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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Please extend a very warm welcome to our new special guest Brenda (username Anemone).

    Brenda has agreed to join MASA officially and offer her advice to all members. Brenda hails from Chicago in the USA and is part of the crew of advisors over at WetWebMedia.com, so we are very fortunate to have her join us and share her words of wisdom with us. Brenda specialises in anemone care and I think we can all look forward to having some really informative discussions with her.

    She has her own dedicated forum in our Special Guests category, so if you have any questions to ask her directly, start a thread in her own forum Special Guest Forums - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Welcome to MASA Anemone and Thank You for joining us. :)
     
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  3. Jaak

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    Welcome Brenda!!
     
  4. IMarine

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    Hi brend welcome
     
  5. scubaninja

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    Welcome to the Club where we get paid absolutely nothing!!!! woo hooo!!! :p looking forward to learning some new stuff!!
     
  6. lIghty

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    Welcome Brenda

    Hope you are perpared for 100's of questions, perhaps tell us a bit about yourself and your work:)
     
  7. Warr7207

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    Welcome Brenda, Very nice to have you on board.

    Not sure if you into sport, if yes, who are your local teams - White Sox or Cubs ? Bulls, Bears ? Cool city you live in :)

    I think this is an expert/guru that MASA really needs. I am not sure what the industry is like in the US, but we have a huge problem of "buying Nemo a home", regardless of tank size, lighting or age of the system, and these "immortals" are perishing at an alarming rate.

    Look forward to your input :)
     
  8. Anemone

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    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome! It is a pleasure being here and I look forward to helping you with your anemones.

    A little bit about me….. My fascination with marine life began when I was 8 years old (decades ago). My father insisted on teaching me how to care for and respect animals. His idea was more towards the two and four legged creatures such as horses, raccoons, pheasants and foxes. At some point in time we kept or rescued them, eventually releasing all but the horses back into the wild.

    Eventually I was able to convince my parents to allow me to have an aquarium. Unfortunately, at the time Salt water was much too difficult to keep. So my father built me a stand where I could have two tanks in my bedroom. Here I raised the typical freshwater fish and was successful at breading a variety of live bearers and egg layers. I continued to research marine life while I kept the freshwater.

    I have always been fascinated with anemones. So I purchased my first marine tank. It was a 90 gallon with PC lighting, sump, skimmer, etc. Eventually I upgraded the lighting to T-5. Disappointed in the anemones that were available at the LFS, I decided to purchase one from a local reefer. My addiction quickly grew and within a very short time there were Marine tanks all over my house. They included the 90g, 75g, 55g, 25g, two 33g, a 40g and 20g sump, and a few small tanks where I kept southern erectus fry and the typical brine hatcheries going non-stop.

    I have worked with WetWebMedia and other forums helping people care for their anemones and coral for several years. I have also given presentations in propagation of anemones. For conservation Issues I would like to see propagation of healthy anemones become more common in this hobby. However, before we get to this point, the world needs a better understanding of anemones. Someday I hope to be able to walk into a LFS and say to myself, “Wow! Look at all the healthy anemones.” Hopefully they will all be propagated anemones, and we can leave the wild life alone.

    A few life changing events, one of which left me with a spine injury, forced me to downsize my collection of reef tanks. However, I do believe they will all be up and running within a year. With the assistance of my long time friend, I now have access to a 2000 square foot facility where I will continue to work on my hobby and my passion.

    My latest adventure is with the H. Reidi seahorses. I currently have approximately 400 that are between 6 and 8 weeks old. I will also be getting 4 Southern Erectus from a local breeder soon, with the hopes that they will someday produce some healthy fry. Needless to say, my tank collection will be increasing. Like anemones, I hope that the tank raised seahorse is someday more common than the wild caught seahorse kept in captivity.
     
  9. Anemone

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    Warr,

    I don't actually live in the city of Chicago. I live about an hour SW of the city, which is still considered the "Chicagoland area."

    The White Sox rule!!

    I used to watch the Bulls a lot, but its just not the same without Michael Jordan and his gang.

    The US has the same problem with anemones being purchased and placed in a system that is inadequate.
     
  10. chikaboo

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    Welcome Anemone - glad you joined our family here at MASA. Hopefully we can learn much with regards to your speciality subject - Do we get the honour of having some pics of your setup/s (maybe I missed this post somewhere) - Enjoy your stay here!
     
  11. Reef Maniac

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    Hi Brenda,

    and WELCOME to your own Forum - having read some of your posts, it's well deserved :thumbup:

    Looking forward to learn a lot from you :)

    Hennie
     
  12. DragonReef

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    Welcome Brenda.
     
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    It is an honor to have you as a special guest. Welcome to your own forum
     
  14. Travis1

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    a very warm welcome brenda.
     
  15. Tony

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    Welcome Brenda. It's great to have you on board:thumbup:
     
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    Welcome to masa. Thanks for the advise you give me already about the sea horse.
     
  17. Ross

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    Welcome, great to have you aboard.
     
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    Welcome Brenda and on behalf of anemones everywhere, thanks for volunteering your time.
     
  19. leslie hempel

    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome brenda, imure we will be chatting alot soon..;)
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Great to have you on board Brenda :)
     
  21. jacquesb

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    Hello Brenda! Great to have you on-board as an "official MASA 'employee'" ;)

    Great that you have accepted to assist and answer questions on a VERY VERY PRESSING MATTER.

    Keeping Anemones.

    This is MOST LIKELY the MOST controversial issue, being discussed over and over again.

    Great that you can share your knowledge and dedication with us.

    I am sorry to hear about the injuries. I really hope, and keep thumbs, that you heal VERY QUICKLY, that you can get "back in the marines saddle" MUCH quicker than thought!

    Awesome to have you on-board as an official "advice giver" ;)
     
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