We started off the new year with some great new meeting ideas - like bringing dinner in for everyone!!! Instead of having to rush home from work and tossing a hot dog (or soy dog if your Paul) in the microwave and eating it in the car on the way to the meeting (inevitably dripping a glob of ketchup and mustard in your lap providing comic fodder for all) we were treated this month to stuffed shells and meatballs!!! For dessert we were treated to Ellen’s (Ento reefer) chocolaty chocolate chocolate chip cookies - did I mention they were chocolate? I swear - I had 2 and didn’t sleep until 4 the next afternoon!!
We followed up dinner with a new Tank of The Month format - Brett (bz350) gave a captivating presentation on his tank and it’s inhabitants - all were intrigued on his introspective debate on which fish was his favorite.
It really was a great presentation complete with pictures and video of his tank in action.
When Brett was finished Marty (reefzig) explained the new Club Rental Policy and gave a detailed presentation on the new PAR meter the club purchased to kick off our rental program.
(Picture omitted because Marty didn’t shave before the meeting)
The raffle was HUGE this month!!
There were three $25 Gift Certificates courtesy of Premium Aquatics and Vivid Aquariums!
10 head Red Acan frag
ORA Joe the Coral
3 head Green Duncan frag
$25 Vivid Aquarium Gift Certificate
$25 Vivid Gift Certificate
The grand prize was the Golden Ticket Raffle - -
Rich17 walked away with a …(use a TV announcer voice here)…
BRAND NEW 48" T5 RETRO LIGHT KIT courtesy of our newest sponsor REEFGEEK.
We also covered the new club brochure expected to start being left at LFS all over in the very near future & A new web site design currently being created and expected to be rolled out later this year.
The Grand Finale of the evening was the presentation by Barbara Lang (the better looking half of Chris_Barb) on Rotifers - what they are, what they eat, and how to grow your own!!
Barb had everyone’s attention:
Afterall - who doesn’t like video of microscopic organisms on a big screen?
Not only did we learn the anatomy, the reproduction rate, and that males are useless and are only produced when a culture is stressed, we learned how to cultivate our own to use as a food source for baby fish and coral.
A sample was passed around the room for everyone to see just how small the rotifers really are - it was at this point that Kaptken gave up his captain hat for a boyscout bolo by whipping out … a magnifying glass!!!
To top off a great presentation Chris and Barb supplied anyone that wanted one a sample of rotifers to take home to either feed their tank or begin their own culture.
I think everyone was greatly appreciative of the new information and the samples. Thank you very much Barb!!!
All in all a great time was had by everyone. The turn out was probably the largest we’ve ever seen with many new people coming out this month. The food was fantastic, the raffles were phenomenal, the talks were fascinating, and the information complete.
Already looking forward to next month.