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  • Birthday 11/23/1975

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  1. Thanks Tom. Appreciate your help getting me back on board. Looks like I've got a lot to (re)learn.
  2. Thanks Rik! Hope all is well homey
  3. ...well, theoretically anyway. Broke down my last tank in 2007 and now I'm pondering restarting. Not sure where I'll set up, either here at home, or put in a nano at school where I teach. It'll be nice to see some familiar faces and to meet some new faces. Glad to be perusing reef keeping boards again. Garrett.
  4. I wish I was. Two little ones are eating up my money these days. I hoping that down the road my daughter will be interested. Got some mail from RC and thought about WAMAS and I logged in. First time in a long time.
  5. Jon, glad to see that you and Maureen are doing well. The tank looks terrific! Garrett.
  6. Leishman, I've heard of that guy. Looking good Rik. G.
  7. Tom and Dave, sorry I didn't get back to you guys sooner. I'm thinking more of a nano. The school was built circa 1935... and the electrical hasn't been updated in quite some time. A 1500w space heater will blow circuits around here. 10g tops. I've got stuff to run t5s, but I'd have to build an oversize canopy to accomodate the length. I think I've got an old nanostream or two laying around which should suffice for circulation. I could run a HOB filter, but I'd probably forego the filtration in lieu of some chaeto. I could keep some RO/DI in the room for top off, and would probably do biweekly 100% water changes. Strictly zoas, maybe some xenia for the kids. A couple of small fish... cardinals or the like.
  8. I've been out of reef keeping for about 5 years now, but I'm thinking about setting up a small tank in the fall for the kids. I've talked to our science teacher, and she's game, but she doesn't know anything about sw tanks. Not sure how to proceed. Dave? Doug?
  9. Steve, Looking good man. Glad to see you back at it! Garrett.
  10. Ah, bought a house, got married. Two dogs. Got a new bike. Don't know if I'll get back into it. Too much time and too much money for my broke behind. I hope all's well with you Rik. G.
  11. Rik, it's almost been six months. Just checking in on you. Garrett.
  12. Short follow up on Trupanion pet insurance. Less than two weeks after my previous post, my female mastiff became ill with IMHA. Nasty, nasty disease. We were fairly certain that she was not going to make it. She spent 10 days receiving blood transfusions and costly immuno-suppresants at the VEC in Richmond. Her medication upon being discharged was costing us 190/week... and we were told she would be on it for 6-8 months. She also returns to Richmond every two weeks for follow up blood work. So far my wife and I are into her treatment for well into 5 figures. Trupanion has paid out 90% of our claims totals. Unbelievable! Garrett.
  13. I've used 3 different vet insurers. VPI is awful, read AWFUL. I still carry them as one of my dogs has had a policy with them since puppyhood. If we switch to a different insurance provider his conditions (which are numerous would be considered to be pre-existing and we would get nothing). To be fair (which often I'm not), many people who have small dogs don't have a problem with VPI. We don't.. we have mastiffs. They aren't small. So VPI's ridiculous payout schedule is insulting. Our male mastiff had surgery this past spring. The bill was about 3k. VPI reimbursed us $140. His anesthesia bill alone was $400... of which they paid $40. Now maybe a pomeranian can be knocked cold for 40 bucks, but a mastiff sure as heck can't. Previously I had a shar pei (don't get me started on health issues...) who was insured via the AKC healthcare plan. Better than VPI (3x monthly cost), but again they don't cover congenital issues of which she had aplenty. At the time there wasn't much in the way of pet insurance providers when I had both dogs. Now there are options available. My female mastiff is insured with trupanion. Expensive, but my research leads me to believe well worth the cost. I haven't submitted a claim with them yet... Go here. http://www.petinsurancereview.com/ Garrett.
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