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11-12-2012 05:03 PM
trapperwolves Seemed like there was a larger variety of vendors there this time. There were definetly more plant vendors attending this meet versus last time. My wallet will prove that. Hard to pass up some of the great deals. Went home with well over 20 more plants.
11-12-2012 04:34 PM
DogFish
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Never attended an auction, but I might have to check it out next time to see what plants they have available. Is it normally the same stuff you'd find at the swap or harder to find stuff?
I'd guess it's the same plants you see at the Swap. I know I would not be offering any Bucephandra or C. Bullosa on an GGCA auction table so some Goober could use it for Cichlid chow.

For me the opportunity of getting F1 from wild stock cichlids to raise as potential breeders or finding a proven pair is all worth the visit.
11-12-2012 04:10 PM
shinycard255 Never attended an auction, but I might have to check it out next time to see what plants they have available. Is it normally the same stuff you'd find at the swap or harder to find stuff?
11-12-2012 03:04 PM
DogFish For anyone interested in breeding or setting up a tank with Cichlids, I suggest attending a GCCA auction. It's a little less of Black Friday Shopping Panic event.

You have a opportunity to preview the bagged fish (sometimes plants & equipment).

It's wise to take a notebook and write down bag numbers you are interested in after viewing. This is especially helpful if you aren't up on the scientific (latin) names of the fish as that is how they are presented by the auctioneer . However, they do use the common namers for Angel fish and Discus.

They typically run two or three segments. Sellers get different colored dot stickers fir their bags. People offer their best stuff for segment #1. Those bags tend to get the premium prices.

Bargin hunters will find near give away prices at the end of the auction.
11-12-2012 02:37 PM
shinycard255
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This was my first GCCA meet and my first fish show. It was pretty nice!
A bit overwhelming for a beginner like me and a non-cichild person.

One of the vendors had this really nice long metaframe that that was really cool. I also fell in love with a large royal pleco one of the vendors had.
Unfortunately, My 55 gallon tank is occupied by a 8 inch fish eating red ear slider.

Bought some great plants from John Hoerning and a pair of emporer tetras from the ChiKA table.
When I went to my first Swap about a year ago, I was overwhelmed as well. I wasn't sure what to expect and it was too much to take in on my first trip.

I gotta say though, you will find a lot of good deals on everything. With it also being a cichlid group, they do have other fish than cichlids too (mostly cichlids though). Discus, corys, shrimp, rainbows, livebreeders, tetras, and bettas. Plants are scattered throughout as well. Lots of food, some tanks, filters, heaters, lights, driftwood, etc. It's a nice mixture of stuff.

GCCA usually posts a vendor list of a general idea of what people are going to be bringing as well as a layout so you can find the people easier. I'd recommend checking them out prior to the swap so you have a plan of action at least. Also, the vendors take preorders if you contact them ahead of time as well if you are looking for something in particular.

chevyguy8893, hopefully you can make it to the next one. Ton of people to meet as well as great stuff to purchase.
11-12-2012 12:05 AM
devilduck This was my first GCCA meet and my first fish show. It was pretty nice!
A bit overwhelming for a beginner like me and a non-cichild person.

One of the vendors had this really nice long metaframe that that was really cool. I also fell in love with a large royal pleco one of the vendors had.
Unfortunately, My 55 gallon tank is occupied by a 8 inch fish eating red ear slider.

Bought some great plants from John Hoerning and a pair of emporer tetras from the ChiKA table.
11-11-2012 08:28 PM
chevyguy8893
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Its diffenetly worth the drive. It's one hour for me probable 1 hour 20 mins for you. If I don't have to work I know I'll be at the next one.
Awesome, that isn't really too bad of a drive, well as long as my GPS doesn't fail me like it sometimes does .

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It's worth it. A lot of stuff you won't see at your LFS, plus almost all the fish (if not all) are from legit breeders so you are getting good quality. Decent plant selection usually too. A lot of low-tech plants, but you run across the others once and a while too.

Today they had 2x 50G Metaframe tanks and also a 10G Metaframe. I wanted to take the 10G, but I had to walk away. Don't know where I would put it , plus I doubt the wife would be too happy either
I will have to try and make the next one. Judging by the vendor list there is good amount of stuff I would be interested in. I like the sound of local breeders, they really seem to take much better care of their stock compared to large scale businesses. It's probably good that there isn't too many high-tech plants, I don't think I don't think I should buy any more .

I had to look up what a metaframe tank is, and they look amazing. Seems like something that would be fairly heavy, but would really be something different to have. That would be a hard tank to try and hide from your wife .

Random question, has there ever been any botia sidthimunki (dwarf loach) there?

Anyway, thanks to both of you, this sounds like a nice meet to go to. Seems like a good place to meet some nice people too.
11-11-2012 07:07 PM
shinycard255
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I have a quick question about this swap meet. I live about an hour, give or take depending on traffic, from where the meet is held. I have seen that these come around once in a while and think it would be neat to go to. So, this may be harder to answer, but is it worth the drive to go to this when another comes around? I would think I would need to bring a cooler to keep things warm and safe for a drive just in case. Thanks!

BTW, I have looked through the GCCA website and it is amazing that there is such a dedicated group of people with this hobby. Around me there is only saltwater clubs, and I'm all freshwater .
It's worth it. A lot of stuff you won't see at your LFS, plus almost all the fish (if not all) are from legit breeders so you are getting good quality. Decent plant selection usually too. A lot of low-tech plants, but you run across the others once and a while too.

Today they had 2x 50G Metaframe tanks and also a 10G Metaframe. I wanted to take the 10G, but I had to walk away. Don't know where I would put it , plus I doubt the wife would be too happy either
11-11-2012 06:11 PM
Chaoslord
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Originally Posted by chevyguy8893 View Post
I have a quick question about this swap meet. I live about an hour, give or take depending on traffic, from where the meet is held. I have seen that these come around once in a while and think it would be neat to go to. So, this may be harder to answer, but is it worth the drive to go to this when another comes around? I would think I would need to bring a cooler to keep things warm and safe for a drive just in case. Thanks!

BTW, I have looked through the GCCA website and it is amazing that there is such a dedicated group of people with this hobby. Around me there is only saltwater clubs, and I'm all freshwater .
Its diffenetly worth the drive. It's one hour for me probable 1 hour 20 mins for you. If I don't have to work I know I'll be at the next one.
11-11-2012 05:39 PM
chevyguy8893 I have a quick question about this swap meet. I live about an hour, give or take depending on traffic, from where the meet is held. I have seen that these come around once in a while and think it would be neat to go to. So, this may be harder to answer, but is it worth the drive to go to this when another comes around? I would think I would need to bring a cooler to keep things warm and safe for a drive just in case. Thanks!

BTW, I have looked through the GCCA website and it is amazing that there is such a dedicated group of people with this hobby. Around me there is only saltwater clubs, and I'm all freshwater .
11-11-2012 05:25 PM
shinycard255 You're missing out on all the good stuff That's why i show up early

It was a good time. Quite a few plant vendors with good stuff. Shrimp guy is the bomb!
11-11-2012 04:24 PM
jp41 anyone there and back how was it? still trying to make it
11-11-2012 12:29 PM
shinycard255 doubtful, bring cash
11-11-2012 12:25 PM
jp41 will anyone be accepting credit cards up there
11-11-2012 01:26 AM
shinycard255 TOMORROW!
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