The plants did drop off a bit. Plenty of java moss (for slightly less rediculous prices, mostly) and duckweed (WHY????). The usuals like jungle val, dearf sag, and java fern. I ended up getting Azolla carolinania. In the bag it looked like a floating mat, this isn't going to be much better than duckweed. At least it looks waaay better. A nice dark green and red with a really cool texture. I just need to eming myself it is good surface cover for the Bettas.
There was a guy vending plants that had a decnt selection. Noting crazy, just a bunch of nice Anubis and Crypts with a few other random plants.
Tons of hardware donations this year. Ended up with an RO unit, for less than half, which will end up coming in handy for my new acquisition, more than just for the pico reef. I ended up getting six Betta rubra, a wild type Betta. They come from fairly low pH waters, well, they were collected from low pH water which was a manmade situation, but it seems to work so I'll stick with it. I've been considering breeding Bettas because I am tired of seeing the poorly bred $3-5 fish in the pet stores but have been really interested in wild types. I guess splendins will be put on the side burner for now.
The auction was quite a bit smaller this year. The tables were sparse compared to years past. Everything was done by 4:10. Everybody has been saying the economy is getting better, but I've been noticing small things like this all over the place. People are cutting back on their hobbies, the things that require continuous small cash inputs are tapering off.
Anyway, looking forward to the TFSRI auction next weekend. We'll see how that one pans out.
[EDIT] After looking at the TFSRI flier, I realized why the PVAS may have been smaller. With TFSRI following so closely and taking only a $3 cut per lot instead of 50/50, some people may be holding stuff that would have normally gone to the PVAS auction. I'm pretty sure I rmember a longer gap between the two auctions in the past.
I usually feel kind of guilty using the quick reply... my replies are rarely quick.
Last edited by Beer; 02-20-2017 at 04:53 AM.
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