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Live Blogging: Let’s Talk Tanks

Olathe, Kan. — Kansas City-area saltwater and reef aquarium enthusiasts forum, Salt-City.org, held its annual Let’s Talk Tanks event at the Great Mall of the Great Plains, Apr. 20 and 21, from 12 to 6 pm. Let’s Talk Tanks is a chance for online members to meet in-person and exchange corals and equipment. The event also had a “cake walk” style coral giveaway every 30 minutes, prizes were donated by local coral growers.

Let’s Talk Tanks also featured a frag swap, where coral growers sold pieces of their corals. Coral frags ranged in price from $20 to $200.

Admission to Let’s Talk Tanks was free for premium members of Salt-City.org and $2 for regular members. The event was not open to the general public. Follow the jump to read my Tweets from the event.

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Live Blogging: Sunflower Elementary Frag Swap

GARDNER, KAN. – Sunflower Elementary held its first frag swap this past Saturday, Feb. 16, as a thank you celebration for the community. Sunflower recently added a 220-gallon saltwater aquarium to its cafeteria. The tank was made possible by donations of time and livestock from members of the online reef community Salt-City. The children love the tank, said Dustin Mortenson, the principal of Sunflower, I clean fingerprints off the glass at least 5 times a day. Mortenson said that he encourages students to get up-close with the fish and the corals in the tank because its part of the hands-on learning experience. Mortenson also said that the children see things that adults miss because they are lower to the ground and closer to the glass. The frag swap was an opportunity for members of Salt-City a chance to meet each other, many of whom have only communicated with members online. Sunflower provided drinks and pizza, along with tables for members to display coral frags for sale and trade. Members brought more than 100 different types of coral to the swap to sell and trade. Frags for sale ranged from $5 to several hundred dollars and most trades were accepted. Many of the remaining frags at the end of the meet were donated to Sunflower’s tank. The frag swap took place on Feb. 16, from 12 pm to 3 pm at Sunflower Elementary School, in Gardner, Kan.

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