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#1 AlanM

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 07:19 PM

Hold the date for FragFest! Sunday, July 22, 2018 at the Charles Wesley United Methodist Church (McLean, VA)

What is FragFest? Check out the FragFest FAQ here.

Speaker: Ned and Anna DeLoach, Reef divers and writers extraordinaire

Topic: The Mysterious Beginnings of Reef Fish

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Reef fishes start life as tiny, buoyant eggs spawned into open water by the thousands. The castaways are carried by the currents out to sea where they embark on one of the most perilous odysseys in the animal kingdom. Ned DeLoach, author of Reef Fish Behavior, takes you on a visual voyage of the offspring’s miraculous oceanic metamorphosis from vulnerable yolk sac larvae into fast-swimming eating machines, unlike any fish you’ve ever seen, bedecked with spikes, spines, billowing fins and streaming floats. Weeks later the few survivors make a second dramatic transformation before riding night tides back to the reef where they spend the remainder of their lives.

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After college Ned DeLoach moved from his childhood home in West Texas to
Florida so that he could do what he loves best—dive. In 1971 he completed his first
diving guide to the state, Diving Guide to Underwater Florida, currently in its 11 th
edition. Though the 1970’s and 80s he was active in Florida’s cave diving
community and writing dive/travel piece for underwater magazines. In the mid-80s
he began working with is longtime business partner Paul Humann as co-editors of
Ocean Realm magazine.

In 1989 the pair published their first field guide, Reef Fish Identification,
Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, which launched an extensive library of visual marine
life field guides for tropical oceans around the world.

Acquiring the thousands of photographs of new and undocumented marine
species for the guides in a never-ending quest that keeps Ned underwater for much
of the year scouring reefs, walls, sand flats, rubble fields, sea grass meadows, surge
zones, algae beds, and often poking around dock pilings and occasionally beneath
island out houses. Currently Ned and his wife Anna, who reside in Jacksonville,
Florida, are compiling a new edition of Reef Fish Behavior, first publish in 2000, and
writing a column entitled Encounters for Alert Diver magazine.

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This is a MEMBERS ONLY summer meeting SUNDAY, July 22, 2018, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. (We're starting a little later because setup takes longer for this meeting.)

* You can join WAMAS at the door for $20.00 individual; $35.00 family = 1 year of membership, access to member area of forum + free frags at this meeting.

2:00 PM Doors open to WAMAS members (only)
2:40 PM Club business
3:00 PM Speaker Ned and Anna DeLoach
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM Raffle!
4:45 PM Frag Giveaway (Yes, FREE frags!)
5:45-6:15 PM Cleanup

Location will be:
Charles Wesley United Methodist Church's all purpose room
6817 Dean, Dr
McLean, VA 22101

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Raffle Prizes*
- 1-year subscription to Coral Magazine (1 chance to win) - From Reef to Rainforest Media
- $100 Gift Certificate (2 chances to win!) - From Avast Marine
- Mega MaxCap 90-GPD 5-stage RO/DI, $349 value (1 chance to win) - From SpectraPure
- Reef Octopus Classic 152-S Protein Skimmer, $299 value (1 chance to win) - From CoralVue
- Geisemann Professional Test Kits, 9 kits total (1 chance to win) - From SaltwaterAquarium.com
- Complete Water Change Kit (1 chance to win) - From Marine Depot

$200 gift certificate for custom PVC sump at Pure Reef Systems.

- Frag system with frag racks built by Pimped Out Aquariums

Two boxes of Reef Crystals (2 chances to win) - From Exotic Reef Creations

- 12-pack (one year's worth) of Chemipure nano - From Boyd Enterprises

Reef Nutrition: Samplers of their bottled reef food products! (2 chances to win!)
Reef NutritionChroma Boost pellets (three 3-ounce bags raffled together)

- Also donated frags from our sponsors and members selling

 

Door Prizes:

This meeting there will be multiple door prizes to win.Super deluxe fragging kits with everything you need to get started.

Special thanks to theses sponsors. Please support them & say thanks next time you shop with them. You can find their website address by visiting their forum or the sponsor page on the WAMAS website.

WAMAS Platinum Sponsors
- Air, Water & Ice
- Avast Marine
- Blue Ribbon Koi
- Capital Aquarium
- ChemiPure (Boyd Enterprises)
- Dr. Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture
- Exotic Reef Creations
- FishnReef.com
- LRS Reef Frenzy
- Marine Depot
- MASNA
- Pimped Out Aquariums
- Premium Aquatics
- Pure Reef Systems
- Reed Mariculture (Reef Nutrition)
- Reef eScape
- SaltwaterAquarium.com
- Supreme Reefs

WAMAS Banner-Only Sponsors
- Cobalt Aquatics
- Coralvue
- Jellyfish Art
- Live Aquaria
- Spectrapure
- Two Little Fishies

Get Free Raffle Tickets!
We have a "bring your receipts" program where if you bought stuff from one of our sponsors since the last meeting you can bring your receipts to the check-in desk to get one free raffle ticket for every $25 that you spent at a sponsor.

We don't need to keep the receipts, but would like to see them in hardcopy form (not on your phone because it takes too long) to give you the free tickets.

Sponsors on-site:
Dr. Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture
FishnReef.com

Blue Ribbon Koi


Members selling on site:
Mr Chalice
Piper27
copps
gws3
Leishman
molcott

Watch this space for more information to be made available as it arrives!


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#2 AlanM

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 12:13 PM

Abstract:

 

The Mysterious Beginnings

 of Reef Fish

 

          Reef fishes start life as tiny, buoyant eggs spawned into open water by the thousands. The castaways are carried by the currents out to sea where they embark on one of the most perilous odysseys in the animal kingdom. Ned DeLoach, author of Reef Fish Behavior, takes you on a visual voyage of the offspring’s miraculous oceanic metamorphosis from vulnerable yolk sac larvae into fast-swimming eating machines, unlike any fish you’ve ever seen, bedecked with spikes, spines, billowing fins and streaming floats. Weeks later the few survivors make a second dramatic transformation before riding night tides back to the reef where they spend the remainder of their lives.    


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Posted 07 May 2018 - 01:19 PM

I'm really looking forward to Ned and Anna's visit and to hearing about their adventurous life experiences that most of us can only dream about.....


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Please support our club sponsors whenever you can. Please support your LFS and realize that your support can help them, you, and future hobbyists that may find their start in the hobby locally.

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 06:33 PM

I agree.The abstract sounds like a great talk.I'm not that familiar with them and wasn't part of the club the last time they spoke.

 

Bump as a reminder of the free raffle ticket program with receipts from sponsors.  

 

Save your receipts if you bought from our sponsors since the last meeting.Every $25 spent gets you 1 free raffle ticket. 


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Posted 26 June 2018 - 11:02 AM

Bump for this.

 

It's looking like a great FragFest! This is our biggest meeting of the year.It brings in lots of new people, and we're going to be giving away free frags.Also we will have a lot of members there selling frags.  

 

The door prize will be nice kits of fragging tools, plugs, glue, etc.Everything you need to up your frag game.

 

It's a whole frag theme!

 

We frag donated corals onsite and pack them for the giveaway so you're welcome to watch the operation and learn from that too.

 

The speaker, Ned DeLoach, is probably one of the most well loved experts in our hobby and has taken some of the most well loved pictures from reefs all over the world.I'm really looking forward to meeting him (I never have) and hearing his talk. Kudos to John Coppolino for snagging him to talk to us.

 

I'll be updating the thread this weekend with the raffle prize that we have received so far.There should be some really nice items.We're hearing about custom made frag tanks and new skimmers.

 

I'll also be putting out a call for coral colonies that WAMAS members might have outgrown that could be fragged (rainbow birdsnest and montipora capricornis owners, I'm looking at you) and given out.  

 

Lastly, if anyone has a tank they want to throw in the trash that they know is made of tempered glass, I'd like to do a demonstration of what happens if you try to drill it and get it on video.I've heard it's way more impressive of a noise and mess in person than watching online. 8)


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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:26 AM

Recognizing our support of the ADE Project, Reef to Rainforest Media, publishers of CORAL Magazine joined WAMAS as a Platinum Sponsor last quarter. We'll be giving away a free subscription at each meeting this year. Published every other month, CORAL Magazine is this hobby's premier publication. 


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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:27 AM


Raffle updated:


- $100 Gift Certificate from Avast Marine (2 chances to win!)

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:30 AM

Raffle Update:

 

SpectraPure Mega-MaxCap 90-GPD 5-Stage RO/DI System

 

$349 value!

 

Thanks to SpectraPure for being a WAMAS sponsor and for the great RO/DI donation!

 

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 11:47 AM

Also got a great raffle prize from CoralVue.

 

Classic 152-S Protein Skimmer

 

$299 value!

 

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 07:03 PM

For Raffle from SaltwaterAquarium.com.  

 

Giesemann professional test kits.  A full set of pretty much everything:

Calcium
Alkalinity
Magnesium
Nitrite
Nitrate
Iron
Phosphate
Potassium
pH

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Posted 09 July 2018 - 07:05 PM

From Marinedepot.com, water change kit containing

Cobalt MJ1200
Refractometer
Digital thermometer
100W Eheim heater
Vinyl hose

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Posted 14 July 2018 - 09:37 AM

Bump for the meeting next Sunday.I'm getting together our list of raffle items and will send out an email reminder tomorrow with what we know so far.

 

We'll have 6 members selling frags as well as club sponsors: Pacific East Aquaculture, FishnReef, and Blue Ribbon Koi all onsite selling livestock and dry goods.


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Posted 17 July 2018 - 06:44 PM

List above updated for the raffle items we have now and more coming in.


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