2012 AGA Convention Nov. 1-4 - St. Louis - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
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post #1 of 7 Old 05-10-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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2012 AGA Convention Nov. 1-4 - St. Louis

The Missouri Aquarium Society, Inc. is proud to announce that we will be hosting the Aquatic Gardeners Association 2012 Convention right here in St. Louis on November 1 - 4, 2012.

The convention will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis Airport. There is a free 24-hour shuttle from the airport to the hotel.

We'll have a great lineup of speakers--Prof. Niels Jacobsen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, eminent authority on Cryptocoryne species, will be the keynote speaker. Also featured will be Kris Weinhold, Brandon McLane of Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Tom Barr, and MORE! Speaker talks and bios coming soon!

This year we're going to have a Live Aquascaping Workshop. Under the guidance of a mentor, you can create your own nano aquascape to take home with you. The tank is the Fluval Flora (7.5 gal). It retails for about $100, and includes the light, filter, CO2 system, glass cover, and substrate. You also get rocks, driftwood, and plants. If you are flying in, you can have your tank shipped home for about $15. There are only 18 slots for this workshop, so register EARLY if you are interested.

Also new this year will be a Photo Contest - "Planted Tanks, Plants and Blooms". Winner announced and prize awarded at the Saturday Banquet.

For the first time ever, we've got two days of Field Trips. Come a day early and join us for the Thursday Field Trip to the St. Louis Zoo and nearby St. Louis Art Museum. At the zoo, we are trying to make arrangements for a free "behind the scenes" tour with a zoo employee who is a member of MASI. The Art Museum tour will be led by a docent who will focus on aquatic plant themes and fish/wildlife.

Thursday night, everyone is invited to a locally-sourced wine-and-cheese reception down the street from the hotel at Jerry Jost's business, Jost Chemical, including a tour of his spectacular fish room/laboratory with twin 90-gallon tanks that alone are worth the trip.

Friday's Field Trip will be to the fabulous Missouri Botanical Garden. Transportation and basic entry fees are included for both Field Trips. Lunch is on your own, but there are plenty of places to choose from.

Friday, November 2th, the presentations will begin in the evening and continue through Saturday afternoon. Saturday night's banquet will feature Niels Jacobsen speaking on his "Wanderings in the Great Forests of SE Asia," and of course the 2012 AGA Aquascaping Contest Winners!

And finally on Sunday November 4th, there is a huge all-day plant auction. This is certainly the biggest and best plant auction in the US, with plenty of options for the beginner and advanced hobbyist.

There will also be vendors, raffles, t-shirts, etc.

For more info: Aquatic Gardeners Association

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Register by September 1st to be entered in a drawing to win a Tunze CO2 Controller, a $400 value!
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post #2 of 7 Old 08-21-2012, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Made your reservations yet? You don't wanna miss this one!!
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-29-2012, 07:28 PM
We have nailed down the final topics for the 2012 convention speakers:

Keynote Speaker:
Prof. Niels Jacobsen of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark~Cryptocoryne: Variation & Evolution

Also Featuring:
Kris Weinhold ~ Beginner Aquascaping and Tips & Tricks
Brandon McLane of Florida Aquatic Nurseries ~ Propagating Aquatic Plants
Tom Barr ~ Light/CO2/Nutrients: putting it all together
Cavan Allen ~ Identifying & Collecting Native Species

Saturday night's banquet will feature Niels Jacobsen speaking on his "Wanderings in the Great Forests of Southeast Asia," and of course the LIVE 2012 AGA Aquascaping Contest Winners!

Hope to see you there!

Cheryl Rogers
Aquatic Gardeners Association
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-09-2012, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Itís October and time to make your hotel reservations if you havenít already made them. Itís likely our room block will be gone soon since the rooms are filling up quickly, so donít wait too long! There are rooms still available at this time so if you are told they are sold out, it is a computer glitch. Make sure you get the AGA rate!

The workshop and zoo trip have already sold out!
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-13-2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Just been informed there a couple openings on the zoo tour, if youíre interested, get registered quickly, they wonít last long. Also, the cutoff day for hotel reservations is Monday, Oct. 15Ö.if you want the AGA rate, donít delay!!
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-23-2012, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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The AGA 2012 Convention Auction rules and label making software are up and running. You must be registered for the convention to sell at the auction, but anyone, registered or not, can buy in the auction.

To register as a seller and get you sellers number contact the auction committee at AGAauction@missouriaquariumsociety.com

You can fill out the auction form online and print both the filled out form and the labels at AGA Auction Rules and Information

There is still time to register for the convention, and there are still rooms left at the hotel in case you havenít yet made your plans to attend: Aquatic Gardeners Association Convention
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-30-2012, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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Donít forget the Aquatic Gardeners Association Convention is this coming weekend, November 1 Ė 4, 2012. You can register for the talks at the door. Weíll also have a full vendor room with plenty of raffles going on all weekend, so you can come in, visit and wander around even if youíre not registered.

As a bonus, we will have a free talk on Beginning Aquascaping on Friday at 4:00 pm. This is free of charge.

Sunday will feature the largest aquatic plant auction in the USA beginning at 11:00 am! Anyone can attend and bid. You have to be registered for the convention to sell, but anyone can buy. As a bonus, many of the vendors will still be around on Sunday so you can see their products and ask questions.
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