bondolo's combined tanks

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by bondolo, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    That’s so cool. Is it for work or did you win the lottery?
  2. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I was under the impression that collection of corals in Hawaii was strictly forbidden, hell I recall hearing stories of Dana Riddle having a hard time doing actual scientific research on corals there.
  3. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    My current work has offices on the big island and I will be working from there. We also plan to retire on the big island so having work there makes the transition easier. Retiring to Hawaii is actually cheaper than staying in the bay area. Yes there are some things ($8 gallon of milk, $12 pint of raspberries) that are more expensive but overall it is somewhat cheaper to live in Hawaii than the bay area and the commutes are better!
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I've actually looked into Hawaiian life too, and someplace like the big island you definitely can get "Tracy" level of bay area pricing but still be in a nice area. One of my concerns about Hawaii in general though is that homelessness is big there, and looking to get bigger (not sure which islands are more prevalent than others).
  5. tankguy

    tankguy Supporting Member

    Congrats on your big move. Im also going to be looking for retirement areas within the next 10 years. Bay Area is not a consideration
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  6. rygh

    rygh BOD

    Retiring to the big island sure sounds nice. Green with envy. :D
    I like the big island best also. Much more to do, places to go, few tourists.
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  7. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    I have set a date for taking down my tanks: Memorial Day weekend 2019. I'll be looking for people to take corals and fish the the weeks before that date.
  8. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer Past President

    Good for you! Sad for us. I'm happy to help however I can.
  9. JVU


    Congrats on the planned move to the Big Island! That is our home-away-from home. In-laws live there in Hilo, been going several times a year for a couple decades.

    Every time I go back I try to come up with some scheme that lets me move there but at this point I think I’ll just have to settle for visiting.

    One of the downsides is that it is strictly against the law to have a reef tank with coral. You can’t import or export coral, and you can’t collect locally either. Even for livestock you can legally own like fish, there are severe restrictions since they are justifiably worried about invasive species. Hawaii is literally the most remote land mass on Earth, has a unique biome, and they are trying to keep it that way.

    Consequently, there are no coral stores, no easy way to buy supplies, and as far as I know no reefkeeper community :(
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  10. ashburn2k

    ashburn2k Webmaster Staff Member

    Fun fact, there are no snakes in Hawaii.

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  11. fun fact; State fish of Hawaii is Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

    Congrats on the move! planning to visit Hawaii for the first time this year. Happy to help if you need it.
  12. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    I knew both of those fun facts but I did not know they were so anti reef keeping.
  13. bondolo

    bondolo Supporting Member

    The current collection rules in Hawaii are the result of dishonest advocacy and greenwash politics. Pretty sad really. There have been a couple of ReefThreads podcasts on the topic. I don't know what the current legislative actions or proposals are.
  14. glee

    glee BOD

    No need for a fish tank in Hawaii. Just got out the door and snorkel. Congrats on the move!
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  15. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    I'm really NOT liking this!
    Felicia has moved...
    Now you're moving...
    Who in this area has the skills I need?!!!
  16. Apon

    Apon Supporting Member

  17. Flagg37

    Flagg37 Supporting Member

    Is that why she hasn’t been on here? I thought she just got busy.
  18. rygh

    rygh BOD

    I am not sure I really want to know... But what special skills do you need??
  19. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    If memory serves she was just finishing up her doctoral thesis and once done with that no need to live in this high priced low return part of the country
  20. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    reefing skills!!
    the acute ear for leaky and or loose water!

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