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  1. The News we have all been waiting for.... The Grand Prize for the 2018 INDMAS frag swap is the C-VUE 40 gallon aquarium with the C-Ray 200 light by Cobalt Aquatics
    7 points
  2. So my wifey got me a surprise gift. I love these T-shirts so much. Has anyone else gotten any cool gifts? Here’s a tread to show them off. Post pics of your cool stuff😎
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  3. I want to say thank you to everyone for coming out the swap this past weekend. I also want to thank all of the hobbyist and vendors. We had a great attendance for the new venue. And a big thank you to all the volunteers and staff who helped to pull this together on setup, during the event, and tear down. We have lots of new members and lots of renewals. We hope that everyone will continue to stick around and I really hope to get the forums going again.
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  4. It was awesome today at the swap. Never been to one before but it was awesome.
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  5. NEW INDMAS RAFFLE TOTAL = $8,908!! keep your eyes on this thread for more details and swap sneak peaks!! This is going to be one Rocking St. Patty Day Swap!!
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  6. Should have (3) new couples sign up for membership to INDMAS and should be attending this there 1st meeting. Vince should be joining the club tonight. Vince & Katie Roberts Paul & Janet Rhonda & Curtis Bowen
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  7. Sorry, I didn't see some of these lasts posts until this am (Sun). Spoke or texted with a number of the above, But wanted to say thank you for all pitching in and bringing food & drinks etc. I hope some of you who took pictures will post them here because this was great time. WHAT A BLAST! Really enjoyed getting to meet some of the new members. Haven't spent anytime looking for a stray mermaid, but haven't noticed her yet either.... There may have to be some form of retribution to those delinquents who aided in or instigated of hiding of said mermaid.... LOL. 14,236 days... made it through another one!
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  8. We are excited to host. My mom is making it covid safe. We will be setup for the swap and food on the patio. All the food is individually wrapped and drinks in coolers outside. We will have beer, pop and water. The food is subs, chips and cookies. My tank is doing so so right now so I'd always love suggestions. My mom said masks on in the house. We have a lot of tables and chairs for outside. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
    5 points
  9. So Jenn and I have been absent for a while now...and some of you may already know now that we are expecting our first child mid September. We are both very excited. We (I lol) have been working tirelessly on projects around the house the last few months to prepare for our baby boy. Here is one of them that we are proud of. My aunt is an artist and is helping us with a coral reef mural on one wall of the nursery. We are nowhere near done yet but here is a sneak peak of what we wrapped up today....
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  10. I got an adult Interruptus angle almost 2 years ago and have been on the look out for a juvenile to pair it with. In February I was finally able to get my hands on a juvenile. After quarantine and observation tank for a while I put her in acclimation box in DT for 2 days. Just released her today. Minor chasing for the first couple of hours as seen in the video, and now they are good! No more chasing or posturing. I really am surprise and happy on how well the introduce went. (sorry for the reflections on the glass and all the micro bubbles in tank) https://youtu.be/ykhJowdcLh8 https://youtu.be/fMlf_42tTEM
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  11. Hi everyone, hope the reefing has been well these days, I miss it! I just wanted to recognise the fact you all have Sanjay speaking at the swap this year. For anyone that doesn't know this, he is like the Bill Gates of lighting in the reefing world. I will 100% be at this event and everyone should attend this. I just wanted to tell indmas staff that they did an excellent job! I'm pumped! Thanks, Luke
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  12. Update on these guys. All is well and they have doubled in size! Found a few more shortly after my first post. A week ago had a couple die do to some kind of slime/bacteria that was covering the two anemone. I think it was caused by some leftover food. With a new total of 20 babies! I hope to not have anymore loses.
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  13. Meet The Count He hovers in this area of the tank and has a den right behind him. Some say you never make it out if his den alive. Others say nothing at all...what say you?
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  14. Based on the total count, it was somewhere around the 600+ range. We had 78 new members join.
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  15. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone this evening during set up. I apologize for not saying it in person, mainly because everyone was so busy. I’m pretty new to this group and I don’t know many, but everyone was so awesome tonight. Made my daughters week being able to help as much as she could. Cannot wait for tomorrow! Drive safe everyone.
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  16. You will need to come to the swap to see the complete line up but here are some additional items besides what has been listed above including the fabulous grand prize that was donated by The REEF Our platinum Sponsor 14 gallon bio cube with stand, 24 inch and 30 inch led aqua lights with extra lamps provided by Central Aquatics a platinum sponsor, 2- all event MACNA tickets for this year in Las Vegas, Fragging items and gift certificates provided by Salt Critters a Gold Sponsor, Wide selection of Loc-line products, 7 gallon mini , HOG 1 algae scrubber, Tunze nano stream, 2 part with dosing pumps, Coral magazine subscriptions, polyp lab reef roids, wide variety of DR Tim's products, a wide variety of SERA products, Neptune ATO Kit, Sets of Rod's frozen....... And way too many gift certificates to list. We are closing in on almost $10,000 in total prizes. For the 1st time in an effort to help promote the hobby for the next generation we are having a door prize drawing for a Fluval tank set up donated by Premium Aquatics a Gold Sponsor . This door prize drawing (not a raffle so no ticket purchase necessary) is only for those attendees 13 years and younger. We also have a members only advance special deals provided by the REEF for RPM salt and Premium Aquatics for some RODI filter sets. Please check out the member forums. If you cannot access the member Forums it means you need to join INDMAS for the low cost of $21 a year. But of course the raffle is not the only reason we all go to the INDMAS Frag swap we go... To see Friends and Vendors that we have not seen for the past year. A great speaker a 1st for the INDMAS swap Marc “melev” Levenson check out his website at melevsreef.com. A great selection of corals at the swap from Vendors and hobbyist (make sure to check reef trader as well) . A photo booth provided by Central Indiana Aquatics what better way to remember your INDMAS frag swap experience be it your 1st or 15th. and of course food trucks to help you make it through the day. The only draw back it is only one day and for only 6 hours Hope to see everyone there..... Mike
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  17. We have a great list of vendors and sponsors lined up this year everyone!! Let's thank Saltcritters and Premium Aquatics for joining our Silver Sponsors for this year! Thank you to you both for your contribution to this club and for the 2018 INDMAS Frag Swap! GOLD SPONSORS:
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  18. Future meeting hosts, there’s a little game that was started at the summer social this year, involving small mermaid aquarium decoration being hidden in the house. If and when Craig finds it, he’s going to pay it forward to one of you. If you find it, keep it going… 😸
    4 points
  19. Laura and I would like to thank everyone that made the trip down. We really appreciate it. Also everyone who bought coral, thanks and we hope they do well for you.
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  20. Thought I share a recent full tank shoot here. Making progress to fill the tank..... Over the recent months I battled Dino’s, GHA, and a mild cyano break out, but feel I’m on the right track. Any tips for taking good FTS, beside getting rid of the reflections....
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  21. Hi All, Just thought I share my Retro Frag Swap Haul form last weekend (all the coral’s on the frag rack - minus the dragon soul Favia). Puffdragon couldn’t make it but was nice enough to meet up with me on Monday in Indy to make up for the frag swap miss. Thanks again to all attendees and Eric for hosting....
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  22. Finally had a little time and got a new image completed... This is NGC 7129 This is a little over 11 hours and does need more but I am pretty happy with results. Such a soft and subtle target. hope you love it!
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  23. I got the tank up and running. So far all is good, no floods. What do you all think?
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  24. Will try to make it, at least for a bit. It's been a little crazy the past year and just we just welcomed our daughter Kara to the family this weekend and a nice break outside in the sun on that deck just might do the trick! I'm off for a couple weeks, if weather cooperates I'll try and smoke something tasty.
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  25. Finally made my first gallon of RO/DI water!! Thank you all for your help!!!
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  26. Little over due update! These guys are getting big and beautiful! Biggest one is now over 3/4” when fully open. Keep your eyes out probably in about a couple of months I’ll be putting these for sale.
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  27. She had to have a shirt that matched the rest of the family, so I had one made for her. Now she is saying she is going to have a tank like daddy someday, but only one Nemo, and more coral. 🤣 Always a critic. 🤔
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  28. Hey Guys! I just wanted to take a second and introduce myself! My Name is Kyle Delello and I have been in the Hobby for a couple years. I run a Red Sea 750XXL and I am a major fish nerd. I have some soft coral and LPS, but my tank is dedicated to the fish! I don't have a good excuse as to why it took me so long to join here, other than I spend tons of time on Reef2Reef as I am a moderator there. 3fordfamily is a very good friend of mine, I HOPE THAT DOESNT COUNT AGAINST ME I also have 6 QT's in my basement as I am a major fish disease nerd and I am constantly trying new methods for treatment for the betterment of our hobby. Look forward to meeting some local hobbyists!!!
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  29. Tank has been on autopilot since the softball season has started. Having a little bit of coral warfare going on with the candy canes and euphyllia, but I knew that was going to eventually happen. Overall good growth and the ricordea I purchased from Luis has split twice since I picked it up from him. I'm still eyeballing an upgrade to a lagoon tank, but right now I love this little tank. Cannot see me ever going larger than 25 gallons to be honest. Love the ease and simplicity of its little footprint.
    4 points
  30. Thank you everyone for attending this year's frag swap, and helping make it another successful year Entrance headcount via wristband: 606 Total 2018 Attendance ~550+ (less Vendors, Hobbyist, maybe a couple volunteers: ~50max?) New Member Joined : 78 Wow!! Renewals : 50+ Income Raffle Ticket Sales : $3,895 Entry Fees : $3,274 This doubled Last Year's Total... Membership Drive and Ed Speaker a success! Many thanks to our awesome sponsors for making this year's raffle a reality. Congratulations to all the winners! Please support these companies with your Hobby $'s this year! Finally,... many thanks to you (us), our membership ...for coming out, supporting INDMAS, and being a great community of people!
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  32. Swap was great. I like the space we had looks like we have room to grow
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  33. @Zacagawea7 If you attend the guest speaker Marc Levenson (Melev) I am sure you will get some answers from his presentation as well as maybe being able to talk to him afterwards.
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  34. Walt Disney acropora frag just donated to the raffle by Simply Saltwater! Yep...my raffle budget just got upped!
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  35. It depends. For ones where you see a progression of the amount of white let's say then yes that's typically the way. But a lot of these designers are by mixing various strains or even species. For example, the long fins were a naturally occurring 1 in a million fish that they then mated with another fish for production, maybe a sibling but maybe not. The point being it wasn't a line bred situation that I typically refer to as a "strain". This convo has sparked my interest. I am going to ask some people about it to see what they say. I will let you know.
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  36. So I know how inexpensive plugs are, but I still wanted to give it a whirl. I’m totally a DIY guy so why not plugs. Saves me a few buck and can possibly make some too. Started out by making the mold. First I cut a 3”x10”x2” thick block of delrin plastic work was about to trash into 4 strips. Next I bolted them back together with 6 long bolts. Then I drilled a 3/8” holes in a staggered pattern 1-1/4” deep. This will be the stems of the plugs. Once all the 3/8” holes were drilled I used a 7/8” drill bit to make the crowns. I drilled down 1/4” in depth. Next step was the recipe. I have some old clean sand in a bucket in the garage, and I managed to get some Portland cement from the bricklayers at work. I went with a ratio of 3 to 1. 3/4 cup of sand and 1/4 cup of Portland cement was enough for the mold and a few flat disc. I mixed all the ingredients in a empty calcium supplement container that I cut the top 1/4 off. I added enough water to create a syrupy consistency. This will allow any air bubbles to rise out of the mix. Now comes the fun part. I started scooping the mix into every plug hole in the mold. Once they were all filled I smoothed the surface and started to shake and tap on the mold to work out any trapped air bubbles and settle the mix in in every plug hole. Followed by a top off of mix to any low spots. Dry time is two days. And Shazam! Unbolt the mold pry the strips apart with a flat screwdriver, a few taps hear and there and a wiggle of the plugs and walla. Let me know if you wanna try for yourself. I’ll be happy to give any advice about the process.
    4 points
  37. Thank you for hosting Bill. Your aquarium and system are terrific! What a great time seeing everyone, and there was enough food for twice the crowd. Joining Indmas just a few short years ago was one of my better moves, not only for all the collective knowledge, but to meet such a great group of people. I wish all of you a safe, relaxing, and Merry Christmas!
    4 points
  38. Modern Aquatix has donated a $25 gift certificate for tomorrow folks!! We have over $200 in raffles for this meeting alone. Lots of foods, raffles, gift exchange and cool reefers! Sounds like a divine way to end the 2017 INDMAS year to me
    4 points
  39. If the raffles above aren't enough this month....check out what Luis has graciously added to the raffle this month! He has a colony of gorgeous looking palys he is adding to the raffle! Check these out:
    4 points
  40. Hello Indy! I'm looking forward to coming out next weekend to speak. For anyone that's looking to get some SPS frags PM me your email and I can email a list with photos with what I have. Unfortunately I was a recent victim as all other Photobucket users were and can no longer show my photobucket photos online. I'll post some pics tomorrow. Thanks in advance. Copps
    4 points
  41. Looking forward to being there. Will be my first meeting.
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  42. I have been collecting hammers to make a centerpiece for the new build when and if it's finally wet lol. Right now I have gold, orange, baby blue, splatter hammer and purple. It should be really cool when I get it fragged and set up.
    3 points
  43. i most certainly do. I love love love the hobby. Here's a couple recent ones
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  44. I am installing a new tank in our living room. I needed to remodel it before I pick up the new tank from Jeremy. I could not find my shop lights. Oh yeah not a problem, 2 x 400w MH who needs a shop light anyways. The tank is going where the plumbing is sticking up through the floor. Take care, Mike
    3 points
  45. Door prize #1 You could win will be this mini colony of ORA Mint Pavina. Door prize #2 will be one of the Rock Flower Anemones born during my November meeting last year. Hope everyone that wants come will be able to make it.
    3 points
  46. I decided to take the chance and take a few pictures of the dwarf lionfish during feeding time. Pictures taken on note 8 with standard settings.
    3 points
  47. Hard to believe but the swap is almost here 6 days.thanks in advance to everyone who is making this happen. I know you guys put a lot of hard work and effort in to this.
    3 points
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