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Spring 2017 Meeting - Let's Talk Jellyfish!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Where: North Bethesda Middle School
8935 Bradmoor Dr
Bethesda, MD 20817
 
Speaker: Jon Norris, Director of Education & Sr. Marine Biologist at Jellyfish Art
Topic: Let's Talk Jellyfish!

  • Learn the basics of keeping jellyfish in a home aquarium. 
  • Jellyfish biology, focusing on Aurelia aurita (Moon Jellyfish), how simple and yet how complex these animals are. Life cycles, growth, & husbandry. 
  • Tank setups for raising Jellies
  • The future of the Jellyfish-rearing industry and new ideas to increase the appeal of keeping other species of jellyfish
  • Jellyfish Myth Busting 
  • ** Note: Jon will be bringing along at least two Jellyfish Art nano's and a variety of Chemipure products for our raffle, too!

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Agenda
 
1:00 - 2:40 Sign-in / socialize / frag sales
2:40 - 3:00 Club business
3:00 - 4:00 Speaker: Jon Norris of Jellyfish Art
4:00 - 4:30 Break / frag sales
4:30 - 5:00 Raffle!
 
Miscellaneous
- food & drinks provided
 
Speaker Biography:
 
Jon Norris is the Director of Education and Senior Marine Biologist for Jellyfish Art; the leading company in cultivating moon jellyfish and specialized tanks to house them.
 
Jon is a graduate from Cal State University Northridge in Southern California and holds a Master’s in Marine Science. Subsequently, Jon went on to earn his Master’s in Education as well as in Environmental Sciences with an emphasis on coral reefs and invertebrates from Arizona State University. Today, Jon is in his second leg of his Doctoral studies in Biomimicry, the study of biological applications into real world settings.
 
Jon taught for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 18 years and at various private institutions and at the College level.
 
Beyond Education, Jon has over 25 years of experience in the Aquarium Hobby from raising Clownfish with his father to aquaculturing of many species of corals.
 
Jellyfish Art brought Jon out from Southern California and into Florida to help expand their Education Programs and to better understand Jellyfish biology and culturing. Jon sees Jellyfish as the next sought-after marine animals in the aquarium hobby and sees Jellyfish Art as being on the front lines of this push.
 
 
 Directions to North Bethesda Middle School:
- NOTE: The school is just inside the north edge of the beltway near Old Georgetown Road.

Here's a map from Google Maps:

https://goo.gl/maps/bKz79Y9HmQF2

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
Artfully Acrylic & Incredible Corals
Avast Marine
Barebottom Corals
Blue Ribbon Koi
Capital Aquarium
Dr. Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture
Exotic Reef Creations
FishnReef.com
LRS Reef Frenzy
Marine Depot
- Pimped Out Aquariums
Pure Reef Systems
- Reed Mariculture (Reef Nutrition)
Reef eScape
SaltwaterAquarium.com
Supreme Reefs

 
WAMAS Banner-Only Sponsors 
Cobalt Aquatics

- Coralvue
- Industrial Test Systems (makers of the Exact iDip 570 Smart Photometer System)
- Jellyfish Art
Live Aquaria
- Spectrapure
 
Raffle Prizes*
- Jellyfish nano-aquarium kit from Jellyfish Art, a $354 value (2 chances to win)
- Dr Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture  $25 coral frags (i.e. five chances to win)
- Reef Frenzy premium frozen food, a $25 value. (5 chances to win)
- Cobalt Aquatics package of a 16-ounce bucket of Marine Omni flake food and TWO 0.7 ounce jars of Coral Food, a $62 value (1 chance to win)
- Pimped Out Aquariums: $100 gift certificates good for custom acrylic aquariums, sumps, or top off containers (3 chances to win)
- $200 gift certificate good toward the purchase of a custom PVC sump from Pure Reef Systems! (1 chance to win)
- $200 gift certificates from Artfully Acrylic. Good toward the purchase of any Branded or Custom ClearView Lid product. (2 chances to win!)
- $25 gift certificates from Supreme Reefs. (5 chances to win!)
- AquaMaxx HOB-1.5 HOB skimmer (suitable for 90 gallons, lightly loaded down to 60 gallons, heavily loaded). From Marine Depot. (1 chance to win)
- Gourmet Grinder Pellet/Flake Food Feeder, by Innovative Marine. Donated by your friends at SaltwaterAquarium.com. (1 chance to win)
- NYOS Viper 2.0 Submersible Pump (up to 2000 lph) by NYOS Aquatics. Donated by SaltwaterAquarium.com.  (1 chance to win)
- Innovative Marine SKKYE LED Light - 18W, donated by SaltwaterAquarium.com.  (1 chance to win)
- Reef Nutrition: Samplers (see below) of their bottled reef food products! (2 chances to win!)
- Reef Nutrition: Chroma Boost pellets (three 3-ounce bags raffled together)

- 200 gallon box of Instant Ocean salt from Exotic Reef Creations (3 chances to win!)
 
- More to be announced
 
Sponsors on-site:
- Dr Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture 
 
Members selling on site:
- GWS3

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

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Jellyfish Art donated two of their Jelly Cylinder Nano aquariums to our Spring Meeting raffle. Includes a bunch of stuff, including 3 live Moon Jellyfish for your nano (shipped to you via 2-day express shipping). See this page for details on the kit (which is a $354 value). Here's one on the counter at home....

 

 

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Less than three weeks away! Hope to see lots of members there.

 

Keep your eyes peeled for more raffle announcements from our great sponsors!

 

If you want to set up a table and sell frags, please read the post below and send me a PM so we can coordinate.

 

http://www.wamas.org/forums/index.php?/topic/75380-Want-to-set-up-a-table-at-the-next-meeting?

 

 

 

 

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You all love it and Larry's come through again, donating five packs of Reef Frenzy premium frozen fish food to the raffle! Thanks, Larry!

 

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Dr. Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture has donated five individual $25 frags (upick!) to the raffle. Thank you!

 

Note, Pacific East Aquaculture will also be at the meeting. According to this post, they'll take pre-orders one week before the meeting for delivery to the meeting (avoiding shipping charges and saving you money so you can buy more frags). So mark it on your calendar so you can do some online cherrypicking! Be sure that you follow the directions in the post.

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Jeff over at Pimped Out Aquariums let me know last night that he's donating THREE $100 gift certificates valid on custom steel stands and acrylic aquariums, sumps and reservoirs. I've seen a lot of steel stand questions out there in the last few months, here's a fabricator that may be able to help you! Contact Jeff (Naga on the forum) to let him know you have a job for him!

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Great day for raffle items!

 

Now, Pure Reef Systems (makers of those sharp looking PVC sumps we've seen at several meetings) is donating a $200 gift certificate good toward the purchase of one of their custom PVC sumps.

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Just coordinated TWO gift cerficates from Adam at Artfully Acrylic. $200 each and good towards the purchase of any Branded or Custom ClearView Lid product.If you've not seen the innovation of Adam's line, you need to. Impeccable quality on this stuff, folks. 

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Supreme Reefs is back! And they're expanding. In celebration, they're donating five $25 gift certificates to the raffle!

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Looking for a small HOB skimmer for your nano to small aquarium? How about an Aquamaxx HOB-1.5? Just donated by Marine Depot to the raffle. Value is $231. Maybe you'll get lucky....

 

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Donated by your friends at SaltwaterAquarium.com:

 

1 Gourmet Grinder (a hit at last meeting's raffle!)

1 Skkye Light Clamp 18W nano LED light from Innovative Marine

1 NYOS Viper 2.0 300-2,000 lph submersible pump

 

Be sure to thank them for their support with an opportunity to win your patronage!

 

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Adding sponsor donations received from Reef Nutrition! They've given us this package before and it's always a hit. The pelleted food is good for fish, but I've found that it works great for some LPS, too!
 
 
Product Sampler Pack #1, four 6-oz. bottles. An $84 value!
 
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Product Sampler Pack #2, four 6-oz. bottles. A $73 value!
 
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Sampler Pack of TDO Chroma Boost Pellet Food (three 3-oz. packs). $25 value!
 
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Marcos (aka monkiboy) at Exotic Reef Creations has donated three boxes of Instant Ocean salt to the raffle! Now who can't use salt?

 

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Bumping the meeting thread! Set some time aside to attend and to learn what it takes to be successful with one of the newer entries into our hobby: Jellyfish.
 
Our speaker is Mr. Jon Norris, Director of Education at Jellyfish Art (in Florida). I think I'll just start calling him, Jellyman."
 
"Awesome, Jellyman..."
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Bumping this again...

 

If there are other members (or sponsors) who want to set up tanks to sell frags a the meeting, please shoot me a PM. Thanks.

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Just returning from dinner with Jon Norris, who flew in from Florida today. He's pumped to be talking to us tomorrow. It'll be good. Come out and join us. He starts with his presentation at 3 PM, but doors open at the middle school at 1 PM for those that want to socialize and shop. Come out and learn about Jellyfish. See you there.

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