First, Krib news. Some selected articles from the first month of this list
are now merged in with the rest of the plant stuff there (mostly
species-specific info). New illustrated "article" by Hardjono Harjadi,
and yet more photos of George Booth's tank (this time from Photo-CD) in
the "Plant People" section. I have a bunch more images from my latest
Photo-CD which will be added slowly to the site where appropriate. For
one thing, I'm going to start adding more species photos of plants and fish.
The URL is http://www.cco.caltech.edu/~aquaria/Krib/
Second, in about a week the *.aquaria FAQ goes into "beta test" & we'll be
looking for some people to read & comment. If you would be interested,
drop me a line. If you'd like to look at the plant section (which I
finished a long time ago), you can fetch the text version as
http://marge.phys.washington.edu/~erik/plants.txt right now (it's big,
about 100K). One thing I'm looking for by way of feedback is how much of
that should be posted each month.
Third, regarding the newsgroup, I would certainly vote for the newsgroup,
but I would like to see the list remain. I agree with whoever wrote that
the experts would probably stay on the list.
> From: Stephen.Pushak at hcsd_hac.com (Stephen Pushak)
> Subject: Aquarium lawn plants
> How big does this plant get? Will it propagate quickly and densely enough?
> The book indicates it might and it has a height of only 30-40mm.
The chain swords really do propagate fast, like Valisneria. They'll send
runners that covertly snake across your entire tank in a month.
Definitely NOT anything like C. wendtii. Like most plants, I've found
they do better if I just leave them alone... and that's hard when you're
trying to constrain them to one area.
> IF ANYONE out there in Canada has either Echinodorus tenellus or Lilaeopsis
> and can spare a bit or wants to trade for some of my plants, please let me know.
Seattle, Washington. Almost Canada. :) Got plenty here.
> From: "shaji (s.) bhaskar" <bhaskar at bnr_ca>
> I agree with Dustin that a moderated newsgroup will be difficult to
> set up. A moderator must have time to spare, a reliable network
> connection, and thick skin. The moderator should also be perceived as
> fair and level-headed, and preferably have some name recognition among
> the plant people on the net. This is a tough set of requirements.
If not a downright oxymoron! I'd say, stick with the mailing list for
the more relaxed club atmosphere, and unmoderated newsgroup for large arena
Erik D. Olson
olson at phys_washington.edu