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    Posted: April 30 2011 at 4:25pm
Meeting this Thursday at 7:00 PM in the Rose Garden!

Pros and Cons of Common Reef Setups!

This meeting will feature dueling tank setups with demonstrators discussing the pros and cons on a wide range of aquarium designs, products, methods, and of course madness! Do you need a uv sterilizer? How about a skimmer? When do you really need a refugium? What is the ideal sand for denitrification? And what is the ideal sand for microcrustaceans?

Watch as these two presidency members discuss the pros and cons of each others setup. Everything from substrate, flow, rock, lighting and more will be throughly discussed! Not only is this a riot to watch but it's extremely informational.

We all know that not everyone does things in this hobby the same way so come and explore options new and old with us. This meeting is perfect for the first time hobbiest and for those of us that have had tanks for a long time you might just walk away re thinking a thing or two about your setup!

All this and more as the crowd gets to join in on the discussion of what they do and don't like about different saltwater aquaria displays. If you are thinking of setting up your first reef tank, or if you have always wanted to set up another little tank in your kitchen- this is the meeting for you. Join us and be inspired!


DIRECTIONS: From 1300 East and 2100 South (the Sugarhouse area on I-80 near Shopko and Red Lobster). Drive East up 2100 South like you are going to enter Sugar House Park. As soon as you pass Sugar House Park, and BEFORE you reach Highland High school you will see the little building on the right hand (south) side of the road. Got that? It is between Sugarhouse Park and Highland High on 2100 South. Just pull on in to the parking lot. The address is about 1600 East and 2100 South. Easy parking, easy freeway, and in the middle of town.

Edited by jwoo - April 30 2011 at 4:29pm
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If this is anything like we've had in the past it will be one of the best meetings of the year.

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As always, it's free to all.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME to come, to learn, to visit and have fun.

This club is here to benefit the entire community of hobbyists along the Wasatch Front, indeed all of Utah and surrounding states like Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Colorado.

It's great to get together with everyone at the meetings, as it makes this forum more real, knowing that we just saw or spoke to that person there.



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Who are the dueling parties?
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would love to be there but out of town, Is anyone videoing this event? if so would love to see it.
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I'll have to do that!
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Originally posted by rnkjones rnkjones wrote:

would love to be there but out of town, Is anyone videoing this event? if so would love to see it.
Thanks
Russ & Kathy





i have 1080p video on my phone, i can do this for ya! lol, so how is the east o i am sorry i mean the west indies?
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Who will win? 

In this corner we have Adam Blundell, tank magician will his powers over aquariums lead him to victory?

OR will the winner be Mark Peterson, king of LBTR, algae and oolitic sand. 

I know I can't wait to find out!
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Lol
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It will be one of the best events of the year! Everyone should plan on attending.
Here is what a customer said while on hold Oh my gosh! Did you open the door? I told you not to open the door. Dre is in here completely naked and he's got freak'n Macaroni and Cheese in his hands.
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Whoever wins gets to come setup my tank for free!! LOL
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Ha Ha, Brittany and I will be there for sure! See you guys in a few hours.
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Thanks for everyone that attended.  We had almost 100 or so people to attend.  Thanks to Marine Aquatics, Reef kingdom, and Where's Nemo for there Donations.  They always have good deals for the members that attend.
 
Here is a write up for the people who wouldn't able to attend:
 
Adams tank was a nano cube with a metal halide fixture on it.  He presents his setup as a Mercedes on Pinto Budget.  He gives a nice idea on a nano setup.  The lights he gets from Ebay, straight from Hong Kong. Adam likes to use your basic mechanical filtration.  Skimmers, man made sponge, carbon, water changes etc.. 
 
The reason as to why Adam uses lots of Mechanical Filtration is because you have to take out what you put in.  He feeds the fish several Times a day.  If you don't have a lot of coral to filter the water than you need to get the waste out.  Someone like Shawn Winterbottoms tanks they have softball size corals  which would filter out the waste easy. 
 
Marks tank is "Al Natural" Which features natural Filtration.  He likes to grow coral and sponge in the tank to have natural filtration.  He will use natural carbon with a power head to filter the water.  As far as light sources, Mark is a big fan of Natural Sunlight.  As to popular believe with the right CUC you won't get too much bad algae as you would think.
 
Mark can go more natural on his filtration as he feeds his tank once a day or every other day.   
 
What they both do the same is they believe in having lots of live rock.  This allows to have more corals and filtration to grow on the rock.  Mark is a big fan of LBTR while Adam uses more Live rock from Tonga, Fiji Etc.  Both rock is fine as long as it has been seeded to allow the good live critters to cover the rock.  Mark Like to have little to no rock on the sand bed.  This will allow for a good flow of water to help the sand bed breed.  Adam has heard that having the rock touch the sand allows for pockets of critters to grow.  This is because of the pockets of deep sand around the rocks.
 
They both agree on as well is to have different kinds of Sand in the tank.  If one person just puts utah sand in the tank, the sand would be to fine for many critters to grow.  That is why several sizes of sand is what is best.
 
The goal of the meeting was to give people ideas on how to do a tank setup.  There is no right way of doing it.  You have to decide what you like and if that works then great.  You need to plan out your budget and go from there.
 
If you want to learn more than contact Mark or Adam for more info.
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Thanks for posting the details.
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