Summer Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting to be Announced


At our last MAGC meeting we decided not to meet during the summer. We need some time to deal with redefining our group's leadership organization. For now, we don't know how this will go. One option is that we have quarterly meetings.
MY FIRST PLANTED AQUARIUM: "Keeping it simple"

by John Glaeser and the Madison Aquarium Gardeners Club

  • Substrate: Freshwater aquarium plants are primarily root feeders. Therefore, provide a nutrient rich substrate. A blend of 3 parts top soil and 1 part clay, like kitty litter (unscented, non-clumping clay) or calcined clay, is a good bottom layer. This layer should be no more than approximately 1" in depth. Top this layer with some well-rinsed, fine-grained red flint aquarium gravel (or other fine gravel not containing limestone or any other stone that will dissolve in fresh water). This keeps soil from clouding up the aquarium water. Approximately 2" of fine gravel on top will do it. Instead of this soil and gravel mix, some prefer commercially available substrates such as "Eco-Complete" or "Seachem Flourite".
  • Planting: Gently tuck plant cuttings and rooted specimens into top gravel layer. As plants begin acclimating, their roots will grow down into the soil. Starting with a large number of plants will help reduce the chances of algae problems. Healthy plants will dominate and subordinate opportunistic algae.
Madison Aquarium Gardeners Club members exchange ideas about freshwater planted aquaria. This is where beginners get a good start and experienced hobbyists share their expertise. A good mix.

We're pretty informal and generally have an attendance of around 12 to 16. No dues. We are supported by a development grant, but always welcome voluntary contributions to help build our lending library.

We meet monthly, unless otherwise noticed, gathering at Science House, a quaint white and yellow painted old frame structure in the center of the University of Wisconsin Madison Campus. At times, we have special presentations. Our Q & A forum is stimulating. Folks can check out titles from the club's library. The free plant exchange table is where we can bring in some of our surplus and take home species of interest.
Zeller Family Tank
This is an example of a low maintenance, low light tank.