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  1. Once again it is time to reward those who support our club via annual and lifetime subscriptions! The annual giveaway drawing for supporting members will be held on Friday, August 14! The giveaway items will be shipped to each winner the following week. The deadline for eligibility is Midnight on Thursday, August 13 WHO is eligible? ** Supporting Members ** Lifetime Supporting Members ** Founding Members ** Lifetime Founding Members ** Moderator Staff (excludes directors) ** Must be in one of the above groups at midnight of 8/13/15 Not a supporting member but want to be eligible for this year's giveaway? Well then click HERE for details or click on the Support tab above! So... WHAT is up for grabs? Well....... Here's a few photos to give you an idea: A "40"...... View the full article
  2. Crabby Ron's is the latest Premium Sponsor of Bayou Reefkeeping! We had lots of fun with their crew at Fragniappe and are thrilled to have them involved with our club! Please join us in welcoming Crabby Ron's to Bayou Reefkeeping!!! 106-C Barriere Rd Belle Chasse, Louisiana View the full article
  3. Join us in welcoming Eric (ericd000) to our staff! He will be assisting me with IT needs for the club as well as assisting the rest of the staff with keeping BRK going in overdrive! Eric has been a hard core hobbyist for quite some time now and is very active within our club. Whether it's a monthly event or helping a member with a tank move, chances are you will see him there. His staff bio is below. Welcome, Eric!!! Eric Owens (ericd000) My name’s Eric and while I’m not a Louisiana native, I’ve lived here for over 11 years now so I claim the Baton Rouge as home now. I have only been involved with marine/reef aquariums since mid-2009 and in that time, I’ve had two tanks, with a third now in the works. Growing up, I had freshwater tanks for most of my adolescent life, keeping basic fish, but always loved the look of saltwater aquariums. I inherited a 12 gallon JBJ nanocube from a friend that was moving to Texas and didn’t want to take her tank. I got the nano, one clownfish, a torch coral with two heads, and some rock in the summer of ’09, and loved getting home from work and looking into the tank to see how my little piece of the ocean was doing. I can now blame her for my addiction… Fast forward a couple of months, and while researching the issues I ran into maintaining the nano led me to upgrade to a 120 gallon setup I purchased used from a LFS. I was so anxious to get that new, (to me) bigger tank up and running that I rushed some things in the setup and ended up losing my early fish to having used GE II in building my first sump. After about a month and a half, I replaced the sump with one that used the correct silicone and from there the 120 took off and mostly thrived until I moved to a new house in 2012. It did have its up and downs but as I got more experience and leaned on the experiences of others in the local and national saltwater communities, I got better with maintaining and keeping my little piece of the reef going. As mentioned, in August 2012, I purchased a new home in south Baton Rouge specifically with the intention of converting one of the bedrooms into a fish room with a viewing pane into the living room. With Greg’s help we packed up the 120 and moved it to the new place. Greg stayed late into the evening and helped me get everything in the tank and count the casualties. That was a little disheartening, but I resolved to solider on with the hobby. After the move the 120 just never was the same. I had my first really painful coral die off in the first couple of months following the move and lost all my clams. I still kept it going though, as I’m not one to give up quickly or easily. In mid-2013 I got a deal on a Marineland 300 deep dimension tank and this began the upgrade build. As of the date of writing this (5/27/2015) that build is still in progress. However I am getting pretty close to getting water in it. Hoping to see water in it by 7/31/15! I love this hobby and with my busy work schedule, the time I spend working on the tank is therapeutic for me. Being able to watch fish and coral grow is pretty much the most awesome part of the hobby for me. Here’s to many more years of happy reefing! View the full article
  4. The northshore has a new LFS, Nola Aquatics! They have also sponsored Bayou Reefkeeping already! Please join us in welcoming Nola Aquatics to the club and wish them luck with their new business! 1705 Hwy. 59, Ste. 10 Mandeville, Louisiana (504) 352-0459 http://nolaaquatics.com/ View the full article
  5. If you'll be in the Atlanta area, be sure to check out the Coral Farmers Market hosted by the Atlanta Reef Club. View the full article
  6. It's time for the annual Bayou Reefkeeping crawfish boil!! When: May 23rd - 11am - 4pm Where: 21120 Lincoln St. Abita Springs, LA 70420 Our May 2015 meet will be held at Brandon's AKA Saltyfish808's house in Abita Springs, LA. We will be boiling crawfish and viewing his amazing 600g reef tank!! This is one meet you DO NOT want to miss! Frag swapping and gear swapping is encouraged! Brandon has graciously offered to host our May 2015 meet at his home in Abita Springs, LA and we can all get a look at his amazing tank build, in person! One we all can't wait to see!! Bayou Reefkeeping will be supplying the crawfish and all the fixings! Come hungry and BYOD (Bring your own drink!) Can't wait to see everyone there!! View the full article
  7. It's time for the annual Bayou Reefkeeping crawfish boil!! When: May 23rd - 11am - 4pm Where: 21120 Lincoln St. Abita Springs, LA 70420 Our May 2015 meet will be held at Brandon's AKA Saltyfish808's house in Abita Springs, LA. We will be boiling crawfish and viewing his amazing 600g reef tank!! This is one meet you DO NOT want to miss! Frag swapping and gear swapping is encouraged! Brandon has graciously offered to host our May 2015 meet at his home in Abita Springs, LA and we can all get a look at his amazing tank build, in person! One we all can't wait to see!! Bayou Reefkeeping will be supplying the crawfish and all the fixings! Come hungry and BYOD (Bring your own drink!) Can't wait to see everyone there!! View the full article
  8. Please join us in welcoming Jeff (jawalker85) to our staff! Over the past year and a half, he has worked tirelessly to assist our club and has very active within our community. Always willing to lend a helping hand to fellow hobbyists and staff as well. His staff bio is below. Welcome, Jeff!!!!!! Jeff Walker (jawalker85) I was born and raised on the Bestbank of New Orleans. Covered in mosquito and ant bites, in the summer I would spend hours upon hours bass fishing in the neighborhood canals. In the winter months, I could be found freezing my butt off 20 feet up in a tree, deer hunting with my grandpa. I seemed to always have a connection with nature and the outdoors. My first aquarium memory is my dad's 55 gallon cichlid tank. I spent night after night sitting up on a bar stool staring at it, watching the fish swim around and interact. Flash forward a few years, and I had multiple tanks of my own, cichlid tanks, native Louisiana tanks, turtles, and anything else I could catch with a scoop net from the ditch behind my house. I was first introduced to saltwater by my cousin. He called me up one day and told me he wanted to set up a saltwater tank. Of course the first thing out of my mouth was, "Dude, it's so expensive and hard to keep up with". But the very next day we were both in Petco, checking out with two 55 gallon tanks and not a clue what we were doing. I started out with crap equipment and rock work that looked something like Stonehenge. I quickly got tired of that tank and bought a 40 Breeder tank from a guy on one of the local forums. Being the impulse buyer I am, I shortly after bought a 110 tall. Within a few short months I realized my T-Rex arms weren't conducive to running a tall tank. I then set up what I thought was my dream tank, a 40 breeder with all the bells and whistles. In October of 2014, we put our house up for sale and moved to the Ponchatoula. I wasn't able to move the tank with me, so I had to leave it setup in my house until it was sold. One day, a mean cold front came through and dropped the temperature to 44 degrees in the house. Needless to say the tank was an ice cube when i got to it. Everything was DOA. That tank crash got me pretty bummed out and i wasn't interested in it anymore. But I continued to volunteer for Fragniappe and other meets around the area. Sitting at dinner the night of Fragniappe I decided to go home and give it a go again. I'm currently running a small 8 gallon nano. My wife and I are building a house that should be finished in a few months. I then plan to build a larger "dream tank" I look forward to watching the hobby grow and the friendships that come with it. View the full article
  9. A whole lot of foolishness going on around here for the first day of April...... I made sure the entire staff was in on it although I annoyed them with some of it too, such as the spinning. Then I started the antics a few hours early, late last night. Just to throw everyone off a bit. Spinning images. A new admin area and forum that was suddenly visible but obviously (haha) not meant for everyone to see....... Thanks to the two people who let me know privately. ericd000 and Salt_for_Brains. The rest of you... I know who's back y'all don't have...... Then of course there had to be some juicy content in those admin forums. For added touch, I wrote a script to add "- BRK" after everyone's user name. Just to re-enforce the posts in the admin forum. I also put in a moderator access nugget too. A couple went for it. Then to go along those lines I unveiled the coup d'etat mid-day: Premium Access! Which quite a few went for. Which ultimately just made the names of those people PINK. So... without further adieu, allow me to introduce: TEAM PINK! Moderator Access: Nola26 BigEd1969 Premium Access: vertigo delder2323 DirtinLa Smtwinn mknightryder ihigh Jstan84 halfmoon61 tnguy86 ericd000 dbraun15 110reef View the full article
  10. Club News: Premium Access Offer

    Everyone, We are making some changes to the club over the upcoming weeks. For those of you already here, we would like to offer premium access to a private area which will allow you to keep up to date on the changes. You can gain access by utilizing the link below, adding to your cart, and checking out. What this will do is add your account to the proper user group with access to the private area. http://www.bayoureefkeeping.com/store/product/18-request-premium-access/ View the full article
  11. Time for another great Bayou Reefkeeping frag swap and potluck! We'll be getting together at Aqua Hut in Prairieville, LA on Sunday, April 26, 2015! Details in the link below! April Meet at Aqua Hut announcement thread We plan on doing a potluck style lunch and need your help supplying the goodies! If you plan on attending the meet, and can bring a dish, please post below! Looking forward to it! Hope to see you all there!! View the full article
  12. With Fragniappe behind us it's time to move on to the next get together! We'll be back at Aqua Hut for our April meet. It will be Sunday, April 26, from Noon-4 pm, and we'll be set up in the front of the store this time. Save the date, and get ready for a great meet. If you've never been to Aqua Hut it's definitely worth a road trip, and they've donated over $500 in raffle prizes, with more to come. This is sure to be a good one, hope to see everyone there!! View the full article
  13. Club News: Server Move Pending!

    The site has gone down a few times this morning. It's because our current server is maxing out on memory and we are moving the site to a new server. Our host will be performing this upgrade during their next available maintenance window, but are unable to specify exactly when this will be. So.... Growing pains for us! The site may go down again between now and the move to the new server, as well as when the move is in progress. I will update this topic once the move is complete. View the full article
  14. Fragniappe 2015 Attendees! Please take a moment to complete this short attendee survey! Your input is extremely valuable to us. Fragniappe 2015 Attendee Survey View the full article
  15. Club News: New Fragniappe Website!

    With all of the success we have had with Fragniappe, it was time to have a website that matched the quality of the event. Over the past couple of days I have worked towards accomplishing such. Hopefully it's been a successful endeavor as I have created an entirely new website for Fragniappe! I encourage each of you to visit the link below and then share your thoughts here within this thread. Thanks! http://www.fragniappe.com/ Also..... If you are like us and can't wait for next year.... Well then visiting the Fragniappe website frequently will let you know exactly how long the wait is until next year. Plus you may find some new and interesting information there over the next year! View the full article