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RickO

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  1. getting out of the hobby

    Ron What led light fixtures do you still have for sale? How about the heater? RickO
  2. Copepods for reef cleanup

    Thanks for the responses to my questions. I had not looked at Podyourreef as a source for pods. Unfortunately they are out of stock on Tigriopus Californicus and I sent them an email to find out when they expect them back in stock. I will let everyone know when I am going to order and see if anyone else wants to get in on free shipping. MMoore I would like to get some chaeto from you if you can spare some. I usually make it to the Cape on the weekends if that works for you let me know what works good for you. You can text me at 239-849- six five five four. RickO
  3. I have tired to cultivate copepods in my tank with the purchase of bags of pods form the local LFS but without any success. My main desire was to have a natural food supply for my corals and finicky feeders (fish). I know many people have posted they have chaeto with lots of pods so there is some experience in the club . I am interested in if they can act like a clean up crew in addition to a food source. RickO
  4. Still working on that. I will have some thing in a week or so once I get numbers form the snorkel boats. RickO
  5. John You beat me to the reservations this morning, you must get up early. I look forward to meeting you. I will be working on the boat snorkel trip after we get an idea of how many snorkelers we will have. RickO
  6. The date has been set for the annual Florida Keys trip/meeting. It will be June 15, 16 & 17, 2018 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The Black Fin Resort and Marina on Marathon will be offering a 10% discount for club members who mention SWFMAS when making reservations. This is an Old Style ground level motel that is clean, inexpensive (for the Keys) and has been the favorite location for SWFMAS for quite a few years. It offers snorkeling right off the back of the property and also has a nice little island just a short (for a good swimmer) swim/snorkel away. Contact information: 4650 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050, Phone (305) 743-2393 Everyone is responsible for making their own reservation whether it’s at the Black Fin or another motel/resort of their choice. Friday is a travel day for some while others will arrive early on Saturday morning. Most people will head home Sunday afternoon. We plan to have a boat snorkel trip Saturday morning to either the Middle Keys or Looe Key. More information on the snorkeling trip will follow as soon as details are finalized so keep an eye on the forum for updates. The afternoon is open for shore snorkeling, scuba diving or whatever interests you. Saturday night we will get together at a local restaurant for a group dinner (everyone picks up their own tab) and to watch the sunset. If you have a suggestion for a good restaurant that can accommodate a large group, feel free to comment on the Forum. Sunday will be for more snorkeling and collecting of shrimp, snails, crabs, legal types of corals, tropical fish and other inverts. Club members will be available to assist in demonstrating techniques on how to collect and where to look for different collectables. Please remember to have a Florida saltwater fishing license and know the collection rules and regulations. Most importantly, be prepared to house and transport your new tank mates. More to follow RickO
  7. June 2018 Keys trip

    Has any date been selected yet? If not can we work on who is interested and what date will work the best and get planning. I need to get this on my schedule so as not to miss my favorite trip of the year. If you need some one to make any of the arrangements I will help/take charge. Keeping in mind I think the horse shoe and across the road are the best free snorkeling from shore and Looe Key is just down the road for a group boat snorkel. RickO
  8. Great Auction!

    Great job by the "Auction Crew". Thanks to the board of directors for putting this together. Great mix of corals with lots great frags and mini colonies and a few clean up crews thrown in for added spice. Once again Jeff hit it out of the park with his auctioneering skills. Special thanks to Matt S., Stephanie and Bob for coral intake/organization and live camera operation. Once again Matt E. and Heather ran the computer including registration, photo organization, tracking sales, check out paying seller, and general all around organization with the precision we have come to know and enjoy. Both Heather and Matt E. make this auction flow so smoothly. I am sure that others contributed to the success of the auction that I missed but just wanted to say I personally enjoyed the auction and enjoy being a member of such a fine club/organization. RickO
  9. Got to love Mission BBQ . Already paid, maybe that will get in line first.. RickO
  10. Volunteers Needed!

    I will help with entry membership RickO
  11. short oceanography lectures

    Thanks for the heads up on the videos. I will report back after watching a few of them. RickO
  12. RickO and LisaO are in. Looking for a car poll to add to the fun.
  13. Talk on mollusk related subjects

    Nothing worse than being a self proclaimed know-it-all (ME) than to be totally WRONG! All the talks I listed were from the 2016 talks and I totally missed the 2016 date listed (only eight or nine times) on the post. I will go with the comment my friend mentioned to me: If you wake up stupid you will be stupid all day. Also as an Oxton tradition when one of us is totally wrong you have to say "never mind", a quote from Saturday Night Live when Emily Littella responded to a news editorial and was totally wrong with her response. Emily Litella (Gilda Radner) gives an editorial response about parents objecting to violins on television. Finally, Chevy Chase informs her the story was actually about the "violence" on televisions, not violins. RickOxton
  14. Talk on mollusk related subjects

    Here are the titles of this years talks: INDIRECT EFFECTS OF FRESHWATER DISCHARGES ON SEAGRASS BEDS IN SW FLORIDA:MESOGRAZERS AS MEDIATORS OF EPIPHYTE GROWTH? A SURVEY OF FRESHWATER BIVALVES IN SUSSEX COUNTY, DELAWARE SHELLED OPISTHOBRANCHS NEW AND REDISCOVERED SPECIES OF ANNULARIIDAE (GASTROPODA) AND HABITAT DESTRUCTION IN SOUTHWESTERN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ZONATION PATTERN AND SPATIAL ARRANGEMENT OF A POPULATION OF GEUKENSIA GRANOSISSIMA IN A MIXED MANGROVE FOREST OF TAMPA BAY SOUTHWEST FLORIDA SHELLS, AN ONLINE GUIDE: A PROGRESS REPORT DREAM STREAM STEMS TEEM WITH STENOTREMES REDUX: SATURATION 3D SHELLING ALONG THE PAINT ROCK RIVER SYSTEM SETS STRATOSPHERIC STANDARDS EFFECTS OF MULTIPLE STRESSORS ON INTERACTIONS BETWEEN INVASIVE POMACEA MACULATA APPLE SNAILS AND NATIVE SUBMERGED AQUATIC VEGETATION IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA ESTUARIES TUSK SHELLS (SCAPHOPODA) OF SANIBEL ISLAND SHELL COLLECTING AT GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA COCKLES AND OLIVES: THREE QUESTIONS AND A CRAB WHEN MOLLUSKS GO TO SCHOOL: AN OVERVIEW OF THE UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCES PROVIDED TO SANIBEL SCHOOL STUDENTS BY LOCAL MOLLUSKS AND THEIR HELPERS COLLECTING ON JUPITER ISLAND 2015−16: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY OPTIMIZING METHODS FOR EXTRACTION OF PROTEINS FROM MOLLUSCAN SHELLS OPTIMIZING METHODS FOR EXTRACTION OF PROTEINS FROM MOLLUSCAN SHELLS
  15. Talk on mollusk related subjects

    The Ninth Meeting of Florida United Malacologists (FUM) will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island, Florida. The one-day gathering brings together researchers, citizen scientists, and students interested in a broad swath of mollusk-related topics. My daughter sent me this link and is signing both of us up for the talks. She mentioned that you can pre-register and get free entry. Go to the Bailey-Matthews National web site for more information: http://www.shellmuseum.org/programs-events/event-calendar/florida-united-malacologists-2018 RickO RickO