That sounds like a good idea. You are so much more focused than I. I never know what I want (notice my lack of the word "need") until I see it and if it's a good deal or not, lol.
I love the idea of splitting plants. (Ahem, I need more plants like I need a while in the head!)
I came home with a handful of crypts yesterday, stood in front of the tank and thought, "Now, where am I suppose to put these??". I have the same illness as my mother, if one is good, more is better.
These traits are genetic, lol.
My short term goal is to set up a 180. It's turning into a long term goal since I scour craigslist daily, looking for one. I've even expanded my search to include all of Southern California, not just my county. I may have to go neighboring states! The B/F would do a road trip w/ me to pick it up.
So, what I "need" at auction is lighting, filtration and some GIANT chucks of driftwood. Eileen, it's your job to keep me on task!
eat my sox- sorry to hijack, at least we are staying on topic as far as auctions. Will you take some pics of your new acquisitions and post? What is a trio of reds by reds??