> This was my first convention. It will not be my last. I am already looking
> forward to next year. Good accomodations, good speakers, lots of great
> pictures and video. I don't think I have ever seen so many plastic buckets
> in one place in my whole life. All making these little humming sounds.
> I have never kept any cooler water stuff, so I had hopes for a good time,
> maybe some plants, couple pieces of wood, cool rocks. Got them all. By the
> sights, sounds, and noises coming from everyone it appeared that the
> of species was very good. Spawning colors everywhere. I mostly took
> pictures. Unfortunately in the group I went with no one did a really big
> slip or fall or did anything to really embarass themselves. I took about
> pics, here are a couple to wet your appetites for more of mine. Other
> I am sure will upload some of their pics. Lots of daces, darters,
> crawfish, some sunfish, some wierd bass type things (a picture of one
> below), a few killie species.
> And a couple of gar. One was bigger....but the other one had more teeth.
> Plant wise, a really awesome moss attached to the rocks. Sorta like java
> moss but it stayed real short. Is going to look great on some driftwood,
> a short runner type plant, kinda like a nanja grass crossed with a pygmy
> chain sword. Looks like a good foreground plant if it can take aquarium
> conditions. And someone gave me this really cool piece of wood that was
> gnarly from beavers chewing on it.
> I am new to this stuff, so I don't know the names of the fish and all that
> stuff yet. But I tell you. Everyone had a great time, lots of fish, lots
> kinds of fish. And at least where we were (Paint Rock or something) it
> looked like all found pretty much what they were hoping for. Despite all
> rains, the water here was clear and not too high.
> Now I gotta get me some nets. And some buckets. Some of those cool buckets
> that have the holes in them that let the water flow through. Oh, and a
> of those hummer things to hang on the buckets. And make a photo tank to
> next time. And some of those tight fitting waders. I could tell that they
> would be great chick magnets!
> Hopefully tomorrow some of the folks who know what they are talking about
> will give you some details of the trip. So enough ramblings from me. As
> would say, If you missed it, then you really missed it!
> David Ramsey
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