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2019 Summer Fragfest Meeting! Sunday - July 21, 2019 - Bob Stark, ESV

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Fragfest this year is on Sunday, July 21 at the Charles Wesley United Methodist Church (McLean, VA).

 

What is FragFest? Check out the FragFest FAQ here.

Topic: 25 Years of B-Ionic Reef Keeping and the Simplicity Beyond Complexity,

by Bob Stark

 

My journey from the early days of the US reef aquarium hobby through modern day natural coral reef research and examining it's potential to be incorporated into simple husbandry techniques. I will also discuss the incredible collective success the hobby has achieved as a whole with regards to maintaining and propagating coral and fish which was ultimately achieved by our own individual creativity, research and experimental interests in the uncharted waters of closed reef aquaria. Perhaps our collective success earned over the years will intersect with the great challenges involved with sustaining our own natural reefs.
 

 

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Bio:

Born in Queens, New York, Bob Stark has been a marine aquarist for 50 years. He graduated from the Southampton campus of Long Island University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology. For the next 27 years he worked as a chemical engineer at his family's chemical specialty company, ESV Company Inc. During this time he privately maintained marine aquaria and was caught up in the revolutionary wave of reef aquariums when it hit the United States in the mid 1980's with the series of articles by George Smit published in Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine.

 

In 1995 he formulated and started to sell B-Ionic Calcium Buffer, the first easy to use, ionically balanced two part calcium and alkalinity additive which could be manually dosed directly to the aquarium without having to be slowly dripped to avoid a dangerous pH spike, like kalkwasser. Soon after he formulated B-Ionic Magnesium, the first ionically balanced magnesium additive. The company also introduced the first dried marine phytoplankton and sugar fine aragonite sand to the USA reef hobby.

 

In 1996 he was a speaker at MACNA XI in Louisville, Kentucky and has presented his ideas and philosophies to several aquarium clubs over the years. In 2003 his simplistic approach to reef keeping was featured in Mike Paletta's book "Ultimate Marine Aquariums: Saltwater Dream Systems and how they are Created" as the "Bare Bones Reef".    

 

In 2006 Bob and his brother Rich ended the chemical specialties company and formed ESV Aquarium Products Inc. to exclusively manufacture and sell products for the aquarium industry. Soon after the formation of the new company, he formulated the 4 component B-Ionic Seawater System to address the problems of impurities and inconsistencies in single component, dry synthetic seawater mixes.  Bob's major interest is to extrapolate research from marine science journals into the design of simplified closed marine ecosystem models with applications in energy efficient aquaculture and to provide a simple, economical methodology to help beginning reef aquarists entering the hobby.

 

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This is a MEMBERS ONLY summer meeting SUNDAY, July 21, 2019, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. (We're starting a little later because setup takes longer for this meeting.)

* You can join WAMAS at the door for $20.00 individual; $35.00 family = 1 year of membership, access to member area of forum + free frags at this meeting.

2:00 PM Doors open to WAMAS members (only)
2:40 PM Club business
3:00 PM Speaker Bob Stark
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM Raffle!
4:45 PM Frag Giveaway (Yes, FREE frags!)
5:45-6:15 PM Cleanup

Location will be:
Charles Wesley United Methodist Church's all purpose room
6817 Dean, Dr
McLean, VA 22101

 

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Raffle Prizes*

- Three $50 gift certificates to Aquarium Depot

- One $100 and one $50 gift certificates to Avast Marine

- 1 year complimentary subscription to Coral Magazine. The world's premier marine aquarium magazine. $37 value. Donated by Reef2Rainforest

- 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
- 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!
- 5.0 ounces (supersize) Cobalt Marine Vegi premium fish flakes. $21 value. Donated by Cobalt Aquatics (cobaltaquatics.com)

 

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
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

 

 

Get Free Raffle Tickets!
We have a "bring your receipts" program where if you bought stuff from one of our sponsors since the last meeting you can bring your receipts to the check-in desk to get one free raffle ticket for every $25 that you spent at a sponsor up to $500 (20 tickets). 

We don't need to keep the receipts, but would like to see them in hardcopy form (not on your phone because it takes too long) to give you the free tickets.

Sponsors on-site:

Dr Mac's Pacific East Aquaculture

More TBD


Members selling on site:

BtmDweller

copps

gws3

jbarre03

KingOfAll_Tyrants

Mr Chalice

 

 


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

 

 

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We're getting organized for fragfest coming up.  Just two more weeks!

 

If you were planning to set up a tank to sell frags please let me know because space will be tight and we give first priority to our sponsors and then to people that contact me first.

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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

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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!
 
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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

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Raffle items from Cobalt:
 
- 5.0 ounces (supersize) Cobalt Marine Vegi premium fish flakes. $21 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)

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