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  1. Has anyone had or does anyone currently have a canary blenny? I’d like to get one to hang out in my 40 gallon display refugium, probably as a species-only deal. I’m wondering what their personalities are like? I know they’re semi aggressive and venomous, but are they active swimmers? Reclusive? Do they perch like tailspot blennys? Do they hang out in caves? Thanks in advance!
  2. I’ll be there! I’m going to bring my 50 gallon lowboy that has a crack in the corner. If anyone wants it- they can have it
  3. That tank will have hidden access doors on it, so only my hands will go in it
  4. I renewed because I can use all the help I can get! Also, I want to stay active in the reefkeeping community and see what everyone is up to/ stay up to date on all the new tech without buying it myself 😆
  5. Take a look at my mock-up stock list and tell me what you think. You won’t hurt my feelings, I’m on the fence about some of these: 50 gallon lowboy mixed reef: 2 blue stripe pipefish (adding 1st) 3 benggai cardinals (adding 2nd) 2 clowns (adding last) 40 gallon display refugium under the 50 gallon: 2 radial filefish (adding first) 1 canary blenny (adding 2nd) 1 blue mandarin (adding with canary blenny) 160 gallon anemone tank 1 male pj cardinals +as many females as the store has when I get the male (if I can tell them apart) - adding first 1 yellow watchmen goby (adding 2nd) 1 randall’s Assessor (also adding 2nd) 1 royal gramma (also adding 2nd) 4 clowns (adding 3rd) 1 yellow tang (adding last) 1 blue hippo tang (adding with the yellow tang) 🥴 75 gallon display refugium under the 160: 2 azure damsels I’m also interested in in a yellow assessor and red scooter blenny. I’ll have one more tank to stock (size undecided yet, but probably 50-80 gallons) + a 40 gallon display refugium My QT tank is 30 gallons, and I hope to QT each group at least a month. I’m hoping the tank is big enough to not stress these groups out. Also, I’m only stocking captive-bred/aquacultured fish. You up may be asking, why the azure damsels in the 75? I’ve been thoroughly convinced that the Gosport Aquarium can really use a mantis shrimp 🙃 so it’ll go in there. If it snatches the damsels, it’s ok. If it doesn’t, that’s ok too. As always, the more info, the better!
  6. Since there will be plenty of delicious festival food options, and I don’t want to hinder your chance of partaking in the fried glory, I’ll prepare a simple charcuterie board and some drink options. Also, our very friendly dog will be at the meeting as well. Please don’t feed him! 😂 He doesn’t beg and we want to keep that habit strong 💪🏽
  7. Here’s where I am now, I still have quite a bit to go!
  8. On another note, the festival (called Lazy Days) has a parade at 1:00. I’m working on the Gosport Aquarium float and I’d be glad to give out some Gosport Aquarium T-Shirts in exchange for able-bodies to walk alongside the float! The parade route runs down Main Street from 9th Street to 3rd Street. Meet at the aquarium at noon for t-shirts! For the float, I got these screens from my friend who got them at an auction. They’re gold leaf and the person who painted them initially used the wrong kind of paint (came off with water in spots) and sketched everything out with sharpie (can be hard to cover). I’m working on covering the old stuff and painting a more ‘Gosport Aquarium’ scene on them- keeping as much gold visible as possible. They’ll be back-to back on our trusty little trailer.
  9. I could really use some more rock; I try to snatch up dry rock at about $1/lb when I can.
  10. This is the tank that started it all- my 22 gallon rimless peninsula display with a 10 gallon refugium. ❤️ It’s about 2 years old with LEDs, MP10, and an algae scrubber as the main hardware. Currently, I have one naked clownfish (David Pumpkins) and one Pajama Cardinalfish (Gary). There’s an unnamed clown in the refugium temporarily, but she’ll be moved soon. I especially love my leather corals lately, but they may be tied with the zoanthids as my fave coral in the tank. Of course, my bubble tip anemone gets a lot of my attention because it’s my first anemone and I’m still worried it’s going to go nuclear any day. But it’s been in there for a few months and has just been happy as a clam 🤷🏽‍♀️ If anyone needs chaeto at the meeting, I’ll be more than happy to share.
  11. Hello everyone! I’m glad to host August’s meeting and show you all what we’ve been up to down in good ol’ Gosport. First, let me explain the location 🙃 I’m having trouble uploading photos; hopefully I’ll figure that out later. Our house is the old Gosport Bank that was built in 1867. After 15 years or so of renovation, we’re still working on it. 😪 In the basement is my art gallery/studio called Grey Dog Gallery, after our trusty guard dog Avalanche. The main floor is the least renovated so far (it needed the most demo work) and the top floor is where we live. The meeting will be on the main floor, so come on in through the main door. Now a little about the aquarium! Shortly after I opened the gallery and was spending many hours a day down there, I decided it was time to get back into the reef hobby after a 5 year hiatus. I set up a 22 gallon open-top peninsula with a 10 gallon refugium. It was a great way to take breaks from painting and re-focus my eyes. Soon, regulars starting coming in to check on the progress of the aquarium and we started jokingly calling it the Gosport Aquarium: the world’s smallest public aquarium. I loved telling people about the science behind it and basically just liked talking reef again! (I worked at Petco for 5 years during college, which is where the reef bug bit me. I know, Petco 😆) Well, one day my husband, Brian, made the mistake of telling me I could use the coal room for more aquariums. Since the coal room is right behind the gallery, it was perfect! Perfect except it was storage for his tools, (you could barely walk through) had bare brick walls that flaked, had no ceiling, and was missing a window. Not to mention it had a single electrical outlet. But it had concrete floors that Brian had poured years earlier and the sump pit for the building. After a year or so of cleaning the room up enough to set some refugiums in to marinate, here we are! The Gosport Aquarium Expansion, as I’m calling it, will have 2 zoomed low boys (50gal) with 40 gallon display refugiums and a 160 gallon with a 75 gallon display refugium. I’m still missing one 40 gallon breeder, so if anyone has a lead on one... 😉 Of course, I imagine the Aquarium will expand back out into the gallery, which has become more of a working studio anyway. In the interest of keeping this short, I’ll cut myself off now and add more later. I really can talk about this project forever.
  12. I’ll be volunteering at the INDMAS table from 9:30-11:30 I think :)
  13. I got a Euroquatics Reef Light as a gift and it’s just a complete paper weight. I think you have to be a coder to figure it out. And of course, the model I got is now discontinued and the customer service, it seems, has been laid off. If anyone wants this dang thing to fiddle with, they can have it. I’ll bring it to the swap. It’s and Angel A1
  14. Hello everyone! I'll try to make this short and sweet. My name is Niki and I'm the owner of what I think is the world's smallest public aquarium (I've contacted the Guinness Book of World Records people- its a slow process). We're working on an expansion right now. Basically we're converting the basement of a 150-year-old bank into a public aquarium! The space that we're expanding into is about 250 square feet. I have lots of experience with reef tanks (though mostly nano tanks). Its a big project, and the excitement is growing! The tanks that will go in the expansion are: 500 gallon mixed reef with 100 gallon display refugium 160 gallon anemone tank with 75 gallon display refugium 50 gallon low-boy zoanthid garden with 75 gallon display refugium 50 gallon low-boy clam garden with 75 gallon display refugium and of course, the current aquarium- a modest 22 gallon mixed reef with 10 gallon refugium and 30 gallon display qt tank 😅 My first question is: What type of paint/stain/sealer would you use on concrete floor that's going to see lots of salt water and shoes? More info about the aquarium Our mission statement is: The Gosport Aquarium is a future nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire conservation of our world's aquatic treasures, especially ocean reef life. Our public aquarium will showcase a large collection of coral species, captive-bred fish and other sea life to broaden public awareness of reef ecosystems. The goal of the Gosport Aquarium is to teach visitors how and why to limit their dependence on single-use plastics and how littering and pollution affect the reef. Check out our facebook page: www.facebook.com/gosportaquarium Let's see if these videos work: here's a little background on me and the aquarium: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgosportaquarium%2Fposts%2F424158054744754& And here's the most recent, made by our local bank, and with my name spelled wrong 😆 https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fowencountystatebank%2Fvideos%2F175904330013277%2F&
  15. Hello! I was wondering if anyone uses elbow-length gloves when fiddling around in their aquarium and if so, where do you buy them? Thanks alot!
  16. In my 22 gallon, I have an algae scrubber, 10 gallon refugium, and a bag of chemipure. Macro algae is my friend. It’s a year old and everything is great. Protein skimmers aren’t necessary.
  17. Update for anyone who has this question in the future: I have a happy Kenya Tree that has been dropping branches. I figured I’d let a branch float back there to see how it does. It did great! The main tree drops a branch about once a week, which I pick up and put back here under the low lights. Check it out!
  18. My husband and I would love to go! Count us in for 2 adults, and definitely behind the scenes! Thanks so much for organizing this.
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