Sep 182022

   Attended the Tampa Bay Aquarium Society over the weekend and had a great time.  I had a couple of long-time friends who are members, Bill Shields and Brian Skidmore who made it easier to meet others.  I was really impressed with one member, 90-year-old Velma, who was a very active participant ranging from greeting people to being an auction runner.  She breeds Angelfish and has done so for over 30 years. A very impressive and lovely lady.

 I was able to do a little auctioning at the meeting and they were glad to add me as an auctioneer for October’s Annual Auction where they expect a large crowd and several hundred bags of fish-only.  Any other items are placed in a separate area and only sold via a silent auction.  Pretty great way to shorten the overall auction. 

The speaker was Joe Gargas and the presentation was on DIY Carbon Systems for large Aquariums.  His talk showed how to build and system for large tanks using products he bought from Amazon and the tank he used (video) for the demonstration was impressive.  He said his plants grew at incredible rates, and I need to do the same.

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