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rjfurbank 12-14-2009 10:48 AM

DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Hi Everyone,

Now that the club is up and running again I'd like to announce our next meeting. For 2010 we plan to meet on the first Saturday of every other month starting in January.

The next meeting is set for 1pm on 1/2/2010. Nate has agreed to host the meeting and show us his tanks. Here's a link for a sneak preview:

I think he is also going to be setting up a small 10g experimental El Natural tank so it should interesting . . .

I'll send out an email w/ the address and directions to those on our mailing list. If you're in the area and aren't on the DVAGA mailing list send me a PM and I'll send you the address.

You can also check out our website:

Hope to see you there!


ngb2322 12-15-2009 09:52 AM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Never done El Natural before, but there's a first time for everything! The reason I would like to experiment with El Natural is that my parents want to have a planted tank, but do not have the time or desire to learn enough to keep a high tech tank. So this will be a learning experience on the ten gallon and I will then be setting up a 67 gallon tank El Natural within the months to follow. I plan on getting supplies within the next few weeks and setting it up at the next meeting. I'll also do a trim of my 75 gallon when we meet and everything I pull out (besides what goes into the 10 gallon El Natural) will be up for grabs! Hope to see those who can make it Jan 2!

ngb2322 12-18-2009 11:49 AM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
If anyone has some floaters that I could use in the El Natural setup it would be appreciated!

Brilliant 12-22-2009 02:24 PM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
I've got some Phyllanthus fluitans aka red root floater. I am planning on coming and will try to remember to bring a baggie with me. :D

ngb2322 12-23-2009 07:04 AM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)

benlhalt 12-27-2009 01:25 AM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
I can contribute some Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum).

rjfurbank 12-27-2009 05:18 AM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)

Originally Posted by benlhalt (Post 513614)
I can contribute some Amazon Frogbit (Limnobium laevigatum).

Cool. . . looking forward to seeing everyone next week!


Brilliant 01-02-2010 01:24 PM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
I had a great time. I really liked the terrarium & the growth in your display tank. Nice work!

Thanks for having me and thanks for the plants. :D

rjfurbank 01-02-2010 03:46 PM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Me too. . . Thanks to Nate for hosting and everyone who showed up!

I am looking forward to seeing how the El Natural tank set up progresses.


ngb2322 01-03-2010 04:37 PM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Thanks everyone for coming and seeing my tanks!! It was great to have everybody over and hang out. Hopefully I'll be a set of tweezers richer by the next time you see me! I'll post pics of the El Natural setup periodically and give you some water stats for awhile.

El Natural Day 1:
pH: 7.4 - 7.6
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Phosphate: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm

Looking good so far!!

Jason Baliban 01-04-2010 12:49 PM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Great to see everyone!! Also, a super cool el natural setup to learn from!!

Here are some pics...
Nate's beautiful 75
Getting ready to start the demo
Adding soil


ngb2322 01-04-2010 12:59 PM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Great pictures Jason!!

rjfurbank 01-05-2010 07:41 AM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Great photos!

Thanks again Nate for hosting--your 75 is looking awesome!

ngb2322 01-06-2010 04:13 PM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Day 4 of El Natural:
Ammonia: 0 ppm
Nitrate: 5 ppm
Phosphate: 0 ppm
pH: 7.4

Not much has changed in terms of water parameters. I added some MTS, ramshorns, and pond snails. I plan on getting some shrimp and livebearers from rjfurbank this weekend to stock up the tank. Again, there is no filtration on this tank, just a heater. It took over a day for the temperature on the opposite side of the tank from the heater to reach the set-point of 72F, from a starting temperature of 50F. There are a few new leaves on all the stems, which is a good sign. The blyxa japonica is starting to fade from the bright color it started with, so not sure if it is going to make it.

ngb2322 01-11-2010 04:31 PM

Re: DVAGA--January 2010 meeting (1/2/10)
Nothing too new to update on the El Natural, except that I added a mini-powerhead filter thingy to get some water movement. Blyxa Japonica leaves were all fading and falling off, so I removed it all. Guess that answers the blyxa question....

I added Neocaridina heterpoda var. yellow and Heterandria formosa from rjfurbank. Heterandria formosa is quite a cool little fish I am really enjoying. Pictures will be posted at 1 month.


PS Sorry for missing the BCAS meeting, I really wanted to be there to here the photography talk cause I'm a noob, but my gf had other plans for me.

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