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Meeting June 2nd! Special Guest Star Tony Vargas!

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Topic: Meeting June 2nd! Special Guest Star Tony Vargas!
Posted By: jwoo
Subject: Meeting June 2nd! Special Guest Star Tony Vargas!
Date Posted: May 24 2011 at 3:03pm
Join us with renowned fish enthusiast and author Tony Vargas as he presents: The World's Best Aquariums!!!

See amazing photographs and learn detailed information on how the best aquariums around the world were created!

Expert aquarist and renowned author Tony Vargas will be joining us for a special one night event. Tony will be showcasing a lot of what is in his new groundbreaking book as well as incorporating local aquariums with flare.

About Tony:

Tony Vargas started his aquatic adventures at the age of seven, with Guppies in a pickle jar. Shortly thereafter, he was breeding a large host of fresh water tropicals. In the early eighties he took a giant leap forward and assembled his very first salt water aquarium (fish only). The biological system of choice back than were under gravel filters. Moving on to more challenging waters, in the late 1980's he took another leap forward and experimented with marine invertebrates and corals. At that point in time a sump loaded with Bio-balls was the biological filter of choice. Moving forward in the late eighties a handful of aquarist and Tony were among the first in United States to successfully keep and maintain Acropora alive in captivity, long term. He started to share this experiences and knowledge with others through the many articles written on the subject. These articles were written in a column called "Feature Coral" for FAMA. One of the Acropora articles in FAMA was acknowledge in Carden Wallace text book on Acropora "Staghorn Corals of the World". Today, Tony SCUBA dives around the world taking underwater photos and observing many of these creatures in their natural environment. With his writings he has effectively communicated his experiences and observations. Tony has traveled the States and Europe giving lectures and consultations on corals and reef fish husbandry. He has recently finished a book called "The Coral Reef Aquarium". This book focuses on the basics of reef keeping, how to properly assemble a coral reef aquarium (five great examples), and the long term care of these critters in a captive environment.

A review of his new book: -

Please join us for this special evening.
Thursday June 2nd, 2011

Rose Garden Building
1602 East 2100 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

None at the moment
Soon: 72 Gallon Bowfront

Posted By: jwoo
Date Posted: May 25 2011 at 12:24pm
Check it out! We're also going to be doing an awesome raffle - Tony Vargas AND a raffle?! -

You don't want to miss this!

None at the moment
Soon: 72 Gallon Bowfront

Posted By: jwoo
Date Posted: May 31 2011 at 9:57pm
Don't forget that the meeting is THIS THURSDAY! That's TWO DAYS people! We also are going to have an AWESOME raffle that you do NOT want to miss!

None at the moment
Soon: 72 Gallon Bowfront

Posted By: Turbostud653
Date Posted: June 01 2011 at 12:57am
Come on people, it will be the best!

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.

Posted By: jwoo
Date Posted: June 02 2011 at 10:15am

None at the moment
Soon: 72 Gallon Bowfront

Posted By: dca22anderson
Date Posted: June 03 2011 at 1:24am
Great Meeting Tonight! Best content I have heard in a presentation thus far! Well done! Tony Vargas was amazing!

Dave Anderson
Saratoga Springs, UT

Posted By: ptronsp
Date Posted: June 03 2011 at 2:20am
I really enjoyed it as well :).  Lots of great info. I will be buying his book for sure..Thumbs Up


Posted By: KMastin
Date Posted: June 03 2011 at 8:58am
Great meeting. I loved seeing those tanks.  I need more corals! More fish! Bigger tanks!  Luckily I have the spouse factor covered!!!

Kathy Mastin

Posted By: jwoo
Date Posted: June 03 2011 at 11:49am
This was a great meeting! Thanks to Tony for making the trip out here and giving such an awesome presentation!

None at the moment
Soon: 72 Gallon Bowfront

Posted By: Tony Vargas
Date Posted: June 03 2011 at 6:13pm
As I sit here at Houston Airport waiting for my flight I would like to thank Will Spencer, - Bradley J Syphus , and - Jake Pehrson for taking me around town to see some incredible reef tanks. This town is loaded with them. And, I would like to also thank the club for such a warm welcome, I had a great time!

Posted By: ptronsp
Date Posted: June 03 2011 at 6:15pm
You were AWESOME Tony Clap! Thank you for the great presentation.

Posted By: Supareef22
Date Posted: June 04 2011 at 1:43pm
I enjoyed that meeting a ton and i always love winning the first two corals in the raffle! Thanks for the great presentation Tony! Can anyone tell me the name or the author or both of the book Tony suggested to read about soft corals???
Tanks in advance.

Window Well Covers Custom Built

Discount For Reef Friends

Posted By: Adam Blundell
Date Posted: June 04 2011 at 3:07pm
For soft corals he was saying to use the standard Fabricius & Alderslade "Soft Corals and Sea Fans." These books were clearanced out a couple years ago fro free so you shouldn't have trouble getting them cheap. The taxonomic info in it has since been corrected, but overall a great book for soft corals.



Posted By: DanhNgo
Date Posted: June 04 2011 at 3:18pm
Great meeting. One thing I took away was to check my dry fish food and they all have Polyphospate. I wonder what dry food I can get that doesn't have it? Any one?

200 Gal Reef

25 Gal Nano Reef

Posted By: ptronsp
Date Posted: June 04 2011 at 3:49pm
I looked on our food as well and the Spectrum has it as well. All the foods I looked on that I got from Brine Shrimp Direct did not :).Thumbs Up



The only clowns I like are in my tank!

Posted By: KMastin
Date Posted: June 06 2011 at 9:13pm
I would like to know where you are finding the soft coral book for cheap.  I could only find it from $100 to over $200. Thanks.

Kathy Mastin

Posted By: Adam Blundell
Date Posted: June 06 2011 at 11:37pm
You can get it for free!

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is giving away the remaining copies of the book "Soft Corals and Sea Fans: A comprehensive guide to the tropical shallow water genera of the central-west Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea" by Katharina Fabricius & Phil Alderslade, colour throughout, 264 pp. (2001). The book will be free of charge, but postage must be paid before delivery of the books (see instructions below). We still have a few hundred copies left to find a good new home. No second edition is planned, so please pass on this message to people who may be interested. The offer is valid until 30 June 2010.

Katharina Fabricius

Fabricius KE & Alderslade P (2001) Soft Corals and Sea Fans: A comprehensive guide to the tropical shallow water genera of the central-west Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville. 264 pp. ISBN: 0 642 322104

Free of charge but postage must be paid before delivery of books. Offer valid until 30 June 2010.

Zone     1          AUD$10.50               Australia and New Zealand
Zone     2          AUD$13.50               Asia - Pacific
Zone     3          AUD$18.00               Rest of the World



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Posted By: WhiteReef
Date Posted: June 07 2011 at 9:22am

Adam, well June 30, 2010 has come and gone, so ....  Also I don't know about you but emailing my credit card information or bank account information to a foreign entity just sounds scarry to me.  However, it sounds like a great opportunity if it is a secure transaction.



47G Column Reef, Magna
20" x 18" x 31"H

Posted By: Tony Vargas
Date Posted: June 07 2011 at 9:27am
I know people who have done it by calling the numbers provided.  Good luck.

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