Last weekend, I was invited to URSNY to speak. I took a bunch of pictures.
Rochester N.Y. is in the upper section of the state. There is a lot of farm country for miles and miles, which was very beautiful. Rochester gets a lot of snow being on the east coast, but this is their spring time. URSNY asked me to come speak to their club, and as we drove Saturday morning to Batavia I snapped a few pictures.
This is a house that belongs to KentE. He has a 400g plywood tank currently, and is building a new one that holds 900 to 1000g in his basement.
His tank looks like a toolbox or lunchbox, depending on your perspective. When you open the doors at the top, you can see his Luminarc reflectors that roll back and forth on a light mover. His tank only has two MH bulbs over it.
Because his focus is upon the new tank currently under contruction, the current tank is not nearly what it could have been. He's planning on cooking all his liverock and setting up the new one with as few pest problems as possible. By starting over, he hopes to enjoy a nice reef again. This time he'll go back to a DSB over a barebottom system. He's got many frags growing in the sump (in the previous post), and an Imperator angelfish swims beneath.
A couple of pictures from the 400g.
Devils Hand fraglet
BTAs (I thought the clowns were hosting in a Torch)
This is the new tank, which is going to hold between 900 and 1000g. It is 5.5' wide, 9' long, and 30' tall. It's being made of birch plywood and then coated with a resin that can handle up to 1600PSI. I think it'll look amazing when done.
His son crawled underneath, inside the stand. There are no central uprights because of a hump in the concrete foundation. It looks plenty strong to me.
The inside joints are all lined with an angled board to reinforce the 90 degree connections. His last tank was built the same way.
Kent on the right, Scott (bosborn1) to his left.
Here is another tank that has been built and has the resin already completed. It is super shiny, and is a black background. It feels hard to the touch, and very smooth.
Having already had breakfast, it was time to drive to Batavia where the meeting was to be held. I had two presentations prepared, and between those a frag swap would occur.
Check out the raffle prizes!
Just kidding. Still, a reefer can dream right? These run about $100k, and I was told by one of the people there that this particular car is sold in Fort Worth & Dallas area more than any other place in the U.S.
Mark is their club president, and here he is talking to the attendees.
I checked the weather before packing and it was supposed to be 65F in the daytime, 35F at night. Figuring I'd be indoors I packed tshirts and a pair of jeans. A pullover would have been a smart move on my part. Oops. Friday night when I arrived it was pretty cool, but I survived. Saturday morning, the sky was clear, bright blue and sunny - the perfect day. Sunday morning it was cold, overcast and rainy. Not quite what I would think of as spring.
Here's another shot of the landscape.
And of a Douglas Fir tree. They were everywhere, and one of my favorite kinds of trees. I grew up in California, hiked a lot and saw many pine trees. The same when I lived in Switzerland. It was easy to feel comfortable around so much greenery.
I gave two presentations. The first one was about sumps. The second one was about how to build one with acrylic. Since I did the presenting, and really what would be the point of a picture of a guy standing by a powerpoint slide, we'll just move on to the frag swap pictures.
I have to say I loved these little frag-holding tanks.
Each were lighted with these PC light fixtures.
A small powerhead maintained circulation and a heater was under the rack.
Another tank contained frags and even a clam!
Frags were brought in a bucket that had levels of eggcrate so that they could be stacked. A bucket held many frags. You can see them stacked in the third picture of this post.
What really impressed me was that these were all what I would consider unusual or rare corals, the kind you normally don't see at frag swaps. And this makes them more expensive. The more I looked in the tank, the more I realized I wanted. Since you can't carry on liquid on the plane, I resisted the urge to buy any. Until I saw this one.
I bought it, and 7 hours later we finally put it in Scott's tank. The next morning, we bagged it up along with a couple of other pieces from his system, sealed them in a plastic container, placed this in a large ziplock bag, and then wrapped my clothes around it to try to insulate it from the cold. It was within my suitcase for the trip home, and then acclimated late last night to my system. I hope it survives. It is called a Sunset Montipora, one I'd seen in Naka's (MARSH member in Houston) tank earlier this year.
After the event was over, I decided that we had to go look up Gary Majchrzak, another Team RC member. We were looking forward to meeting at the event, but he was unable to attend. Btw, I did meet Guy, another TRC member.
Gary's tank was already shutting down for the night as we got there kind of late, so I only have a couple of shots.
With actinics only
The plumbing leading down to the sump
The sump with an external skimmer. This sump is set up so that he can do a water change with the system running. Water is pumped into the return section (right end), while the water draining down from the reef exits the left side into a nearby sink.
This is his auto-feeder. It drops in food every 12 hours to keep the anthias fed. The food falls into the funnel, down the pipe and into the return section where it is pulled into an Iwaki pump and sent up to the display. He blames this system for his Texas-sized aiptasia.
Sunday morning I was up at the crack of 7:30am so we could head up to the Seneca Zoo. The URSNY maintain a reef tank there, and have been doing so since 2002. David Playfair (a former RC regular that had many followers) was one of the guys that got this project going.
Members of the club can make any corrections to what I'm about to describe, but as far as I recall it is a 540g reeftank made of glass. It is installed in a large room that has huge windows to view polar bears on the left and sea lions to the right.
Each Sunday, one or more members go to work on the tank. On the ladder is Guy, the Team RC member I mentioned before.
Because it was relatively early, the actinics were on and taking pictures of fish is nearly impossible with my camera. I tried a few settings, and here are some of the better images. You'll notice the Sohal Tang in many of these pictures because I was hoping to get a good picture somehow.
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