GWAPA will host a summer picnic on August 23rd at Lake Needwood in Rockville, MD at 1:00pm. In addition, we will conduct a tour of the local native plants around the lake. This is your chance to find out what aquatic plants grow right in your backyard! More »
Amanda Wenger of CAPE (Connecticut Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts) and regular Tropical Fish Hobbyist contributer, will speak at our July 26th meeting about growing aquatic plants in her greenhouse, flowering them, collecting seeds, and other related topics. Our host, Damian Davila, will also show off his aquarium setups.
Amanda Wenger is a lifelong hobbyist who inherited a love of aquaria from her father, when he gifted her with her first fish at age two. A decade and a half later, she started putting plants in the fish tanks and was hooked.
Today, she lives in Connecticut, where she’s the current President of the CT Aquatic Plant Enthusiasts (CAPE) and, with the assistance of her family, maintains a well-planted fishroom and a hobby-sized greenhouse filled with aquatic plants. She’s also part of the moderating staff at AquaticPlantCentral.com. Aside from the aquarium hobby, Amanda is a professional illustrator and graphic designer with a soft spot for wildlife illustration. Amanda writes the monthly column “The Planted Tank” in the Tropical Fish Hobbyist magazine.
Nagesh Kanvinde will host our June meeting at his home in Annandale, VA on Saturday, June 28th at 1:00pm. Cavan Allen will continue his series of plant talks focusing on the Bacopa genus. More »
Featured Tank – Francine Bethea
See Francine Bethea's winning aquascape in GWAPA's 2011 Dutch-style Aquascaping Contest. Judging was by popular vote.
Featured Tank – Lorena Rodriguez
Lorena Rodriguez's 2.5G Aquarium Winner of GWAPA's 2007 2.5G Aquascaping Contest (Beginner Category)
Featured Tank – Jeff Ucciardo
Jeff Ucciardo 29 Gallon Filter: Filstar XP1 Substrate: Eco-Complete Dosing: Daily dosing of KNO3, PO4, K, 2ml Flourish, 1 ml Flourish Iron Lighting: 65 watts PC 9 hours, with an additional dual Coralife T-5s for 7 hours in the middle total 101 watts CO2 diffusion: Glass diffusor CO2: Azoo regulator, 5lb. tank Fauna: Harlquin radboras, neons, ottos, cherry and bee shrimp, nerite snails
Featured Tank – Robert T Ricketts
Robert T Ricketts 55 Gallon Low-Maintenance Tank Substrate: Plenum based with mixed Estes' Nutmeg and Flourite Filtration: Two internal Eheims for mechanical filtration, plus a prefiltered external Eheim 2213 for bio. Lighting: 1-Two-tube strip light, 1 single-strip light. 12 hours/day. Plants: Val, Crinum, Anubias nana and a couple of other small nana cultivars, A. nana petite, Marimo balls, and Java Moss Fauna: school of glass cats, a school of Debaui cats, Otos, one male cherry Barb, Amano and Red Cherry shrimp, ramshorn and common pond snails.
Featured Tank – Sean Murphy
Sean Murphy's 8-inch cube tank 2.2 gallons. 13 Watts. Soil Substrate with Tahitian Moon Sand. Plants: Hemianthus callicthoides, Microcarpea minima, Bacopa var. fagilis, unidentified microsword