10-03-2005, 01:25 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Dayton, Ohio
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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.