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mini MACNA 2021

mini MACNA
Aquarium conferences are a lot of fun and educational. I'm going to attend this mini conference. It's online but I think we are all used to online meetings by now. Best thing is, it's only $10 to participate. Hope to see you there! Visit mini MACNA – MACNA to learn more and register to attend. Time (Eastern) Events (Red is Main Event) 12:00pm Welcome Session 12:10pm ...
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Arizona Fish & Reef Aquarium Group Forum

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For being in the desert Arizona has a thriving reef and aquarium scene. The main club I have interacted with over the years is AZ FRAG or Arizona Fish & Reef Aquarium Group. A great name for a great group of people. There are meetings, frag swaps, auctions, and a library of books.  You can visit Arizona's reef club online. Arizona Fish & Reef Aquarium Group | REEF2REEF Saltwater and Re...
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The Price of a Tang and the Future of Our Hobby

The Price of a Tang and the Future of Our Hobby
Being in the desert, our prices have always been somewhat higher than other places. So the $20 price mentioned in the article is somewhat of a dream. A $50 price is more the norm here. I paid $45 for the one I have in my tank now about 6 years ago. If prices really are going to be what the article suggests they are going to be I would never be able to replace the fish when it eventually dies. ...
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Drama in the Hobby/Industry

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I mention this only because I have long disdained drama in the hobby. Some may argue that by posting this I am part of the drama. Perhaps you are right. However, I have found over the years that I have been able to help end the drama by pointing out a different, more neutral, perspective.  I suspect that Reef Builders motives are pure but I also think that doesn't really matter. They love the h...
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Do Damsel Fish Deserve Their Bad Reputation?

The Bad The short answer to the question, "Do Damsel Fish Deserve Their Bad Reputation?" is, "yes, yes they do." But the long answer is "well, most do, but certainly not all." That's right, there are species of damsel fish that you can keep without risking life and fin of all your other fish. Damsel fish are aggressive and armed with a strong bite and dental plate that can do some pretty serious ...
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