July 2008 Meeting

Friday, July 25th, 2008 at 7:12 am

Luis Navarro flew in from Houston, TX to demonstrate how to aquascape a planted aquarium. Luis scaped Francine Bethea’s 120G aquarium, creating a wonderful rock garden aquascape. The hardscape was created using the porous mossy rock that GWAPA ordered from California last year. While many of us are tempted to use a large variety of plants in our planted aquariums, Luis only needed four species: Marsilea minuta, Anubias barteri var. “nana”, Cryptocoryne crispatula var. balansae, and Vallisneria nana.

We had another great turn out, particularly for a beautiful summer day in July, with over 30 members showing up for Luis’ presentation. With all of those members, came over 90 bags of plants for our auction. We also got to meet a few new members — welcome to those folks!

Luis Navarro

Luis Navarro talks about the hardscape he prepared prior to the meeting.

Luis adds water to the tank to begin planting.

Some members watched the demonstration on the TV.

Marsilea minuta on a tray for easy planting.

Ghazanfar and Kris helping Luis plant the Marsilea minuta.

The aquascape, partially complete, with Marsilea minuta and anubias planted.

The auction table.

Luis’ finished aquascape.