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I figure we need a thread for general plotting for the NEC Convention. Here's what's on the agenda:

#1 - PLANTED TANK CONTEST
Part of the display we're putting up will include entries in a nano scaping contest. Convention attendees will be voting on their favorite planted tank, the winner will receive a certificate and a goodie bag as a prize. If you would like to enter, post here, PM me, or email [email protected] - include your name(s), the name of the scape, and the tank dimensions so I can print up labels/plan spacing

Contest rules are as follows:
- Scaping contest is open to anyone, not just CAPE members
- Nano tanks only, maximum tank size of 10g
- max 2 entries per person
- Joint entries are allowed (but there's only one prize so you'll have to split it!)
- Tank must include at least 1 species of live aquatic plant. Inclusion of animals is recommended but not required.

#2 - SPECIMEN DISPLAY
The rest of our space will be filled with a display of uncommon or particularly nice plant specimens. Emersed, potted specimens are ideal but we're not picky - if you think it's a good-looking plant, come show it off! I'm bringing my Anubias sp. 'Gabon 2' for instance. Contact me or post here if you can bring something, include the name of the plant so we don't end up with too many of the same thing.

#3 - CARPOOLING
If you're willing to carpool, feel free to make arrangements here. I'll be going all 3 days, and can shuttle people if they're going for the whole day (and if they get to my place on time).
 

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Looks nice. By the way, the hygro compact I got from you is flowering! I got 2 nice little purple buds... :)
 

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Thanks, Luke.

Good to hear the 'Kompakt' is doing well for you - seems to me like trimming it triggers blooming for whatever reason. Huh.

You going to enter that emersed bowl you made in the scaping contest?
 

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Thanks, Luke.

Good to hear the 'Kompakt' is doing well for you - seems to me like trimming it triggers blooming for whatever reason. Huh.

You going to enter that emersed bowl you made in the scaping contest?
Does it count as a nano-tank if it has no water or fish in it? I would enter it, but I'm not sure what their rules are like.
 

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^ See requirements in first post. It's a planted tank contest, not a fish contest. Perhaps "aquatic planted container" would be a more accurate description. All that's required is that it conceivably holds water and houses at least one aquatic plant - technically, a leaf of duckweed in a yogurt cup could count (though I'm sure it wouldn't win LOL!). Actually, maybe someone should enter a yogurt cup with a piece of duckweed, just for giggles...

As for the water... I figure emersed aquatic plants are still aquatic plants. Even as-is, it has some water, just not a lot. That said, you could always just flood the bowl when you get to the convention... the mini-tank John and I scaped for the contest is going to be grown out emersed and partially filled just for the show.
 

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^ See requirements in first post. It's a planted tank contest, not a fish contest. Perhaps "aquatic planted container" would be a more accurate description. All that's required is that it conceivably holds water and houses at least one aquatic plant - technically, a leaf of duckweed in a yogurt cup could count (though I'm sure it wouldn't win LOL!). Actually, maybe someone should enter a yogurt cup with a piece of duckweed, just for giggles...

As for the water... I figure emersed aquatic plants are still aquatic plants. Even as-is, it has some water, just not a lot. That said, you could always just flood the bowl when you get to the convention... the mini-tank John and I scaped for the contest is going to be grown out emersed and partially filled just for the show.
I don't want to flood it, but I would like to enter it in the show. Do you need the exact dimensions or do you remember how big it was? I think the tank you and John did is going to turn out very nice and has a good chance of winning if you at least clean the glass... :D
 

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Clean glass is for losers! :mrgreen:

I'll put it down as a 10" square. Exact measurements aren't important, I just need a close-enough guess to rough it out. What do you want to title your scape?
 

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Are we still getting 3 x 6' tables? If so, I have an idea to at least cover at least a couple of sq/footage... I'm thinking of displaying some pictures of our scaped tanks that we can't bring there, I mean our bigger tanks... We'll print and put them in a picture frame (per tank) and display it there... I may have some picture frames I got from work that we could use if we'll go that route...


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If you want to get more pictures of tanks I can email you some pictures of my tanks to help take up space if you don't mind printing them out.

I like the add Amanda, its very crisp and conveys the important info well.
 

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Are we still getting 3 x 6' tables? If so, I have an idea to at least cover at least a couple of sq/footage... I'm thinking of displaying some pictures of our scaped tanks that we can't bring there, I mean our bigger tanks... We'll print and put them in a picture frame (per tank) and display it there... I may have some picture frames I got from work that we could use if we'll go that route...
That's a great idea, John. I think each one of us could probably take a picture of our display tanks and put them there.
 

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Clean glass is for losers! :mrgreen:

I'll put it down as a 10" square. Exact measurements aren't important, I just need a close-enough guess to rough it out. What do you want to title your scape?
Now you come up with the hard questions... I'm trying to think of a creative name and all I can think of are silly names like "rasbora's edge" or something equally ridiculous. Give me some time to think a bit.
 

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Yes, three 6' tables. The larger tank photos are a great idea, though maybe they'd best be displayed in a binder or photo book of some kind. Anyone interested, please email me the highest-resolution photos you can get... screen size won't work for printouts!

Now you come up with the hard questions... I'm trying to think of a creative name and all I can think of are silly names like "rasbora's edge" or something equally ridiculous. Give me some time to think a bit.
When in doubt, you could always just call it something like "Emersed Bowl" or "My Entry" :mrgreen:
 

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Yes, three 6' tables. The larger tank photos are a great idea, though maybe they'd best be displayed in a binder or photo book of some kind. Anyone interested, please email me the highest-resolution photos you can get... screen size won't work for printouts!

When in doubt, you could always just call it something like "Emersed Bowl" or "My Entry" :mrgreen:
Binder or photo book is a good alternative though the only disadvantage I could see is only one/two person at a time could look/browse at it (unless we bring at least 2 identical copies?) whereas having them on pic frames on the table will let them see the tank pics right away at our booth without causing much traffic :) OR, we could use an illustration board too to stick/paste the pics like a presentation...

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Hmm I prefer the idea of individual pictures, or maybe if its possible, a projector with a looped power point presentation. If we could take up one wall of the place we should get a lot of people coming to see our tanks. I can also send some fish pictures that aren't necessarily with plants to draw in some of the fishier folk.

Then we can have the high-res pictures of the tanks on the table for them to look over.
 

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We don't have access to a projector - if someone wants to volunteer a laptop, we could run a presentation on that, but leaving a laptop out on a table for 3 days potentially unattended sounded like a bad idea to me...

I have no problem making 2 binders, or even a larger portfolio-type display (I can print photos up to 11x17" if the resolution is good enough). My concern with the frames is a.) having to buy a gazillion of them, and b.) there being more little pieces to knock over and whatnot.

Of course it's all moot if y'all don't send me your photos! I need them as far in advance as you can swing it - I can't format them all the night before, after all!

Also, I'm trying to arrange to transport a 55g tank to house the emersed, high-humidity display... anybody willing to help bring it over/tear it down? A thank hat big won't fit in my car LOL.
 

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Instead of frames, we could just laminate individual pictures.

I'll send you link to my online pictures and you can pick and choose which one you deem is good enough to share... I also have more recent pics on my phone but it would take time to sort through.
 

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I'll email the pictures to you this weekend...

As for the pic frames, I have six 11"x14", without stand, that I could lend but that's not enough if we have more tank pics to display :)


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Maybe we could pick 6 really exceptionally nice ones to display and put the rest in the binder? That way passers by can be lured in by pretty colors and the ones that are really interested have something to stay for. :)
 

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Are you available to meet up this coming Saturday? My daughter and I will go to Trumbull Mall (Westfields) in the am, I can bring the pic frames with me... If not, I can probably drop it off to your place on Tuesday... Speaking of pics, you can also include macro pics of inflorescence from your emersed plants to the binder/portfolio :)


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