|01-13-2013 09:21 AM|
I dont know why I didnt see this thread earlier.
But im glad you had a good visit. We have great LFS here and im glad you had fun.
|01-04-2013 07:04 AM|
First checked out 6th Avenue Aquarium.
Didn't dig how they kept the shrimp in "Critter Keepers" with no circulation or whatsoever , just a piece of anacharis for them to hang on. Lots of dead guys hanging out in there. Also, they labeled these shrimp as Orange Bees. But taking a closer look, they definitely looked like tangerine tigers. At 5.99 each or two for 9.99 it was tempting. But the condition/setup they were in made me pull away from them.
Other then that, the shop resembles an Asian Chinamarket feel , having to catch your own fish.
Cool experience though!
As for AFA. Spent about 2 hours in there while the Gf shopped around! Nice to select my Ohko stone pieces! Especially the smaller pieces!
It's like a candy shop lol.
I ended up picking up some lamp eye killis since I have trouble finding them locally. 6 @ $3.49 each normal $3.99 but got them to give me a little discount!
Fun store with lots of planted tank selection!
Heart was beating thinking about picking up my first ADA tank, but gf pulled me away :p
So much fun though!
I leave this Saturday Morning. And I'm worried about these guys :p I asked for an extra bag of water so they can hang in a bucket for the time being >____<"
(Crossing my fingers) hope they'll be fine.
And picking up my tiger shrimp tmr.
Where do I contact Tom?? Lol
An thanks really for everything!
My trip wouldn't have been worth the while if it wasn't for your guys help!
|01-04-2013 06:53 AM|
If you can really try and get a hold of TOm, you will be spending some cash lol.
|01-03-2013 05:11 PM|
Nick, was still out of town, so maybe next time ill have the opportunity to check out his stock!
|01-03-2013 05:09 PM|
I went into Exotic Aquarium, and made friends easily with the staff. I found a SICK deal on tiger shrimps. 2.99 each. I put them all on hold
Im leaving on saturday, but have to pick them up on Friday. I seen a couple in there with the Orange Eyes.
Also, with JoJo's. Really nice store! Only thing that caught my attention was the Hygrophillia "Sunset" and this other stem looking plant that people use for foreground plant(?). Only tough thing is that the staff said its going 3 stems for 6 dollars. and he said he'll give me a good portions of 2-3 inch.. kinda a tough bargen for the size?
Also, heard that Hygro Sunset is illegal to sell to many states. worth keeping?
|12-29-2012 09:58 PM|
|Smitty06||I find the service at aqua forest pretty good, especially if your asian lol. They seem to like to help asian people a lot faster than if your another race IME.|
|12-29-2012 09:00 PM|
If you really want driftwood, try and contact plantbrain here on the forums. He is hard to get a hold of but he has excellent manzanita branches on the side of his house. He is here in sacramento.
|12-29-2012 06:35 PM|
|Smitty06||If you only want to stay in sac, go to JOJO's for planted tanks, but if you are looking for larger peice of driftwood then I would go to Exotic Aquarium, and you can try aquaworkz just for soe fun.|
|12-29-2012 09:37 AM|
Any of these places are in favorable more for planted/scape equipment? (Driftwood,rocks,plants).
Thanks for tips everyone!!
I wasn't able to find those other shops when I google searched. Only found "Incredible Pets", and was kinda bummed out :p
|12-29-2012 08:38 AM|
|Smitty06||If you want to get some cory habrosus, JOJO's had them in stock the last time I was there. They also have some nice peacock grudgeons there.|
|12-29-2012 08:27 AM|
|pandamonium||If you go to SF, I suggest a stop by the famous Ghirardellis. Best chocolate EVER. Maybe besides Belgium/Swiss chocolate but still the sundaes are amazing.|
|12-28-2012 11:27 PM|
Places to see: Check out the web sites for all these for open days and times, and admission fees.
Muir Woods- Coast Redwoods, hiking, pretty good view from one of the longer (uphill) hikes, Beaches nearby.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve- Go at low tide.
Mount Diablo- Great views on a clear day.
Napa and surrounding wine country, and California Carnivores. Giant greenhouse set up for growing and sale of carnivorous plants.
Bancroft Garden- Ruth Bancroft traveled the world and brought back all sorts of odd plants, about half or more are succulents. 2 greenhouses and several acres. (Admission fee is a bit much unless you are really into this sort of thing)
UC Berkeley Botanical Garden- plants from all over the world, including carnivorous plants, tropicals in greenhouses and many oddities.
Tilden Park Botanical Garden, specializing in CA natives.
Lawrence Hall of Science
Japanese Tea Garden
California Academy of Science, including Steinhart Aquarium (A bit pricy, but well worth it)
Pier 39 and the rest of Fisherman's Wharf
Aqua Forest, Amano's ADA outlet
China Town, an area of SF with a very large Chinese population, great food, lots of stores.
|12-28-2012 11:08 PM|
Dead rocks and wood can be habitat for a plethora of critters you don't even notice. Some may be endemic to the area and have a very small range. Further, these materials may actually be important to the survival of certain species. Take, for example, species that rely on downed wood for either forage or shelter. I am more familiar with endangered macro species that rely on this type of material, such as cavity nesting birds, though a fisheries biologist has discouraged me from engaging in collecting of wood or rocks around streams and rivers. Further, you indicated that you collect not just rock and wood, but also "critters." The purpose of a preserve/reserve is quickly defeated if too many individuals start removing specimens.
Finally, I pointed out that the activities could be illegal depending on the designation of the area. You did not distinguish between private and public, and private areas may ban collection as well. Let's take the Consumnes River Preserve for example http://www.cosumnes.org/recreation/f_a_q_s.html
This is a public/private partnership that bans all collecting of even leaves or feathers. Getting back to the topic of the thread, it provides for some nice hikes.
|12-28-2012 10:50 PM|
Sorry, did not mean protected land, meant privately owned wildlife areas. I used the word reserve to refer to a stretch of land appointed for a specific purpose, (whether it be hiking trails or just to be left standing) not as a protected preserve.
I also have a collector's license, so as long as it's not from a protected area, I am fine.
"Moral" standpoints aside, what's wrong with collecting dead wood and rocks besides the fact that you dislodge bacteria and bugs?
|12-28-2012 10:22 PM|
You shouldn't be collecting anything from wildlife preserves. Not only is it wrong and damaging to the area, it is potentially illegal depending on the designation.
That being said, the Nature Conservancy's Consumnes River Preserve, south of Elk Grove (itself a bit south of Sacramento), is unique for the area. It contains the Valley's last old-growth quercus lobata stand (the famous Valley Oak). It is a migration stop for the endagered sand hill cranes and a plethora of other birds, though I am not sure what would currently be out there. Overall, a very well managed area that attempts to work together with nearby ag. operations for the benefit of birds and other wildlife.
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