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hdsoftail1065

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First off let me say I'm Honored to be part of such a Great Community of Reefers!

Name: Jay

Age: 53

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Favorite Saltwater Critters: Anemones and Clown Fish. Over the years I have never really paid attention to the Wrasse Species, but recently found a love for them. They are amazing Fish!

Year started reefing: I started my first fresh water tank when I was 10 years old. My Father was Military so we never really had a chance to set up anything for the long term, so everything simple and on the cheap. Back then it was the basic intro fish like Guppies, Tetras and what ever else was marked down that I toss in the tank. I dabbled in freshwater on and off over the years until our company relocated us from Kansas to North Carolina. My wife and I stared our first Saltwater tanks in 2012 with a 10, 15 gallon bow and a 29 gallon Biocube. Somewhere along the line we became hooked.

Screen Name / Avatar: Hdsoftail1065 is a combination of my old slug, 2003 Anniversary Edition Harley Davidson Heritage Softail and part of my Birthday. It is also used for several applications, gamer tag, old email and anything else that requires me to remember a user login. The Avatar is one of the Anemones in the Biocube along with one of our Picasso Extremes.

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Current Tanks - 32 Biocube and a Oceanic 144 1/2 moon. Going in back into the hobby after short break we purchased the 32 and upgraded the lighting. Our initial plan was a mixed reef but that plan went in a different direction when we introduced 2 RBTA's that decided to have a family of their own. Now we have a nice little 32 gallon Nem tank. The 144 (L 57.5 x W 29 x H 29) has been a slow build all by choice. Remember - Nothing good happens fast in this hobby. I seen this tank years ago but at the timing just wasn't right. Fast forward a few years and I found this one still brand new with my name written all over it. It will soon be stocked with some corals. I'm still tossing around what direction I want to go with this one. Mixed, softies, etc, time will tell.

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Build Thread: Here

Career:- USAF Retired. / Aircraft Manufacturing

A little about us: Married 14 years to my best friend and feel blessed that we can enjoy this hobby together. You will soon discover I'm one of those guys that pays very close attention to detail...ok, maybe not, but I will NEVER forget our Anniversary! April 1st, who could ever forget that day! To this day she still doesn't know if I was kidding, but then again I still don't know if she was either. We have 2 children, daughter (28) Son (24). 2 grandchildren Keith (7) Addie (6) and 4 fur-babies.
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ngoodermuth

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Name: Nicole


Age: 32
Year started reefing: 2007
Why you choose your user name and avatar: Lack of creativity I guess [emoji23]

Favorite fish: Definitely wrasses, specifically my c. Jordani (Flame wrasse) Also a huge leopard wrasse fan.

Favorite coral: SPS, though it’s a love-hate relationship at times...

And a little about yourself: I’ve always had a great interest in ocean life and marine biology, but my SO is the one who introduced me to reef-keeping way back before our son was born. As it turned out, he is more interested in the tinkering and mechanical end of things...where I have a natural aptitude for managing livestock and taking care of the “hard to keep”. So, it worked out in that way. At R2R, I tend to hangout most in the fish disease forums where I seem to have the most experience, unfortunately [emoji849]

Besides reef-keeping, my biggest passion is horseback riding. I have a 4-year old American Paint horse I’ve been training and trail riding, named Chase. I also enjoy camping, hiking, visiting various parks and beaches, and of course hanging out with my kids and our three dogs, Titan, Parker, and Ben.






Build Thread Link:
120g Standard Mixed Reef
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TheEngineer

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Name: Adam
Age: 36
Year started reefing: 1992 (I think)
Why you choose your user name and avatar: I'm an electrical and mechanical engineer by training, so it seemed fitting :)
Favorite fish: That's tough... probably the melanurus wrasse. Awesome colors, lots of personality and a useful fish in the tank
Favorite coral: Zoas! My tank was zoa dominant prior to the crash in October, 2017. I was having issues with them beforehand and those seem to be persisting since my reboot so I've stopped buying them. I'll get back into them eventually.
And a little about yourself: Let's see... I'm married to my high school sweet heart, Katie and we have two kids Zoey (6) and Adelynn (2). I'm an engineer by degree, but I've been a bit all over the place in my career. I've made autonomous vehicles that fly, swim, drive, and float. (Everything but space) My last project, before changing roles was running the autonomy team for an underwater inspection vehicle.


After that I moved on to become the deputy chief scientist for the company. I ran programs all over technoverse from quantum computing to nuclear batteries. It was a fun job and I got to travel the world doing it. Family obligations and the itch to do something I could call my own drove me into my current role.

I launched a startup (Pression) in August, 2018 and have been working that full time since. Who needs a paycheck, right? We're developing an intelligent compression system for athletic recovery. (It's super cool and works amazingly well!) Outside of Reef2Reef, I'm also the president of the Delaware Reef Club and enjoy getting together with the local folks, talking tanks and building projects. I'm a member of an awesome makerspace, NextFab, so we put together some cool DIY projects as a result.


Build Thread: I haven't started one for the reboot yet. I need to do that...
 

Ron Reefman

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I'm happy to be accepted into the Reef Squad and I'll do my best (as always) to help answer reefing questions and to keep adding real life into the forums.

Name:

Ron (bet you could have guessed that!) This is me and my wife, Elaine, doing one of our favorite things, snorkeling in the Florida Keys!
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Age:
I’ll be 70 in April. So I think I'm the oldest Reef Squad member? I know I’m just a bit older than Lasse.

Year started reefing:
2004 I wanted to bring a bit of my snorkeling addiction into our home. Five years later I had 4 tanks! Now I have a 40g cube that is wall to wall zoas and RFA’s.

Why you choose your user name and avatar:
The user name just seemed logical to me. And the avatar is me in the Florida Keys holding a rare 4 leg Bahamian Star.

Favorite fish:
Any fish that has bright colors. I seem to like juveniles that end up maturing into dull looking fish. Like this young damsel on a reef in Belize.
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Favorite coral: Favorite invert:
Any coral that fluoresces colors well, but mostly zoas now.
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Favorite invert:
The most colorful rock flower anemone I can find! I have 30+ in my tank now, but most of them are very small babies (only 2 months old).

And a little about yourself:
I love to learn about almost anything. I used to be a serious adrenaline junkie, but I’m slowing down now that I’m starting to mature! I flew small planes (Cessna 150 Aerobat), I raced sports cars all over the Midwest, I snow skied a lot, I was willing to try most anything adventurous. Current loves (besides my wife, our cat and my reef tank) are Formula 1 racing, snorkeling, beach walks, auto-x, astronomy, photography, science fiction, my hot rod Miata (450+hp), college football, volunteering as a Shell Ambassador on the beaches of Sanibel, ECHL hockey, and… well, you get the idea!

My favorite race car, my 1987 Toyota MR2.
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My current hod rod, a 2008 Miata with a turbo charged Ford 2.5 liter making 450+ horsepower.
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My daily driver and 2018 C Street auto-x winning car, a 2017 Toyota 86. And the car on the beach at sunset.
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Me as a Shell Ambassador for the Bailey Matthews National Shell Museum on Sanibel Island.
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I was born, raised and started work in Detroit, Michigan, 3M Co transferred me to Columbus, Ohio at age 32. I became self employed at age 46 and moved to SW Florida at age 50. Retired at age 62 and the last 8 years have been the best of my life (not that the first 62 were anything to sneeze at)!

I’m married to my 3rd wife and I am her 3rd husband. We both understand how important communication is (from lessons we learned the hard way). And at 15 years (+3 years of dating) we’ve only had one ‘raise your voice’ argument. And that was about getting her to retire!

Link to build thread:
In my signature below along with a couple of other threads that are important to me.
 

Reefahholic

Reef Junkie T.V.
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First name: Jared

DOB: 07/30/78

Started Reef Keeping: 2003

Why you choose your username:
Back when I choose my username I was a little out of control. I had multiple tanks running and honestly was a Reefahholic. Why did you spell it with two h’s? At the time there was another Reefaholic running around so of course we couldn’t have the same name.

Favorite fish:
Yellow Tang, Regal Tang, Bicolor Dottyback, Atlantic Blue Tang, Anthias, Skunk Clownfish, Copperband, Bicolor Damsels, Starry Blenny, Molly Miller Blenny, and the list goes on.

Favorite coral:
Acropora

Current tank specs:
Rimless 120/G Planet (48x24x24)

Area of strength in the hobby:
Plumbing, New Tank Builds, Marine Parasites and Treatment, Anemone Treatment, DIY, & Helping New Reefers.

About Me:
I was born in Texas and moved to California at an early age and attended school there. I learned to surf and that became my first passion. I moved back to Texas and kept my passion alive as I chased Hurricane swells from Texas to Florida. I’ve traveled to several foreign countries to surf large waves.

I married my beautiful wife (Veronica) in March of 2017. I have 2 sisters. The oldest works here with me in the Medical Center of Downtown Houston. She is a Nurse Practitioner and I’m a Respiratory Therapist. My youngest Sister still lives at home. No pets- other than my fish. My daughter (Maleah) will be born in April.

Like many of us, my addiction for the hobby started at an early age. I was about 8 years old (1986). My mother kept various smaller aquariums while I was growing up. My uncle also had some large freshwater aquariums with several sizable Oscar’s that really grabbed my attention. When we visited him, I’d always gravitate directly to his tanks. Fast-Forwarding to my early college years (2001) and I got my first taste of saltwater! My friend Jake (who I surfed with) had a reef tank in his apartment. Being surfers we are naturally drawn to the ocean. His aquarium truly fascinated me. Shortly after that, I decided to buy my own tank. I figured I’d start w/ freshwater since I was told (by multiple people including the store owner) that SW tanks were much too difficult and expensive to keep. In about two weeks I converted that FW tank to SW and made all the classic rookie mistakes. HOB filters, no sump, cheap equipment, weak flow, and poor lighting. Later on, I joined several reef forums and the information I was able to obtain was astounding. I now felt empowered and the journey began! I became a “Reefahholic”, but now days I just consider myself a Reef Junkie! If you like, you can check out my YouTube Channel called “Reefahholic - Reef Junkie T.V.”














 
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It is an honor and a privilege to be part of the Elite ReefSquad .

First Name:
Abhishek

Current tank specs:
85 gallon acropora only tank and a secret build in progress !!!!!

Someday my dream is to setup a 200 gallon non photosynthetic tank with automated feeding but needs a new house !

Build thread:
https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/finally-reef-tank-started-after-6-years.277366/

Area of strength in the hobby:

Well am just a student in the class of Reefing but my interest lies in Metal Halides , acroporas , specific wrasses of the Macropharyngdon, Halichoeres and Anampses family .

Favorite hobby outside reefing:

Photography with my old trusty Hasselblad 500CM , Leica M6

How long have you been reef keeping:
Been a while . I would say from 2002-03 although I gave up reefing for 6 years in the middle.

Been married for 3 years and extremely grateful to my wife for taking of my reef when I travel for 3 weeks a month .

Happy Reefing!

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Peace River

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I am thrilled with the opportunity to help people be better people, be better stewards of their part of nature, and promote conservation through better fish/reef keeping.

Name:
Bruce

Year started reefing:
I have been keeping saltwater fish since about 2004. I have been keeping freshwater fish and invertebrates on and off for 40 years and seriously for nearly 20 years.

Why I chose my user name and avatar:
My user name is the watershed where I live in and my current avatar is an invert that I met while collecting fishes in Tampa Bay.

Favorite fish:
My favorite saltwater fish is probably one of the unusual species of clownfish and I also enjoy freshwater, brackish, and saltwater killifish.

A little about myself:
In the early 2000’s I was tired of the seemingly continuous cycling of getting fish, losing fish, getting fish, losing fish, storing the tank, setting up the tank, getting fish, losing fish, getting fish, losing fish…. I decided it was time to go big or stop keeping fish. At about that time several fish tanks showed up and I took that as a sign to go big. I started working with a wide range of fish and several years later I now maintain about 30 tanks and I have had about a hundred different species of fish breed in my tanks (a mix of freshwater and saltwater). I have always been fascinated with nature – I am active with various aquatic and conservation organizations and am a Certified Florida Master Naturalist.

Career:
In addition to being a military veteran, I am a social scientist and have a wide range of business and educational experience.

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pathot984

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Name: Patrick

Why did you choose your user name: I used the top 3 letters of my first and last name, not because I’m a narcissist. LOL

Current tank specs: Rimless RS Reefer 625xxl - 165G SPS Dominate Reef

Build thread: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/625xl-reefer-build.604033/

Area of strength in the hobby: I read A LOT. I get completely lost on the forums and web during my free-time. A great deal of my knowledge has been centered around fish disease prevention and treatment. I find it all so fascinating! More recently I’ve been diving into the science behind water chemistry and coral health.

Favorite fish: Conspicuous Angelfish. No doubt this has been my favorite fish from day one. I saw a picture of the Conspic on a book cover displayed at my LFS and research it. I found out how expensive they were and I never thought I’d have one in my procession :)

Favorite coral: All of them but I have angelfish so I stick with my mushrooms and SPS.

Favorite hobby outside reefing: Photography, reading, writing, working out, and dancing are my main interests outside of reefing.

How long have you been reef keeping: 16 years off/on, I started in the hobby when I was 17 years of age. My parents had freshwater aquariums with giants oscars when I was a kid, even then I thought saltwater fish were so much cooler.

About myself: I am happily partnered for 2 years and living in LA. He is very supportive of my reefing hobby but makes jokes about dressing up in fish costumes just to get my attention at home. I work in the restaurant industry which requires long hours so coming home and watching my aquarium to decompress and cuddling my pup is everything. I have a local reef club in west LA that keeps me busy and meeting cool new locals in the hobby.

My Family:

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My Fish Livestock:
Red Sea Regal Angelfish, Male Scribbled Angelfish, Conspicuous Angelfish, & Gem Tang

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mta_morrow

Of course I have room for 1 more fish!
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Name: Mike.......but feel free to call me Mike.
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Why you chose your username and avatar: mine, my wife's, and daughters first initial and our last name. My avatar is just a pic from my first tank of Bozo and his nem.

Favorite fish: I truly don't have a favorite, I just like having a lot that get along!

Favorite coral: Man, I just love my green sinularia!
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A little about yourself: Grew up in PA, in a valley in the Appalachian mountains. Wanted to see the world so I joined the Navy. Then worldwide ship repair, then a stint in the merchant marines. Saw 3/4 of the world! Then I met my wife and stayed put, kinda. We've been married 28 years and lived in 8 different houses, 5 different states. We have a beautiful daughter, granddaughter, and a great son in law.

Year started reefing: 2014 with a IM30L.
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Favorite part of being a Reef Squad Member: Helping newer reefers find and understand different paths to solving problems........especially to understand that many times there are several paths. And then sticking with them until success is achieved! Priceless! And helping with community fish choices and compatibility.

Current setup: Red Sea Reefer 525XL..........very mixed! LPS, leathers, zoos, some SPS, gorg, 7 nems and a clam.
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First Name:
Dana

Why you chose your screen name:
It was something else until I forgot my password and no longer had the email it was linked to.

Current tank specs:
600g + 5x5x3 I like a deep tank

Build thread:
2 year old tank. http://www.austinreefclub.com/topic/38910-tank-sump-build-500-gal/
New toy. https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/20g-home-brewed-rock-nem-tank.665506/#post-6732642

Area of strength in the hobby:
Jack of all trades and a master of none, as in life.

Favorite hobby outside reefing:
I like being outdoors. I have some toys. I am down to 3 bicycles. Don't see the ocean and get wet as much now as when I lived in SF.

How long have you been reef keeping:
Seven years. Had a lot of fresh water stuff when I was younger. Did breeding and traded for credit at the many LFS in my area. Took a break then before moving decided to see if I could do a reef tank. The 125g went ok for 5 years so.....new house, fish room, big tank, but small wallet, being on the dole. Maybe Uncle Sam will give me a raise. So built my current tank and sump ( store bought was too expensive) and here we are.

A little about meself:
Retired and old. I break a lot now days, doing stupid stuff thinking im 20 years old. Moved to Texas from SF. 1200sq ft condo to 3000sq ft house with pool on acres. The stores to the chores (think Green Acres) I have a nice garden, some chickens. Working on hand feeding one deer who seems pretty tame.
 

SuncrestReef

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First Name:
John

Why you chose your screen name:
I live on Suncrest Lane near Portland, OR. I'm pretty sure I have the only reef tank on Suncrest, though I do know of another reefer one street away.

Current tank specs:
Red Sea Reefer XL 425
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Build thread:
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Area of strength in the hobby:
Automation with the Neptune Apex

Favorite hobby outside reefing:
Windsurfing, snowboarding, hiking, cooking, guitar, tropical vacations, macro photography, astronomy.
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How long have you been reef keeping:
Since 2018. My wife is a biologist and has a Ph.D in fish behavior (though she doesn't actually work with fish now) so I thought it would be a nice gift to get her an aquarium. Well, it turned into a passion for me and she just occasionally glances at the tank...Ha!
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A little about meself:
I'm retired after 30 years in the IT industry, so I have a long background with computers, networks, and automation. I applied those skills to my reef tank and highly automated it with an extensive Neptune Apex system. Since I have a knack for programming, I wrote an 8-part Apex Programming Tutorial series here on R2R and do my best to help solve Apex issues for other reefers. My wife & I don't have any kids, but we treat our English Lab named Cooper like our own child.

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Mastiffsrule

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Don’t want to step on John’s great day. Forgot I never posted In here.

First Name:
Scott

Why you chose your screen name:
It’s should be pretty obvious. They really do rule

Current tank specs:
180 part mixed reef and fowl (still on the fence :D ), 90 new build not sure what I want to do with it

Build thread:
Main Tank Build thread can be found :

My 90 build thread can be found :

My Babies build can be found here:


Area of strength in the hobby:
Old school equipment. I don’t run controllers. Tank chemistry yes, disease, nooooo. Moving tanks yes.

Favorite hobby outside reefing:
Cooking, lifting, mma, motorcycle racing. What do I actually do now. Sitting and R2R :). I road raced an RZ 350 in the mid 80’s but didn’t have funds to really pursue anything. Bad crash sidelined me. Did a little amateur body building in community college, tried to get a pro card but didn’t make the cut.

(had to hold this like 15sec. (Girl at the gym kept messing up the pic:rolleyes:)

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How long have you been reef keeping: Started around mid-late 80’s, fresh water. One of some of my first tanks included a crayola. Then working as a cook at a restaurant a friend had a tank, got me interested. He had a 55 and I thought it was huge.

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This was my 180 befor just as the Dino Set in. I had some health issues and tank was severely neglected. Dino and other things killed it. Still have residual health stuff, trying to get the tank back

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ScottR

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Hi All! Thanks for the invite

About me: I’m Scott. 35 years old. First saltwater tank was 20 something years ago. Born in Southern Illinois and raised in Honolulu Hawaii. Been living in Hong Kong for 7 years now. Love it here. Reefers paradise. We’re basically a big city on the ocean. I live on an island and have lots of places to go to see fish and corals. Married for 10 years. Have two boys aged 7 and 3. I run a local reef club with about 60 members. We collect zero money from members and run contests and give free stuff away just to show our appreciation.
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Reefing: I used to collect my own fish and corals from the ocean in Hawaii. Lots of great tide pools. Learned my way through this hobby by making lots of mistakes. No great forums back then. Kept tanks off and on since then. I’m not one of the freshwater-turned-salt guys. I know absolutely nothing about freshwater.


Arch nemesis: @Mastiffsrule

Current setup: RS 500 peninsula (130ish gallons). Mixed reef. Chromis, tangs, foxface, hawk, blenny, blah blah. Nothing special. As of now tank is new. Decided to upgrade and consolidated two tanks into one. Running Orphek V4 and T5. T5 is a mainstay in any of my setups. Pretty sure if I went MH again, I’d still find a way to throw T5s on.

Hobbies: surfing, beach bumming and reefing.

Strengths and weaknesses: I like ID’ing corals and other inverts. Keeping fish and corals is my strong suit. I frag weekly some freebies for my reef club I run. Weakness is fish parasites and treatment. (Hate me, but I’m a no QT guy but I stay far away from this topic)

Occupation: English teacher.
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Hey my name is Cameron
I'm 28 years old and I started this hobby 3 years ago.
I started out with a 26 gallon AIO and I didnt start the normal way, my dad did this when he was younger......so we got some sand and went down to the dock and got water and filled the tank up and let it clear up, then the next night we went and got fish from the side of the dock where all the stuff was grown into it. We got a couple gobys, baby puffers, a bat fish and no lie, two pistol shrimp lol. We ended up with alot of familiar fish you see in reef tanks today just not the colorful ones at all. Oh and pipe fish!
We got back home around ten that night and let them into the tank.......I didnt take my eyes off of it until about 4 that morning.
So we had that setup for a good little while until coral caught my eye.
I then purchased a 3 gallon for starters which is the very first post in "I'm bored lets see your reefs" and it took off from there.

My favorite corals are zoanthids and euphyllia.
Favorite fish would have to be the coral beauty angel being it was my first colorful fish.
I chose my avatar because Yoda is awesome and his name auto corrects to a capital Y when I type his name in.
Have been in the hobby ever since and love every minute of it. Just bought a clam today! For obivious reasons my user name is what it is because it's my name lol.
Happy Reefing!
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Hello! Im very new to this hobby. Was reading thru the reef squad bios and your s was interesting because of the way you started. My story is similar. I live on the gulf coast of florida. I have a gulf canal in my backyard. Ive only been keeping a tank for about 6 weeks now with creatures i found out in the gulf, and brought them home. I use the water from my backyard. I figured if i found them in that water it cant hurt them right? So im kind of not doing things the traditional way. Most people on here are so technical... im just not there yet.
Any tips or pointers you can offer on keeping a tank with backyard water and creatures from the gulf. I have 4 little sea stars , some turbana snails, and a little sea urchin. Thanks!
Linda
 

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First Name:
David

Why you chose your screen name:
It’s not that exciting, it’s just my initials.

Current tank specs:
120g peninsula mixed reef

Build thread:
Main Tank Build thread can be found here
Mobile QT/Frag Tank can be found here

Area of strength in the hobby:
Sort of a jack of all trades and a master of none! I still learn something everyday and hope to forever.

Favorite hobby outside reefing:
I would have to say woodworking at the moment. I also enjoy cooking and pretending I know what I'm doing in the kitchen.

How long have you been reef keeping:
Four years or so, but I still consider myself a rookie.

Been married for 31 years, we've raised two daughters, and have been very blessed.

Happy Reefing!

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I am going to get a 100 gallon and starting from scratch what do you have under the tank?
 

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I am going to get a 100 gallon and starting from scratch what do you have under the tank?

At the moment there's nothing! But if you take a look at my build thread it will outline what was there. Personal opinion is a 100/120 is a great starter tank.
 

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I am a little late to filling this out.

First Name:
Brandi

Age:
34

When you started reefing/ How long have you been reef keeping:
I have only kept my own tank for a little over 2 years, but I have been involved in many ways before that. I minored in geophysics in college, which had a heavy emphasis on ocean chemistry. As part of that minor, I was able to intern at the Ga Aquarium as well. I worked in a tissue culture lab, where we did a little work on Fiji red algae, but mainly plants. I also did a short stint in a lab that was extracting antibiotic factors from Devil ray mucous (RIP Dr. Bodine). I am probably forgetting something from over the years.

Why you chose your screen name/avatar:
First initial middle name. I had just switched from fresh to salt, and the LFS was telling me things I did not believe, like that I was seeing nitrate in 2-3 days because I bought live rock and sand which meant it was close to an insta cycle. Was looking for evidence that they were wrong. I never experienced a true ammonia cycle in that tank. So I honestly did not put a lot of thought in it when I made the account. If I had, I would have chosen B the fountain or FiyahDancer. I have a picture of me. I think the internet can be impersonal sometimes, so I like to see the face of the person I am talking to.

Favorite Fish:
Clown Trigger

Favorite Coral:
Bejeweled Favites.

Current tank specs:
60 gallon mixed cube, 15 gallon zoa peninsula, in the process of ordering a 150-ish gallon LPS tank

Build threads:
60 gallon cube: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/bleighs-60-gallon-cube.613323/
15 gallon tank: https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/waterbox-mini-penn-15.752808/
Dream SPS tank (not in the works yet, but a girl can dream): https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/thoughts-in-progress-my-big-tank.592093/

Area of strength in the hobby:
Simplifying confusing concepts, community dynamics (of the humans participating in the hobby), helping people find the information within their own tanks to get better answers, basic reefing info for novices, logistics.

Favorite hobby outside reefing:
Reading, gaming, ashtanga yoga, indoor plants, and gardening

A little about yourself:
I love goofing off and making people laugh. I think I am hilarious. I am a quintessential nerd though, so my humor is often missed. I have learned that if I laugh, most people will join in. I teach science teachers and am generally fascinated with all aspects of science. I think science literacy is super important for innovation, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Working to increase that for everyone is one of my driving forces. I am currently working on my PHD in science curriculum and I teach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have been married for 10 years to a super supportive man and have a 7 year old high-energy, brilliant little boy.

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Have you ever been browsing the forum, looking through threads, and see someone post #reefsquad and wonder 'What is Reef Squad' or 'Who are the Reef Squad'?

Well, here on R2R we have a dedicated team of users just like you that specialize in different aspects of reef keeping. They share their knowledge and experience to assist users both novice and advanced. We call these users the Reef Squad.

We wanted to start a thread highlighting the members that make up the Reef Squad where our members could get to know the team. Here is your chance to take a moment to see who is behind that helpful #reefsquad tag!
Hello! I’ve been a saltwater tank lover for almost 20 years. I’ve had ups and downs. Frustrating and rewarding! I haven’t invested in really expensive fish because I sometimes have really bad luck. My live rock is years old. I just got a new light and wow! I can see all kinds of new things. Just posted question trying to identify some new things. Hopefully you can help me figure it out. Trying to catch some pics, and someone decided to slip in the pic!
 

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Hello! I’ve been a saltwater tank lover for almost 20 years. I’ve had ups and downs. Frustrating and rewarding! I haven’t invested in really expensive fish because I sometimes have really bad luck. My live rock is years old. I just got a new light and wow! I can see all kinds of new things. Just posted question trying to identify some new things. Hopefully you can help me figure it out. Trying to catch some pics, and someone decided to slip in the pic!
Looks like aiptasia ...
 

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Hi everybody, I'm James. I've had aquariums since I was 6. I've worked as a professor of marine invertebrate zoology, focusing on cephalopods (The Cephalopod Page) and at several major public aquariums. My aquarist hobby became my career and helped me collect, transport and breed some interesting and rare marine life such as deep-sea octopuses. I've been a featured scientist on Discovery Channel, National Geographic and BBC for octopus, squid and invasive lionfish work and cowrote this Octopus: The Ocean's Intelligent Invertebrate; I can help out with cephalopod care questions A few years ago I decided to be my own boss and turn around a distressed and aquarium shop, Coral Sea Aquarium located in sunny south Florida.
 

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