[Nov 8, 2014] Members Only Mini Frag Swap (Hayward, CA)

Discussion in 'Events & Announcements' started by denzil, Oct 13, 2014.

Members Only Mini Frag Swap
Start Date: Nov 8, 2014 10:00 AM
End Date: Nov 8, 2014 01:00 PM
Time Zone: America/Los_Angeles -08:00 PST

Chabot College
25555 Hesperian Blvd | #2338
Hayward, CA 94545

Posted By: denzil

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  1. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    We're excited to announce BAR's first ever (Supporting) Members only mini frag swap in November. If you're excited about a mini frag swap but unsure of what it is, continue reading on!

    Mini Frag Swap format (courtesy of @rygh) with some modifications:
    • Bring one frag (we won't discourage more than one)
    • Your name will be written in the order of your arrival at the mini swap location (get there early!)
    • Your name will not be written on the list until you have approval of properly labeled frags by a coral checker or BOD member (look at Requirements below)
    • Get your frag(s) on the table (no coral checkers, we rely on your honesty/responsibility here)
    • No previewing allowed
    • You have 30 seconds to pick a coral; if you don't pick one, you move to the end of the list


    Tips for this event:
    • Bring a flashlight (simulate as best as you can to your tank lighting)
    • Familiarize yourself with the types of corals you're interested in
    • Ask fellow members about corals you have questions about and share your knowledge

    Event Timeline:
    10:00 - 11:00 AM - registration
    11:05 AM - mini frag swap begins
    1:00 PM - mini frag swap concludes (if it hasn't ended earlier)

    Remember, the more participants, the more exciting this inaugural mini swap can be. Stay tuned for more details including any potential LFS sponsor donations! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to start a PC or ask here!
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2014
  2. Enderturtle

    Enderturtle Volunteer

    This is going to be awesome! :)

    I kinda want coral checkers. The last regional swap, we had a thread about what was required on the container, and people still showed up with unlabeled containers.

    BAYMAC Guest

    Every swap we've ever had has had that issue regardless of having checkers or not. its just part of the deal unfortunately. I even made Avery templates for members to use years ago, still didn't help.
  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    Yeah, rules are great, but with any number of people you're bound to get people who have "more important things" that supersedes said rules. Sometimes its as simple as helping out a friend, sometimes its "I forgot". I'm sure there are still people who cut frags an hour before leaving for a swap too.
  5. Devon

    Devon Guest

    Need any help setting up? I live very close.
    Geneva likes this.
  6. monkeybiz

    monkeybiz Guest

    I hope I have the day off work.
  7. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    So a minifrag swap at Chabot? What happened to $300/room being a bit too much to handle? :D

    BTW, I love the earlier start time. I'm very much a morning person, and by 1pm half the day is gone already for me.
    bondolo, bluprntguy and neuro like this.
  8. neuro

    neuro Webmaster

    I was a coral checker, and honestly I tried to help label as many as I could, but there were too many that just got through. We were also out of labels until someone (who wasn't volunteering) brought in extra.
  9. nly04

    nly04 Guest

    I recommend the original owner should take a phone picture to show to the new owner and answer a couple question if any.
  10. BAYMAC

    BAYMAC Guest

    Nothing was directed at the checkers... sorry if you felt slighted. I've checked corals in as well, its a mad rush with a lot of people not doing what is asked. Heck, I've ran into time constraints and couldn't finish labeling. When you being in dozens upon dozens of frags, or in a few of ours cases, over a 100... time just isn't on your side :(
    swayd and neuro like this.
  11. Geneva

    Geneva Supporting Member

    Folks - please start thinking of what supplies we may need for this mini-swap! Everything that used to be in storage is now in my garage so I need to know what to bring or go out and buy if necessary. Thank you.

    At minimum, I'll bring glue and T-shirts for sale, extra containers, and markers and signs so you won't get lost!
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2014
  12. patchin

    patchin Facilities / Event Coordinator

    Mike, we have gone back to the old break room for now, til we make a decision. The break room by the cafe is much cheaper. Your idea does sound good. We'll have to make a decision for next year.
  13. dswong01

    dswong01 Supporting Member

    Do really need a room for this small swap?
  14. fastrd400

    fastrd400 Guest

    Plenty of sharpies. That way if frag containers are not labeled hand the member a sharpie and have them label them all and then return to the check in table.

    I checked in coral for Jess at the last Diablo swap and did the same thing.
    Geneva likes this.
  15. Geneva

    Geneva Supporting Member

    Is there a room number? I was lost for awhile before I found where the last frag swap was held......
  16. Reef Keeper

    Reef Keeper Supporting Member

    I'm in. I have some nice SPS pieces of ORA -Yellow Lantana that I've been growing out this year. This is the mother colony under 220W svhos super blue actinics. I took it this morning, and still have 5 - 10 pieces that are at least 2" to 5" in diameter to offer and trade. I'll have em available to pick up or bring to the event. If a Supporting Member would like a frag b4 then pm me..... :D I'm hoping to find a piece of superman monti and a pink watermelon chalice to add to my main display.

    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014
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  17. wpeterson

    wpeterson Webmaster

    I'm new to the club and the area, would it be cool to drop by and socialize without being involved in the swap?
  18. aqua-nut

    aqua-nut Supporting Member

    That would be fine. Of course if you are just standing around doing nothing you might get volunteered for something! :D
  19. denzil

    denzil Webmaster

    We're really relying on folks being responsible for properly labeling their containers. Everyone is an adult and should follow the guidelines in order to ensure a successful event. If you don't label it properly, you will be frowned upon! :p

    Also, if you're unsure of how to label your corals, even after reading the directions above, just be sure to swing by earlier and allot some time for getting help with labeling from other BAR members.

    I'm making an amendment to the original format to help ensure the success of this event. The following rule is now implemented (and applied in the original post): Your name will not be written on the list until you have approval of properly labeled frags by a coral checker or BOD member.
  20. Apon

    Apon Volunteer

    Wpeterson - if you want feel free to sign up for the SF tank tour too. I find you get to talk/meet to people easier on the smaller events.

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