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I hope somebody has a BIG tank, I just pulled up one of the swords from my signature tank below and it is beautiful, but it is also about 20" tall....

I'll also have a couple of stems of rotala, ludwiga repens, and 7 or 8 plantlets of the narrow leaf chainsword from my foreground.

I have to work in the morning, but will be off by 12:30 and according to google maps drivetime I should be there right on time!

See you all there!
 

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Big thanks to all who came. It was a lot of fun meeting everyone and getting some cool plants. We actually had tons of plants!

To all those who didn't make it, you really missed out! Good pizza too! There seems to be enough interest to do this again, perhaps after the holidays in January.
 

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I would also like to thank everyone for giving me a tank full of plants!! Very cool meeting all of you! Logan's Daddy, Jeremy, MedRed, you guys are cool as hell! Bpimm, Your welcome to come on my side of the river anytime (but only keep driftwood from your side)! Minsc, you just about started a riot with those erio minis! Catherine, I hope you get better soon, thank you for the frogbit!

I feel a little guilty though...I took a box of ugly plants/wood and came home with a box of gold! Hopefully see you guys again soon!

Thanks to Robert again for setting this up!

Chris aka 'That guy' :fear:
 

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That was fun!

A big thanks to Robert for setting this up!
And another thanks to him and the folks at the Wet Spot for the awesome regulator, I almost felt guilty taking any plants after that kind of raffle prize, but there were plenty of plants to go around so I didn't feel too bad. :rolleyes:

It was great to put faces and real names to all of you and I really hope to get together again soon!

Thanks again to zerozax for the AWESOME driftwood, it's gonna look great.

You're all a bunch of real great guys (and gals) and I'm glad to have met all of you!
 

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I feel a little guilty though...I took a box of ugly plants/wood and came home with a box of gold! Hopefully see you guys again soon!
Don't feel bad, everyone gave what they wanted, and everyone got some great plants in return!

I was serious about going out and searching for driftwood and plants with you, or anyone else interested in tromping through the mud... just name a time and place.

The event was a lot of fun, I'm still eating the pizza right now! Next time I'll try to bring enough erio minis and Tonina fluviatilis lotus flower for everyone to try it in their tank.
 

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Had a lot of fun, great to put faces to names. Thanks Robert for getting the ball rolling. I'm all for a Portland/Oregon planted tank group if you will allow those of us from north of the river. Promise I won't steal any driftwood.:slywink:
 

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What a great time! There's something to be said when you can have such desirable plants and there's more than enough for everyone! I can only imagine what it'd have been like if we had another 10 people. I'm with you Minsc! Let's get something going! I'd love to get together once a quarter.
 

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I am setting up a 50gal paludarium right now for the sole purpose of growing plants out. Nothing fancy, but I have a roll of screen to make a moss drip wall and all the moss I got should grow quick emersed. I plan to use several small screen squares to keep moss sp. separate. Hopefully I will have some nice portions to bring for the next swap, but I get the feeling I should leave the java moss at home!

Minsc- I won't get out to tromp through the mud until next year, but we will definitely set something up! My brother and I go to Chinook Landing in Fairview to fish a lot, and that is where I see a lot of hopeful marginal plants that might work. I've failed at growing them submersed so far, but I have extreme low light and no co2, so who knows what could happen if they were put in a high tech tank!

I would also like to set up a trip to Eagle creek if you or anyone else is down for that. Tons of moss that gets flooded, might survive submersed. This is where I found my favorite driftwood that Logan's Daddy got (the smaller piece), tons of this wood is submerged, worn down and heavy, plus it shouldn't leach any tannins. This wood is unquestionable and won't turn to mush! Shorts and a pair of cheap shoes are required for this trip, but you only have to wade knee deep. We have a while to plan this out, it takes 30 minutes to drive from Gresham to Eagle creek, so that would be a long trip for a lot of you guys:(

J.O.P.A. sounds good! Since we have so many trees in the NW, I guess it wouldn't hurt if Bpimm took a couple of pieces from OUR side of the river...:p
 

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I'm sorry I missed the meeting. After Robert picked up my plants I ended up sleeping for over 3 hours so I guess it was for the best I didn't come. It helped though as I'm finally feeling more or less human. :)

I'm definitely interested in attending a future meet. Mid to late January would be good. Everything should be pretty overgrown after the hectic holiday season.

BTW, how many people ended up going Saturday?
 

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I'm glad you made it Jason. You gotta come back and join us again!

Including me and three people from the WET spot, and not including kids and significant others, there were 13 people there. Nobody from Salem, Eugene, or north of Washougal, and only one person from GPAS.
 

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Does anyone want 4 Dwarf Puffers? I like MTS snails, but only 5 out of 50 might survive, and I want the MTS for my substrate. All other snails/eggs are gone in 2 weeks. Great for eliminating snails, these guys don't pick on tetras or other fish, but any shrimp or snail is fair game. They even ate my apple snail bit by bit...:pout:

These guys have got to go, let me know if you want them and I will bring them to the next swap, or else I will trade them in for magical beans at the LFS.:rolleyes:
 

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JOPA sounds pretty good, anyone from Washington can just lie about where they live[smilie=l:

zer0zax, I'm not going to have any time until next year either, but I would definitely enjoy any sort of wilderness excursions.

About the puffers, have you had them in community tanks? I would love to see my snails die, but I don't want any fish to get hurt.
Do you think they would attack full grown amanos?
 

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The puffers are in a community tank, and I have kept them with tetras and gouramis and they left them alone. When I first added my fan shrimp (atyopsis sp.) the puffers went straight for it, but the shrimp batted one with his antenna and another with a flick of his tail. Those two puffers went flying like baseballs and none of them look at the shrimp anymore, that was a year and a half ago and they are all in the same tank still. Long story short, the fan shrimp is 4" long and I would not bet on the amanos living long.

I will print out a couple of maps for possible trips and bring them to the next swap, Chinook Landing is right on the Columbia but the driftwood sucks, probably not worth organizing a trip for that spot. Eagle creek is worth it, but it will take up half of a day. One of these days I will have to take a look at Swift creek, I saw Bpimm's eyes light up when he was talking about it, so it must be good! If I make it to the north side of the river I will look, but I won't take any driftwood until people aren't looking at me taking the driftwood...I hope that makes sense:confused:
 

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Swift creek reservoir catches everything coming off the south side of Mt. St. Helens, The Forrest service contracts someone to clean out the reservoir every year. I don't know what they do with the wood, maybe pulp, but last year the pile was probably 40' tall and 60-70 feet across. once they have it in a pile you can't touch it but there is still plenty on the shores, I have found nice stuff around the camp ground. Most of the good stuff comes out of the many nooks and crannies down the edge of the lake. Maybe next spring we can make a trek up there with the boat.
 

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Zer0zax, I'm interested in the puffers. Somehow I've gotten pond snails and they're driving me crazy. With 7 tanks and at least 4 of them with pond snails I have a good bit of cleanup needed. I should also be able to find the puffers a long term home.

I don't suppose there's anyone interested in kribs? I have at least a dozen that are 1+" long. Some look like they're close to maturity and others are definitely still juvies.

Has a date for the next swap been set yet?
 
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