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  1. AlanM

    Is this really an oregon tort?

    Here's a closeup of it, Piper27. This is zoomed way in with lights tuned so that it looked "natural" on the camera, not so blue-tinged. As you can see it's mostly teal blue with a bit of pink in the base.
  2. An email went out yesterday with the correct date for this meeting, but said it was "tomorrow" in the body of the email. The meeting is on Saturday, Jan 26.
  3. ==> ANNUAL MEETING NOTICE: <<== Door Prize: Ecotech Marine MP40 QD to one lucky attendee! WAMAS Winter 2018 Meeting - Joyce Kilmer Middle School - January 26, 2019 (Saturday) The Winter Meeting of The Washington Area Marine Aquarist Society (WAMAS) will be on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Joyce Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, VA 22182. IN LECTURE HALL G101. Wayne Scott Wayne Scott is a retired United States Army soldier who was severely wounded while serving in Iraq by a roadside bomb/improvised explosive device (IED). After two years of recovery in the hospital recovering and multiple surgeries, Wayne was inspired to take up marine aquarium keeping for the relaxation he felt being around fish tanks that helped him not only physically but also mentally. It has also allowed him to share what he has learned and to assist other wounded veterans like himself. Wayne started in the reef hobby in June 2009 and currently runs a 500-gallon mixed reef and operates a local aquarium fish store, What’s In Your Tank, located in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. ==>> WAMAS Elections <<== This is also our annual meeting. The offices of Vice President and Secretary will be filled at this meeting (two year terms). Stay tuned for nominations and election process updates. Meeting Agenda 1:00 PM Sign-in / socialize 2:40 PM Club business (including elections for Vice President and Secretary) 3:00 PM Speaker: Wayne Scott 4:30 PM Raffle! 4:50 PM Door Prize Drawing (right after the raffle) 5:00 PM Adjourn & Clean Up Miscellaneous - food & drinks provided Raffle Donations Coral frags from Dr. Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture $50 GCs donated by Avast Marine. Two chances to win. 75W Easy-Therm submersible heater from Cobalt Aquatics Large, 5-ounce can of Ultra Worm Medley flake food with prebiotics from Cobalt Aquatics Large, 5-ounce can of Pro-Breeder premium fish flakes from Cobalt Aquatics 12-month supply of Chemi-pure Blue Nano from Chemi-pure (Boyd Enterprises) One 11-ounce filter bag of Chemi-pure Blue - treats 75 gallons - from Chemi-pure (Boyd Enterprises) Hanna Instruments HI736 Marine Phosphorus ULR tester from SaltwaterAquarium.com Neptune Apex I/O Breakout Box from SaltwaterAquarium.com 3-pack of Julian Sprung's Sea Veggies (Red, Green & Purple) from SaltwaterAquarium.com Combo-pack: 4 oz. PE Pellets and 1 oz. of PE Flakes containing PE Mysis from SaltwaterAquarium.com. Two chances to win. $25 gift certificate from Premium Aquatics. Five chances to win. $50 gift certificates from Aquarium Depot. Three chances to win. Please come back to this thread for meeting updates (including raffle prize updates). 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 - Aquarium Depot - Avast Marine - Blue Ribbon Koi - Capital Aquarium - Dr. Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture - Exotic Reef Creations - FishnReef.com - LRS Reef Frenzy - Marine Depot - Pimped Out Aquariums - Premium Aquatics - Reed Mariculture (Reef Nutrition) - Reef eScape - Reef2Rainforest Media (Coral Magazine) - SaltwaterAquarium.com - Supreme Reefs WAMAS Banner-Only Sponsors - Cobalt Aquatics - Coralvue - Jellyfish Art - Live Aquaria - MASNA - Spectrapure - Two Little Fishies Sponsors on-site: Dr. Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture Blue Ribbon Koi Members selling on site: copps gws3 igotmaddfish leishman Mr.Chalice Watch this space for more information to be made available as it arrives!
  4. Bump for the meeting on Saturday. One week from today! We've started posting the raffle prizes you can expect. We're still doing receipts for raffles, so you can get one raffle ticket for every $25 you've spent at a club sponsor since the last meeting.
  5. AlanM

    Is this really an oregon tort?

    Actually, could that be the "hulk milli" that he used to sell? It might be. I'm sorry that I just don't remember, heh.
  6. AlanM

    Is this really an oregon tort?

    oh, Matt, I just looked at the picture. I originally got that one from ridetheducati, I think, and he just called it a "teal tort" if that's the one I'm thinking of. The growth looks like the one I had. It's the one on the right side of this picture:
  7. AlanM

    Is this really an oregon tort?

    If it's the blue tort that I sold to Matt a few years ago, then I got it from copps and he called it a "blue monster tort" at the time.
  8. AlanM

    SMMAS Frag Trade

    SMMAS has a meeting coming up in March. Our next Member Meeting and Frag Swap will be March 23, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Southern Branch (Solomon's) Library. Stay tuned for more info. Southern Branch Library 13920 HG Trueman Rd Solomons, MD 20688
  9. Two members so far have contacted me to sell frags for the meeting. If you'd like to set up a table to sell, please let me know so we can make sure we're ready for you. https://wamas.org/forums/topic/75380-want-to-set-up-a-table-at-the-next-meeting/ gives general guidelines for setting up to sell at the meeting. We'll have power for you and a spot on a table.
  10. AlanM

    Want to set up a table at the next meeting?

    Bumping this thread. At Kilmer we should be set with tables and will have power distribution, but one outlet at each place.
  11. AlanM

    Lynn's Fish Room

    I have no idea what ich-X does, but for cupramine or coppersafe it would be a few weeks and you can expect some not to make it. There are some good articles on treating with copper on reef2reef as well. If you could leave the house I have all needed test kits and copper meds that you could have. I'm not getting new fish anymore.
  12. AlanM

    Lynn's Fish Room

    Yikes, sorry to hear this. I don't know of any reef safe medication that works for ich or velvet. The only things I've heard of working are quarantine away from the tank, a full 70 days of no fish in the tank (doesn't require chemicals), and copper or chloroquine phosphate in the QT water. You can also try the Tank Transfer Method. There are some good posts on this method on Reef2Reef or ReefCentral. Recovering a tank full of fish is a long process with a lot of effort since the you aren't working with a system with good bacteria and the ammonia can build up in the QT very quickly.
  13. AlanM

    Maxima Clam Questions

    Pyramellid snails can wedge themselves in the folds of the shell and will prey on the clam, but it looks like his was just a really annoying astrea snail that took a liking to the algae on the shell. The pyramellid snails are pretty small.
  14. If anyone here is planning to go to MACNA 2019 at Disney in Orlando, FL the ticket prices are going up Saturday morning. You can get your tickets at https://macnaconference.org/2019/
  15. AlanM

    Do I need a new tank?

    I believe the interior silicone corner bead is mostly there to protect the structural silicone that goes between the panes of glass. If the entire bead is peeling off, then i'd take a close look at the part sandwiched between the glass panes on the corners to make sure there didn't seem to be any bubbling to indicate imminent leaks. I'd also be more worried if it's a rimless tank than if it has trim on top and bottom.
  16. AlanM

    Ecotech Vectra

    I agree. I've had one running for 2 years without issue. I have it internally in my sump. The only issues I've read came from people who run them externally and find that they get warm. I don't use some of the advanced features like the wavemaker one (Which is intended for use with closed loops) and don't know if the advanced electronics that is supposed to compensate for decreased flow are working or not, but it's dead silent and my L1 pushes way more water than I need in my 180g.
  17. AlanM

    Loss of edit functionality

    Great, glad it's working! The plugin has lots of other little tweaks to these boards that I may play with, but the big benefit will be that we don't have to stay on the same version or risk our custom mods to the code.
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    Loss of edit functionality

    I installed a plugin that I think should enable this ability on the Dedicated Tank Build forum as well as all of the WTB/WTS forums. I can't test it out because I'm a moderator and can edit pretty much everything, but can you try it out madweazl?
  19. AlanM

    Still happening???

    It would be fun to arrange some of these. I haven't heard of any for years.
  20. AlanM


    From the album: WAMAS Images

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    WAMAS Images

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    Click here for full information about this meeting Speaker: Wayne Scott Location: Joyce Kilmer Middle School, Vienna, VA. This is the annual meeting of WAMAS where officers are elected and reports are presented from the president and treasurer.
  23. AlanM

    Plumbing planning

    Ah, got it. For those reef ready tanks you can look up the herbie overflow. It uses a single overflow box with the small hole as the full siphon with a valve at the sump and the large hole as open channel which gets a small and silent trickle of water and then brings the return over the back or up through the holes in the second overflow box. You could also put a tall emergency pipe in the large hole on the second overflow box. You will get plenty of water movement from the powerheads in the tank so you don't have to worry that you're only draining from one overflow. Think about if you will ever use the threads once installed. I never did. I'd go with slip ones. Especially slip on the insides because those don't even need to be glued.
  24. AlanM

    Need help seperating magnets!!

    Be careful, whatever you do. The fingernail on my thumb hasn't grown right for about 3 years after a magnet cleaner mishap. It hurt so much when it started smashing the thumb that I couldn't gather enough strength to get it off so it stayed on for quite a while and the swearing just got louder and louder, heh.
  25. AlanM

    Plumbing planning

    I'm sorry, I don't know what that means.