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About jdhuyvetter

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    2019 SWFMAS President
  • Birthday 08/11/1967

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  1. Sold a couple boxes of rocks. Used the money to buy the upgrades for the last two light fixtures. Within a couple weeks should have all the lights upgrades from the old 10k with 90 degree reflectors to new 15k led's with 120 degree reflectors.
  2. On Sunday, May 26, I will be fossil hunting at Brownville Park (north of Arcadia on the Peace River). This is not an official club event, but was pretty popular the last time we did it. So, save the dates (May 25 SWFMAS meeting with Marc Levenson and May 26 play date in the river!) Address: 1885 NE Brownville St, Arcadia, Florida Itenerary is very simple 9:00 (ish) - meet at Brownville Park. Park at the south end of the parking lot and walk down the trail, cross a small creek and jump in the water to start hunting sharks teeth 11:30(ish) - head back to parking lot for a hamburger/hot dog cookout (you bring side dish, desserts and a couple bucks to cover meat, bread, drinks - not a formal SWFMAS event, so club is not picking up food and drink costs - Jeff will be shopping) 12:30 (ish) - head up the north trail out of the parking area to the north gravel beds and do some more hunting Sometime before the sun sets - head home Very simple itinerary!! Join/leave at your own leisure. If you do plan on attending, I would appreciate and RSVP below to make sure we have enough food. Include and +1's. Also, post what you plan to bring as a side; RSVP's: Jeff (jdhuyvetter) - buns, hamburger meat, cheese, tomato's, ketchup, mustard, drinks Jonathan +5 (wife and 4 munchkins - drinks and chips
  3. For the May meeting we will be hosting guest speaker Marc Levenson (aka melev) who will be presenting the topic of "Aquarium Plumbing: What to do & what not to do". May 25th, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Estero Community Park Recreation Center Room 103A9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd. Estero, FL ‎ 33928 Entry fee: $5 for General Public; Free for SWFMAS club members Annual memberships available on-site. Marc "melev" Levenson has been in the hobby since 1998, blogging his experiences about his own reef on his website, melevsreef.com to help others learn husbandry skills. Most recently he's become an online personality with tens of thousands of followers on his YouTube channel (melevsreef) also geared at helping other reefers through his personal experiences. His website's articles, blogs and Critter ID cover topics like pest control, feeding techniques, working with acrylics, reef photography and water chemistry to name a few. His online store carries many products like his RODI systems, custom sumps and even includes some items that he himself has invented as clever solutions to make reefkeeping easier. Marc is a nationally recognized speaker, who frequently recommends supporting local club events, shopping local fish stores and interacting with others via socal media. His other hobby is diving, exploring natural reefs. His current tanks are a 400-gallon reef and a 60-gallon anemone cube, filled with captive bred fish and aquacultured corals.
  4. Gonna be a little busy tonight. Ten bags of corals and fish.e
  5. High hand prize from Saltwater Solutions is a 2-inch aquacultured Tridacna maxima clam. Actual clam is pictured below:
  6. Agree that the Red Slime will take care of it. However, if you don't fix the root cause, it will come back sooner or later. How often do you do water changes? How much? What kind of skimmer? How often do you feed (and what do you feed)? As for the decorations, is that wood? Or are my eyes playing tricks on me.
  7. We have confirmation from MASNA! High hand at the BBQ will receive two (2), full conference tickets to MACNA in Orlando this fall
  8. Save your cards after the last LFS. We will have some drawings at the BBQ. Prizes are TBD at this time, but I know we will have some ChemiPure and some powerheads.
  9. Other Poker Run "Stuff" Saltwater Solutions is offering the following discounts to club members during the Poker Run 10% off coral purchases 15% off invertebrate purchases (max 5) 20% off fish purchases Seachem goodie bags for participants A discount coupon with any purchase for your next visit The Barrier Reef Pictures of the actual coral for the high hand winner
  10. Our April meeting will be Saturday, April 27. This meeting will consist of a Poker Run with some of our LFS. This will consist of handing out cards at each stop and the high hand winning prizes. The schedule is below (with the rules below that) 9:45 am - Meet in parking lot at Joefish Aquatics to get first deal of cards 10:00 am - JoeFish Aquatics - 16205 S. Tamiami Trail, Ste 4, Fort Myers 11:00 am - High Hand prize drawn at JoeFish Aquatics - Prize is a custom in the tank/sump acrylic frag rack. Give Joe the dimension and he will make it for you. Maximum size for this rack is 24-inches 11:45 am - Lunch at Buffalo Chips on Old US 41 in Bonita Springs (or other area restaurant - your choice.....I'm writing this and that is where I am going) 1:00 pm - Saltwater Solutions - 11100 Bonita Beach Road, Ste 104, Bonita Springs 2:00 pm - High Hand prize drawn at Saltwater Solutions - prize is the aquacultured Tridacna maxima clam pictured below 2:45 pm - The Barrier Reef - 13040 Livingston Road, Unit 8, Naples 3:45 pm - High Hand prize drawn at The Barrier Reef - Prize is a Cynurina coral (actual coral in pictures below) 4:30 pm - BBQ at John aka blackthunda77's house in Golden Gate. There will be a final high hand drawing at 5 pm with whatever cards you have left. Grand prize is two full conference passes to MACNA 2019. Other prizes (Chemipure, power heads, Tshirts, etc.) will be given out until we run out of prizes or cards. Poker Run Rules You must be a paid member of SWFMAS* to participate in the poker run prizes (not paid, you are still welcome to tag along, or you can join in advance through the website or in person the morning of the run) *One hand/set of cards per membership. Seven cards will be given out at the first stop with three cards given out at each additional stop. If you make purchases at a given stop, you will be eligible to receive additional cards as outlined below. (If you miss the first stop, you can still get your three cards plus purchases at whatever stop you join the Poker Run) If you make a purchase at a given store, you will receive one extra card. For each additional $50 in value of your purchase(s), you will receive an additional card (Ex. $5 purchase = 1 extra card. $51 to $100 = 2 extra cards. $101 to $150 purchase = 3 extra cards...and so on). Obviously, purchases must be made prior to the drawing for the high hand at that given store. Pick you best five cards for your hand. Winner will turn in the winning hand (but can keep any extra cards for the next stop). Losers can keep their cards for the next stop. At each additional stop, you will be given three more cards plus extra cards for purchases as outlined in #3 above. Repeat items #4 and #5 until we run out of stops and prizes. BBQ - RSVP and Side Dishes The BBQ is a bring a dish event. SWFMAS will cover meats, bread, plates, utensils and drinks - SWFMAS members will bring a side dish or a desert. Please post up how many will be in your party and what side dish you will bring. We will update below so you can see what people are bringing. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 25, 5 pm so we can get a head count to go grocery shopping! Jeff (jdhuyvetter) - Whatever is missing (I do the grocery shopping for the club. So, if there are any missing sides or deserts, that is what I pick up for my contribution) Matt (zyphen) - Veggie tray Rick (RickO) - coleslaw Charlie (Charlie0101) - cookies John (blackthunda77) - corn casserole
  11. We had our BOD meeting last night and the Keys trip was part of the planning discussion. RickO is going to reach out to the Blackfin and a snorkel boat to lock down dates. Once that is done, I am going to reach out to Mote, Florida Key Aquarium, Turtle Rescue and/or KP Aquatics to lock in secondary stops. Dinner location will be the last thing to lock in. All of these will be scheduled for a Saturday (except KP Aquatics. That will be a Sunday stop on the way out of the Keys) We will update as these things happen. For past years, the club only organizes Saturday events as people tend to make different travel plans for Friday and Sunday ( or possibly stay longer). When that happens, they will usually post up anything they have planned for Friday or Sunday in case someone else wants to come along.
  12. Partially updated. Waiting on confirmation from two stops. Hope to do a meeting announcement today.
  13. So, for the first time in years there are no frags growing out in either frag rack. Tank is packed, no room for anything else.....so, currently bidding on 8 corals on Facebook.
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