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Atlanta Reef Club 13 May 2003
Andy welcomed everyone to Lawrenceville and his shop "My Reef" with a 400 gallon tank, 110 gallon sump holding 300 pounds of Marshall Island rock. Lights are 4 x 400 watt Ushio metal halides with additional Radium bulbs to total 2400 watts. Over the last week, Curtis Wright and Mike [orange flames on the Harley bike] helped Andy eliminate a red flatworm infestation by taking out all the live rock for a fresh water & Lugol's iodine dip while treating the main tank with "Flatworm Exit". Although he lost 4 Anthias he did save 2 Lyretail Anthias, Mandarin, Purple Tang, 200 hermit crabs and all the SPS corals. Andy did mention that hosting the club forces him to clean up all the acrylic shavings on the floor at least once a year and his wife thanks us.

Anthony Calfo is still scheduled for October and free to club members.

A big thank you to Don [cyberchef] for the picnic, food, & frags in Columbus over the weekend.

Charles Kuehne announced that Aquarium Showcase in Alpharetta was to be a sponsor and would allow 10% off most future purchases with a club card I.D. They may host in September. We now have eight sponsor stores/dealers.

The Board of Directors was to meet after the club adjourned and the general membership was invited to attend. Participation is encouraged and useful for future officers of the club. Charles Kuehne asked for volunteers to give presentations and to host meetings.

Jenn, Membership Coordinator, passed out membership cards, membership dues have dropped to a pro-rated $15.00. We now have about 75 members. Several opportunities to save money on frags, fishfood, refractometers, lectures, & store discounts have made membership dues very worthwhile. The group power buy of refractometers arrived just minutes before the meeting and were distributed. It is possible Andy may find a powerbuy on PH monitors, he is investigating.

Guest Speaker:
Tom Wyatt [tdwyatt] explained a small amount of all he knows about algae, both the positive points and ideas for eliminating the problem species. The slides and discussion covered a lot of information helpful in understanding this natural occurance. His lecture notes should be posted on our website: www.atlantareefclub.org in the near future.

Next meeting time & location, Maria Barrow, Meeting Coordinator:

June General Meeting
Tuesday, June 9, 2003 at 7:30 PM
The shop of Aquatico, Doug McIntyre
Kennesaw, GA

July General Meeting
Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at 7:30 PM
Dive photos of Terry Whittington
Eden Gardens, Peachtree-Dunwoody Drive
Dunwoody, GA
 
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