March 2008 Meeting
The 11th meeting of the NJAGC was held on Saturday, March 15th, 2008.
Ingo S. and his family hosted it at their home in Montclair, NJ.
Another successful meeting under NJAGC’s belt. I’m not sure if it was that time of the year, beautiful weather outside or simply Ingo’s tanks but we broke previous attendance record (17) set in January 2007. Welcoming 5 new faces and seeing 14 seasoned members shows, that this club is gaining reputation in Tri-State area. NJAGC is attracting
Mike F. kicked off the meeting with some business announcements
Walter went over the finances and handed off the meeting to Ingo.
After few logistical announcements, everyone followed Ingo to his “underground aqua dungeon.” Those that had a pleasure to see Ingo’s tanks for the first time, were looking all around in order to absorb all the beauty.
Those that have seen them before, were enjoying drastic “Ingo Makeover” changes.
First in line was 125G which I personally think looks a lot better from what I remember visually and looking at the pictures from December 2006 and April 2007. Ingo discussed his fertilization technique, light schedule, fish stock, feeding schedule and history behind the tank. Next to beautiful and healthy plant growth, the highlight of the tank was a pair of Apistogramma viejita. Ingo have noticed breeding behavior but
Next in line was 29G which I found to be Ingo’s best wood-aquascape yet. Excellent use of manzanita branches shows that that his aquascaping skills are improving each time we visit his house.
20G long, which is labeled as quarantine tank, is no longer used as such. Ingo is raising some interesting platy mixes there. I have noticed an addicting pattern in all of us. We set those extra tanks with intentions
Last but not least was Ingo’s current pride and joy – 40G breeder. Ingo was faced with two challenges with this one. Iwagumi aquascape and Hemianthus callitrichoides growth. Although members commented and gave some constructive criticism, I think Ingo pulled it off really well. Tek-light fixture, clear intake/outake pipes, ADA CO2 diffusers
Members gathered around each tank and discussed different topics in details.
Discussion around 40G
Discussion around 40G
Discussion around 125G
When it was all said and done, everyone went upstairs to continue with the rest of the meeting – food / mini auction / plant swap.
Glenn took Mike’s bag and Mike was ready to put a “stop” to the whole meeting. Finally Glenn gave up the bag but had a pleasure of seeing big skull and RIP slogan on the bag. Priceless !
Caption by Elissa B – Winner of the March Caption Contest
Thanks to Ingo and his family for their hospitality!
Until next meeting, Jay L. NJAGC Co-Founder