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No water changes- don't do it.  Or only do a little bit here and there.  Just let it be stable and don't change water in your tank!
 
 
YEA!!!! I guess i am not a total idiot for doing this. Glad someone else shares my opinion on this.
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Date: April 2nd, 2009
Location: Rose Garden
Attendance: 102 adults
 
SPS Made Simple
Frank Burr (Coral Reef Oasis)
 
TOTM-
We started the night with a Tank of the Month Presentation.  This month we featured Charlie Hastings amazing tank.  (I'll post a link here to that thread when available)
 
Awards-
The WMAS was proud to recognize one of our local stores.  On this night we presented our first Gold Star award to a local store.  Club PR rep Shane Heil came forward to present the award to Aquatic Dreams.  Aquatic Dreams, and their owner Ryan Vickers, were presented this award for their continued support of the hobby and the club.  Aquatic Dreams has donated over $2,000 worth of donations to the club, offered discounts to club members, advertised club events, and has frequently sent their customers to the club for help and advice.
 
Announcements-
We had some awesome raffle items!!!!  Thanks to Coral Reef Oasis, Reef Kingdom, Connie Perkins for their amazing donations.
Upcoming events include the Marine Aquarium Expo this weekend.
HUGE LOCAL STORE POKER TOUR coming up in 3 weeks.
Geological History of Coral Reefs in May. 
 
SPS Made Simple-
We were pleased to have Frank Burr from the Coral Reef Oasis joining our club.   
Frank has over 25 years experience in keeping marine aquaria.  He owns and operates a coral farm as well as a retail store.  Frank is known for having the creme of the crop when it comes to rare/exotic/beautiful corals.  He specializes in growing limited edition corals for the hobby market.
 
Franks Main Points
Quarantine- quarantine everything!  It doesn't matter what it is, quarantine anything that will go in your tank. (Frank spent a lot of time going over this with some of us before the meeting)
But the best at first- don't buy a small skimmer with the idea of buying a better skimmer down the road.  Just make one purchase and save yourself the hassle and extra money by not buying twice.
Lighting- while not clear cut, Frank states that he's seen much better growth and color from metal halides.  They are still the preferred lighting system in the hobby.
No water changes- don't do it.  Or only do a little bit here and there.  Just let it be stable and don't change water in your tank!
Filter socks- work great, but you must change them every single day.  He even recommends using them for only a few hours at a time when cleaning.  Don't let them sit in there for multiple days.
Test it- before you add anything to your tank, test for it!  Don't add buffer without testing your alkalinity.  Don't add magnesium without testing first.  Always test, then add.
Don't change it- don't add new pumps, don't change skimmers, don't add new lights.  All of these things make the system unbalanced and can stun the corals.  Just get it set where you want it, and keep it right there.
If it ain't fixed- again if your tank looks great, don't do anything to it!  Don't try out the newest gadget.  Don't add a new powerhead.  Don't try out a new skimmer.  If it is working well leave it alone.  If you really have to tinker and play... set up another tank.
 
 
Thanks again to everyone who came to the meeting.  And a special Thank You to Frank Burr.
 
Adam
Next Meeting: Holiday Social
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