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  1. Hey Everyone! I am excited for our next Aquarium Co-Op Club event with our guest speaker, Dr. Tom Barr. Tom is a world renowned aquascaper, author, and aquarium plant enthusiast. He holds a bachelor's degree in aquatic biology, a masters degree in botany, and a PhD in plant sciences. Tom has been keeping aquariums for over 40 years, with planted aquariums being his focus since 1989. He is best known for his research on plant nutrients, and the development of the Estimative Index (EI) method of plant fertilization. The event will be live for members of the Aquarium Co-Op YouTube channel, and will also be available as a playback video (also for members only). If you would like to learn how to become a member so that you may view this talk as well as past and future presentations, click here: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/pages/membership
  2. Hey Everyone! I am excited for us to kick off the Aquarium Co-Op Club with our first guest speaker, Gianne Souza. For those of you not familiar with Gianne, she is a certified judge for the International Betta Congress, former president of the California Betta Society, and has been line-breeding Betta splendens for many years, as well as keeping and caring for wild Betta species. The event will be live for members of the Aquarium Co-Op YouTube channel, and will also be available as a playback video (also for members only). If you would like to learn how to become a member so that you may view this talk as well as others in the coming months, click here: https://www.aquariumcoop.com/pages/membership
  3. I’m a little sad I missed the surprise members event at the Retail Store this afternoon! @Coryand @Zenzo thanks for doing it, I bet you made the day for some nerms! Another good reason to join the online club. 😀
  4. With the new co-op club being a member came so much more worth it! But not everybody can afford $5 every month. Which is why i wanted to share this trick to get the membership for semi-free. Its called "google rewards surveys" you simply answer a few surveys every day, each takes 5 seconds at most. They then reward you with google rewards. I have $3.50 in rewards in under a week of doing this. You can then use your rewards for your youtube memberships.
  5. I think it would be great to encourage more "every day" science in the world. Aquariums are great "science experiments" to quote Cory. I thought it would be cool if the club could give out science grants for members to run experiments. Something like 50-500$ for supplies to run experiments and present results on the forum (new section) or maybe in the learn or club tab on the ACO main site. The way I see it working is club members can submit short proposals in a forum section that outline: What are you testing? Either a hypothesis or an attempt to characterize something relevant to the aquarium hobby. How do you plan on testing? How will you interpret the results? What do you need to perform your science experiment? Then members can comment in the forum thread and suggest changes improvement, but its up to the original submitter to update their main post if they want to. Once a month/quarter/year... some one or a committee (maybe just @Cory and or @Zenzo, maybe a group of members) picks some number of "top proposals", and members can vote on which one/ones they want to see get funded. Or maybe its just done by the committee. As the experiments are done, the experimenter can keep a journal/log in the forum and then when complete they can make a post/article/video about it for the community's consumption. Some examples of science projects might be things like all of @Irene's Alum dip videos, where she tests does alum kill snails w/o killing plants, and compares them to better known methods, and also characterizes the minimum required alum dip time. A proposal may be as simple as: What are you testing? Does wonder shell dechlorinate or make chlorine somehow tolerable to aquatic life. How do you plan on testing? Scuds are sensitive to chlorine. I plan on culturing scuds, and separating them into 4 groups all using remineralized RO DI or distilled water and 50 scuds/bucket. bucket of scuds bucket of scuds with chlorine and wonder shell bucket of scuds with chlorine and commercial dechlorinator bucket of scuds with chlorine and no treatment. I'll wait until bucket 4 dies out or 3 days. If 3 days comes and nothing in 4 dies I'll increase chlorine and start over. The experiment is over after a week. How will you interpret the results? If 1 doesn't live or if 4 does live to the end I can't interpret the results; these are my negative and positive controls. If 2 has a similar number of survivors to 3 I'll conclude that wonder shell does detoxify or remove chlorine. What do you need to perform your science experiment? 20-50 gallons of DI water: 20$ 4 buckets: 20$ remineralizer: 10$ scud food (yeast):5$ scud starter culture: 10$ basic chlorine bleach: 5$ I assume ACO would have to be careful about taxation, but my googling (I AM NOT A LAWYER OR CPA) says you might be able to give them as gifts, or as grants from a non-profit org if helps educate the recipient or community and or a report is generated afterwards.
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