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  1. Notes, about the free frag giveaway: During the frag giveaway you will not get an opportunity to pick through the free frags. It just takes way too long to do that. We will ask folks to line up in a line that will likely curve around the room and will likely be long, but fast moving. We will distribute one type of frag until it's gone and then move on to the next. We will announce what we are handing out in general terms (acropora, montipora, pocillipora, birdsnest, etc), and we will know what we're starting with, but with hundreds of frags to hand out we probably won't know specific "popular" names for the corals because we won't have blue lights to shine on them to know exactly what they are. You're welcome to trade with others at the event if you like a frag better that someone else received. You're not welcome to sell them on the forum afterwards. These frags should all be healthy, we won't give out dying ones (except to our last speaker, Nikki Bridges, who will nurse them back to health), but they will not have been quarantined or dipped for pests. Please exercise appropriate caution before introducing them directly to your tank when you get them home. You're reefing with all of the other frags and people these corals have reefed with. We hand them out at the end of the meeting to avoid mishap at the meeting and to give you the best chance to get them home intact. Bring a container with you if you plan on getting a few of them to contain any leaks.
  2. WAMAS T-shirts will be for sale at FragFest! All sizes available in two colors, $10 each.
  3. Our speaker, Bob Stark, brought some things from ESV for the raffle. Thanks Bob and ESV! 100 gal salt mixes, 2 chances to win, $60 value from ESV Aquarium Products 64 floz units B-Ionic, 8 chances to win, $23 value from ESV Aquarium Products 2 gal units B-Ionic, 4 chances to win, $34 value from ESV Aquarium Products
  4. Bump for this to try to make sure everyone sees it. New location for FragFest. Please be patient if things don't run as smoothly as we were getting fragfest to run in the past few years. I think the room will be a little smaller than our original room, so we will all have to be friendly with each other. It looks like we will have a lot of coral to frag and give away with a little bit of everything and more of a focus on LPS and SPS than softies (mostly because they're tougher to frag and hand out in quantity). We haven't been there before, but the people we've talked to at the Legion Post are very friendly, and we are grateful that they are allowing us to use their room with such short notice. The adjutant of the post is named Don, and he keeps turtles but not fish, so if you're into herpetology he's a good person to talk to. Plus if you're a veteran you can join the American Legion at the meeting or at least learn about it.
  5. Please note that the location for FragFest on Sunday July 21, 2019 at 2pm has changed. Volunteers and officers should still arrive at 12:30 to begin setup. New location is McLean American Legion Post 270. http://mcleanpost270.org/ The address is 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA.
  6. Raffle Item: Thanks to JellyFish Art! Jellyfish Art Cylinder Nano - $300 Value
  7. New Raffle Item! Thank you very much Reef Nutrition/Reed Mariculture! Platinum Sponsor, Reed Mariculture has donated sampler packs of their feed products to our raffle. Come on out! Two chances to win! Pack #1 ($84 value): Pack #2 ($73 value):
  8. The location for the meeting has been changed. It will now be at the McLean American Legion Post 270. http://mcleanpost270.org/ The address is 1355 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA. I am updating the top post. The times are the same. Volunteers should arrive at 1230 to begin setting up and members are admitted starting at 2pm.
  9. Quick Alert! We are looking at changing the location of this meeting. We just learned that the air conditioning at the church in McLean is broken and will not be fixed by Sunday afternoon. With hot temperatures all this week it will be brutally hot in there by Sunday afternoon. Watch this space for updates. If we find a new location we will post it here and I will send out an email blast alerting everyone of the new location.
  10. Each one needs its own solid line to the sump. Otherwise, the point of having multiple lines is lost. The Full Siphon definitely needs to go as straight as possible right down to the sump with a gate valve down by the sump because it needs to not have any air in it. Another non-siphon line connected to it would prevent it from forming a siphon by introducing a place to suck in air (and it would be noisy). The pipe should end under the water level in the sump by less than an inch or so. A ball valve can work down by the sump, but I predict you'll become frustrated with trying to get it set just right. Maybe not, though. The Open Channel and the Dry Emergency could, in theory, be teed in together for routine operations, but the point of having two separate ones is that the Dry emergency can stay dry and uncrudded up by snails, sponges, etc, so that if the other ones fail you have a guaranteed wide open path down into the sump instead of overflowing on to your floors. If you are using one of the 1" pipes for the return, I'd use the 3/4" in that same chamber for the "open channel", the 1" in the other chamber for the emergency, and the 3/4" in the other chamber for the full siphon. A 3/4" pipe running full siphon can deliver a surprising amount of water. I recommended placing it on the opposite end from the return because that's how sumps are usually configured with a sock at one end and the return at the other... The reason I recommend the 1" for the emergency rather than full siphon is that it's your ultimate "Oh crap how did everything get clogged" drain. It's nice if it's the biggest one so you can feel comfortable that once the water level gets high enough to start filling this pipe it will definitely carry the load. If you want larger interior dimensions for the 3/4 or 1" pipes you can get the thin walled stuff at Lowes or Home Depot. I think it's schedule 20 instead of schedule 40. They won't be carrying any pressure to speak of, so the thin stuff is more than enough. Anyone getting schedule 80 for aquariums must just like the color or something.
  11. Raffle Items from SaltwaterAquarium.com: - Aqua-el LEDDY Slim LED lighting (10W, plant spectrum, fits 20"-27.5" tanks). $90 value. Donated by SaltwaterAquarium.com. - Aqua-el LEDDY Slim LED lighting (32W, 10000K marine spectrum, fits 32" - 40" tanks). $120 value. Donated by SaltwaterAquarium.com. - Aqua-el LEDDY Slim LED lighting (36W, 20000K Actinic spectrum, fits 40" - 48" tanks). $200 value. Donated by SaltwaterAquarium.com.
  12. Raffle items from Cobalt: - 5.0 ounces (supersize) Cobalt Marine Vegi premium fish flakes. $21 value. Donated by Cobalt Aquatics (cobaltaquatics.com) - 5.0 ounces (supersize) Cobalt Brine Shrimp premium fish flakes. $20 value. Donated by Cobalt Aquatics (cobaltaquatics.com) - One USB-rechargeable single port air pump (operates 24 hours on one charge). Perfect for emergency backup or for transporting livestock. $30 value. Donated by Cobalt Aquatics (cobaltaquatics.com)
  13. Raffle Items: Five pack of Chemipure Blue Nano donated by Chemipure. Lasts 4-6 months. $18 value. Ten chances to win! Chemipure Blue (5.5 oz. in a filter bag) for tanks up to 35 gallons (donated by Chemipure). Lasts 4-6 months. $15.50 value. Three chances to win! Chemipure Blue (11 oz. in a filter bag) for tanks up to 75 gallons (donated by Chemipure). Lasts 4-6 months. $26 value. Three chances to win! Chemi-pure Blue is specially created for fantastic results in reef and marine aquariums. Our NEW proprietary blend of premium, low-dust pelleted carbon and high capacity ion-exchange resins are skillfully combined to create a superior all-in-one filter media in a nylon bag. Chemi-pure Blue significantly reduces organic compounds and phosphates while raising redox and helping stabilize pH for a healthy, crystal clear aquarium. Lasts 4-6 months. THE BENEFITS OF USING CHEMIPURE BLUE: Keeps pH stable and constant Reduces fish loss due to pH changes or polluted water Keeps aquariums crystal clear Provides positive neurological reactions in fish, mimicking a natural environment Removes dissolved organics Helps fish have a better appetite Eliminates osmotic shock Increases fish life span Filters out coppers, metals, odors and phenol Prevents ion antagonism
  14. Raffle Item: Regular (8 ounce) flat pack of LRS Reef Frenzy premium frozen fish food. $22 value. Donated by Larry at LRS (reeffrenzy.com). - 4 chances to win Regular (4 ounce) flat pack of LRS Reef Frenzy Nano premium frozen fish food. $10 value. Donated by Larry at LRS (reeffrenzy.com). - 3 chances to win
  15. I saw that video linked from your twitter feed. Pretty cool. Hope you get more locals into the hobby and coming to check it out.
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