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Bpimm- sounds good, I'm up for a trip in your boat (just don't laugh if I fall in)[smilie=l:

yikesjason- it was nice meeting you to! Were you with the Wetspot or the guy on the OTHER side of the room:p? I was amazed at all of the co2 stuff Wetspot gave away, and I really appreciate the potatoes and apples that one guy brought, they got eaten quick! I am horrible with names, half the time I don't even remember my own:rolleyes:

cs gardener- Sounds like you need a couple of puffers! If Minsc still wants some I could always split them up! Honestly only one is needed per aquarium, and in a month's time snails have to be added to the aquarium so the puffers can sharpen their beaks on the snail shells. Having a separate aquarium to grow snails works good for me, I bait snails from that aquarium and feed puffers in my snail free aquarium. You can tell when the snails are almost gone because there won't be any more adults and the puffers will all hover around the remaining egg sacs waiting for the last hatch.

Thanks for your offer on the kribs, they are awesome fish! I don't have any room right now, but I feel multiple-multi tank syndrome setting in! You people are absolutely no help at all:p. Being able to share and trade whatever excess you have on hand is awesome and it makes the hobby a lot more fun! We really do need to set up a club, the plant swap was everything I hoped for, everyone was chill and and got to share experiences, just be yourself and no one will put you (or your crazy ideas) down (and lots of plants)!

OK...done hogging thread for 5 minutes....8-[
 

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These are the pea size, green freshwater puffers right? I used to keep them. They don't bite thru the shell like their larger cousins. They actually suck the snail out of their shell! They prefer small snails, babies, and eggs. They do a good job at irradicating. They like to be in groups and sort of school, very much unlike their larger cousins who tear each other apart. If its one of the larger species, then I would keep them separate.

I would take them if nobody else wanted them, but it sounds like you got takers!

JOPA sounds pretty good, anyone from Washington can just lie about where they live
Oh common, we can do better than that! If we are going to form a club, I suggest we don't invite the wet spot people again. I could be wrong, but I don't think they are really plant hobbyists themselves, and this was billed as more of an "event" which is why I think they came. They probably expected more people. Maybe that woman is into it, but I don't think Steve is, and I still can't figure out who that guy was that came with them! Am I being wierd, or do you understand what I am talking about?
 

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Well its been 5 minutes...can I post now?;)
Yes these are pea puffers, they do school around a bit but they nip at each other once in awhile to, so they do like a little space. That's the only nipping I've seen though, just between themselves like they are playing tag and then they will go right back to inspecting every surface for food. All of my empty snail shells are whole, no bite marks, but I read online that the puffers need to sharpen their beaks on snail shells or else the beaks will grow to long and they can starve. I don't know how true that is or why they wouldn't use a small piece of gravel for their beaks, but better safe than sorry!

I think the Wetspot enjoyed the whole thing, Marci was excited about her new tank! I think we could arrange something for you guys who brought a lot of plants. All of the excess plants that no one had room for went to the Wetspot, better than going to the compost pile. We should setup a deal with the Wetspot for store credit if they would like to come back, any excess plants will be given to them and the donors will get a receipt with store credit on the spot. It would be convenient for both parties and done all at one place and one time, no extra trips involved.

Thanks for hooking me up Robert! I can't wait to get my package!
 

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Well I can take excess plants too! Thats not a problem. In fact I can take them in trade, or pay cash, whatever... Catherine has traded lots of plants with me! If we start going to peoples homes and having a more intimate atmosphere, or a study group, discussion, that sort of thing, I thought those guys would feel out of place. I could be wrong, it doesn't really matter.

I am glad I didn't bring plants though, we really didn't need them.
 

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Zer0zax, if Catherine can provide a good home for the fish, they should go to her. If I remember correctly, they enjoy being in groups, and might be happiest if they aren't split apart. If I decide I want some, I'll just buy them:) I think I'll probably try to track down some assassin snails for this particular tank though.

Robert, I was under the impression all the plants that Marci and Steve were taking were either for their own personal tanks, or for the display tanks at the store, and not to be resold. I will be going there either tomorrow or friday, so we shall see...
At any rate, I thought they were enjoying themselves, and as long as they are interested in learning about planted tanks I see no reason to exclude anyone. The third person was an employee of theirs, who is one of the more knowledgeable plant people at the store. I'm pretty sure he came because he wanted to be there! If I'm not mistaken he is the yikesjason that just posted, but I could be wrong... we need some clarification here:p
 

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Oh come on Robert, you don't like JOPA!

I was half kidding when I posted that by the way, notice the lol directly afterward on the original post....

on that note how about PANS

(Planted Aquarium Nerd Society) :rolleyes:

or NWPCASFPWPT

North West Pacific Coast Aquarium Society For People With Planted Tanks.....

OK, it's really late, and I think I look silly enough for one night. ;)
 

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Robert- I am also sure that the plants the Wetspot people raised their hands for were for their own personal tanks or else the store display tanks. Whatever plants that no one raised their hand for were given to them and probably sold, and I felt it was pretty clear. The main problem is we just don't have enough aquariums!:)

I know I didn't contribute many plants at all, but I don't mind sharing plants with people from the Wetspot, they are hobbyists to. As far as the leftover plants, maybe the contributors could get a discount from them or something. I don't care about trying to make a buck or trying to see what kind of deal I could get, I just enjoy the hobby and meeting fellow hobbyists. Any plants or items swapped are just the frosting on the cake. They already lost any possible profit by giving all of that co2 equipment away, I think they would be just as excited as we are about having an Oregon/Canadi...er...Washington aquarium club.

MinsC- You read my mind! I have been eyeballing those assassin snails to!:rolleyes:

Logan's Daddy- You might have been joking, but I get the feeling were not!
NWPCASFPWPTORWHATEVERWOOTWOOT!
 

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Yikesjason- I really do appreciate you sharing the potatoes and apples, I like food! Don't feel bad if your remembered as Apple Man, at least your not That Guy! See you at the next swap![smilie=l:
 

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I have no problem with the Wet spot, everything is cool, I just wish more hobbyists were there, and I guess that sounds wierd coming from me! I don't even care if they sell the plants, thats not the point. I sold the plants I got! If ony six peope came and 3 of them were from the wet spot, wouldn't that be a little wierd? Don't worry, its all good.

Jason, I love your apples and potatoes! In fact I am eating the last apple today with my lunch. I should have grabbed more.
 

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Just saw that you shipped my plants out Robert! I feel like a kid waiting for Christmas!! The funny thing is they will arrive here at the perfect time, I am about to do a water change in my new tank and build a plant shelf for some emersed growth. Hopefully it will be ready by the time the plants come in!:rolleyes:

I don't think we will have to worry about a lack of people, there will at least be a handfull of us showing up quarterly. I am sure more people will join in as time progresses, but it is nice being able to converse with everyone without having a large crowd or society. I am still looking forward to the next swap, and I have a 50# bag of plaster of paris if anyone wants it! If you are really bored you can read how I ended up with it by clicking the 50Gal Ugly Tank in my sig. It will waste your time though...and you guys/gals might not let me come to the next swap[smilie=l:
 

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It looks like I will be bringing some shrimp to the next swap:D. I bought 4 blueberry shrimp from the Wetspot, and one was berried! I keep them with 3 ugly brown cherries also, so some of them will be mixed. I only see 7 babies crawling around right now, but 3 more shrimp are berried, so my horde is growing....anyone want some ugly shrimp? Here is a pic of my favorite shrimp (which happens to be berried ATM):


Unfortunately the eyes are not orange, just the flash from the camera:doubt:.

I decided I like Christmas moss, so I will be bringing back all of the flame moss I got from MedRed (can I have my soul back?). I have been propagating it emersed, and am about to make 2 new mesh squares, flame moss really does grow fast!! Here are a couple pics:



See you guys next year,
~that guy~
 

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Shrimp? Did someone offer shrimp? The blue is beautiful, I can see why it's your favorite. I need to set up a dedicated shrimp tank though. Right now I have cherry shrimp in two tanks and almost never see them because they're always hiding from the fish.

You're right about the flame moss, it does grow very quickly. It makes a rather neat groundcover for lower light areas. I may just have to use it for that whenever I get around to setting up my shrimp tank.
 

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I won't have much plants to bring, but I am setting up a way to propagate some bolbitis emersed also. I really appreciate all of the plants everyone shared, I can't wait to give some back! I counted 12 baby shrimp today, and the blue berried shrimp popped, so no telling how many newborn shrimp are crawling around. I don't know how many shrimp I will bring to this plant swap, but by the next swap I should have a couple of shrimp armies! I think the flame moss will double in another month, so plenty for this swap (thanks again MedRed!):rolleyes:
 

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Just introducing myself

I moved to Salem in '96 I had a plant tank from '97-'98 to around 2000. I think its a 45ish gallon tank, four feet long. I did DIY CO2, (4)-40 watt GE Chroma 50 (sunshine) bulbs. I did ok with it. I could get most things to grow except the lawn type plants. In 2001 I moved to The Dalles and up until five weeks ago the tank had been in storage. A couple of weekends ago I was in Portland and visited the Wet Spot for the first time. It was my birthday and we (my wife and I) got a CO2 system, just what I had always wanted during the tanks previous life but couldn't afford on a student's budget, the tank was enough! So now I'm hoping I can figure things out again, on different water. I'm saddened by what I've forgotten, I let myself get pond snails already... :( I'm amazed by the amount of information and number of groups on the net now. I remember The Krib and The Aquatic Plants Digest, not much happening there anymore.

Robert, I wish we had ran into each other during my time in Salem. Perhaps I wouldn't have let the tank go dormant for so long!

I'm quite by nature but just wanted to raise my hand as another person in Oregon interested in aquarium plants.

Hoping ya'll's plants are bubbly!

Michael
 
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