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Note that the meeting this month will be a week later than we usually convene - I'll be in Florida from the 14th 'til the 21st or 22nd (the familial units who planned this shindig weren't very clear on the end date...). The benefit, however, is that I will systematically raid the state of Florida (or at least the ditch nearest to my hotel) and mail relevant aquatic goodies home. Or else.

Aaaaanyway, meeting. On April 28th. Fun times. If the weather's good, we'll go on a collecting trip (anybody have ideas for a location?). If it's rainy, anyone feel like going on a day trip to Long Island? (I'm thinking a trip to Frank's Aquarium, maybe going and bothering Gordon if he's free?) Anyone willing to drive?
 

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I can drive if we take a road trip. Sherwood Island state park in Westport is a great place to collect rocks and possibly some driftwood.
 

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I'm reluctant to raid a state park for anything unless its specifically open to such things - i.e. Old Mine Park in Trumbull is open to rock collecting (mostly it's mineralogists looking for crystals and stuff, but I don't think they care which kinds of rocks you can take LOL). I haven't been there to check it out as a hardscape source, per se (it's on my things-to-do-this-summer list!), but if we're going to go hardscape collecting as a group I'd prefer it be at a place like that, where they allow people to take stuff.
 

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It might be worth doing a collect trip for inverts and local fish. There are some nice snails, crayfish, and shrimp that would be good additions to our tanks. Not to mention a host of critters that would make great live food cultures. Local fauna also make up a part of the aquascape!
 

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The local crays - mostly Orconectes spp. - are mean little things! I'm not sure there are any FW shrimp whose range makes it all the way north to CT, though...

Local fish-wise, I would love to find a source for those cute little Enneacanthus sunfish - they're supposed to be great aquarium fish. Even the larger species of the genus Lepomis make for good pets, though :) They're a lot like coldwater versions of cichlids.
 

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Hi all.

My name is Paul. I live in Simsbury. I'm new to planted aquariums and aquascaping
if you will. I've heard there is a cub/clubs in the area. Can anyone help me out with any info?

Thanks
Paul
 

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Hi Paul!
You're in the right place - we're the only plant-specific group in the state (there are plenty of aquarium clubs, though). If you send me a PM with your email, I can forward you some basic info on the club and stuff. As mentioned above, our next meeting is on 4/28, when we'll be going on a collecting trip. We'll probably meet up at my place in Fairfield, CT - bit of a hike for you, but doable. :)
 

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im also new and just getting into planted tanks. i really enjoy it and my daughter whose 4 enjoys helping me so its something i can do with her together. i'd be interested in more info as well.
 

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Sure thing! Just let me know your email address and I'll send you some info and put you on our mailing list. Kids are welcome at meetings, too. :)
 

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Quick vote, guys: I have two locations in mind for possible collecting trips this weekend:

1 - Old Mine Park, Trumbull, CT
This is a former tungsten quarry that supposedly yields some cool rocks. Rock collecting is allowed. There is a stream/pond on the premises, but I have no clue how it rates as a plant/critter collecting location.

2 - Lake Mohegan Cascades, Fairfield, CT
This place won't let you steal the rocks, but there are some plants to collect and some lovely hiking trails. If anyone wants to try seining, it's an ideal place to come up with some small fish and crayfish. Plants include Hornwort, Elodea, Vallisneria, pickerel rush, Callitriche terrestris, and Ludwigia palustris. Also, we may be able to swing by the fishing creek on nearby Brookside Rd., afterward. It has a better selection of plant specimens to explore and may offer another chance at seining.


So, which will it be? Rock collecting at the mine, or seines away? Whatever gets the most votes in the next 24 hrs. will be our trip this weekend. ;)

Also note that fishing season is open now, if you want to go harvesting fish you should get a license.
 

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I vote for #2. I have enough rocks and would prefer to enjoy the (hopefully) nice spring weather where there are green things growing, as opposed to a rock quarry...
 

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XD Don't count out the first option if you want to get out and see some greenery - Old Mine Park spreads over something like 72 acres, and only a portion of that is the former mine. The rest of it contains hiking trails, a river walk (turns out it's a small river, not a stream...), grassy fields, etc.

The Mohegan Cascades are more hilly, forested terrain, great if you like mountain hiking, but most of the forest is fairly similar. Similarly, I expect the aquatic fauna will mostly consist of rapids species - minnows, shiners, river crayfish, trout, etc.

My point is, both have plenty of nice scenery, and there are bodies of water on both. ;) The rocks are more of an added bonus, IMO.

Anyway, the vote is tied (my choice would be #1) - anyone care to break the tie?
 

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Just looking at the web page. I'll change my vote to #1. "Rock quarry" - I was picturing a hole in the ground with rocks and cliffs.
 

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Sorry won't be able to come tomorrow... Wife swapped schedule for work so I have to watch the kiddo... Have fun and take snaps of nice specimens and I might come back there to pick them up :)


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Just looking at the web page. I'll change my vote to #1. "Rock quarry" - I was picturing a hole in the ground with rocks and cliffs.
Oh, there are holes in the ground (or perhaps a slices would be a better description), just no real cliffs to speak of. Like I said, it was a tungsten mine, and tungsten ore typically occurs in veins within pegmatites, formed from crystallized lava flows way back when. When they found an ore-bearing vein, they followed it, and thus ended up with a bunch of narrow channels in the bedrock. Interestingly, vugs (cavities in rock containing crystals) found in the park and its vicinity have yielded a bunch of really interesting minerals - fluorite, aquamarine (beryl), topaz, garnets (grossular, almandine), and so on.

Sooo, anyway, Old Mine Park it is (Mimi also voted for the location).

Sorry won't be able to come tomorrow... Wife swapped schedule for work so I have to watch the kiddo... Have fun and take snaps of nice specimens and I might come back there to pick them up :)
And who says we won't take all the nice rocks for ourselves? :party: BTW, you still have to stop by sometime to pick up your prize and certificate from last month's convention show. Also your picture frames, if you want those back.
 
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