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fitch4
11/17/2015, 07:06 AM
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/93643c59-5f3c-4b38-b26b-f97e5f1a91c5_zpstctvbj0u.png (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/93643c59-5f3c-4b38-b26b-f97e5f1a91c5_zpstctvbj0u.png.html)
It's back!

Once again, the Edwin O. Smith High School Coral Project will be hosting the New England Frag Farmer's Market. This is the 9th year of the FFM it looks to be bigger and better than last year. It is the biggest swap in the Northeast, with 50+ sellers, TONS of frags for sale at great prices, and a great raffle. I have most of the sellers back from previous years (all the big names!) and a few new names to bring their coral "crop" for sale. I do have room for a few more "farmers" if anyone is interested- just get in touch.

I am also adding fragging demos that will go on during the day, given by an All-star bunch of fragging legends- more info to come!

Admission is only $5 this year again, and most of it goes to the scholarship I started last year. I gave $500 to two graduating seniors from E.O. Smith who were going on to study marine biology or some other ocean/conservation related field. Hoping to double that this year!
It is always a great time and once people come out once, they always come back the following year.

I will post more details as things come together.
Hope to see you all this coming March!

Jon

njreefguy
11/19/2015, 06:58 AM
Can't wait to be there aagin

mountainraised
11/20/2015, 04:10 PM
Wow, best of luck to those seniors who can continue to conserve and preserve our passion here.

fitch4
11/30/2015, 07:08 AM
I just got word that Caribsea will once again be sponsoring the Frag Farmer's Market again by supplying all of the water for the "farmers." They have been, and continue to be, supporters of the school project and the Frag Farmers Market so a HUGE thank you to Betsey and everyone else at Caribsea!

Maritimer
11/30/2015, 04:04 PM
Go Carib-Sea!

Just building my first real (I hope!) reef setup, and first venture into salt-water aquarium keeping since the '80s, and it sounds like I ought to be squirreling away dollars and a day off to attend this event! (Now ... if I can get my biofilter built up to full-strength by March . . . )

~Bruce

fitch4
11/30/2015, 05:48 PM
Welcome back! You should look into the two clubs in CT if you are getting back in. ARKSWC does a nice job is the SW corner of the state and CTARS covers the rest. You can make some great connections and learn a ton from the members, as well as here on RC!
Get yourself ready for March and head out to the Frag Farmer's for sure. You won't be disappointed. It has gotten HUGE and you will find pretty much any coral you are looking for from the very common to the "I've never seen that before" Imagine going to 50+ different stores all a single hallway.

fitch4
12/12/2015, 06:07 AM
Just passed the 50 vendor mark for corals again for this year!

Reefercorner
12/13/2015, 09:22 PM
Should be fun

fitch4
01/01/2016, 06:14 AM
Big news for the FFM this year. I am going to be expanding into three new rooms! That should spread some of the traffic around for the 800+ people that come out every year! I have a few other big announcements that I will leak in the next few weeks!

fitch4
01/05/2016, 05:01 AM
Here is the "preliminary list" of sellers for the FFM so far. I apologize for any of the names/locations that are not completely correct - feel free to shoot me a PM to fix if needed. This list does not include any of the "I want to sell but have not paid in people" If you think you should be on here and are not - please let me know! I do still have room for a few more, if anyone wants in but hustle - I have more people who have said they want to sell than I have spaces left...
Thanks-
Jon

AC Corals - CT
Alex's Advanced Aquatics - CT
Aquadreams - MA
Aquatic X-celelnce - NY
AZNnutty's Saltwater Connections - OH
BareBottom Corals - NJ
FUPA (hobbyist) -CT
Blastomaster (hobbyist) - CT
Blue Glow Aquatics - CO
Byron and Bryan’s Corals (hobbyist) - CT
Coralcruze (hobbyist) - NY
eb2292 (hobbyist) - NY
Elmafioso52988 (hobbyist) - MA
E.O. Smith Coral Project - CT
Exotic Fish and Corals - CT
Fins Aquarium - NJ
Fish Frenzy - MA
Frag Freaks - MA
Frank180Reef (hobbyist) - MA
Gotham Aquatics - NY
Greg Hiller (hobbyist) -MA
Icycorals (hobbyist) - CT
Jason Foxx - MD
Jgraz (hobbyist) - NJ
Kwong1998 (hobbyist) - NY
Marine Reef Habitat - MA
Matt Spaulding (hobbyist) - VT
Micheal Reeve (hobbyist) - CT
MO~Idol (hobbyist) - NY
Pablo (hobbyist) - NY
Pacific East Aquaculture - MD
Pieces of the Ocean - NY
Pimentinha (hobbyist) - NY
Polywise (hobbyist) - NJ
Popcorals - NJ
R+R Aquatics - NJ
Reef Creations - NY
ReefPeeper (hobbyist) - CT
Sassawrasse (hobbyist) - CT
Seagardensforyou - CT
Skimmy (hobbyist) - CT
Shayna 123 (hobbyist) - MA
Shawn B (hobbyist) - CT
Sniper2b (hobbyist) - CT
SteelerMike (hobbyist) - CT
Supreme Reefs - VA
The Coral Reef - CT
Triggreef (hobbyist) - CT
Ultimate Corals - NJ
Wet Pets - CT
xclusive corals - NY
zooanthids.com - UT

fitch4
01/09/2016, 11:27 AM
For people traveling from outside the local area who would like to stay the night. The Frag Farmer's Market has a discounted rate with the Best Western in Mansfield CT (5 minutes down the road from the school). When you call to make a reservation, just let them know you are with the Frag Farmer's Market and you get the discounted rate (~$100/night).

SaltyDoug
01/10/2016, 09:57 AM
Absolutely can't wait. I've been looking forward to this for over a year. Last year I didn't have proper lighting for corals now I'm good to go and looking to finish filling my tank up :)

fitch4
01/19/2016, 05:03 AM
Updated list of vendors-

AC Corals - CT

Alex's Advanced Aquatics - CT

Aquadreams - MA

Aquatic X-celelnce - NY

AZNnutty's Saltwater Connections - OH

BareBottom Corals - NJ

FUPA (hobbyist) -CT

Blastomaster (hobbyist) - CT

Blue Glow Aquatics - CO

Byron and Bryan’s Corals (hobbyist) - CT

Coralcruze (hobbyist) - NY

Easy Aquariums - ME

eb2292 (hobbyist) - NY

Elmafioso52988 (hobbyist) - MA

E.O. Smith Coral Project - CT

Exotic Fish and Corals - CT

Fins Aquarium - NJ

Fish Frenzy - MA

Frag Freaks - MA

Frank180Reef (hobbyist) - MA

Gotham Aquatics - NY

Greg Hiller (hobbyist) -MA

Icycorals (hobbyist) - CT

Jason Foxx - MD

Jgraz (hobbyist) - NJ

Kwong1998 (hobbyist) - NY

Maineaquaria.com (hobbyists)- ME

Marine Reef Habitat - MA

Matt Spaulding (hobbyist) - VT

Micheal Reeve (hobbyist) - CT

MO~Idol (hobbyist) - NY

Pablo (hobbyist) - NY

Pacific East Aquaculture - MD

Pieces of the Ocean - NY

Pimentinha (hobbyist) - NY

Polywise (hobbyist) - NJ

Popcorals - NY

R+R Aquatics - NJ

Reef Creations - NY

ReefPeeper (hobbyist) - CT

Sassawrasse (hobbyist) - CT

Seagardensforyou - CT

Shoreline Pet - CT

Skimmy (hobbyist) - MA

Shayna 123 (hobbyist) - MA

Shawn B (hobbyist) - CT

Sniper2b (hobbyist) - CT

SteelerMike (hobbyist) - CT

Supreme Reefs - VA

The Coral Reef - CT

The Reef Shoppe - NY

Triggreef (hobbyist) - CT

Ultimate Corals - NJ

Wet Pets - CT

xclusive corals - NY

zooanthids.com - UT


Clubs/Companies (still adding here!)

Reef Breeders

Sea and Reef

Champion Lighting

Boston Aqua Farms

CTARS

Boston Reefers

ARKSW

OSRAS

fitch4
01/25/2016, 12:42 PM
Just got a few pics from one of the hobbyists frag tanks of the stuff he is planning to bring.
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/20160124_120218_zpszdg9exam.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/20160124_120218_zpszdg9exam.jpg.html)
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/20160124_120236_zpsigtmozgp.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/20160124_120236_zpsigtmozgp.jpg.html)

fitch4
02/05/2016, 11:51 AM
Updated seller list as of 2/5/16
AC Corals - CT
Alex's Advanced Aquatics - CT
Aquadreams - MA
Aquatic X-celelnce - NY
AZNnutty's Saltwater Connections - OH
BareBottom Corals - NJ
FUPA (hobbyist) -CT
Blastomaster (hobbyist) - CT
Blue Glow Aquatics - CO
Byron and Bryan’s Corals (hobbyist) - CT
Coralcruze (hobbyist) - NY
NY Coral King - NY
Easy Aquariums - ME
eb2292 (hobbyist) - NY
Elmafioso52988 (hobbyist) - MA
E.O. Smith Coral Project - CT
Exotic Fish and Corals - CT
Fins Aquarium - NJ
Fish Frenzy - MA
Foggman (hobbyist) - ME
Frag Freaks - MA
Frank180Reef (hobbyist) - MA
Gotham Aquatics - NY
Greg Hiller (hobbyist) -MA
gsXR750 (Hobbyist) - NY
Icycorals (hobbyist) - CT
Jason Foxx - MD
Jgraz (hobbyist) - NJ
Kwong1998 (hobbyist) - NY
Marine Reef Habitat - MA
Matt Spaulding (hobbyist) - VT
Micheal Reeve (hobbyist) - CT
MO~Idol (hobbyist) - NY
Pablo (hobbyist) - NY
Pacific East Aquaculture - MD
Pieces of the Ocean - NY
Pimentinha (hobbyist) - NY
Polywise (hobbyist) - NJ
Popcorals - NY
R+R Aquatics - NJ
Reef Creations - NY
ReefPeeper (hobbyist) - CT
RTMA (hobbyist ) - CT
Sassawrasse (hobbyist) - CT
Scoobnoob (hobbyist) - ME
Seagardensforyou - CT
Shoreline Pet - CT
Skimmy (hobbyist) - MA
Shayna 123 (hobbyist) - MA
Shawn B (hobbyist) - CT
Sniper2b (hobbyist) - CT
Smiz (hobbyist) - NY
SteelerMike (hobbyist) - CT
Supreme Reefs - VA
The Coral Reef - CT
The Reef Shoppe - NY
Triggreef (hobbyist) - CT
Ultimate Corals - NJ
Wet Pets - CT
xclusive corals - NY
zooanthids.com - UT


Clubs/Companies (still adding here!)
ARKSW
CTARS
Boston Reefers
Maine Aquaria.com
OSRAS

Boston Aqua Farms
Champion Lighting
Hanna Instruments
Reef Breeders
Sea and Reef

fitch4
02/05/2016, 01:50 PM
I also got word that Logan from Reefbreeders is donating one of the BRAND NEW Jaebo Gyre style pumps to the raffle. They are not in the US yet (I don't think...) and he will be one of the first to get his hands on them. This will be most people's first chance to see one, and someone's chance to take one home!

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/image%2010_zpswkypy3vs.png (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/image%2010_zpswkypy3vs.png.html)

Thanks to Logan and Reefbreeders for hooking us up on this one!

fitch4
02/08/2016, 02:28 PM
This year's Frag Farmer's Market will also include the newest incarnation of
Justin Credible
He will be selling and also running a few fragging demos during the day.

osrascom
02/08/2016, 07:59 PM
donating one of the BRAND NEW Jaebo Gyre style pumps to the raffle. They are not in the US yet (I don't think...) This will be most people's first chance to see one, and someone's chance to take one home!

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/image%2010_zpswkypy3vs.png (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/image%2010_zpswkypy3vs.png.html)



Review from ************:

December 30 2015, Brian Blank –
Maxspect is keeping up the pressure on making sure Jebao gets the message to stop infringing on other company’s designs and patents. On Tuesday, Maxspect shared an email they posted online sending a warning to Jebao about using the company’s patent-pending design of its Gyre pumps.

The post states they are taking note to the Jebao Cross Flow pumps — Jecod CP-25 and CP-45 — seem to infringe on Maxspect’s pending patent application. The post goes further to note that “Maxspect is putting everyone on notice that theft of their intellectual property will not be tolerated and by ignoring this warning you may be liable for damages.”

Although we feel for Maxspect and other manufacturers that have their designs “borrowed”, there may not be too much that can be done at this point. According to U.S. patent law, pending patents cannot a person or entity that files a patent application on an invention has patent pending status until a patent issues or the application is abandoned. This isn’t a slam dunk that the U.S. Patent Office will actually grant the patent as it can be rejected for many reasons.

There are provisional rights for royalties and potential damages, however there are many requirements that need to be met. The notice letter sent may be effective to get Jebao to cease importation or engage in a discussion to agree on licensing fees, but we will most likely see Jebao ignore it and import these pumps. If and when the patent is issued, there might be another chapter to this story, but until then we may see more of these types of pumps on the market.

See the entire email sent to Jebao below:

https://************.com/2015/12/30/maxspect-sends-warning-jebaos-crossflow-wave-making-pump/


from r2r:
It was interesting to note at the bottom of the product page it also says "Shipping: Can send to Worldwide except USA"

osrascom
02/08/2016, 08:34 PM
Jebao is currently in litigation with Hydor over their RW series for patent infringement. They had cease and desist notifications from Tunze over patent infringement and now are facing litigication from Maxspect over their Gyre knock off. It's a shame that people support and reward companies by lining the pockets of companies who steal designs of other companies by knocking off products. The WP series was quickly end of lifed due to infringing on Tunze's designs, the Gyre knockoff is currently prohibited from being shipped to the states and the RW series will be next due to the Hydor complaint. Certainly not the signs of an innovative or trustworthy company.
http://www.itcblog.com/images/hydorcomplaint.pdf

fitch4
02/09/2016, 05:01 AM
Wow, thanks for the legal lesson...
I try not to get involved in the legal aspects of all of this and was just sharing information that one of my vendors had shared with me. Logan is a great guy and has been very generous with his donations and help to my school project. I would hate to see it become a black mark on him, or his company that he offered to donate something.

osrascom
02/09/2016, 05:52 AM
Thats why I kept his name out of the quotes. Logan is a great guy. He was going to speak this month at the OSRAS meeting. He is going to be at my conference. Lets drop this for obvious reasons. See you in March.

fitch4
02/11/2016, 08:13 PM
Just added:

Red Sea
Marco Rocks

will both be at the FFM this year.

fitch4
02/15/2016, 09:19 AM
As of this morning the seller list is FULL for this year's FFM. The updated list is posted below. If you have never been to the FFM, it is the BIGGEST swap in the northeast by far with more vendors selling corals than you will see at any show and the best prices you will see anywhere. With fragging demos all through the day, run by some big names in fragging, and a HUGE raffle to boot, this is going to be an FFM not to miss!


Seller List
AC Corals - CT
Alex's Advanced Aquatics - CT
Aquadreams - MA
Aquatic X-celelnce - NY
AZNnutty's Saltwater Connections - OH
BareBottom Corals - NJ
FUPA (hobbyist) -CT
Blastomaster (hobbyist) - CT
Blue Glow Aquatics - CO
Blue View Aquatics - ???
Byron and Bryan’s Corals (hobbyist) - CT
Coralcruze (hobbyist) - NY
Cvfernandez (hobbyist)
NY Coral King - NY
Easy Aquariums - ME
eb2292 (hobbyist) - NY
Elmafioso52988 (hobbyist) - MA
E.O. Smith Coral Project - CT
Exotic Fish and Corals - CT
Fins Aquarium - NJ
Fish Frenzy - MA
Foggman (hobbyist) - ME
Frag Freaks - MA
Fraggin’ Idiot (hobbyist)- PA
Frank180Reef (hobbyist) - MA
Gotham Aquatics - NY
Greg (Hobbyist) -
Greg Hiller (hobbyist) -MA
gsXR750 (Hobbyist) - NY
Icycorals (hobbyist) - CT
Jason Foxx - MD
Jgraz (hobbyist) - NJ
Justin Credible - NY
Kwong1998 (hobbyist) - NY
Marine Reef Habitat - MA
Matt Spaulding (hobbyist) - VT
Micheal Reeve (hobbyist) - CT
MO~Idol (hobbyist) - NY
Pablo (hobbyist) - NY
Pacific East Aquaculture - MD
Pieces of the Ocean - NY
Pimentinha (hobbyist) - NY
Polywise (hobbyist) - NY
Popcorals - NY
R+R Aquatics - NJ
Reef Creations - NY
ReefPeeper (hobbyist) - CT
RTMA (hobbyist ) - CT
Sassawrasse (hobbyist) - CT
Scoobnoob (hobbyist) - ME
Seagardensforyou - CT
Shoreline Pet - CT
Skimmy (hobbyist) - MA
Shayna 123 (hobbyist) - MA
Sniper2b (hobbyist) - CT
Smiz (hobbyist) - NY
SteelerMike (hobbyist) - CT
Supreme Reefs - VA
The Coral Reef - CT
The Reef Shoppe - NY
Triggreef (hobbyist) - CT
Ultimate Corals - NJ
Wet Pets - CT
xclusive corals - NY
zooanthids.com - UT


Clubs/Companies (still adding here!)
ARKSW
CTARS
Boston Reefers
Maine Aquaria.com
OSRAS

Boston Aqua Farms
Champion Lighting
Hanna Instruments
Reef Breeders
Sea and Reef
Red Sea
Marco Rocks
Sea Chem

fitch4
02/17/2016, 04:34 AM
The Frag Farmer's Market is officially FULL for vendors and I have started a waiting list for anyone who is still interested in selling this year. There will be 60 different coral sellers at the FFM this year. I will post the updated list with the last few additions in No where will you find that many corals all in one place... Going to be the biggest FFM yet.

fitch4
02/22/2016, 03:52 PM
Just got this cool toy in the mail today for the raffle...
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/c549d409-7e74-4339-a5f5-25623e1c2631_zpsnonern1e.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/c549d409-7e74-4339-a5f5-25623e1c2631_zpsnonern1e.jpg.html)
Thanks to the boys at Zaya for hooking us up with one to peek at.

fitch4
02/22/2016, 06:16 PM
I also got these from Triton the other day...
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/152bb251-43dc-4361-bda7-2951b68675a1_zpsmsk4mg5w.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/152bb251-43dc-4361-bda7-2951b68675a1_zpsmsk4mg5w.jpg.html)
A great raffle win for someone!

fitch4
02/24/2016, 03:41 PM
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/db87eaaa-95f1-49b7-a68e-c72b0efeaae8_zpsa4b7mahc.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/db87eaaa-95f1-49b7-a68e-c72b0efeaae8_zpsa4b7mahc.jpg.html)

fitch4
02/24/2016, 08:09 PM
More raffle goodies!!!
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/af5c8b7d-b41e-4aad-8268-42be58a20363_zpszvfhcyuz.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/af5c8b7d-b41e-4aad-8268-42be58a20363_zpszvfhcyuz.jpg.html)
Thanks to Kessil for sending out this sweet little light!

BfishLpond78
02/25/2016, 08:16 AM
This event is the greatest event in the New England and Tri-State area. This year is going to put all others to shame.

I follow all the FFM 2016 threads on all the boards and all of the local vendors who are showcasing their corals, just WOW. Beautiful corals and even the dry goods i'm seeing are just epic. Man made ceramic rock structures and awesome screen tops (these two i'm really looking into).

Jon as always, phenomenal job and if you're looking for a great event check it out. This event will be one for the books!!!

smiz
02/25/2016, 09:50 AM
Hey guys,
Fitch asked me to shoot up some pics so here it is!
I'm heading to the show with azar whos selling the hand made rock. I'll throw up some pics of the custom acrylic tops I've been making to see if anyone might be interested. Well be bringing several samples that people can purchase but almost all our work is custom order to size. It's a bit last minute but if people are interested we can prob get them done in time.

Pricing: Currently we are offering anything 24x24 or close for $130.00 using clear or black.
This covers your standard one piece design with clear mesh as you will see a previous job below.
We can do up to 47x35. If larger we can make it out of multiple pieces.

For small tanks under 16x16 we can offer thinner material for a large price reduction. We also sell standard tops out of this like the Innovative Marine for $60 base.

Hope you like the pics, these are a few I grabbed more are on NR.

http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/CF246006-D295-4A62-811D-47C8F36DD9CB_zpssv41ike7.jpg
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/D152BDB3-A293-4C65-AF22-945CD315F368_zpshdntimu4.jpg


Other examples:
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/24C6CA1D-E834-4BC5-B206-BC42E41763F8_zpskwsta36t.jpghttp://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/CBA4086B-B344-47B5-B680-519B5A5074F2_zps6bx7otfu.jpg
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/935C413C-DF68-4B51-975B-7B7BCA64AB71_zpsi1rqxtpv.jpg

smiz
02/25/2016, 09:51 AM
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/E80B0A09-A029-4C17-9A37-3E665C5DE47D_zpsx3ah3kso.jpg
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-SyCc76Y2wXI/VpWFF7KjcHI/AAAAAAAAWQY/zaqxCKHtFUk/s800-Ic42/IMG_1408.JPG
Custom Mounting option include:

Custom Low profile clips
http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h308/owashee/Pirates%20Reef%20Reboot%202014/DSC09585_zpsgprkuewa.jpg
Rubber Feet to hold in place
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WlxysAkvyWw/VpWFF_X7WBI/AAAAAAAAWQY/mXEib24L75o/s800-Ic42/IMG_1405.JPG
Routed stepped edge to rest and secure on glass
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/7D808C6D-AB45-429F-AE13-0838E6097A0C_zpstra4m7pc.jpg
Additional options include hinged options for an additional $20.00..

This gives a hinged portion for easy feeding without removing your top.

http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/DA9C5DFF-FA7F-4901-AD7C-726E8E112423_zpsyftlvncu.jpg
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/8C00D679-38D4-4CBE-939D-FDD7F20A3C03_zps3mlijnj5.jpg
Two Piece Color Insert:

This style allows you to custom the color of your top and can give a very clean look to the lid. Pricing for this style is based on a per order basis (PM for quote).
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/4628C15D-988F-42FB-85DF-9651D3A111F8_zpsjurjccay.jpg

http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/112050BB-1DFF-416C-9C56-17589746DF59_zpsu0iacfw6.jpg
http://i960.photobucket.com/albums/ae88/asmiz/Mobile%20Uploads/F73DADF4-CD9B-4225-9B8E-0555668B4ABF_zpsocucrjyk.jpg

Azar
02/25/2016, 01:11 PM
Hey what's going on , as Simz said I'll be there too with custom made frag racks, and structures. Here are a few pics.
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160225/b7e9474cbbc39329ba69edd035f7dd8f.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160225/6700866758638490a81c8228b5f389d8.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160225/a5148400522181750e208699c0c6a7b8.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160225/611b83b0473ae8c07bb4211a013ef188.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160225/8fdd736ac644e76f5729bac3f8e3574b.jpg
http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160225/ab3056b388b71e98748d6a419b3cee80.jpg

sassAwrasse
02/25/2016, 07:26 PM
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sassAwrasse
02/25/2016, 07:27 PM
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BfishLpond78
02/25/2016, 07:29 PM
What size tank is this???

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160226/5ede5bd3f5feffd4f84d5dabf42411c0.jpg

smiz
02/26/2016, 07:39 AM
What size tank is this???

http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160226/5ede5bd3f5feffd4f84d5dabf42411c0.jpg


That's a innovative marine fusion 10.

BfishLpond78
02/26/2016, 07:39 AM
That's a innovative marine fusion 10.


Tweaked!!!!!!!!

sde1500
02/26/2016, 09:53 AM
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https://i.imgur.com/KWl6pqT.jpg

Azar
02/26/2016, 04:31 PM
Tweaked!!!!!!!!
Yeah its a fusion 10.

fitch4
02/26/2016, 07:16 PM
That cat just appeared for me. It had been an X all day and I was trying to figure out why you guys were just posting each others pictures...

fitch4
02/26/2016, 07:38 PM
This year I will be randomly giving out Frag Farmer's gift certificates at the door ranging in value from $10 to $100. The gift certificates are good at ANY of the 60+ vendors at the Frag Farmer's. All you have to do is walk through the door to get a chance to win one. Good luck to you all!

180+55reef
02/27/2016, 10:44 AM
I will be bringing
Fat head dendros
Red Goni
Aquacultured elegances
Rics
Zoos ect
Room . 109 , come by and say hi

180+55reef
02/27/2016, 10:45 AM
Elegance

fitch4
02/28/2016, 11:00 AM
Chris from aquadreams is going to giving away a Red Sea Reefer tank at this year's FFM. Just stop by the aquadreams booth and pick up a ticket- it's FREE!
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/2E0A9C8E-B208-474B-963D-E91E6B8CDB96_zpssom0rt7x.png (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/2E0A9C8E-B208-474B-963D-E91E6B8CDB96_zpssom0rt7x.png.html)

fitch4
02/28/2016, 04:12 PM
More FFM eye candy-
Phuong from Oceanbox Designs donated this super sweet frag tank:

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/244d6a94-ddb7-47bb-9dad-7740dd124962_zpskuxjrrov.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/244d6a94-ddb7-47bb-9dad-7740dd124962_zpskuxjrrov.jpg.html)
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http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/449ff28c-a31b-4e43-987b-61c709256b6c_zpsv1whbck1.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/449ff28c-a31b-4e43-987b-61c709256b6c_zpsv1whbck1.jpg.html)

fitch4
02/28/2016, 06:04 PM
How about a skimmate locker from Avast Marine? They have been long time supporters of the FFM and all around great guys! Thanks Avast!

http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/f7b15436-af09-4500-90a9-62cf5589accc_zpsubbpdxwv.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/f7b15436-af09-4500-90a9-62cf5589accc_zpsubbpdxwv.jpg.html)
Sorry for the poor photography, the lighting at school is not the best for pictures...

BfishLpond78
02/28/2016, 06:09 PM
Yup I want all that!!! Hope to be this years Roman!!!

SaltyDoug
02/28/2016, 06:25 PM
Do you have to be there at the time of the drawing for the various raffles?

Trying to decide what time frame to shoot for ;)

fitch4
02/28/2016, 06:57 PM
Most of the raffle is at 4pm. Most of the things I will get to you somehow if you are not there. Some of the stuff I just can't ship, like Sea and Reef Lightning Clowns (oops did I spill a bean there?), but if you live "nearby" I will meet you to get it to you.

BfishLpond78
02/29/2016, 08:22 AM
Insane raffle prizes sir...on top of 60+ hobbyist/vendors selling corals & goodies!

Tweaked
02/29/2016, 09:01 AM
Can't wait!! This is worth the drive from states over, trust me!! Room after room of insanity, and the prizes - just wow!

fitch4
02/29/2016, 04:09 PM
I've gotten a ton of emails and PM"s with questions about the FFM, so I decided to put together the FFM FAQ list. Here it goes:

Frag Farmer's Market FAQ
Why go to the FFM?
It is the single biggest aggregation of coral sellers you will ever see. The FFM does have some dry goods vendors as well but that is not included in the 60+ sellers, those are ALL coral sellers. If you are looking for frags, or just want to hang out and talk reefs with some of the best growers in the area, you want the FFM. There are not speakers, or anything like that, it is coral, coral and more coral. You will find everything from the basic “weed” species to the coral that you have never heard of, or only seen on the internet.

How do I get tickets?
There are no advanced ticket sales for the FFM. Admission is $5 at the door and no one will be turned away. Spouses and children under 12 are free at the FFM, so bring the crew along. Doors open to the public at 11am and close at 5pm.

What should I bring?
Most people will bring along a cooler of some sort to hold their corals in for the day. Other than that, you don’t need much. I always recommend bringing about 2-3X the money that you think you will spend. I have never heard of anyone who said “I brought too much money.” The FFM only happens once a year and it brings together the best coral vendors and hobbyists from all over the country. You will find what you are looking for and then three other things you can’t leave without!

Can I sell coral at the FFM?
There are 60+ vendors at the FFM, all of whom signed up far in advance, and made a donation to the school project to reserve a space. In fairness to them, there will not be spaces provided for attendees to sell. If you are interested in selling next year, please get in touch with me at [email protected] and I will add you to the contact list.

Where does all the money go?
The FFM is the main fundraiser for the E.O. Smith Coral project, which has been up and running for 10+ years now. I house 800+ gallons of coral growing systems at the school and involve students in the project in a number of ways. The admissions, and raffle proceeds, all go to help run the project. It gives me the ability to buy corals that students want to work with, and equipment that they need to carry out their experiments. With the success of the FFM over the past few years, I have also started giving out scholarships to graduating students who have shown interest in marine/conservation related fields. Last year I gave $500 to two graduating seniors and am hoping to do more this year!

How does the raffle work?
The main raffle will be pulled at 4pm, just before the market closes. Raffle tickets are available from a few people walking around during the day with the blue FFM shirts on, or from me in room 107. The tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5 or 25 for $20.
I have also started an “Easy Raffle List” for people to sign up for on the computer in my room, or on the laptops by the entrance. You put in your information and get a number. Rather than write all of your info on all of your tickets (which is a PAIN!), you just put your number. If you are not there when you win, no worries, I can get it touch with you!

Do I have to be present to win?
For most items, no. I will ship any item that it is feasible to ship. Items that cannot be shipped, will be labeled with a “No Ship” tag. If I can’t ship it and you live “close” we can work something out to get the item to you. If you are not sure, stop and see me and we can figure something out. The week after the FFM, I spend a fair amount of time packing and mailing things to people. As an attendee to other shows, I there have been a ton of raffles that I didn’t enter because I wasn’t going to be there to win. If you find something you really want, buy some tickets, throw em in and I will do my best to get it to you.

If you have any other questions, just shoot me a PM, or an email and I will do what I can to help you out!

Thanks-
Jon

fitch4
02/29/2016, 05:34 PM
Just got a box from Jon from Boston Aqua Farms...
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Boston Aqua Farms is sponsoring the fragging demos that will be running all day during the FFM by providing all the fragging materials that will be used. Demos will be done by fragging wizards Greg Hiller, Justin Credible and Kyle Martin from Pacific East Aquaculture. Best of all, they are FREE!

fitch4
02/29/2016, 05:47 PM
People have been having a tough time making reservations at the Best Western in Mansfield. I just called and spoke to them. If you ask for Paul he will hook you up with the FFM rate if you want to stay the night Friday.

fitch4
03/01/2016, 11:56 AM
I just picked up a package from the office from Ben with Building an Obsession. He donated of one his frag transport systems for the raffle again this year.
http://i557.photobucket.com/albums/ss12/fitch4CT/64649f2c-0cdd-4905-8da2-daf08638bdb2_zpsvtjam4of.jpg (http://s557.photobucket.com/user/fitch4CT/media/64649f2c-0cdd-4905-8da2-daf08638bdb2_zpsvtjam4of.jpg.html)
I got a peek at one of them in last year's raffle and they sweet systems. The racks in this one are adjustable height and the holes have "locks" in them so the plugs cannot come out in transport. Very cool item for someone to take home!

fitch4
03/02/2016, 03:48 PM
Okay, more raffle goodness...
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Thanks to Terrence over at Neptune Systems for the hookup on this one.

fitch4
03/02/2016, 05:30 PM
Frag Farmer's Market T-minus 2 days.
-Doors open at 11am this Saturday (March 5th)
-Fragging Demos every 1/2 hour starting at 12pm by Greg Hiller, Justin Credible and Pacific East Aquaculture!
-The biggest and best raffle that the Frag Farmer's Market has ever seen.
-All that and more coral that you will see at ANY show around, with 60+ sellers including the big names - Jason Fox, Pacific East Aquaculture, Supreme Reefs, Greg Hiller, Justin Credible, Aznutty and a TON of hobbyists who have been growing out all the stock they got from last year. Just check out the CT forum for pics and lists of some of the crazy stuff the hobbyists are brining!
This is the Frag Farmer's Market not to miss...

fitch4
03/02/2016, 08:55 PM
Soren from Sea and Reef gave me his list of fish that he will be donating to the raffle this year:

Lightning Maroon Clownfish pair
DaVinci Clownfish grade A pair
DaVinci Clownfish grade B pair
Flurry Clownfish pair
Domino Clownfish pair
Picasso A Clownfish pair
Spotcinctus Clownfish pair
Orchid dottyback pair
Neon Dottyback pair

If you have not seen his fish they are BEAUTIFUL and 100% aquacultured, fitting nicely into the green reefing model that the FFM promotes!

fitch4
03/03/2016, 04:24 AM
One of the things I am most excited about adding to the raffle again this year. Gary from Champion Lighting has agreed to bring back the Box o' Crap just for the raffle. I think that it is one of the coolest ideas and I love the craziness that goes along when they release them. The Box o Crap will be part of the FFM raffle this year!

BfishLpond78
03/03/2016, 06:30 PM
Look at all these sweet raffle prizes!!!!

When's the last time you saw 60+ coral vendors....prizes like these...I don't know about you kids but I'm really excited!!!

Who else is excited!!

captc07
03/03/2016, 07:12 PM
Frost (Aznutty) sent some pics of what he is bringing to FFM:

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fitch4
03/03/2016, 07:23 PM
Wow!!!

fitch4
03/04/2016, 11:02 PM
Just got back from the Frags farmers night before set up. It is amazing the stuff that is in the building already. Don't miss the Frags farmers market tomorrow!

fitch4
03/04/2016, 11:26 PM
How about an Ecotech Radion in the raffle this year? A nice XR30 would look good on your tank, and just for $1...

fitch4
03/05/2016, 04:23 AM
I don't know if anyone in your area was on the fence about the FFM this year but I was up there last night for set-ups and I have to say it is easily the best year for coral selection. Every year I see stuff that I have never seen before, but this year was AMAZING! There are so many sellers with so many corals it was scary and the prices that I had talked to people about were GREAT. If you were even considering coming out to pick up a few frags, you should definitely make the trip this year. To add to it, the raffle is the best it has ever been with an Apex jr., Ecotech Radion, multiple frag tanks, lighting fixtures, Sea and Reef Fish, a ton of corals, and a HUGE host of other things - there are no containers of fish food here for sure!
Hope to see you all out today- stop by and say "Hi" while you are there!
Jon

BfishLpond78
03/05/2016, 04:26 AM
Got a chance to setup early last night and walk around checking out the booths of the usual suspects setting up corals.

I've been up all night trying to figure out which corals I'm buying. Like Jon said. If you're on the fence...take the leap and make the drive. This is one for the books.

fitch4
03/05/2016, 11:00 PM
Just got home from FFM 2016 and it was as expected- bigger and better than last year. Next year March 11th, FFM X!

fitch4
03/07/2016, 10:49 AM
Just did totals for attendance and the total was up over 1000 in attendance at the FFM this year!!!

sde1500
03/07/2016, 05:15 PM
Awesome! I had a great time there, thanks for putting it on, and thanks for the coral!

fitch4
03/09/2016, 06:23 PM
Final attendance numbers for the 2016 Frag Farmer's Market 1011 attendees!
I am already in the works setting up next year's FFM, which will be on March 11th, 2017 and be the 10th New England Frag Farmer's Market. If anyone is interested in selling, I am going to be setting up the seller list pretty soon to get the ball rolling early!