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About jdhuyvetter

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    2019 SWFMAS President
  • Birthday 08/11/1967

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  1. Based on the marine forecast, Dania Beach it is. Seas in the morning will be less than a foot. We will meet in the parking area on Charleston St at 10 am. For your GPS, plug in 201 Charleston St. Dania Beach. Note that this is a pay to park location.
  2. Our June meeting will be our annual snorkel trip. The meeting will be at 10 am on Saturday, June 25. Location will either be Dania Beach in Broward County or Peanut Island in Palm Beach County. We will check the marine forecast on June 22 and send out an email blast for whichever location will have the better marine forecast. Option 1 is to meet at Charleston Street and hit the reef straight off of the beach. You can see the reef line in the pic below. You can also visit the Carpenter house a block south while there. If the water is a little rough, we will go with Option 2. That is the ferry to Peanut Island. Peanut Island is protected from the waves as it is on the backside of the barrier island. there is a designated snorkel area around the southeastern side of the island. there are artificial reef structures easily visible in the photo below to snorkel around.
  3. What kind of spares? Getting a new tank pretty soon.
  4. Our May meeting will be Saturday, May 14 at 2 pm. We will be having a Water Test Kit workshop. The club will be bringing a water sample. You will bring your test kit(s). We will track the results of the different test kits that are brought and compare results and ease of use of the kits. So it will be an all hands on deck type meeting. BRING YOUR KIT! One of our members, David Asfour will be hosting this meeting in his classroom. So, please note the change of venue. Southwest Florida Christian Academy 3750 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL
  5. Our April meeting will be Saturday, April 23. We will be getting a tour of the University of Florida, Tropical Aquaculture Lab (TAL) in Ruskin, FL. We will meet in the parking lot at 9:45 (tour will start at 10 am). TAL works with the tropical fish industry in Florida to develop sustainable captive bred fish for aquariums. they work with both freshwater and saltwater fish. They are partnered with the Rising Tide Conservation and are currently working with tangs. After the tour, we will break for lunch and then head over to the Florida Aquarium's Conservation Campus in Apollo Beach. The turtle rescue facility is now open to the public. And, time permitting, a little coral shopping at Life Oceanic in Ruskin So, plan on the day!! Links and address for UF Tropical Aquaculture Lab are below: https://tal.ifas.ufl.edu/ https://www.risingtideconservation.org/ https://www.flaquarium.org/conservation/conservation-campus/ UF TAL 1408 24th Street SE Ruskin, Florida 33570
  6. Thinking about getting a Reef Octopus Calcium Reactor for my new set up. Anybody have any experience with them? Pros and Cons?
  7. Martin is feeling a little "under the weather" and has asked to reschedule his presentation to a later date. So, we have a last minute speaker change. I will be giving a presentation on aquarium emergencies. Sharing some knowledge of 30 years of tank mishaps from torsional breaks, blowouts, broken braces and my current dilemma....leaking seam in a 300 gallon aquarium.
  8. Martin Moe will be our guest speaker. Meeting will be at 3 pm, Saturday, March 26 at the Estero Community Center (9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL 33928) Martin A. Moe, Jr. holds a master's degree from the University of South Florida. His scientific and popular articles and books date back to 1962 when he began his career as a marine biologist and ichthyologist for the marine laboratory of the State of Florida. After extensive fishery research and publication of the life history of the Red Grouper he entered the private sector and developed the basis technology for breeding the Florida pompano in 1970. He then developed the technology for the first successful spawning and rearing Clownfish and Neon Gobies in his garage in 1972, which developed into the first commercial hatchery for marine tropical fish, Aqualife Research Corporation in 1973. Over the years Martin has reared over 30 species of marine tropical fish, even hybridizing French and Grey Angelfish, and also the jackknife fish and the high-hat, members of the drum family (Sciaenidae). Martin and his wife Barb also founded Green Turtle Publications in 1982 to write and publish books on the marine aquarium hobby. Martin is the author of a definitive book on tropical Atlantic lobsters, Lobsters: Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean; as well as his popular and best-selling Marine Aquarium Handbook: Beginner to Breeder, and The Marine Aquarium Reference: Systems and Invertebrates. Other books he authored are Breeding The Orchid Dottyback: an Aquarist’s Journal and (with his wife Barb) The Marine Aquarist’s Quiz book. In 2001 Martin began research on the keystone herbivore of the western Atlantic Ocean, the sea urchin Diadema antillarium. He was successful in this endeavor, although it took 20 years of research to accomplish the development of this technology. The Florida Aquarium is now producing juveniles of the urchin and the FWC laboratory in Marathon, FL is beginning experimentation with placement of cultured Diadema on Keys reefs. His book on this extensive research will soon be available from Two Little Fishies, Inc., Miami FL. His presentation will be about his Diadema urchin research project as it relates to coral reef restoration in the Florida Keys. Outline of the presentation is below, Diadema presentation to SWFMAS. March 26, 2022 Why Diadema? Keystone herbivore on coral reefs Plague of 1983 Decline of coral reefs 2003 Diadema replacement research Importance of coral reefs to the marine aquarium hobby Culture of Diadema Difficulties in culture Development of a successful culture technology Restoration of Diadema on coral reefs Integral part of ecological coral reef restoration Methodologies of Diadema restoration on coral reefs
  9. Our February meeting will be Saturday, February 26. We will be touring the Mote Aquarium in Sarasota. Tour time is tentatively 10 am. However, there is another event that morning. Group tour policy has changed since our last tour as well. Tickets must be purchased in advance. So, please RSVP here by Wednesday. The club will purchase tickets on Thursday morning. Actual tour time will be determined when we purchase the group tickets and may move up or back a few minutes. Ticket prices for the group are as follows Adults (ages 13 & older): $19 Youth (ages 3-12): $16 Please state how many in your group and whether tickets are Adult or Youth. Mote Aquarium - https://mote.org/ 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway Sarasota Florida RSVP Jeff D'huyvetter - 1 adult
  10. Box came in today. Anticipated raffle list below. May change slightly as I bag if we have any losses between now and Saturday. Currently being quarantined with daily water changes on my kitchen counter 2 bags of brittle stars (1 per bag) 1 bag, red brittle star 4 bags of orange knee/claw hermit crabs (2 or 3 per bag) 2 bags of ruby crabs (1 per bag) 3 bags of emerald crabs (1 per bag) 2 bags of ninja star snails ( 2 or 3 per bag) 3 bags of cucumbers (1 per bag, each a different color) 2 bags of peppermint shrimp (2 per bag) 3 bags of dwarf cerith snails (5 per bag) 4 bags of stocky cerith snails (2 per bag) 21 bags of blue leg hermits (6 per bag) 4 bags of Polka Dot hermits (1 per bag) 1 bag, pin cushion urchin
  11. We will be having a raffle of CUC at this meeting. Items are shipping from the Keys and will be here later in the week. I will update once they arrive. I am expecting 30 to 40 bags. Mix of hermits, snails and other critters.
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