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    Posted: March 02 2012 at 3:53pm
WMAS Club Meeting - March 1, 7:00 PM @ Rose Garden
 
The meeting started off with President Steve Ekins presenting the WMAS March 2012 Tank Of The Month - the sweet 29 Biocube belonging to Paul Klason and Cheryl Prawl (pklason):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then it was on to the Main Event(s) - a "homegrown" WMAS Double Feature ClapClap
 
 
 
First up, Paul Locke (Builderofdreams) gave an in-depth presentation on "Marine Aquarium Coral & Livestock Toxins" designed to "literally" scare the heck out of you Shocked
 
Paul was a little nervous when he first took the stage - you guys have no idea how nerve-wracking it can be to have to get up and do a presentation like this - but then he relaxed a bit and got right down to business:
 
 
 
After a nasty encounter with a Lionfish, Paul did his homework - and discovered just how dangerous this hobby can be... to the uneducated hobbyist, of course.
 
And he has made it his mission to educate us all on the potential dangers lurking in our seemingly innocent little pieces of the reef:
 
Lionfish stings HURT Ouch
 
 
And the little Stonefish flat out KILLS Dead
 
 
Fancy a little "fugu" meal at the Japanese restaurant? It could be your LAST
 
 
And those cute little, colorful little corals?  Some of the most toxic poisons ON THE PLANET DeadDeadDead
 
 
Final Breath Favias
 
 
Grim Reaper Gorgonias
 
 
Last Roundup Lobophyllia
 
and the worst of all is the DIRT NAP Palythoa - these toxic little turds can kill a grown man in as little as 12 MINUTES DeadDeadDead
 
 
 
So, remember Paul's "3 Golden Rules" -
 
1) Carbon - lots of it, and change it frequently
 
2) Water changes - more than once a year, please
 
3) "Child proof" all your chemicals, or at least lock them up!
 
and please, please, PLEASE -
 
Don't eat while fragging corals!!!
 
(Danh, put that sandwich down!!! Wink)
 
 
 
 


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The second half of our "doubleheader" featured Jake Pehrson (JakePehrson) giving us all a demo on "How to Frag Corals... Safely!"
 
 
"Palythoas? I snack on those daily!"
 
 
 
 
 
But seriously, Jake showed us how to safely use a bandsaw, bone cutters, and scissor to frag just about any coral:
 
 
Softies do best with a scissor and a rubber band or some 'bridal viel' to hold them tight:
 
 
Wire cutters or bone cutters take care of your Acroporas just fine:
 
 
Use a bandsaw to cut around the indiviual polyps on colony animals like this Favia:
 
 
Smaller polyped colony animals like Galaxia you an just cut to desired size:
 
 
 
Here's that 'Bridal Veil' trick:
 
 
Best of all, after the demo was done, all Paid Members got to choose a fresh-cut frag to take home...
 
FREE!!! StarStarStar
 
I got a nice piece of Pocillopora that's already looking good!
 
 
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Thanks ( as always!) to the wonderful Russ & Carolyn Bagshaw for providing the tasty cakes, cookies and snacks Clap
 
And it was nice to see Reef Kingdom back with a tank full of sweet frags for sale! Clap
 
 
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That's it for March - next up in April....
 
 
 
 
FRAGSTOCK II - The Sequel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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This meeting had some great information. I learned a few things from Paul that I did not know. I think it's awesome how passionate he was about keeping everyone safe!

Jake gave an awesome demonstration on how to frag corals. I was in the back and I even heard Dave from ReefKingdom comment on how he hadn't thought of a few of the ideas Jake had.

Great meeting!

Thanks for everyone braving the snow to come out to the meeting. Despite the snow we had a packed house! It was a little scary on my drive home though . . . managed to see not one, not two, but three people slide off the road!
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Some of my favorite points from the meeting last night:

We can test for calcium, alkalinity, temperature, etc. But we can't test for toxins and chemicals. Sometimes when your fish or corals start dying and you can't find anything wrong that is problem.

Best way to remove toxins.... water change. Also carbon.

Paul said he'd rather have a coral with big sweeper tentacles that kills than a coral that just releases toxins. Very good point.

Corals (like just about all animals) survive by killing, eating, and reproducing. They are actively trying to kill at all times.

Much like gasoline, if people had known how dangerous corals are years ago we never would have been able to buy them today.

In addition to what is in your tank, many dangers are around your tank. They don't put child safety caps on calcium chloride and maybe they should. Keep that stuff safely away from your kids.

Don't use rubberbands on frags if you can help it. Jake's bridal veil method (tulle) is a great alternative.

Epoxy doesn't stick to corals, but it can wedge frags into place.

Colonial corals are much easier to frag than solitary corals. Single polyps can be done, but Jake says it is risky.

That's what comes to mind right off...
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got a great frag of some aog zoa's. whoever brought those, thank you. also im in most of the pictures, being the bald head in the front row :)
why do i pick the expensive hobbies.
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Here is a copy of the Coral Fragging Safety handout that was distributed at the March meeting (for those who misssed out):
 
 
 
It is a pdf that you can print out at home  to stay safe while fragging those corals Thumbs Up
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Did everyone see this on Reef Builders this weekend!!!!!

http://reefbuilders.com/2012/03/04/palytoxin/

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Originally posted by Adam Blundell Adam Blundell wrote:

Did everyone see this on Reef Builders this weekend!!!!!

http://reefbuilders.com/2012/03/04/palytoxin/

Adam


Yikes!
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Thanks everyone for the recap - I didn't make the meeting, but I was still able to learn some things.

Good stuff

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