February 2017 Meeting

Sunday, February 26th, 2017 at 10:47 am

Our very interesting February 2017 meeting was held at Viktor Gyorffy’s house.

Sean Murphy gave a presentation on his famous mineralized soil.  Basically it is a way to make a substrate that is excellent for your plants, but does not encourage the growth of algae.  You start with ordinary top soil, and then you remove the organic materials from it.  You then add red potter’s clay, and dolomite and potassium.  If you would like more complete information on his process, I recommend Aaron Talbot’s write-up at http://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/forumapc/library/52554-how-mineralized-soil-substrate-aaron-talbot.html , or this write-up by Sean himself: http://scapefu.com/mineralized-soil/ .

 After Sean’s presentation Kris Weinhold added a post script by briefly discussing different options for aquarium substrate. Considerations include the substrate’s color, the granule size, its density, its nutritional value, and cost.

After the presentations there was the usual auction.

Here are some photos from the meeting.

The club has a lot of wood and rocks which are available for purchase.  Most of it is stored at Viktor’s, so those who attended this meeting had an opportunity to examine it closely and get exactly what they wanted.  Here are a few photos of the rocks and wood:

Finally, a few photos of Viktor’s aquariums, and of some of the attendees.