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Old 04-29-2013, 04:02 PM
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I happened to overhear a conversation between Ming, a moderator, and some first-timers where he was giving great advice on fish selection and disease treatment. I think most persons, if not everybody, would probably have been ready to shoot the breeze about the hobby with anybody who was interested. These swaps are great oportunities to learn from fellow reefers.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:14 PM
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I happened to overhear a conversation between Ming, a moderator, and some first-timers where he was giving great advice on fish selection and disease treatment. I think most persons, if not everybody, would probably have been ready to shoot the breeze about the hobby with anybody who was interested. These swaps are great oportunities to learn from fellow reefers.
These swaps are great in my opinion. You get out of it as much effort as your willing to put in. If you Want to hear the speakers you can. I personally couldn't make it to the presentation but that was my decision. I came to see and purchase the beautiful corals and see fellow members.

Weather you are going purely for the purchase of corals or to learn about reef keeping. There are plenty of vendors and members you can spark a conversation with if you are willing to initiate it. If you don't put in the effort to go to the presentations or ask questions (or eves drop lol) you wont learn much at all. Can't blame anyone but ourselves.
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I think I was the one he was speaking if it was closer to the end of the swap... but I bet there were a lot like me
Everybody is willing to talk is right! Not only did we get some great information from the Ming and other Moderators (Mike was awesome with all my coral questions) but there were some great vendors who took the time to look at pictures of our current tank and gave us ideas and advise. The thing is you have to start the conversation and be willing to ask questions. Only when I started overhearing presentations and coming up with my own questions did I start to feel the interaction part of these swaps. I have learned so much just by overhearing others conversations... I think this is the only time I would say its OK to ease drop on someone's conversation
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:27 PM
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I think this is the only time I would say its OK to ease drop on someone's conversation
Completely agree. Most of the time you could even join the conversation without a second glance, the cool part about this event is we all share the same hobby and are more than willing to discuss it without getting weird looks from non-reefers (except SOs of course)
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I don't even have a tank anymore, but had a good time seeing some old and new faces . I played the Raffle with hopes of NOT winning anything that would force me to have cause to set up another tank. My wife thanks you all for winning all the prizes!! Lol
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One year ill find a way to get to one of these.
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:56 PM
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Only thing I was disappointed about was not getting gift bags.

I guess I came too late but there should be enough for everyone.
I'm sorry you didn't get a gift bag, we had more people show up than we expected. Yet another reason for people to RSVP as stated above.

If you'd like a free frag instead just PM me.
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A side note regarding the gift certificate from DFS: you can actually use it on LiveAquaria too!
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I'm sorry you didn't get a gift bag, we had more people show up than we expected. Yet another reason for people to RSVP as stated above.

If you'd like a free frag instead just PM me.
I rsvp'd months ago but I got there late. I did get a free MR T-shirt tho :-) Thanx again Josh and everyone else that was involved with the swap.
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Thanks everyone for the hospitality. It is always an honor and a joy to be asked to give a talk at an MR event. Thanks again!
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