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Old 10-12-2012, 02:32 PM   #76
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I appreciate the enthusiasm but lets get a headcount and see how many people and cars are going first. I'm hoping by this weekend, we'll have a firm list and also seat availability too. If anyone else can drive, it would make things much easier but for now it will be Jake and I.

Its an ambitious trip to say the least but also keep in mind if it wasnt worth it, we wouldnt be doing it
Ok, I'll start this:

I'm going, no car that day...will be riding with Albert.
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Old 10-12-2012, 02:41 PM   #77
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I am going, No car, will wait a pacific.
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:25 PM   #78
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I am going, No car... will meet your guys at pacific.
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:28 PM   #79
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Is there a teleport machine or something at pacific? :O
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:15 PM   #80
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Just a few comments on this.

First, I ran across this thread because I saw it linked by the OP in another forum post.

If this is a NJ tour, why is this in the NY section? Why dont you duplicate this thread in the NJ section as well? I am sure you will get a lot more bites.

I definitely recommend the ADA store in ridgewood.

However, I just visited Fish Town USA in Ramsey, and I hate to say bad things about businesses, but the tanks were very dirty. My daughter asked me why there was a pile of BROWN stuf in all off the tanks and I said they have yet to clean them. Also, all of the glasses of the tanks were dirty.

All the plants were in bad shape (although they did have a lot of them, and a lot for $1.50? on sale?)

I did buy something, but I was overall concerned about what was actually in the water with what I bought. I pushed it out to another bucket, and out came a black insect (pinhole size), that not only lived in water but outside. I then saw some copepods or some other type of white animal in the water with my fauna..

In the shrimp tanks, I saw all kinds of creatures scurrying in the dirt. I mean, hey, if you clean the face of the tanks and just vacuum up the softball size dirt from inside the tanks, no one would know better right?

Then my daughter tells me, hey dad is that ick (I never had ick, but I explained it to her) and she said the entire tank of parrots had ick. I dont think the sponge filters which are filthy are doing anything good for the fishes either.

My first visit there. I wish them the best, but I believe if they want to continue to succeed, they should clean their tanks.


As for this trip, if you guy are getting to be in numbers, whoever is organizing this should CALL THE STORE IN ADVANCE to let them know you are coming in a group. And you guys should PRE-ARRANGE a discount like 10% (which is very little, when you consider a plant may be $4.00-$10.00) -- This will create buzz, the shop gets traffic and its a WIN-WIN

I am sure the guys in Ridgewood would love the foot traffic to their new store, and the people at Fish Hut also.

Good luck and have fun.

DONT FORGET REEF ENCOUNTER
http://www.reefencounter.com/
Its DOWN 46 from FISH HUT, which is down from STRICTLY in CLIFTON

I was at Reef Encounter about 5 days ago, they did have some amano shrimps and some plants, nothing special. The HC looked fresh, thats about it. I was in Clifton 2 days ago, and S. Aquatics and they didnt have any new plants, they said Thursday or Friday. I was in Fish Hut about 4 -5 days ago picking up fish, and they had just set up 2-4 tanks with some of the regular plants (they were floating) so I am not sure what the deal is with that. They do have a LOT of FISH TANKS though.

They also started to carry Shrimps like Amanos, Bamboo Shrimps and some other stuff I saw.

Man, that's disappointing to hear about Fishtown USA. I had been in there several times, and it was never bad like that. It wasn't immaculate, but nothing too be concerned about. I wonder if maybe something is going on. Each time I was in there the owner was cleaning the tanks the whole time. If anything, at least go in there and pick up some marimo balls.....he was selling them for $1.50. I even picked up several types of mosses for $2.00 per golf ball size. Can't beat that. It's 10 minutes from Ridgewood, so you wouldn't be going totally out of your way.

Have fun guys.....and let me know what you think. If you guys decide to do this on a Saturday some time, I have a minivan and would be more than happy to pick you guys up at the PATH train in Hoboken. Plus, I'd like to meet some of you guys. I don't have any friends who are into fish tanks.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:06 AM   #81
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As it stands, it will be

Acitydweller / eeng168
Kubalik/ meowkitty, sonicpath ,sunyang730 & xev11.

Looking forward to seeing you all.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:57 PM   #82
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sounds good to me.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:01 AM   #83
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I got my sched finally made! I'm......

off thursday......
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I dont think theres any real seats left right?
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:45 AM   #84
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Flo, let me see what i can do...

If plan B works out we might be able to take 3 more ppl.
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:09 AM   #85
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I agree with Meow. LOL
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Old 10-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #86
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Let's confirm the time and schedule.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:05 PM   #87
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Factoring traffic, can we shoot for this:

8:00 - out the door
8:30 - Al to pickup Ed
- Jakub to pickup Kitty
9:15 - Meet up at Pacific Aquarium at LES to pickup Xev11, Sonicpath, Sunyang730, VivadaWolf
9:30 - Depart LES and head to NJ
10:00 - First LFS stop
10:25 - Breakfast at Ridgewood (very nice bagel shop)
10:10 - oogle more fish and plants!
12 Lunch.
12:45 - head back to NY
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I'm going to try getting my van. If i can, maybe i can pickup jake (who can pickup kitty) and take one car to LES and NJ. We'll be pushing the limit with 8 passengers but saving overall on gas and toll while increasing overall Awesomeness

Will know by tonight.
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Old 10-16-2012, 02:44 PM   #88
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Will be great if we can do it all in one car!! LOL
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Will be great if we can do it all in one car!! LOL
Big +1 to that , would be more fun
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10 bucks per person? at least to cover the fuel and toll
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