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Tony Vargas
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The time has come to release the Speaker Board of my presentation for this year’s MACNA, and for the trips I will make to Italy, Spain, France, Puerto Rico and China. My talk will focus on the “Lessons Learned” during my time in the hobby and the valuable lessons learned during and after the build of Tony’s Vault | Hydra Aquatics. Some of these experiences have never been documented and were eye opening for me. I would like to thank all the hobbyist out there that I have learned from and lets keep pushing that envelope.
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This past weekend was very enjoyable, I gave a presentation at Jim Gryczanowski place call Nebraska Aquatic Supply where he held his Third Anniversary Bash. The place was filled with many from the local community and some came from out of town and surrounding states. Jim flew in three of the five speakers to make this event enjoyable to everyone that attended. The speakers were Mark Callahan, Justin Credabel Grabel, Julian Sprung, Mitch Carl, and myself. I would like to thank Jim for the support he provides the Reefing community.

From left to right, Tony, Justin, Mitch, Mark, Raj Shingadia, and Boomer
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This will probably be the most important announcement I will make all year.  And, I feel it is my responsibility along with many of the other top reef hobbyist to share with all our followers and friends.  This announcement is critical to our industry and to the hobby we love.

While at MACNA I attended what I feel was the most important talk of the weekend and what bothered me most it was the worst attended of the weekend.  I walked out of that room angered by the lack of importance this talk was given, which by the way was the most important!  I’m not here to point blame but, to help spread the word of what was spoken.

Julian Sprung was the Lead speaker and the topic was “The listing of corals on the Endangered Species Act”.  In short this is what he said to those few that attained and he stared with this “This is serious” – “We really are talking about the potential loss of our hobby.  Coral species listed as threatened will be illegal to possess, trade or sell”. 
 
Julian Sprung has detailed the issue we are facing clearly and concisely below:
On August 28, 2014 twenty species of Indo-Pacific corals, including species of Acropora, Euphyllia, Montipora, Pavona, Porites, and Seriatopora were listed as threatened under the US Endangered Species Act. While no prohibitions were immediately enacted, NOAA will now begin consulting with federal agencies and partners to develop mitigation and recovery strategies. These strategies may be far reaching including the listing of corals that are similar in appearance. Restrictions on trade appear imminent and will impact both wild collected and farm raised corals equally. Such actions would be devastating to the marine aquarium hobby. Aquarium conferences, retail stores, wholesale suppliers, and coral farms would see an immediate direct impact, while manufacturers, dry goods suppliers, and mail order pet suppliers would experience the resulting loss of business too. While we await NOAA's next move various anti-aquarium organizations will surely strive to create a social stigma for the aquarium industry, for example by claiming in the press that we are “trafficking in threatened and endangered species.” The emotion surrounding the subject will likely inflame public opinion and could motivate NOAA and US Fish And Wildlife to enact stricter importation rules.

NOAA is not implicating that the aquarium hobby is a threat to corals. They are OBLIGATED BY LAW to act when petitioned the way they were petitioned by the CBD. NOAA must follow certain procedures to determine if the petitioned species require protection. They must collect data and determine if it supports the listing. That's the process. It was not an examination of the aquarium trade. We are caught in the middle.

The CBD is trying to use the ESA as a way to curb greenhouse gas emissions. By tying it to "endangered corals" they believe they can force change in our carbon economy. It is a political battle. This a seriously flawed idea, since one could thus argue that all life on earth is endangered, which makes the ESA meaningless.

Please support PIJAC's effort to defend our hobby against this and other actions including ones that aim directly to shut down our hobby. You can do so by making a donation small or large here: www.pijac.org/marine.

Please share and inspire your friends, your pet store, your aquarium club to do the same.
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I want to thank everyone who came to see my presentation yesterday, this meant a lot to me. You guys really packed the room. I was asked for more detail about the DIY lights on my 300 and the link below will answer many of your questions. And, if you have more question I'm around all weekend don't be afraid to ask.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-coral-reef-aquarium/vol-1-issue-5/748202385241938
Volume 1 Issue 3 article is part one of a multi-part series focused on the early stage of my 300-gallon build – let's call it the beginning – the why and the how. The article is titled “300-Gallon reef Tank Build, Pt 1”. Briefly, I made a very wise decision not to keep the 500-gallon Diamante ...
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The time has come for us to announce the Grand Opening of Tony's Vault / Hydra Aquatics International Everyone is welcome to attend and take part of a guided tour of our facility. The big day is January 17th, which is right around the corner from 11am to 5pm.

What to expect during the Grand Opening, food, drinks, music, free Frag give away, FMAS membership drive, and just a great time with people from our industry.

In addition to our guided tour we will have a few great reasons why you should attend this Grand Opening. We will have most of our sponsors on hand for those seeking information on our Hi-tech inline products. You will see firsthand what makes us different form the rest.

Free Frags – 100 or more free frags will be raffled off to those that attend the event. One raffle ticket per adult family member. These will be some great looking fragged corals available. In addition, we will have 10 special frags from Frag Junky to give away for FREE!

FMAS – Florida Marine Aquarium Society will be running a membership drive and here is the best part; if you renew or sign up as a new member at the Grand Opening you will receive a free raffle ticket for a free frag. That’s right one person could go home with two new FRAGS.

Sponsors / Industry Celebrities – Rebecca FragJunky Dannon & Matt (Frag Junky), Julian Sprung ( Two Little Fishies), Jeffrey Eigenbrode ( ecoxotic LED lights), Steve Bashsea ( Bashsea Aquatics life support), Carl Fario Seachem (Seachem), Marc Tetreault ( MarcoRocks.com), Tony Vargas author ( The Coral Reef Aquarium), Rep from Marineland tba.

Goal – To enlighten all the attendees what we as a wholesaler do differently and how that helps them receive quality specimens.
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Here is a video that documents the Chain of Custody of a very unique Japanese Swallowtail Angelfish (Genicanthus semifasciatus). I would like to thank Terry and Mike Lauderdale for providing this fish such an awesome home, their reef tank is unbelievable, just watch. Thanks also goes out to Kevin Kohen and his staff at LiveAquaria.com and Barnett Shutman and RVS Fishworld INC.
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Listen up everyone, if you would like a national or international MASNA speaker speak at your club this is the time to take advantage of this GOLDEN opportunity. If you are a member of your local club let them know that you and the attendees would enjoy a live presentation. On the other hand, if you are a local club bringing in a MASNA speaker you will be reimbursed by MASNA up to $300.00.

Well known speakers bring in a large number of attendees and club interactions with the speaker are priceless. Speaking from personal experience, some club members feel more at ease when they can ask questions on a one on one communication with the speaker.

There are only 14 slots available! So, take advantage and register your chosen MASNA speaker early before all available slots are gone. Detail of MASNA’s requirements is available on the link provided.

http://masna.org/club-resources/masna-speaks-2/
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One of the projects I mentioned during my presentation at this year’s MACNA was the filming of a groundbreaking educational documentary about the “Mariculture Industry in the Philippines and Bali”. This project while very important to our “Reefing Community” and sets a positive tone with our industry had to be postponed at this time. Many of the Sponsors lined-up to assist with this project had to shift their attentions to a more pressing and important matter, PIJAC.

Our industry is under attack, and as mentioned by Julian Sprung “Coral species listed as threatened will be illegal to possess, trade or sell”. This by far is the most important news to face our industry in a long time and requires all of our attention. Please understand our hobby and for many others, livelihoods are in jeopardy. MACNA, Frag, Coral and Reef swaps have a potential of becoming a thing of the past.

The project will go on at a future date when the sponsors can get back on board. This documentary is design to show how the industry is working in partnership with Mother Nature to help restore some of the damaged reefs in those countries through education and allow the influx of revenue to support the project.
As hobbyist, fraggers, industry manufactures, and store owners across the country please provide support to this very important cause. Visit this link to be informed and donate.

http://www.pijac.org/ADF#bookmark1
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During my talk at MACNA last weekend I made several announcements and one of those announcements was about Tony's Vault. This new venture is in association as dual partnership with Hydra Aquatics International. We are currently under construction to create South Florida's true Hi-Tech wholesale environment, which aim to make a difference with our live stock.

Our Life-support system is by none other than Bashsea Aquatic, which was chosen for its quality, durability and performance, undoubtedly the best in the Industry. All our fish will be housed in glass tanks from Marineland for better clarity. In addition, all our tanks and coral troughs will be lit with the latest equipment from Ecoxotic.

Here are a few composites of our warehouse's layout.
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Get Ready For Some Major Announcements!

MACNA 2014 starts this Friday in Denver Colorado and the first speaker to give a presentation for this event will be I. The presentation given to all at attendance will focus on my 300-gallon reef tank build, but near the end I will announce a few of my latest projects in the works. Stay tuned!
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    Business, 1983 - 1985
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Reef aquarium build, aquarium maintenance, motivation
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  • Tony's Vault
    CEO, 2013 - present
    Wholesale high-line saltwater fish and corals from all over the world.
  • VargasReef Consulting
    CEO, 2010 - present
    Consult new reef aquarium builds.
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