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The "Who's Who" of WAMAS

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Do you have the acro "red bugs" or flat worms  

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  1. 1. Do you have the acro "red bugs" or flat worms

    • I have the acro "red bugs"
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    • I have the red or brown flatworms
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    • I have both the acro bugs and flatworms!
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    • I have none
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Welcome to the "Who's Who of WAMAS"! The purpose of this column is to promote the social aspect of WAMAS. We present you below with some of our wonderful WAMAS members.

Tom (WAMAS ID: Origami2547)Q: What's in your life besides this hobby? Tom: My faith and my church are a big part of my life. As chairman of the Administrative Council at my church, I'm involved in a lot of goal-setting and meetings several evenings a month. Every year for the last 7 years, I've taken my family and a group of people from church with me on a week-long mission trip, working with Habitat for Humanity, to build homes and to give others a leg up in life. But, really, it's more than that: When you give, you get. Though I've done this for many years now, it never fails to amaze me how hard work given freely from your heart can transform you both as an individual and as a member of a larger team.Q: How do you balance your hobby life with real life (if you do)? Tom: Balance? Me? My wife would tell you that I dive deeply into anything that I do. Perhaps too much so. Q: What one piece of knowledge do you wish you would have had when you started reefing? Tom: I know that I'm not alone when I say that I wish I knew about WAMAS when I started. Luckily, I did find out about it when I posted in a local club forum on Reef Central, and somebody replied, pointing me in this direction.Q: Do you have other pets?Tom: Yes, a golden retriever named Lacey.Q: What drew you to the hobby? What keeps you in it?Tom: Born and raised a Navy brat, I spent most of my formative years within an easy bike ride of the Pacific Ocean, whether overseas or on the West Coast. As a teenager (in the mid-70's) and during my father's second tour of duty in Okinawa, Japan, I learned to snorkel in the crystal blue waters off that island. Abundant with hard and and soft corals, and brightly colored tropical fish, it was there that I fell in love with the beauty of coral reefs. Tom: I stay in it because I love the intricacies and challenges of maintaining this little slice of nature. Q: Are there any words of wisdom or warning about the hobby that you would like to share?Tom: Take time to learn, sometimes through books, sometimes through others. Share what you learn with others. Understand that we're on the leading edge of an evolving hobby and that there's not always one answer to another hobbyist's questions. Be generous.
Bill (WAMAS ID: Oldreefer)Q: What job maintains your reef? Bill: I am the CEO of an old foundation that supports aviation safety efforts around the world. http://flightsafety.org/ The job requires me to travel around the world about 200 days a year. As a result I have had to automate my system heavily, and I have learned alot about making a stable and reliable tank.Q: How long have you been in the hobby?Bill: I started about 10 years ago when I lived in Fairfax. I really appreciated the great support I got WAMAS back then. I stayed with it during my move to Montreal for a few years, and then took a break for a couple years when I moved to Alexandria.Q: What other hobbies do you have?Bill: This is pretty much the only hobby I have ever had. Work and family have always been first.Q: What one piece of knowledge do you wish you would have had when you started reefing?Bill: I wish I realized how expensive it is to buy cheap stuff. I lost count of how many things I bought and replaced. If I had discovered WAMAS earlier I could have bought good used equipment with good advice and dodged that bullet.Q: What do your co-workers think of your tank?Bill: People think it is pretty amazing. I thought they would think I was crazy, but they seem relieved to find I have a life outside of work.Q: Why do you reef?Bill: I have had some pretty tough jobs, and I needed something besides work to think about when I went to bed at night. Reefing is a nice diversion.Q: What is your favorite reef inhabitant?Bill: I am a big fan of anthias. I have way too many in my tank, I am glad my filtration can keep up with them.Q: What is your dream tank?Bill: A huge (400 gallons or more) tank full of SPS and clams being fed from a another tank full of seagrass and mangroves, and maybe another tank that just generates plankton.Q: Do you have other pets?Bill: I have a visiting daughter that came with a dog.
Jason (WAMAS ID: jason the filter freak)jason.jpg Q: Tell us about yourself in a list of 5 descriptive words or terms.Jason: DIY, ADD, KISS, FAQ, WYSIWYG.Q: What's in your life besides this hobby? Jason: Family, hospital, school. In that orderQ: How do you balance your hobby life with real life (if you do)?Jason: Wamas feed and access on my phone, little sleep and lots of DIYQ: Is your hobby interest and time affected by WAF/SoFR-AF ("wife acceptance factor"/significant other, family, roommate acceptance factor")? Please explain.Jason: Nope, just moneyQ: What hobbies do you have besides reefing?Jason: Cars, mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, beer?Q: What pets do you have other than what is in your tank?Jason: Ball pythons, chinchillas, and the freguent stolen babysat dog.Q: Compare your life or existence to life in a reef aquarium.Jason: Spend most of my time in a glass box looking for a way out.Q: What tank creature do you most resemble and why (describe in a way that tells something about you)?Jason: Are you kidding... Six-line wrasse, hyper as heck, focused but on the move, always on the look out for something new and tastety.Q: What do you get from WAMAS other than information and cheap stuff?Jason: Friendship, sense of community, and people to celebrate and commiserate reef accomplishments and moments we stumble.Q: What types of WAMAS social activities are you interested in or have suggestions for? Are you up to initiating, facilitating, or hosting a WAMAS social activity in the future, and what might it be?Jason: I've got no where to host :( Q: Give a one-sentence random statement about either yourself or anything at all.Jason: Ameretto and reef tanks... Q: And finally.... Do you own an official WAMAS thong? Would you be willing to model the WAMAS thong at the next meeting? http://www.cafepress.com/wamas.8579056Jason: Only if its preworn by chip
A. Byrnes (WAMAS ID: A. Byrnes)Q: Tell us about yourself in a list of 5 descriptive words or terms.A. Byrnes: I'm Southern, laid back, stubburn. I love hobbies and sports. Q: What's in your life besides this hobby?A. Byrnes: My family, wife and 3 daughtersQ: How do you balance your hobby life with real life (if you do)?A. Byrnes: My wife is cool with it, but she has no idea how much money I have spent on the hobby. She is a clean freak so as long as the tank is kept up she is fine, and I'm talking about the outside. I have to pick up buckets, bottles and equipment so that it cannot be seen. My tank is simple and is automated so it doesn't require to much work. The tank has been running over 2 years now so I know exactly what it needs and what to do. It doesn't get in the way of anything, but it does require some time and work. I probably work on it an average of 1-2 hours a week. Q: What hobbies do you have besides reefing?A. Byrnes: I like to cycle, fish, love NFL (Bears), cook, garden, play video games and read scifi/fantasy books.Q: What pets do you have other than what is in your tank?I had a Bulldog (BUTKUS) but he passed away last year. Looking for a new friend in the next few years. I have to wait till my baby is a little bigger and wait till we move into new house. Q: Compare your life or existence to life in a reef aquarium.A. Byrnes: I wish my life was as tropical as a Reef aquarium and I think that is the whole reason behind having a reef aquarium. It makes me feel like I'm somewhere else. Its a part of another world that is fragile, beautiful and unique. My life is blessed, but it is fast paced, stressful and requires that I work hard in order to provide for my family. Q: What tank creature do you most resemble and why (describe in a way that tells something about you)?A. Byrnes: Don't know? Maybe my brain coral because when feed I'm puffy and happy?Q: What do you get from WAMAS other than information and cheap stuff?A. Byrnes: When starting out my reef tank I had been out of the salt water hobby for about 10 years so members helped me out with many questions. I love the meetings and in general I love to learn about the ocean. Q: What types of WAMAS social activities are you interested in or have suggestions for? Are you up to initiating, facilitating, or hosting a WAMAS social activity in the future, and what might it be?A. Byrnes: I love technical stuff. I think it would also be a good idea to see how super large aquariums are run like at the baltimore aquarium. It would be neat if we could get back with employees and see how the place is set up and run. I could assist with running a meeting for WAMAS. I could do demonstrations on how to BUILD an LED set up from scratch, using any type of Cree LED. I have spent tons of hours on research and have a beautiful light set up that no manufactor/vendor could touch for the price. Plus it is clean and you couldn't even tell it was a DIY project.Q: Give a one-sentence random statement about either yourself or anything at all.I just love to be around the water, I was an All American swimmer/state champion/national record holder/ full scholarship athelete and like fishing and aquariums. Q: And finally.... Do you own an official WAMAS thong? Would you be willing to model the WAMAS thong at the next meeting?A. Byrnes: I do not own a WAMAS thong. In my fantasy football league we make the loser wear a thong at the draft every year. So Its something I am used to seeing. But we are talking about wearing it over clothes. I wouldn't want to wear it and recommend WAMAS hire a girl from Hooters to wear for the next meeting.


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