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Don't worry about the San Diego group. We can have our own if we don't want to drive ;)
 

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If only you could make it Mike. So who's spearheading this mini meet? Whos calling or contacting Kirt about this? If we really want this to happen some one has to take the leading role, I would love to but I am in midterm week....
 

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If it's the weekend of the 2nd, I'll be underway on an aircraft carrier. I'd definitely rather be at the meeting!
 

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This is an odd trip...I leave San Diego and come back a week later. No land in between :)
 

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If only you could make it Mike. So who's spearheading this mini meet? Whos calling or contacting Kirt about this? If we really want this to happen some one has to take the leading role, I would love to but I am in midterm week....
I'll probably be able to make it, but I'm too busy with work and holidays to plan it out.

Nick... you started this - it's your baby now! ;)
 

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Here's what I think we should do:

1. Set time and date
2. Get an estimated amount of people who want to go
3. Tell Kirt about the load of people his store might have to deal with
4. Plan what we are going to do there (trade? scape a tank? etc...)

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5. Ask if Kirt will allow us to help him scape a tank maybe?
6. Keep contact with Kirt about what materials to get for scaping a tank.

I really want to help scape a tank, if that doesn't work out a trade would still be good thanks to Kirt.

Feel free to chime in members of SCAPE.
 

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Something that may be a way to go with a scape...is what I want to do at my house. I've got a spare 10g with substrate (SS red) and a light (my DIY 2x13W AHSupply hood). My plan is to have it aquascaped, and all interested parties will put in $$ equal to their share of the total cost. Then there would be a drawing to determine who gets to keep the tank!

OTOH, Kirt may have a tank he's willing to get scaped. As an ADA guy, he can use it as a showcase the way Ocean Blue was going to try to do.
 

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Here's what I think we should do:

1. Set time and date
2. Get an estimated amount of people who want to go
3. Tell Kirt about the load of people his store might have to deal with
4. Plan what we are going to do there (trade? scape a tank? etc...)

optional
5. Ask if Kirt will allow us to help him scape a tank maybe?
6. Keep contact with Kirt about what materials to get for scaping a tank.

I really want to help scape a tank, if that doesn't work out a trade would still be good thanks to Kirt.

Feel free to chime in members of SCAPE.
I'll contact Kirt right now and see which weekends would be best for him. After that, I'll post maybe two or three weekends and we can vote on those and I'll let him know.
 

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Ok, well, Kirt got back to me.

He says any weekend after Thanksgiving and before mid-December is fine. He says that he's open to us having a plant trade there, and I think it'd be nice if we could donate him a generous portion of plants either for his store or for his home tank. I'll ask him what plants are on his "wanted" list. =)

He's already planing on setting up an ADA tank at his store, so I don't know if we'll be able to do the scaping idea.

Anyone else have suggestions?
 

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Great idea to donate plants, but people will probably want to buy/trade plants as well. If enough people want to do that, try starting a separate "Plant swap" thread where people can post what they're looking for and what they have to offer

Also, it might be a good idea to start a separate thread for getting the day and time down. Let people post what times are good for them, and from there you can set an "official" time. Just a lot more organized that way

If the meet takes more than two hours, another idea is to have refreshments ready at the LFS, like drinks or snacks. Try to have someone responsible for getting this ready. You can set up something like $5 (through paypal?) gets you some munchies and a drink, or maybe two slices of a large pizza and a drink if that's more appealing.

Lastly, as mentioned above, it's a good idea to start another thread so people can post whether they will be going or not. That's for the sole purpose of getting an estimate of how many people are going to be there. Almost seems unnecessary, but it'll be really easy to keep track of who's coming this way

Yeah, it might seem like a lot of threads and might sound cluttery, but having everything in its own separate thread helps a lot, especially for the ones spearheading the meet.
 

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Hey I'm aquaphish and have been lurking in this SCAPE for several months and would really like to join into a local planted tank group.

Maybe I have met a person or two in San Fransisco this past weekend at the AGA Convention but really don't know. BTW it was pretty good for the first time attending one of the AGA Conventions. Many thanks to all that make such a large and well done convention happen. Lots of work and dedication!!!

But back to the local scene. It seems that you are trying to make a date that everyone can attend. That is all but impossible. Even though I have not yet signed up for membership, something I would like to do, I would like to give a little imput about meetings.

First of all you will have more success if you make a "monthly meeting date" and not try to find a date that the most can attend. Make it something like the first second or even the last Saturday, Sunday or which ever day is agreed upon. Make it permenent and not just when people find convient for who ever. This will give all time to plan and schedule around the day decided upon.

This appointed day will also give the newbies like me and future ones to know when the group will be meeting. As well as the older members.

If the meeting only gets 2 or 3 members together well the meeting was a sucsess. The meeting was 2 or 3 members. And hopefully the next month meeting will bring about more members. There was a speaker at the AGA Convention that mentioned that when they started out their club, and I believe it was a member of the SFBAAPS. The first meeting was with only 2 or 3 but the club still kept meeting on the designated day. Now look at what has developed.

When ever the next meeting is I would like to meet others in the area. I have some things I will take for a cheap sale/trade. Not plants this time I am just restarting my 40 gal and am in need of a few more plants. But I do have a few pieces of driftwood and a bag of Flourite as well as a Dwarf Puffer in need of a tank with lots of snails. Will give the Puffer to someone that will do the same once the cute little fish cleans up their tank. It was given to me from someone in Irvine. And will do the same as long as it is given to someone else and not sold. Maybe keep it for a Club snail infestation cleaner. It does not nip fins as long it has snails to eat.

PM me if someone is in need of it this weekend. And point me to where I can join SCAPE.
 

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This is the official and private SCAPE site and forums: Southern California Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts

SCAPE is just in it's early stages and not everyone has met each other, we're trying to organize "regional" SCAPE meetings to have maximal attendance.

Also, right now, SCAPE members who are in college are starting/will start midterms, and other people are quite busy. We haven't gotten together yet to decide on a set date for future meetings, but we'll do that once the club becomes a little more established.

How big are the pieces of driftwood that you have? I'd be interested if they're small enough for a 10 gallon as well as some Flourite. I have a ton of snails and could use a dwarf puffer, but I'm cutting back on feeding, so we'll see how that goes before I introduce a new fish and risk stressing it out. =)
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, aquaphish. All input and help are appreciated!
 
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