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Re: [APD] Rhododendron branches (Mary Sweeney)

I'm basically just a long time lurker, but between the 2 groups that I try to frequent, you are the second person today that has asked about an aquarium society in N. Jersey. Below is the reply that I posted on the Google group, The Tropical Fish Aquarium, (TFA), today.

BTW, I'd be surprised if there weren't some members of the North Jersey Aquarium Society on this list.

Dan,  AKA javadan
There used to be a really good, big aquarium society in that area.  In
the mid 90's I drove 2 hours to attend their all day auction on a
Sunday.  Saturday was dedicated to an all day fish show.
Unfortunately I don't remember the name of the club, but I think it's
probably the North Jersey Aquarium Society.  Here's a link to info
about an auction that they're having on the 19'th of Feb. http://www.njas.net/

Hope that helps.


Message: 1
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 15:47:07 -0500
From: "Mary Sweeney" <mrylln at verizon_net>
Subject: [APD] Rhododendron branches
To: <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>

Mary Sweeney posted on Jan 13, 2009 "Has anyone ever used rhododendron
branches in aquaria?"

I just found a member of my local plant club here in NJ that uses
Rhododendron in her tanks. I am waiting for further information from her
about how long she has had it in there, but I suspect it has been a while.
She says not to use softwoods like pine and fir or anything you can dent
with a fingernail. She really likes the look of Rhododendron in her tanks.

Jerry Smith
Bloomingdale, NJ

Thanks, Jerry!

This *is* exciting! As a follow-up to my question, I peeled a small branch
with a potato peeler and put it in a bowl with some snails and a sprig of
Java Moss.

Put it on the window sill.

The water turned a little green for a day.

Baby snails appeared.

The Java is creeping over to the branch---looks like they're going to "hook

I added in some fish eggs. They've hatched and the fry are doing well.

The branch isn't doing anything strange---yet.<G>

Yep, I think we're onto something here.

Local Jersey plant club?

Mary Sweeney
Monmouth Hills, NJ

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