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Old 10-02-2005, 06:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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A little while ago we had discussed setting up a display tank in one of the local pet stores. I talked to Dave today at All About Pets about doing this. I couldn't get the words out fast enough. He wants to know when and what he needs. I told him I would talk to you guys.

Basically we would setup and scape a nice planted tank. He would keep the same plants for sale in a tank right next to the display. We could stop in once a week and maintain the tank. I am usually in there once a week anyway and Matt said he would like to go once a week. Any other volunteers. This would be a great way to get the word out about planted tanks and SWOAPE. Also a great recruiting tool. I figure we could keep easy to care for plants like ferns, anubias, hygro, etc. Stuff new people can keep pretty easily. Maybe even write up a care sheet to put next to the for sale tank.

I was thinking in November a few of us (hint hint Erik) could go to his shop early in the day and set it up, scape it, and get it going. Then we could start our monthly meeting there before he closes at 5 so everyone could see the handiwork, and then go on to get some grub at a local restaurant. From there we could hit up the GCAS meeting. Any input is off course appreciated. Throw out some ideas. I could work on getting a little brass plaque engraved that says
"Setup and maintained by members of the South Western Ohio Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts (SWOAPE)"
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Great idea, although I do have classes during the morning and afternoon hours of the week.

If you want to keep things simple and elegant, we'll need the plants Jim suggested (plenty of ferns) as well as moss and plenty of crypts. One question: Will the store be supplying the goods for the tank, including the plants?
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Yah. Dave said just tell him what he needs. He has an old tetra co2 setup. He wants to use that up and then said he would buy whatever was needed. We may need to find some wood if he doesn't have any that would fit the bill. I thought of you because of your aquascaping skills. If we could get a list together of everything he would need, I am sure we could get it together.

I was thinking of setting it up on a Sunday afternoon. Probably the Sunday of the GCAS meeting in November. The 13th I think. Then have everyone else in the club meet us there to see it then go have our meeting somewhere then head to the GCAS meeting for those that will attend.
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We could have Tom send Manzanita wood. It's easy to work with and looks amazing.
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A couple of questions first...............
WHERE IS THIS PLACE?!?!?!?!?! Lol
Will/does he carry a wide variety of plants?
Wouldn't a different CO2 system be more effective? I heard bad things about the tetra system including size of canister and refilling as well as the very passive diffuser.
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We could have Tom send Manzanita wood. It's easy to work with and looks amazing.
I'm working on the wood and I asked him about the Amano Shrimp also...
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It is on 42 just south of Mason I guess. He doesn't carry a lot of plants now because he can't seem to keep them successfully. He wants to use up the tetra setup because it has been around the store for awhile. After that he will get whatever is needed.
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This could be fun! It would be nice to actually set up a tank in a store. I have a few questions as well...

Are the plans to do this tank as a low maintenance type tank? Swords, Java Ferns, Anubias, Dwarf Sag, etc? Maybe, depending on the light levels, throw in a few stem plants as well.

Would we be better off supplying him some decent plants or can he get "good" (algae free) plants from a supplier. Maybe we could supply some plants in return for a discount for SWOAPE members? I'm sure a well maintained tank will bring in some extra money once word gets out.

It might be a good idea for a couple of us to get together with Dave and discuss this before we get really into it. Make sure he understands the needs of a planted tank and what it is going to require in initial expenses. The CO2 equipment is not going to be cheap, though cheap is a relative term.

I would even go so far as to suggest that maybe he drop by our October meeting if that's possible. If that's not possible, maybe a couple of us could sit down with him at his shop and talk. Since this is going to be in a store, the owner/employees need to have some knowledge of the tank to answer questions and we need to make sure the tank succeeds. A failure of the tank at this point would not do the hobby or the store any good but a successful tank would bring in more hobbyists and more money to the store. If that happens, Dave may become a source of some decent plants, something that is sorely needed in this area.
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Very well said, Matt. It would be great to have Dave at the next meeting so we can start planning a successful and beautiful display. This is a great opportunity for all of us. If it becomes a profitable endeavor for the store, other stores may be persuaded to follow suit. While it will be a lot of fun, the bottom line is that we need to think about this as a real business situation.

It is best to set up the tank with items that Dave can stock in the store. If he can only carry Hagen CO2 generators, we should work with it. If he can carry the JBJ all-in-one regulators, even better. Whether he can carry Coralife or Orbit lights, regardless of brand, we should use what he can stock. Ceramic diffusors or the Reactor 1000s? Kent or Seachem? The more things Matt can offer in his store that are actually used in the tank, the more persuaded people will be to buy those products because they will SEE they work. You get the idea....
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Matt, maybe we could meet up this weekend and head over to the store. Try to get a chance to talk to Dave. I can call him and see if we can get about 15 minutes of undivided attention. Give you a chance to see the store and the layout and get a feel for the drive.
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