Past Meetings List

Here is a comprehensive list of our past meetings to date. We have included information and photo's with all the meetings that we have this information to. Take the time and check them out especially the older meetings! 

  Date...................  Location
 

Mar 19, 2017

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 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Logan from Reefbreeders came to discuss LED lighting and Jason talked about the other types of lighting used. The grand prize raffle winner walked away with a Reefbreeders Photon 32 LED Light!!
 

Feb 19, 2017

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 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Nichole L did a presentation on coral feeding and Jason C talked about reef tank dosing. The grand raffle prize winner won a Kamoer Dosing Pump!!
 

Jan 15, 2017

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - All Things ZOA - Nichole L did a presentation on ZOAs. Attendees had a chance at winning some high end ZOA's in our monthly raffle.
 

Dec 18, 2016

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Fragging Demo - Josh From Blue View Aquatics
 

May 16, 2016

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Reef Aquarium Sump Design. Alex did an extensive presentation on sumo design and the reasons that sumps are so beneficial to a reef aquarium. The grand prize raffle winner walked away with a 40 Breeder and Acrylic Baffle Kit!!
 

Apr 17, 2016

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Dosing your Reef Aquarium. Jason C reviewed the main components that are dosed and they different ways to go about dosing them. We raffled off a BRS full 2 part dosing kit!
 

 Mar 20, 2016

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - DIY ATO and Fish Food. CTARS VP Bob Williams showed the group how to make an inexpensive Auto Top Off system both electrically and gravity controlled. Also Nichole B and Mike L showed us how to make homemade fish food. All attendees left with fish food in a special cube container!
 

Feb 28, 2016

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 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Reef Photography. CTARS PR Nichole Buchanan did a presentation on the proper way to take photos of reef aquaria whether you are using a camera phone or a Digital SLR.
 

Jan 17, 2016

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 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Proper Flow in Reef Aquariums. CTARS President Mike Williams did a presentation explaining the different types of flow used in reef aquariums and the benefits of each type. During this meeting we raffled off several wave makers and assorted other goodies.
 

Dec  20th, 2015

Manchester, CT Lutz Children's Museum CTARS Annual Christmas Party - All attending members participated in the annual CTARS Christmas party with a pot luck dinner. Nichole and Mike (sassAwrasse and Capt) setup a reef style family feud game and the winners received FFM gift certificates! Finishing the evening was a classic Yankee style gift swap!
 

Dec 5th, 2015

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Marine Magnet School - Groton, CT John Coppolino did a thorough presentation on his massive home reef tank.
 

Oct 16, 2015

Groton, CT  Groton Inn & Suites - Connecticut Marine Aquarium Conference (CMAC IX)
 

June 28th, 2015

Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum Lighting your Reef - Chris Messier gave a presentation on lighting for your reef tank.
 

May 17th, 2015

Manchester, CT Lutz Children's Museum CTARS Fragging Event - Gerard from Marine Reef Habitat demonstrated techniques on fragging corals.
 

May 8th, 2015

Agawam, MA - Aqua Dreams Membership drive and CTARS sale
 

April 25, 2015

CTARS Trip to Long Island Aquarium - Behind the scenes tour
 

April 10th, 2015

Springfield, MA - School of Fish Membership Drive with guest speaker Peter from Red Sea
 

March 7th 2015

Storrs, CT - E.O.Smith H.S - Frag Farmers Market
 

Feb 28th, 2015

Norwich, CT - Love is in the sea - Breeding in the home reef
 

Feb 20th, 2015

Meriden, CT - Blakes Aqua Den afterhours meeting.
 

Jan 25th, 2015

Manchester, CT Lutz Children's Museum Reef Safety - Jason Clark presented on the many aspects of reef safety in the home reef tank.
 

Dec 14, 2014

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - CTARS Annual Christmas Party - Would asked our members to please bring a dish to share at the meeting. In return we ended up with a fantastic spread! Nicole (SassaWrasse) once again put the reef trivia game together for us. The winning team this year won a $50 gift certificate to 2015's FFM! And because it was so much fun last year and got a ton of laughs continued the tradition of last years 'Yankee Swap'!  
 

Nov 16, 2014

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Aquascaping with EMaco - This month club Secretary, Melissa Messier taught  briefly about different techniques as well as going in depth about saving money by working with emaco concrete and how to research appropriately in order to find products such as this one to work with in your tanks.
 

Oct 18, 2014

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Groton, CT - Eighth Annual CMAC. 
 

Sept 21, 2014

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly - Have you ever had a pest and needed help getting rid of it, or found a critter after buying a coral or some rock, thought it was something cool but didn't know if it's good or bad? Yeah, we all have...Everyone should always be prepared no matter who they are buying their coral, fish and rock from. You just never know what can happen! In this months meeting our President, Chris Messier went over the descriptions, problems and solutions of the hobby's most common coral pest. He also demonstrated with a few different dip solutions. 
 

August 23, 2014

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Madison, CT - Collin's 2nd Annual Old Fashioned Frag Swap and Fragging Demo. CTARS and Collinrb worked together this year to pull off his amazing swap! Participants were told to bring a bucket of corals, and trade with others! Two Vendors Attended This Year: Aznnutty who was one of the vendors last year came and brought a larger setup than last year. Exotic Fish and Coral also be brought down some of their corals for everyone to check out and take home.
 

July 19th, 2014

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Groton, CT - Project Oceanology - During this 2 1/2 hour cruise on Long Island Sound participants experienced marine science at 2 stations on the boat. STERN: Explored the biological aspects of oceanography by pulling a trawl net, a plankton net and examining its contents under the guidance of professional marine scientists. BOW: Operate instruments and equipment used to study the physical, chemical and geological aspects of oceanography. Participants also explored the basic chemistry of seawater. Christine Williams joined our club on the boat to answer questions and teach us more about the species pulled up. 
 

June 22, 2014

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Madison, CT - Hammonasset Beach State Park - Meigs Point Nature Center - The club explored the 3 Shoreline Ecosystems which will consisted of three 30 minute explorations and collections of the Rocky Shore, Sandy Beach and Salt Marshes.
 

May 17, 2014 

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Storrs, CT - E.O. Smith High School - Guest Speaker Hunter Hammond. Hunter Hammond, a marine hobbyist who currently keeps a 190g reef in his living room featuring numerous rare wrasses came from Arizona to speak to our club. He strives to be a leading expert in the captive care of all reef-safe wrasses. He is also the author of “Rare Wrasses of the World". John Swanson, who opened the school to us also did a brief presentation as well as three students from the school. 
 

Apr 27, 2014

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Treasurer, Jeff Myjak did a presentation on examining ways to cut your energy bills. Click Here for Powerpoint.  
 

Mar 15, 2014

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Mystic, CT - Kitchen Little Restaurant - Reef Foods - Guest Speaker, Larry the owner of LRS Frenzy Foods. Afterwards members could participate in a St. Patty's day dinner prepared by CTARS member Phil Rodrigo. 
 

Mar 8, 2014

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Storrs, CT - E.O. Smith High School - Frag Farmer's Market - 820+ people gathered together to talk reef and buy coral and products for one of the most awaited events on every reef keepers mind every year, the FFM! CTARS had their own tank this year and the members as well as a few stores donated all the coral and products sold for the day.
 

Feb 15, 2014

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Norwich, CT - Wildwood Christian School - Working With Acrylic - Speaker, CTARS member Emery Messier
 

Jan 26, 2014

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Stratford, CT - The Coral Reef, LLC - After Hours Club Event
 

Jan 19, 2014

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Cultivating for your Reef - Speaker, CTARS member Chris Messier (Chriskid)
  Dec 15, 2013 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - December Christmas Party & Old Fashioned Yankee Swap
  Nov 17, 2013 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Reef Lighting - Speaker, CTARS Member Steve Heath
  Oct 20, 2013 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - DIY Projects - During the meeting we built a small diy led fixture.
  Sep 22, 2013 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Flow in your Tank
  Jun 16, 2013 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Breeding Clownfish - Speakers SassaWrasse & Captc07, CTARS Members
  May 19, 2013 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - DIY Alk, Calcium, MagnesiumSpeaker Kenron, CTARS Member
  Apr 20, 2013 Norwich, CT - Wildwood Christian School - Working with AcrylicSpeaker Emery Messier, CTARS member
  Feb 24, 2013 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Water Testing
  Jan 27, 2013 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Media Reactors
  Dec 16, 2012 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Social Gathering/Party
  Nov 18, 2012 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Lighting by CTARS member Steve Heath
  Oct 28, 2012 Uncasville, CT - CMAC VII at Mohegan Sun 
  Sep 16, 2012 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Sump Discussion and Build
  Aug 19, 2012 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Making Your Own Fish Food
  Jul 29, 2012 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Guest Speaker Justin Credible
  Jun 24, 2012 Ellington, CT - CTARS Annual Picnic
 

May 20, 2012

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Aquascaping demo by Chris Messier (Chriskid) & Melissa Woomer (munchie1976)
 

Apr 15, 2012

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Making your own fish food 
  Mar 18, 2012 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Discussion on Turf Scrubbers
  Feb 19, 2012 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Roundtable discussion on Calcium and Alkalinity in the Reef Aquarium
  Jan 15, 2012 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Photography
  Dec 18, 2011 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Build DIY stand
  Nov 20, 2011 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Plumbing
  Oct 23, 2011 Manchester, CT - Fintastic Aquarium - The Frugal Reefer: Saving Money By Substituting Commonly Available Items For Their Counterparts Marketed to The Hobby
  Sep 18, 2011 West Hartford, CT - Pupppy Center - Topic - “It can happen to you – natural disasters, and how to protect your reef from the worst case scenario.”
  Aug 07, 2011 Ellington, CT - CTARS Summer Picnic
  Apr 10, 2011 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Presentation by Scott Cato on setting up large reef tanks
  Mar 12, 2011 Storrs, CT - EO Smith School - Frag Farmer's Market
  Feb 13, 2011 Westbrook, CT - Tanger Factory Outlets - Nano Reefs: Setting Up and Maintaining Aquariums 30 Gallons and Smaller
 

Dec 12, 2010

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Discussion of lighting, use of club's new PAR meter
  Nov 14, 2010 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Club Meeting
 

Aug 14, 2010

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RiverHead, Long Island - Trip to Atlantis Marine World 
  May 16, 2010

Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Calcium Reactor Build demo

 

Apr 25, 2010

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Uncasville, CT - CMAC V at Mohegan Sun - Speakers Bob Fenner, Sanjay Joshi, Randy Reed, Chris Clough
  Feb 20, 2010 Westbrook, CT - Tanger Factory Outlets - Ca/Alk round-table discussion
 

Jan 31, 2010

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West Hartford, CT - Puppy Center - Club Day
  Jan 17, 2010 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Fragging demo by 'bandsaw' Mike 
  Dec 13, 2009 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Club Meeting
  Nov 21, 2009 Storrs, CT - EO Smith School - Jon Swanson gave us an update of what is going on at his school
  Oct 18, 2009 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Make Your Own food Workshop by Steve Heath - Photography Workshop by Mario Bochiechio
 

Jul 11, 2009

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East Hartford, CT - Open BOD Meeting
  Jun 14, 2009 Groton, CT - Tour of Project Oceanology by staff member (and CTARS club member) Anthony Wasley - Boat trip on Long Island Sound on Project Oceanology research vessel. Plankton trawl, bottom trawl, hands-on examination of creatures from trawl with commentary and dissection of squid by Anthony. Meeting with Guest Speaker Christine Williams who gave a presentation on Successful Seahorse Keeping.
  May 03, 2009 Manchester, CT - Aquatic Wildlife - Store Meeting
 

Apr 19, 2009

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Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun - CMAC - Guest Speakers - Presentation by guest speaker Steven Pro - Presentation by guest speaker Randy Reed - Presentation by guest speaker Anthony Calfo 
  Mar 14, 2009 Storrs, CT - EO Smith, Frag Farmer's Market
 

Feb 15, 2009

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Childre+n's Museum - Rich Bouvier - presentation on large tank setup
  Jan 25, 2009 West Hartford, CT - Puppy Center - Club Gathering
 

Jan 18, 2009

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Lighting presentation by Keith MacNeil
 

Dec 13, 2008

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Storrs, CT - EO Smith School - Presentations by Jon's students on their reef-related projects - Presentation by groSolar on solar panel systems for homes
  Nov 09, 2008 New London, CT - Science and Tech Magnet School - Speaker meeting with Marc Levenson from Texas on sumps & working with acrylic. - Presentation by Justin on his activities including Coral Bank and Three Rivers Career Pathways
  Oct 19, 2008 Bethany, CT - Woodhaven Country Club - Bingo Night
  Jul 20, 2008 East Hartford, CT BBQ
  Jun 08, 2008 Storrs, CT - EO Smith School - Frag Farmer's Market organized by Jon (fitch4)
  May 18, 2008 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Poker Derby
 

Apr 13, 2008

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Cromwell, CT - Conference at Marriott Courtyard - CMAC - Guest speakers - Adam Blundell - What is Reef Safe? - Steve Brown (Mystic Aquarium) - Captive Husbandry and Propagation, where do aquariums fit in? - Allison Tuttle (Mystic Aquarium) - Coral Reef tank Health Management - Joe Burger - Acros, Keys to Success - James Fatheree - Tridacnid Clams, Feeding and Lighting 
  Mar 16, 2008 Bethany, CT - Woodhaven Country Club - Discussion of chemistry/test kits/salts
 

Feb 24, 2008

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Speaker Lou Ekus from Tropic Marin on water chemistry
 

Jan 20, 2008

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Fragging demo by Dan
  Nov 18, 2007 Storrs, CT - EO Smith School - Guest speaker Mike Paletta - Presentation by Jon (fitch)
  Oct 21, 2007 New London, CT - Science and Tech Magnet School - Justin updated us on his Greenway project, Long Island Sound Feasibility Study & did a school tour including his Greenhouse and Aeroponics study
  Aug 12, 2007 East Hartford, CT BBQ
 

Jul 22, 2007

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North CT Tank Tour and BBQ
 

Jul 15, 2007

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Riverhead, NY - Bus trip to Long Island - Behind the scenes Atlantis Tour - BBQ at LIRA
  Jun 25, 2007 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Carbon tests using photo colorimeter
  May 20, 2007 Cromwell, CT - Crowne Plaza - Guest speaker Kelly Jedlicki - Fish Wellness. Discussion of quaratining, recognizing illnesses, treating illnesses, fish dentistry.
 

Apr 15, 2007

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Storrs, CT - EO Smith School - Greg Hiller from Boston presentation 'Poor Mans Reefkeeping Secrets' - Tour of Jon's School 
  Mar 18, 2007 New London, CT - Science and Tech Magnet School - Tour of Justin's setup at the school - Dr Frank Marini guest speaker, fish breeding - Nick Battisto presentation
 

Feb 18, 2007

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Club Meeting
 

Jan 28, 2007

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North Haven, CT - Aquactinics - Tour of Aquactinics lighting manufacturing facility - Maxi-jet hanger demo by Earl and Jas
  Dec 17, 2006 Groton, CT - Fin and Feather Pets - Club Meeting
  Nov 26, 2006 West Hartford, CT - Puppy Center - Club Meeting
  Oct 15, 2006 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Slideshow of Rich B's Office tank progress
  Sep 17, 2006 Greenwich, CT - House of Fins - Club Meeting
  Aug 20, 2006 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - BBQ turned Pizza meeting
 

Jul 16, 2006

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Milford, CT - Exotic Fish and Corals - If anyone has any information on this meeting, please contact Melissa
  Jun 25, 2006 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Glass drilling and overflow installation demo - Agrocrete with infused plastic live rock demo
  May 21, 2006 Feeding Hills, MA - Aquadreams - Club Days Sat and Sun (non-structured meeting)
 

Apr 30, 2006

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New London, CT - ASA - Meeting at Justin's parent's place, Live music by Justin's band, Tour of Justin's non-profit Applied Sustainable Aquaculture
 

Apr 08, 2006

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Farmington, CT - Marriott NEC - Meeting at Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies annual convention - Rich B gave his '180 Gallon Reef At Work ' presentation -Justin gave a fragging demonstration with dremel, giving frags to members - Rich B gave a demo on making arago-crete frag plugs. 
  Mar 19, 2006 West Hartford, CT - Puppy Center - Fragging and mounting demonstration by Rich B
 

Feb 19, 2006

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - 3 presentations plus raffle - DIY Calcium Reactors by Steve (Shozbot), Jeff (hans1976), and Dave Huther - Marine At Home Breeding Program by Kevin (km133688) - Class Room Reefing by Jon (Fitch4)
 

Jan 29, 2006

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Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun - CMAC - 3 Guest speakers - Fernando Nosratpour - Coral Spawning Project at Birch Aquarium, Scripps Institue - Claude Schuhmacher - German Reefkeeping Trends - Mitch Carl - Pests and Predators in the marine aquarium - T5 lighting demo by Claude and Jens
 

Dec 11, 2005

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Groton, CT - Fin and Feather - Justin gave presentation on his goniopora research, Representative from Kent
  Nov 27, 2005 Milford, CT - Exotic Fish and Corals - Carpet anemone propagation demo by Rob Skinner
  Oct 16, 2005 Greenwich, CT - House of Fins - Special Store Event
  Sep 03, 2005 Several stores in CT - Club Days - Sept 3,4 Fin and Feather Pets and House of Fins, Sept 10,11 Exotic Fish and Corals, Sept 24,25 Puppy Center
 

Aug 13, 2005

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - 2nd Annual CTARS BBQ, tag sale & raffle. - Chance to see the anemone tank setup that Rich donated to the Lutz for FROA (Future Reefers Of America)
  Jul 24, 2005 Groton, CT - Fin and Feather Pets - Fragging demo by Justin
  Jun 12, 2005
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Feeding Hills, MA - Aqua-Dreams - Club Meeting
  May 14, 2005 Middletown, CT - Wesleyan University - Guest speaker meeting at Exely Science Hall - Cheri Phillips, MASNA President, who gave a presentation on MASNA, MACNA, and collection practices and what is being done to make improve the collection. - Dr. Tamar Goulet, U Mississippi, who gave a presentation on corals, and her work in the study of corals.
 

Apr 24, 2005

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Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - Auto top-off demo by Mike (Shoestring reefer) and Greg (Obi-dad)
  Mar 26, 2005 Milford, CT - Bob's Exotic Fish and Corals - Club Meeting
  Feb 27, 2005 Manchester, CT - Lutz Children's Museum - DVD demo of the Atlantis Aquarium on Long Island New York - Kevin Meade did a green water/phytoplankton demonstration
 

Jan 30, 2005

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West Hartford, CT - Puppy Center - Tom Stange did a glass-drilling demo
 

Dec 19, 2004

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Agawam, MA (AquaDreams) - Club Meeting
  Nov 07, 2004 Groton, CT - Fin and Feather Pets - Clubs first auction was held. 
  Sep 25, 2004 Middletown, CT - Wesleyan University - Meeting held in a biology lab. Hands-on use of binocular microscopes looking at 'pods, live sand samples, and corals. - Presentation by Bruce on corals - 'Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral'
 

Aug 15, 2004

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Gales Ferry, CT - Jason Weed / camarojweed - 1st Annual CTARS Club Barbeque  
 

Jul 11, 2004

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Milford, CT - Exotic Fish and Coral - Club Meeting
  May 23, 2004 Norwich, CT - Fish 'N Pals - Club Meeting
 

Apr 17, 2004

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Vernon, CT - Dan/Forestal - Presentation on building a plywood tank given by Dan. 
  Mar 11, 2004 Groton, CT - Fin and Feather - Rich showed us how to make a back up power supply.
  Feb 22, 2004 Wethersfield, CT - Annick/amcarrig - Club Meeting
 

Jan 25, 2004

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North Branford, CT - Paul and Colleen/pncstod - Club Meeting
  Dec 07, 2003 Feeding Hills, MA - AquaDreams - Club Meeting
  Nov 23, 2003 Bridgeport, CT - Clare/greenighs - Club Meeting
  Nov 01, 2003 New London, CT - Leslie/LeslieP - Club Meeting
  Sep 13, 2003 Weston, CT - Neil/nakama - Club Meeting
  Aug 03, 2003 Springfield, MA - AquaDreams - Boston Reefers/CTARS Frag Swap
  Jun 28, 2003 Wethersfield, CT - Annick/amcarrig - Coral fragging demonstration given by Bill (ThingsReef, a.k.a.. lesbill).              
  May 31, 2003 Cheshire, CT - Mickey S/Mickey - Club Meeting
  Mar 22, 2003 Manchester, CT - Minh/minh_han - Demonstration on building with acrylic given by club member joe123987.
 

Jan 25, 2003

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Haddam, CT - Paragon Aquatics - Club Meeting
  Nov 17, 2002 CT - Eric/bard73 - If anyone has any information or pictures on this meeting, please contact us.
 

Sep 01, 2002

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Middletown, CT - Wesleyan University - Presentation by Eric Borneman 
 

Jun 12, 2002

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Norwalk, CT - Behind the scenes tour of Maritime Aquarium 
  Mar 02, 2002 Westbrook, CT - GoFish - If anyone has any information or pictures on this meeting, please contact us.
  Jun 01, 2001          A club is born. If anyone has any more info on how the club was created, please contact us.

 

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