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Zapins 06-02-2010 09:53 AM

June 19th Plant Club Meeting
Hello Everyone!

Its about that time again! The last plant club meeting was a blast! We went out to two local ponds, got some good old sunshine and found about 7 species of plants, some are not even available in the hobby yet!

Our next meeting (June 19th) will be similar. The plan is to meet at Amanda's house and have a look at the local waterways near her, then take a drive to a nearby state park and look for driftwood and more plants.

Amanda has been kind enough to write a document (attached) that gives people directions to her house, and the state park (for all you latecomers!), a list of what to bring, and a list of what we will probably find in the field.

Please contact me for directions.

Please PM/email/call me to let me know if you are coming or if you are not coming


asukawashere 06-02-2010 10:26 AM

Re: June 19th Plant Club Meeting
XD Indeed. Seeing as I'm the intended guide for this thing, I suppose it's safe to say I'll be wherever. You can all mock my haphazardly assembled pile of fish tanks when you get here, lol.

One minor correction: the park isn't a state park. It's privately owned land provided to Southbury area residents to use freely, but the deed itself is owned by O&G Quarry... a state park would require too much governmental red tape to get permission to collect from. We'd be mired in bureaucracy for a year if we tried that, lol. Private property provided for our use is so much easier to deal with... fishing is allowed there as well, by the way, and parts of the river are stocked with trout.

Zapins 06-02-2010 10:47 AM

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Hehe! Glad to know we won't be mired in bureaucracy for a year! :D

By the way, you mentioned something about swimming? I have a few snorkel masks and some flippers, should I bring them?

Perhaps people want to bring some snacks as well? We might as well have a picknick while we are out there.

I can bring some soda, cups and plates. We'll need cold meats (turkey and salami), and chips. Any volunteers?? ;)

asukawashere 06-02-2010 11:13 AM

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The Southbury park is a perfect picnic area, they have tables and stuff. There used to be some spots where it was deep enough to swim, no idea if that's changed this summer - it being a river floodplain, the water's path is constantly changing and such. The masks would be great, especially in the event that we find a plant 4ft underwater that we want to get a better look at, lol. Flippers would probably get in the way more than they would help, but you can bring them if you like.

... If we're going to go the food route, though, there's a sandwich shop called Mikee's Place in Southbury that we could all grab sandwiches at to bring to the park. Just a thought.

Zapins 06-02-2010 11:20 AM

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Eeeeexccccellent Smithers! The sandwich shop will do nicely!

asukawashere 06-02-2010 11:34 AM

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Okay, then I propose an amendment to my driving directions: we're now getting off exit 14 from I-84, taking a left at the bottom of the exit ramp, and then a right at the traffic light, which will put us on southbury's main drag, Mikee's is in one of the strip malls a little ways down on the left, before the Southbury Food Mart plaza.

.... or Google for Mikee's Place in Southbury, CT to get their address and use GPS to direct yourselves, if you prefer.

khanzer22 06-02-2010 12:46 PM

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Oh man, this is gonna be fun! Have to check my schedule that day if I'm clear of any obligations so I can seal the deal and go LOL

asukawashere 06-03-2010 09:17 PM

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You totally need to come, so to heck with any other obligations, lol :D And this time you need to take things home with you!

Zapins 06-03-2010 10:39 PM

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Yeah!!!! That Val we found is doing wonderfully. Its color is so nice.

asukawashere 06-03-2010 10:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Zapins (Post 541716)
Yeah!!!! That Val we found is doing wonderfully. Its color is so nice.

Really? Mine died on me, lol. Kinda like every other val I ever owned. I think they do it just to spite me... seriously

But the other stuff is doing well - that Polygonum-looking thing wound up in the upper part of my pond (i.e. where there are no goldfish) but the rest all went to the guppy and endler tanks... I'm hoping the hairgrass fills in nicely in my 10-gallon-on-a-clothes-dryer setup (long story).

By the way, did we ever find an ID for that grassy stuff that we couldn't figure out? The one you thought might be a Najas? That's also sitting in my guppy tank...

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