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Is anyone else planning on attending the 2008 AGA Convention in Atlanta, Georgia this November? It promises to be a great convention this year. The list of speakers is top-notch, including none other than the master himself, Takashi Amano!

http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/convention.html

I'm planning to be there. It will be great to meet some of you in person for a change. :D
 

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it was between tom barr's plant fest and this convection and i chose the plant fest mainly because tom is a real good friend of mine. i sure would like to see Mr. amano doing an aquascaping presentation but hes there almost every year so maybe next year :)
I doubt Amano will be back next year. It's been since 2004 since he last came to the AGA. He'll probably be back at some point though. :D
 

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I was at the '04 convention and should probably look into going to Atlanta this year. I wonder if I can get a few fellow SWOAPE people to go.
 

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I was at the '04 convention and should probably look into going to Atlanta this year. I wonder if I can get a few fellow SWOAPE people to go.
I was there too. Maybe this time we can actually meet. :D
 

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Yeah dude, it would be nice to meet a lot of the people on here. It's great to be able to put a face with a name ;)
 

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already got the green light from the boss, and the 'other boss'. I plan on having my avatar on a name tag :)

For those who havent looked yet, this looks to be a great lineup:

Karen Randall (long time contributor to the AGA)
Amano (i'm assuming everyone knows this guy :) )
Dr. Tan (the "moss ID guy from Singapore")
Mike Senske (I'm assuming everyone here knows this guy as well :) )
also talks on Chemistry (Seachem guy) and tissue culture for plants

The Atlanta aquarium is only a leisurely walk/cab ride away, and I believe the AGA is planning on getting some discounted rates for those interested.
 

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Since most aquatic gardeners are also terrestrial gardeners, you should try your best to also see the Atlanta Botanical Garden while you're in town. It's one of the best, and the new state of the art orchid houses are amazing with both highland and tropical sections. There are Nepenthes in there bigger than your forearm. Also, the Camellias will be beginning to bloom in the woodland garden, and they have some exceptional dart frog paludariums in the lobby of Fuqua conservatory.
 

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I'll be there. I fly for free but I'm not too far away in Florida if I decide to drive instead. Sounds like fun.
 

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My girlfriend and I are planning on going. Her parents now live down there. And I very much want to see the botanical gardens again! Their carnivorous plant collection is amazing.

Also I heard that the leafy seadragons at the Atlanta Aquarium are pregnant? Might be interesting to see baby seadragons...
 

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I want to go soooo bad. Though with the price of gas and the cost of college it will probably be a no for me. Can someone please explain what all those fees are for? It says that only AGA members can attend, but do you still have to pay $59 to go?
 

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I want to go soooo bad. Though with the price of gas and the cost of college it will probably be a no for me. Can someone please explain what all those fees are for? It says that only AGA members can attend, but do you still have to pay $59 to go?
Sure, that's an easy one. The rent cost of the hotel convention rooms has to be covered. The speaker's plane tickets have to be paid for (Amano San doesn't come free. ;)). There are lots of costs, trust me they're aren't making any money on fees.
 

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Hopefully I can afford this next year. I would love to see Amano do a demo and here what all these speakers have to say. Would anyone like to hide me in their luggage? :)
 
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