Ok. I'm already in Miami. I fly out March 29th. I will not offer my house to an open house due to the state of the tank (Art, you think your tank was bad... mine is 5x worse!). The wood work is extremely impressive though... I will work on it during the summer for an open house some time in September.
OK Fellow Club Members, I'm hosting an open house for the first ever meeting of the South Florida Aquatic Plant Club on Saturday, March 27th at 1:00pm. This isn't written in stone however and if there's a more convienient time that day or if Sunday would be better - we can talk. After all, you guys are the ones that have to travel.
NATURALLY, my two display tanks are both broken down at this time for maintenance and complete re-do's featuring terraced landscaping and other improvements, but this may actually give us material for discussion.
Besides, I've still got several planted fry grow out tanks up and running, plus there's always my outdoor collection of Crypts, Anubias and other examples of "aquarium" plants being propogated under emergent conditions. What's new here underwater is Ludwigia inclinata and Ludwigia sp. "Cuba" a mini Eusteralis look alike.
We could do some plant trades too.
I've got inclinata now to spare two stems but the L. Cuba really needs some more time yet. I've got Elatine triandra and Eusteralis s. plus Bylxia, Lagarosiphon m., narrow leaf Java and Christmas moss galore.
Most of the old standbys like pearl grass, Hygro "sunset", hairgrass, glosso, dwarf sag, Ludwigia arcuata and Hydrothriche are here as well.
If everyone lists what they have extras of, it will make things easier.
Mini-Eusteralis? Ludwigia sp Cuba should be reaching twice the size of the ratty Eusteralis.
Ludwigia sp Pantanal "#1" from Asia is a smaller form that looks more like large, flaming red Rotala wallichii. The Ludwigia sp Pantanal sent to me by hobbyists in Brazil is somewhere in between the former and the latter. Unfortunately the #1 died on me when I left for winter break in December.
My 55g "show tank" here at home needs A LOT of work and A LOT of plants due to a massive outbreak of cyanobacteria while I was gone for three months. I would be embarassed to bring anything from this tank.
I promise to have bountiful quantities of rare swords, crypts, and stem plants for my September open house to make up.
<<Mini-Eusteralis? Ludwigia sp Cuba should be reaching twice the size of the ratty Eusteralis.
Ludwigia sp Pantanal "#1" from Asia is a smaller form that looks more like large, flaming red Rotala wallichii. The Ludwigia sp Pantanal sent to me by hobbyists in Brazil is somewhere in between the former and the latter. >>
Wow! Twice the size? Some of my Eusteralis s. is a good 6 inches across underwater. Dang, I kinda liked the thought of it staying small like that.
Sounds like you're hooked up pretty good with the plant contacts there Carlos.
My "Cuba" came from Singapore (there's a strange thought) and only one stem survived. That shipment got beat up pretty bad. It floated a good month before putting out three shoots which I planted about three weeks ago. They are about six inches tall now and maybe two inches across.
My inclinata is just the regular kind shown in Teapot's picture book and on Amano's sites. Long, rounded off leaves, nice orange/red color with prominent venation. That "Pantanal" variety really looked fabulous in Cassleman's book-- much different than mine.
Carlos, you're welcome to anything I've got if you've a mind and no need to apologize about your tanks or lack of plants. We all know how that goes - especially if you have two residences. My main tanks, the 75 and 150 are down for re-do's just now myself, although I may have one display up and functioning by then in honor of the meeting. That is: if my terracing plan works out as I imagine. Maybe not...
BTW, as far as fish go: I've got excess Endler's and M. praecox should anyone want any. Have about 25 juvi's of the new Millennium Rainbow fish, M. pseudoincisis, the smaller, all red rainbow, but I'll only trade those for something good. :0)
See you guys Saturday and I'll e-mail a map, but it's pretty simple as I'm at the end of a cul de sac.
1590 Tamarack Way, Wellington Florida, 33414
No problem guys, we can do it again some other time.
I'll let you know how the meeting goes anyway, give a full report of what happened and try to somehow find words to describe the breathtaking beauty of the host's legendary tanks. I wonder just who will win the door prize?