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2012 AGA Convention - Nov 1-4 - St. Louis

Discussion in 'Aquatic Clubs, Events, and Announcements' started by Seattle_Aquarist, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Seattle_Aquarist

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    The Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Aquatic Gardeners Association 2012 Convention right here in St. Louis on November 1 - 4, 2012.


    The convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis Airport. See the link to the right to reserve a room. There is a free 24-hour shuttle from the airport to the hotel.


    We'll have a great lineup of speakers--Prof. Niels Jacobsen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, eminent authority on Cryptocoryne species, will be the keynote speaker. Also featured will be Kris Weinhold, Brandon McLane of Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Tom Barr, and MORE! Speaker talks and bios coming soon!


    This year we're going to have a Live Aquascaping Workshop. Under the guidance of a mentor, you can create your own nano aquascape to take home with you. Includes tank, all equipment, hardscape, and plants. (We're still negotiating the final price on this event, so stay tuned.)


    Also new this year will be a Photo Contest - "Planted Tanks, Plants and Blooms". Winner announced and prize awarded at the Saturday Banquet.


    For the first time ever, we've got two days of Field Trips. Come a day early and join us for the Thursday Field Trip to the St. Louis Zoo and nearby St. Louis Art Museum. At the zoo, we are trying to make arrangements for a free "behind the scenes" tour with a zoo employee who is a member of MASI. The Art Museum tour will be led by a docent who will focus on aquatic plant themes and fish/wildlife.


    Thursday night, everyone is invited to a locally-sourced wine-and-cheese reception down the street from the hotel at Jerry Jost's business, Jost Chemical, including a tour of his spectacular fish room/laboratory with twin 90-gallon tanks that alone are worth the trip.



    Friday's Field Trip will be to the fabulous Missouri Botanical Garden. Transportation and basic entry fees are included for both Field Trips. Lunch is on your own, but there are plenty of places to choose from.


    Friday, November 2th, the presentations will begin in the evening and continue through Saturday afternoon. Saturday night's banquet will feature Niels Jacobsen speaking on his "Wanderings in the Great Forests of SE Asia," and of course the 2012 AGA Aquascaping Contest Winners!



    And finally on Sunday November 4th, there is a huge all-day Plant Auction. This is certainly the biggest and best plant auction in the US, with plenty of options for the beginner and advanced hobbyist.
    There will also be vendors, raffles, t-shirts, etc.


    For more info: http://www.aquatic-gardeners.org/


    Follow us on Facebook or Twitter @AGA2012STL.


    Register by September 1st to be entered in a drawing to win a Tunze CO2 Controller, a $400 value!
     
  2. Rainbowfish

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    Tom Barr, and MORE! What! Couldn't you put that in a bigger font or something :). If you never been to a convention before, ok a convention about something that you really like, not work related, then you know just how fun they can be. Hopefully some of you have had the chance to meet Tom Barr in the past but if not you can't ask for a better opportunity. He'll be speaking on Saturday and then hanging out the rest of the weekend. A convention can be like a forum on steroids, it's just amazing how much information you can learn in a few days by non-stop interaction with people of the same mindset. I've been told that FAN often sends a really big box of rare plants for the Sunday auctions and with a FAN speaker this year I think it will happen again! Often these are plants that aren't even available yet so that in itself is worth the trip. And with Niels Jacobsen, THE GURU on crypts talking you just gotta go.

    Oh did I mention TOM BARR is speaking too? That's worth shouting about. Besides the basic title Tom is there anything else that we should be looking forward to in your talk?
     
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    Speaking, about What? Not sure yet, folks that are coming need to tell me:)
     
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    Here is the latest info on the workshop, under the guidance of a mentor, you can create your own nano aquascape to take home with you. The tank is the Fluval Flora (7.5 gal). It retails for about $100, and includes the light, filter, CO2 system, glass cover, and substrate. You also get rocks, driftwood, and plants. If you are flying in, you can have your tank shipped home for about $15. There are only 18 slots for this workshop, so register EARLY if you are interested!
     
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    Already signed up for everything!!! Can't wait to do the live scaping with a mentor hehehe... Looking forward to the weekend and meeting new people. Oh...and the plants are cool! :)
     
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    Good airfares right now, $312 roundtrip from Seattle to St. Louis
     
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    Almost $400 from Miami. Think I'll wait a bit longer to see if they come down. Thanks Roy...
     
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    Got my confirmation email today. All set for the live workshop!!! So excited...:D
     
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    Less than 5 months until AGA!
     
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    Tom if you are speaking then that in and of itself is worth going for. I just may see you there, depends on my schedule.
     
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    It'll be a talk mostly on light/CO2 and little bit on nutrients. They wanted me to do all ferts, yawn............
     
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    We are excited to hear Tom Barr speak at the AGA this November on "Light/CO2/Nutrients: putting it all together". We have also nailed down final topics for the other speakers:

    Keynote Speaker:
    Prof. Niels Jacobsen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark~Cryptocoryne: Variation & Evolution

    Also Featuring:
    Kris Weinhold ~ Beginner Aquascaping and Tips & Tricks
    Brandon McLane of Florida Aquatic Nurseries ~ Propagating Aquatic Plants
    Cavan Allen ~ Identifying & Collecting Native Species

    Saturday night's banquet will also feature Niels Jacobsen speaking on his "Wanderings in the Great Forests of Southeast Asia," and of course the 2012 AGA Aquascaping Contest Winners!

    Hope to see you there!
     
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    Is it really true that Tom is going to be selling CO2 diffusers that are in the shape of the St. Louis Arch at the convention? You know with bubbles coming out the windows at the top :)
    Seriously though if you are within driving distance and you haven't been to a conference like this you really should make the trip. Not only will you get a first class talk from Tom and the other speakers but you'll be able to talk with them on many other topics afterwards. I swear I learn more (usually while drinking beer) after the talks than I do during the meetings. Getting to hang out with TB is worth the price of the convention in itself. Hope we'll see you there.

    Gary Lange
     
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    See you there, hero and gardeners.
     
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    I can also detail out any issues that are unclear after the talk also:)
     
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    Maybe you should also talk about the importance of O2 and its relation to CO2....

    Wish I could be there...
     
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    Can't wait...See you guys in 11 days!!!
     
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    Don’t forget the Aquatic Gardeners Association Convention is this coming weekend, November 1 – 4, 2012. You can register for the talks at the door. We’ll also have a full vendor room with plenty of raffles going on all weekend, so you can come in, visit and wander around even if you’re not registered.

    As a bonus, we will have a free talk on Beginning Aquascaping on Friday at 4:00 pm. This is free of charge.

    Sunday will feature the largest aquatic plant auction in the USA beginning at 11:00 am! Anyone can attend and bid. You have to be registered for the convention to sell, but anyone can buy. As a bonus, many of the vendors will still be around on Sunday so you can see their products and ask questions.
     
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