Discussion in 'GARP' started by Mike F, Feb 19, 2017.
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First, this program looks really cool, I can't wait to participate! Great job to all who are involved!
I have a couple questions-
1. Do all the plants need to be donated or can they be in the split auction? (Obviously to get the Donation point bonus they do, but what about other achievements?)
2. Monthly themes- Can you get multiple 5 bonus points per month? example- I submit Crypt. wendtii, Crypt. usteriana, and Crypt spiralis next month, do I get 5 or 15 points?
3. Do season achievements requiring multiple plants (Double trouble, Specialist, Generalist) need to be in the same month?
Hey, Sean, good questions.
All plant lots count toward relevant achievements unless specifically noted, donated or not. That said, donating is a good way to get ahead during the season, especially if you accumulate some donation points every month, or if you run out of personal firsts. Our auction limits must still be adhered to, no more than 2 lots of the same species/variant and no more than 15 lots total per seller (including your fish and drygoods). Note the donation bonus is once per month per species/variant not per lot.
The monthly theme bonus is awarded once per month to you for following the theme, no theme bonus multiples unless specifically noted. Per your example you'd get 5 points.
Season achievements do not need to be achieved all in one month, but they do need to be achieved within the season (as the name suggests). Progress toward a season achievement will not carry across seasons.
Question for April's theme- Uniques- The rules state that it must be the only plant of its species, does that apply to variants or is it species. For example, say I submit Anubias barteri 'nana' and New Guy Ned submits Anubias barteri 'barteri' each are the only two in the auction, would we each get the unique or neither?
Exactly as written, only species of it's kind. Per your example neither receives a monthly theme bonus. This is the test season so we're learning what sort of responses participants have to different aspects of the program. Next season a unique bonus may work differently. Thanks for the question, Sean.
So I could theoretically screw myself out of a bonus if I brought both in the example.
Yep, if no one brought anubias and you brought both 'barteri' and 'nana' you'd miss out on a bonus if you have no other unique. Surer bets might be species we don't often see in the auction anyway...unless everyone else has the same idea. There are also a few people who didn't bring in anything last month that may make getting the monthly theme bonus difficult. This was one of the more complicated but interesting theme ideas, I'm looking forward to seeing how it shakes out!
I have a feeling there will be a lot of plants, either people hoping to get the bonus or blocking others. I have most of mine picked out but I'm not telling!
Is there a way to bring in a plant that we don't have an ID on and use the collective knowledge of the group to find one? Could I then submit that into the auction? I have a mystery plant that I have been unable to ID, I think it might be a hygrophilla species but none of the ones listed on aquaticplantcentral seem to match. It hitchhiked its way into my tank somehow and at first I thought it was a Crypt. wendtii that popped up as I have those in that tank. It is clearly not that as it has grown to the top of the tank and looks nothing like a Crypt now. I tried cutting and replanting the top once but only a single plant survived, not sure if it was the top or the bottom.
As evidenced by my research on the Hygrophilla corymbosa "Siamensis" that was labeled Hygrophilla stricta many plants circulating about do not have the proper name attached to them. Having a way for less experienced plant keepers to ID their plants by using others to assist would be a very useful tool, IMO.
If you post a few pictures here on the forum we can probably figure it out, everyone loves solving a mystery!
I will try to take some and post them
Pictures of the mystery plant.
It doesn't seem to match the photos I see on line for corymbosa but it is close. Any other thoughts?
The petioles (leaf stem) on your pics are slightly more elongated, but H. corymbosa would still be my guess. I've grown a lot of H. corymbosa, and the root structure looks identical. The leaf shape may be due to lighting, or it could be a different Hygro, too.
I was thinking some type of hygro, I will go with corymbosa unless someone else has any other ideas. I tried cutting it like a stem plant in the past and the top didn't take but maybe that was because it was a gravel tank. I might try a cutting into a sand tank. Any other propagation thoughts?
Hygro should be easy to propogate. Make sure you have several leaf nodes that you stick in the gravel or sand, because that is where roots will start. You can trim it back until the first couple of leaf nodes, and that roots should shoot new leaves.
I agree it might be a Hygro but I have never seen Corymbosa with a serrated edge. also the leaves seem kind of close and dark
I'd say corymbosa, looks pretty close to how it grows for me, the petioles on yours are quite a bit longer than mine but seem within the realm of variance due to environmental factors.
I'm going with the others on H. Corymbosa.
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