Doesn't like Kool-Aid
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Hawthorne, New Jersey
I joined the AGA for a couple of reasons.
I joined the AGA to help support the hobby in general, to receive TAG and to purchase some of the books available through the AGA.
I will renew my membership.
What do I want the AGA to be? That is a tough one.
I believe the AGA could be more of a "clearing house" of information.
Take a look at the website. Under the "Featured Articles" section there are only eight articles. One of them is an obituary of sorts, one is a book review, there are contest results from 1997 and a list. Each one well written, no doubt, but lacking. The rest of the website is book/DVD/T-shirt sales, photos of people who attended the conventions and some links. The website doesn't offer very much. Far to little for the prestigious position the AGA holds. TAG is a nice little publication, but AGA needs to offer more to hobbyists.
I'd like to see more information on the website. A lot of the info you might find in the FAQs section of this and a lot of other planted aquarium forums should be articles available from the AGA. DIY CO2 reactor plans, how to set up a pressurized CO2 system, things like that. They need to be on the AGA website. The AGA needs to be the place to turn to for basic information.
TAG is a nice little publication. Great photos and nice articles. Understanding production costs, it would be nice to see the magazine expanded even further. I'd gladly pay a higher membership fee to receive a bigger issue of TAG, or receive it more frequently.
I do have some more ideas for you and the AGA, Phil. Let me know if you are interested.