raffles will be bigger and better! The show will be at the Boys and Girls Club in Vancouver Washington and the proceeds will go to Tanks for Teacher. We want to replace the tank they have and also get new li
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  33. Big thank you to Jorge and MrBret yesterday. 235gal rimless came in yesterday, was a beast getting it flip on its back, out the van, up a couple steps, through the doors, flip back and finally on the stand! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N900A using Tapatalk
    13 points
  34. ...and the winner is...Gil&Fin. Give her a'round of applause.
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  35. Just wanted to let everyone know, the total raised for Tanks for Teachers is $1,195.63 A big thanks to everyone who helped out.
    13 points
  36. And lets not forget the speaker Colby. He came out to spend a bit of his time educating the group about caring for seahorses, disease treatment and prevention as well as some of the finer details that only a breeder would be able to elaborate on. Right outside the TPA is a small courtyard perfect for good weather meets like this. I feel like this would make a good spot for some future gatherings on nice days. Colby really emphasized captive bred seahorses of good health being key to long term success with the little critters and the TPA here in Willsonville and the TPA in Sal
    13 points
  37. President - Emerald525 - Kim Vigil Vice President - badxgillen - Bert Gillen Secretary - milesmiles902 - Miles Taylor Treasurer - MrBret - Bret Ashley Vendor Relations - Mattv - Matt Van Devender Good luck to all. Nominations for Board of Directors will start today. Jay
    13 points
  38. Not the most recent but it'll have to do till I get around to snapping a new one.
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  39. I have to agree with everything that's already been said... I can break down my whole tank what I feed, when I feed it etc etc etc... Honestly it really means little to nothing because like most things in this hobby what works for me more than likely will not garner the same results for someone else. Everyone's tanks are different and we all have our individual husbandry styles, the things we all have in common is we stay within a range of acceptable water chemistry and we all try to keep things as stable as possible. Honestly I've seen tanks that look good with some of the most whacke
    13 points
  40. We are having a party!!! Save the date you won’t want to miss this !! Sirena and I miss you all and we miss throwing a good party !! When: Sunday May 5 2 to 5 pm Where: Cuttle Fish and Corals What : Street tacos and all sorts of Mexican fare provided by our own skilled chefs Sirena and Scott There will be group buys , there will be raffles , there will be deals!! Holly will be there with ten dollar frags! More to come!!!
    12 points
  41. Got my coral magazine today and guess who is featured in an article about that classic LPS the micromussa ! Way to go Jeff !! Representing PDX!!
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  42. The March meeting at Holly's was - a - BLAST!!! Frag Swaps, Coral Sales, and Reef Talk! Good Company, Fine Food, and Great Raffles! I was a great day for sure! The people who have seen Holly's setups know that there is plenty to admire and look at, she does a fantastic job at keeping things nice and proper, but for those who did not make it to the meet or have never been over, here are a few shots of part of her systems. This display is crisp and clean, full of beautiful colors and motion. The Hammer forest and Fungia patch are pretty impressive.
    12 points
  43. Here's mine.. Sent from my SM-N950U1 using Tapatalk
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  44. This is a fun thread! I love to see what others do in their day jobs. I was a trial lawyer for a number of years before being appointed as a judge for the State of Oregon in 2003. I only hear workers' compensation cases, so if you get a speeding ticket I can't help you. If you fall off a ladder at work, I'm your man.
    12 points
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